Defining Magic Moments in the South African Bush

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Three years ago, I found myself staring at a huge male lion in southern Africa, my face less than a metre away from his… and I wasn’t in a circus but lying in jeep; my camera barely jutting out from the customized photography gap in the side of the vehicle. What a spectacular sight to have one of the Majingilane brothers walk past my face…since then, I have had many magical moments in the bush thanks to great rangers and trackers.

DAY 1:

Some travellers wait their whole lives to see this but we were privileged to spend precious moments with a family of wild dogs!

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DAY 2:

To keep in tempo, we observed at dusk, a leopard, chasing impalas and taking with her the last rays of sunshine as she disappeared alongside a hill… We were fortunate to see a few leopards during our stay as seen below.

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DAY 3:

The zebras and the giraffes were waiting for us and showing off their reflections in the lake. An African fish eagle, invited us to a spot of fishing. We gazed at the elephants and the rhinos, sipping Amarula infused hot chocolate (it is in fact forbidden to consume hot chocolate without Amarula in South Africa!)

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DAY 4:

To finish in style, we came across an amazing scene: two leopards mating while a third finished his lunch in a nearby tree. Meanwhile, a bold hyena, completely unimpressed by the goings-on, neared the leopards to claim her part of the feast (in fact the entire spread, seeing as she then proceeded to attack each leopard in turn to steal their meal!)

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Written and Photographed by: Bruno Bervoets

Rich Laburn
Rich Laburn is filmmaker, photographer and writer who is based at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. Spending his time capturing scenes of the wild and communicating the beauty of the African bushveld, he runs the Londolozi Blog as a way to entertain and engage people wishing to visit these wild lands.
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