The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is well known for its high density of big cats. It is home to the famous Kalahari Desert animals – from the majestic Oryx antelope to cute meerkats. The park astonishes its visitors with a fascinating landscape.
The red, glimmering dunes captivate visitors particularly at the beginning of summer when storms and passing showers offer spectacular light and colour displays. With the seemingly endless sky, the Kalahari is the spot for silence and to unwind. A truly magical place.
Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours led a photo safari through this magical place last November. The guide for this safari was none other than the renowned Hannes Lochner. The award winning photographer from South Africa knows the park like no other. He lived there for five years and invested hundreds of hours photographing the fascinating landscape and wildlife.
We had specifically chosen November for this trip due to the approaching rainy season. The light and weather conditions during the rather hot time of the year makes every photographer’s heart beat faster.
We spent the first few days in Nossob Valley. The game drives offered spectacular wildlife sightings right from the start. We spotted a large pride of lions at the waterhole of Kij Kij, and only 500m to the south were three cheetahs waiting in the shade for the waterhole to become free.
It was very windy and it was clear that the lions didn’t like the sandstorms. We spent quite some time around the waterhole and discovered the other half of the pride were with the cubs on the dunes. Hannes explained that the lions wouldn’t give up their space quickly as they were waiting for nightfall and the perfect conditions for a kill.
The next morning we returned to the waterhole. We saw from a distance that the lions had caught some prey overnight. It was two of the cheetahs from the day before. Their desire for a drink must have been too great and had tried their luck at the waterhole despite the lions waiting there. Although this seems brutal, this is the circle of life in the Kalahari Desert.
After that tragic experience we found some joy in discovering the little creatures of the Kalahari. We enjoyed several sightings of the playful cape fox and photographed the diligent meerkats. We observed and photographed the African wildcat and also found great pleasure in getting to know the bird life, like the swallow-tailed bee-eaters. Of course we spotted more lions and cheetahs along the way.
As expected, the Kalahari offered fantastic light conditions. We could hear the distant rumblings of approaching storms while we enjoyed the sunset – a pure joy for the eyes. We relished in the beautiful colours and cloud formations in the sky.
Our photo safari was rounded off by an excursion into the Auob valley and from there on to Xaus. Here we explored the Kalahari by foot and captured fantastic sights around the Xaus Pan.
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