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Written by: Christian Boix and Brendon Jennings

Africa Geographic Travel recently hosted the first of this years’ three fully booked photographic safaris at the always exciting Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This trip was once more led by Brendon Jennings, Kariega Game Reserve’s very own specialist photographic ranger and guide.

“The trip was blessed from the onset by an eclectic mix of people, a medical doctor, a retired couple from New Zealand, an art teacher and a photo journalist. One of the things I enjoy most about trips like this is the shared experiences we have with people from vastly different backgrounds with the common interest being nature and photography.”– (Brendon Jennings)

Blue Wildebeest Sunset. ©Brendon Jennings
Blue Wildebeest Sunset. ©Brendon Jennings
Its all about having fun! ©Milanie Van Huysteen
Its all about having fun! ©Milanie Van Huysteen

“As ever the elephants were in an amenable mood and close proximity sightings under glorious skies were the order of the day.” – (Brendon Jennings)

Kariega’s majestic bull Elephant. ©Brendon Jennings
Kariega’s majestic bull Elephant. ©Brendon Jennings
Young elephants playing the popular “ trunk call” game. ©Milanie Van Huysteen
Young elephants playing the popular “ trunk call” game. ©Milanie Van Huysteen

As requested by the group, much of the emphasis was focused on the lion pride. Their efforts paid off and one of the mornings the group was fortunate enough to witness the pride hunting a herd of impala.

Female Lion window-shopping. ©Brendon Jennings
Female Lion window-shopping. ©Brendon Jennings

“It was terrific to see how the six lions silently encircled the unknowing herd. Their communication was almost subliminal at times. Fortunately the terrain allowed us to maneuver the vehicle and position ourselves in the best possible light, maximising these opportunities.” – (Brendon Jennings)

Male Lion supervising the hunt. ©Kevin McDonald
Male Lion supervising the hunt. ©Kevin McDonald

“Brendon Jennings was very sensitive to the needs of photographers, striving each and every time to place us in good places for a better photographic angle; challenging us to see things differently and offering us plenty of great opportunities and settings to get great images. His sense of humour was most entertaining and kept us smiling most of the time.” – (Kevin McDonald)

Young Male Lion grimacing at the crowd. ©Milanie Van Huysteen
Young Male Lion grimacing at the crowd. ©Milanie Van Huysteen

“Being a fan of acacia savannahs and woodlands, the Eastern Cape bush took a little getting used to for me, but it had a charm of it’s own. It was certainly fairly easy to spot animals and the landscape generally made for good backgrounds.” – (Kevin McDonald)

Blue Wildebeest and calf retiring for the night. ©Kevin McDonald
Blue Wildebeest and calf retiring for the night. ©Kevin McDonald

“With the frontal weather systems that were moving through the reserve it afforded us the opportunity to get some trademark Kariega silhouettes and magical skies. These did give way to a day of rain but the photographic opportunities afforded were worth a mild sprinkling of rain!” – (Brendon Jennings)

Dramatic sunset skies at Kariega GR. ©Kevin McDonald
Dramatic sunset skies at Kariega GR. ©Kevin McDonald

“Using the Homestead lodge as a base was an excellent arrangement. Phil and Jo were the finest hosts, making us feel very much at home and generally spoiling us rotten. Everyday they had some new surprise for us and were more than generous with their offerings of food and drinks. The rooms were great although I would have found a little writing desk to be useful for working on my laptop after trips out in the field.” – (Kevin Mc Donald)

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kariega. The Homestead was a fabulous place to stay and the service we received there was second to none. All meals were outstanding.” – (Geoff and Jill Annesley Smith)

“All too soon the days flew by and we had to make our farewells. At least I am in the fortunate position to return to Kariega at the end of August to host another trip with some returning guests as well as some fresh new faces. I can’t wait to find out what this magnificent part of South Africa has in store for us!”– (Brendon Jennings)

Burchell’s Zebra farewell. ©Milanie Van Huysteen
Burchell’s Zebra farewell. ©Milanie Van Huysteen

“Africa Geographic Travel was great to deal with, sensitive to individual clients’ needs, a personal touch that was highly appreciated, and every effort that went into keeping us fully informed and well-briefed before the trip.” – (Kevin McDonald)

Africa Geographic: always going the extra length!!. ©Brendon Jennings
Africa Geographic: always going the extra length!!. ©Brendon Jennings

Brendon will be leading one more Africa Geographic Travel departure at Kariega Game Reserve this September, and next years departures will be lead by head ranger Jacques Mathyssen will be leading our exciting Photo Safaris at Kariega Game Reserve. For more details on our 2015 departures please click HERE

The AGT client “team” - Geoff and Jill Annesley Smith
The AGT client “team” – Geoff and Jill Annesley Smith
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Christian Boix

I left my native Spain, its great food, siestas and fiestas to become an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town and to start Tropical Birding, a company specialising in bird-watching tours worldwide. The past 11 years have seen me travel to over 60 countries in search of 5,000 plus bird species. Time passed, my daughter became convinced that I was some kind of pilot and my wife acquired a budgie for company – that’s when the penny dropped. Thrilled to join the Africa Geographic team, hardly contained in an office, I look forward to reporting on new and exciting travels, and continue to share the joy of birding and exploration.