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Oct 27, 2018 23:08 |  #1

In early September i spent 4 nights with Tusk Photo at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sands. I'd seen a number of Leopards on two previous trips to Africa but with most of them photographic opportunities were limited. We were always in shared vehicles so had to contend with others who were not like minded when it comes to the needs of even a VERY amateurish photographer as myself.

Elephant Plains and Tusk Photo are to say the least totally opposite. If you want to see and shoot (with a camera of course) Leopards.....this is the team and the place to do it. It was absolutely outstanding.

First image is a female-Tiyani, and the second is a large male-Anderson, with an Impala kill he stole of a pack of Wild Dogs.

We seen 5 different Leopards in 4 days and one of those, Hukumuri we encountered on 3 different occasions.


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Oct 28, 2018 14:32 |  #2

I have been to Elephant Plains in Sabi Sand, South Africa twice now - once "on my own" (ie booked directly with the lodge) and once with Tusk Photo. We had great opportunities both times but I would absolutely return with Tusk Photo if only for the fewer people in the vehicle and likeminded focus of those who we were "hunting" on safari with. Great guys, great property, and great leopards!

Very nice photos, congratulations. I wish I had thought to bring a flash!

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Oct 30, 2018 02:16 as a reply to  @ Lowside67's post |  #3

Thanx Mark. Tusk certainly do a great job and give you the best opportunities to capture great photos.

The work they are doing with fill flash is amazing.

Hukumuri on a termite mound waiting on a Warthog and Moya starting to hunt just after sunset.


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Oct 30, 2018 10:08 |  #4

@mybludog....I returned from Timbavati this past May and had a wonderful experience. Quite a few amazing leopard sightings and an incredible encounter of a pack of wild dogs and a bunch of hyenas.

But now I was thinking I’d like to try Sabi Ssnds. Thanks for the recommendation although Zimanga is also on the bucket list. Have to research and consider which one!!!

Thanks for sharing your experience.




  
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Nov 01, 2018 04:13 |  #5

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@mybludog....I returned from Timbavati this past May and had a wonderful experience. Quite a few amazing leopard sightings and an incredible encounter of a pack of wild dogs and a bunch of hyenas.

But now I was thinking I’d like to try Sabi Ssnds. Thanks for the recommendation although Zimanga is also on the bucket list. Have to research and consider which one!!!

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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I was in the Timbavati last year and while we had some great sightings the Sabi Sands was so much better. The country is a lot more open so game viewing is much more reliable. After i left Elephant Plains with Tusk i had a couple of days to kill before fliying up to the Mara so i stayed 2 nights at Idube and i've got to say the game viewing there was better again.
While not part of a photo safari but the guides at Idube were excellent and did everything they could to set me up for some wonderful photos.

First one is the Tourchwood male and the second is Nyleti male.

Zimanga is on my list as well.....probably 2020 :)


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Nov 01, 2018 04:42 |  #6

Mybludog wrote in post #18738055 (external link)
In early September i spent 4 nights with Tusk Photo at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sands. I'd seen a number of Leopards on two previous trips to Africa but with most of them photographic opportunities were limited. We were always in shared vehicles so had to contend with others who were not like minded when it comes to the needs of even a VERY amateurish photographer as myself.

Elephant Plains and Tusk Photo are to say the least totally opposite. If you want to see and shoot (with a camera of course) Leopards.....this is the team and the place to do it. It was absolutely outstanding.

First image is a female-Tiyani, and the second is a large male-Anderson, with an Impala kill he stole of a pack of Wild Dogs.

We seen 5 different Leopards in 4 days and one of those, Hukumuri we encountered on 3 different occasions.
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That first one in particular (Tiyani) is a stunning shot! Great work Russell!


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Nov 01, 2018 17:56 |  #7

All the photos are amazing. Leopards are my favorite of the big cats.

Thanks for taking the time to post them.


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Nov 02, 2018 04:36 |  #8

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That first one in particular (Tiyani) is a stunning shot! Great work Russell!

Thanx Stephan. That was in the first 30min after leaving the lodge and the evening just got better and better.

Another couple of Tiyani


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Nov 02, 2018 04:41 |  #9

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All the photos are amazing. Leopards are my favorite of the big cats.

Thanks for taking the time to post them.

Thanx and yep, i agree. There's just something about the Leopards that make the blood pump.

This female was on our first arvo in the Mara


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Nov 02, 2018 06:01 as a reply to  @ Mybludog's post |  #10

Oh boy! I just loved this one.


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Oh boy! I just loved this one.

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Nov 03, 2018 00:57 |  #12

Fantastic series of shots. That's on my bucket list.




  
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Nov 04, 2018 00:48 |  #13

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Fantastic series of shots. That's on my bucket list.

Thanx Solpics.

Another of the Torchwood male and Mother and Cub in the Mara


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Nov 04, 2018 17:00 |  #14

Wonderful images, thanks for posting.


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Wonderful images, thanks for posting.

Thanx bob.

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