It’s Monday 26th November and the annual predator photographic trip.

I hope you are sitting comfortably and prepared to be wowed by loads of incredible stories and even more amazing photographs from David Rogers and
a group of four photographers who braved the November heat for David’s annual Predator Photo Workshop. The words and pictures from this trip leave little doubt about just how wonderful it was.

In the words of David’s guests:

Maria-Jose Carballo : “Early November is one of my favourite times in South Luangwa.” Weakened herbivores trying to find the last bits of dried grass, buffalo calves getting stuck in the mud and feasting predators all over the place. As the heat builds, the first scattered showers start changing the landscape and the wobbly newborn impala announce the arrival of the new season. Wildlife at its best!”

Wendy Vickery from Swaziland has been to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa and says she keeps telling family and friends that this was her best trip ever. “I love the bush, and that Mopani forest made my heart feel like bursting.” Wendy really liked the fact that our group was so small and everyone got to know each other very quickly.

Liz Stagg listed highlights which were too plentiful to include all of them, but here are some of her top moments:

“Seeing the confused look on the face of a lioness who had killed two warthog piglets, ‘which one to eat first?’ Hearing the deafening squeals of a fully-grown male warthog, taken down by a pack of lions which included ‘Stumpy’ – a young male with only half a tail. Wendy spotting a leopard asleep in the only tree for miles around on the salt pan. That tree is now referred to as ‘Wendy’s tree’. Seeing the Painted dogs start to chase the impala, the impala fleeing for their lives across the meadow, the giraffes joining in and our vehicle in hot pursuit. Over the noise of the chase David shouted out ‘Liz, get your GoPro running’. The pregnant impala didn’t stand a chance. We watched as the adult dogs let the pups feed and fill their tummies. Watching in silent wonder as a new-born Puku tried to stand. She was tiny and still wet from birth; her Mum warily kept her eyes on us. Bob entertaining us with tales, recounted in the accents of Barbados, with great accuracy.”

Bob Sankey, on his second trip to Luangwa in 12 months, was blown away by the people and the landscapes. An ex Royal Marine and previously a guide in Zimbabwe, he has a large personality and a singing voice to match. None of us will ever forget driving back from Chichele Hills special sundowner with two bottles of bubbly under our belts and Bob singing Mathilda at the top of his voice.

We will let the photographs do the rest of the talking.

Wow thanks so much everyone it was obviously wonderful to have you all with us and we are delighted that we got to spoil you with some incredible sightings and photographic opportunities. Anyone who is interested, David holds photographic workshops with us quite regularly although the spaces are booking up fast – options available for November 2019 and February 2020.

On that note I shall bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you have a wonderful week with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after each other.

 

 

Robin Pope Safaris digital photographic workshop in South Luangwa National Park with David Rogers *** Local Caption *** © David Rogers

 

 

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