Wilderness Photography Trip Report
Based in South Africa, Albie Venter has been involved in professional wildlife guiding, wildlife management and eco-tourism since 1996 and we are very privileged here at EcoTraining that Albie managed to visit our camps on a regular basis. Here is a wonderful trip report of his most recent visit on a Wilderness Photography Course in the magnificent Makuleke.
This land of legends with its wild and remote atmosphere, dramatic landscapes, history both ancient and more recent is certainly one of the most enchanting stretches of wilderness in southern Africa and the ones of the best places to conduct a Wilderness Photography Course. In this secluded corner, EcoTraining has one of its camps in the Makuleke Concession in the northern Kruger National Park and it’s a pleasure and honour to have a close association which spans more than a decade with the leader in African guide training.
I recently hosted a wilderness photographic course in this beautiful part of the world. After a long and dry winter, September is normally a very dry time of year yet offers superb photographic opportunities. Animals, notably the vast herds of elephant concentrate along the live-giving rivers where clouds of dust towering several meters high are kicked up by their interactions such as feeding, bathing and other antics. A wildlife-rich arena offering fantastic photo opportunities.
While on the subject, these dusty conditions filter out the suns rays and the light remains very good for a long time both after sunset and at dusk – a photographic Valhalla. Combine ancient Baobabs threes, still leafless after the winter months clawing at the cloudless sky during the day and grasping for the milky way at night. Enchanting.
It was a privilege to photograph this special place with wonderful guests, all of whom I consider friends now. As always, I am waiting in anticipation to head back to this fascinating place again in the not too distant future.