My wife, Julia and I, managed to book ourselves on a trip to our beloved South Africa back in October 2017. We visit quite regularly as we have family and friends down there so we don't need to many excuses to make the 11 hr flight. This time around we were without kids for the first time which felt very strange initially but we soon realised the benefits, in particular being able to eat anything we fancied and not having to fall in line with their dietary requirements!!!
This trip was planned to be 90% photographic and video oriented and to take advantage of the wonderful wildlife that lives and breaths in Kruger and Greater Kruger. We started by staying at our regular and favourite lodge in Sabi Sands called Nkorho. Its small and very friendly and we always feel like its home, probably because we know many of the staff and guides. We stayed four nights which allows for 4 morning and four evening game drives, giving a reasonable percentage chances of sightings. Percentages improve due to radio contact with other lodges cars and the fact that they can all go off road. Usually no more than 2/3 vehicles are allowed at any one sighting. Our favoured animal was the Leopard and we were not left wanting after some amazing encounters. The beauty of becoming intimate with a location is that you get to follow that region on places like Facebook and because Leopards are named after 12 months, you get to know lineage and how life progresses for individuals.
For those interested, my gear comprised the awesome Canon 1Dx2, Canon 200-400 F4, Canon 1.4x Converter, Sony A9, Sony G Master 70-200 F2.8, Sony G Master 24-70 F2.8. I primarily used the the Canon for stills unless stuff was close and The Sony for 4k video as well as close up stills.
And now for some pics: