Week in Pictures: Wild at Heart

Fridays mean a lot of things to a lot of people, and to us it means it’s time to reflect on the top wildlife sightings to come out of our Kruger and Botswana camps during the week! As per Friday tradition, we like to ease into the afternoon with a collection of images captured in the right place at the right time. From the birds and the bees, to the beastliest beasts, we’ve received the best of what nature has to offer. The seasons are changing and summer is soon upon us. The mornings are getting lighter earlier and the days, hotter. The arrival of migrant birds is setting Twitchers astir, and the binoculars are being kept at close hand. Spring has brought about the flowering of trees that have stood bare for the winter months, and now we’re seeing splashes of yellow, red and purple adding vibrant colour to the bush.

Take a look at our most recent collection of safari photography, fresh from the Kruger and Botswana bush in this edition of the Week in Pictures: Wild at Heart!

Africa on Foot, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

The tip of the iceberg... A beady-eyed hippo holds our gaze as she submerges the bulk of her body in the water

Queens of the night: the two Ross Breakaway sisters visit a waterhole in the darkness and drink in silence

One impala looks alert as a herd gathers to drink at a pan in the Klaserie

The grey leathery hide of an elephant camouflages perfectly in the bare winter bushveld


nThambo Tree Camp, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

A magpie shrike soaking up the sunset

A kudu bull looks bashful as we admire his handsome coat illuminated in the sunlight

Hyena peering up at a leopard kill in a tree

Three impalas take the plunge and lower their heads to take a drink from a pan

Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Greater Kruger Park

The regal Charleston male lion relaxing in the shade before he and his coalition brother moved to join up with the Southern Pride at a nearby waterhole

Bicycle Crossing settling in the sandy riverbed along the route of his regular patrol, right in front of the lodge

A Charleston male lions and his handsome reflection offering a fantastic photo opportunity

The burning ring of fire glowing brightly in the darkening sky, announcing the end of another day in Africa

Ezulwini Game Lodges, Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

Chavaluthu commanding the floor as he crosses between game viewers and the cameras spring to action!

An Olifants River congregation: elephants and waterbuck amble along its banks, enjoying the abundant water and reed beds providing both food and water for these herbivorous beauties

A lioness stretches out to rest her full belly after following her meal of buffalo with a deep drink of water at a dam on the traverse. The image of beauty.

A giraffe occupies the roadway as it pauses to pluck the last green leaves from a bare tree

Tuskers Bush Camp, Moremi East Wilderness Area, Botswana

An elephant looks surprised to see us as it ambles through its vast and wild kingdom

The carmine bee eaters are arriving for the summers, adding splashes of their jewel-like tones to the thriving bushveld

A buffalo bull moves steadily through the tall grass, keeping a wary eye on his surroundings

Oxpeckers having a field day on the back of Africa's tallest mammal, kindly ridding its fur of parasites

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