An African safari.

FlyLo

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Hi everyone,

I recently stayed at an amazing lodge within Addo Elephant Park, South Africa - Gorah Elephant Camp, for those interested.
Addo is SA's 3rd largest park, with an area of 1640 km2 and contains all of Africas Big 5.

Accomodation was a tent. I use the term "tent" loosely, as it wasn't the sort of tent that Hillary took to Everest. On both mornings we were woken up at 7am by the low frequency roars of a lion, who was probably asking his mate if he'd seen any breakfast :eek:. I'm not sure how far away he was, could've been 20m could've been 200m. Either way it's a bit unnerving when there's nothing to stop him from ripping through the walls. I was assured by our guide that although the walls are canvas, the animals still see it as a solid object, and hence won't try to break through. Great! :thumbup:

There's nothing quite like enjoying breakfast while watching a lion drink from a watering hole just 40 meters away. No fences!! I can confidently say I was ****ting myself.

I used a SML Pentax-M 135mm f2.5 adapted to my OMD - thanks for the loan dad! A Panasonic 20mm and the Olympus 14-42mm. It was a bit tricky using manual focus with the 135mm because the animals are constantly moving, either away from or towards you. But I snapped a few good ones in the end.

I hope you enjoy! :drinks:

Cheers, Don.


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Great series and looks to have been quite exhilarating! Great "tent" accommodations (my idea of fine camping)
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys, the lion shots are my pick of the bunch too :smile:
They were taken with the 135mm which seemed to perform very well in bright conditions, not so good in lower light though (2nd and 4th elephant shots).

Being out in the wilderness, it really put things into perspective just how physically inferior humans are!
Haha, thank goodness we have our superior intelligence - some humans anyway :biggrin:


Cheers, Don.
 

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Scotland, Iceland and now Africa on the bucket travel list ... I'm gonna have to retire soon to do all this travel photography ..:smile:
How close were the lions ?
 

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Nice pics, makes me want to go again.
I was sleeping in this tent last time i was there, and also got woken up in the middle of the night by lions roar :p
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FlyLo

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Scotland, Iceland and now Africa on the bucket travel list ... I'm gonna have to retire soon to do all this travel photography ..:smile:
How close were the lions ?
Hi Rob, in the first shot they were about 100m away, the second only about 10m. He carried on walking towards us and stopped behind the spare wheel of the Landrover, where he stood still for about a minute. It was pretty intense. They were hunting a herd of Kudu, unfortunately we didn't see them take anything down.

Nice pics, makes me want to go again.
I was sleeping in this tent last time i was there, and also got woken up in the middle of the night by lions roar :p
You're much more of a man than I'll ever be mate! haha. I've seen what a cat can do to a mouse! :wink:


Thank you to everyone for all the positive feedback, it was an awesome experience.
This is one of the things on my bucket list I'm going to have to do more than once, and I hope you have the opportunity to do the same. :smile:

Cheers, Don.
 

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