About me

I have a passion for African wildlife and when I’m not doing my day job I try to spend as much time as possible in the bush. I’m based in Johannesburg, South Africa and travel from there to some of the world’s best game reserves in sub-Saharan Africa – usually in my trusty Land Rover Defender 110. This site is a collection of trip reports, photos and videos from my travels.

Not too long to go now until my trip to the Kalahari. My itinerary is as follows:

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In November this year I went on my first organised photographic safari with Wild Eye. This was very different to my usual trips, no camping this time.

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This is more of a “mini” trip report covering my most recent trip to the Kruger National Park.

In South Africa we have a lot of public holidays, particular around April/May. Not so great for the economy but a great opportunity to get away to the bush for a few days. Given the popularity of the Kruger Park we had booked a two bedroomed chalet at Talamati Bushveld Camp a year in advance.

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For a long time I’ve wanted to visit the Kalahari after the summer rains, so I was very excited to be going on a 12 night trip to the Kgalagadi and Mabuasehube in March this year. On this trip I was joined my parents. The three of us would be in my Land Rover Defender 110. For accommodation I would be in my Bundutop roof top tent. For my parents I had hired an Echo 3 Trailer from Jannie at Kubu 4×4 Trailer Rental.

The itinerary for our trip was:

  1. Van Zylsrus – 1 night
  2. Rooiputs – 3 nights
  3. Polentswa – 3 nights
  4. Bitterpan – 1 night
  5. Nossob – 1 night
  6. Mpayathulwa – 3 nights

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During our trip to Mana Pools in 2016 we blindly followed the sat nav instead of checking a real map, needless to say it didn’t take us on the best route!

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This trip was planned a year in advance with excellent assistance from Tara at Botswana Footprints. On this trip I was joined by 4 mates – 2 of us were travelling from Joburg and the other 3 would be joining us from Bloemfontein. For me it will be my first overland trip in my new 110 Defender having sadly sold my much loved 90. The guys from Bloem would be travelling in a new Toyota Fortuner and as expected the Land Rover / Toyota rivalry formed the basis for much of the banter on the trip!

Our trip would take us across the Makgadigadi Pans through Moremi and to the Chobe River via Savuti and Linyanti.

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