Recent guest Mike Johnson was on a return visit to Londolozi, and just had too many amazing photos not to share with us:

After a magical time at this very special place in November 2014, along with memories that have kept us smiling ever since, we just had to return. September was very different, gone was the lush foliage of the bushveld, plentiful water holes and productive grasslands, in their place were vast expanses of open grounds providing excellent visibility for viewing wildlife. The dry river beds, where foliage still flourished, attracted all kinds of animals along with their predators. With our extremely knowledgeable guide, Sean and Tracker Terrance looking after us, we managed to capture many incredible moments as well as learn a tremendous amount about the behaviour of various mammals, insects and birds, and how this can change in times of severe drought. With these two enthusiastic and very talented individuals at the helm, adventure after adventure unfolded and we experienced moments that will stay with us forever.

We returned home from our first trip to Londolozi feeling huge amounts of gratitude for natures gifts and the individuals who fight so hard to preserve these very important areas. Returning home from this trip was no different, Londolozi and the people who work there, hold a very special place in our hearts, we are blessed to be able to experience such incredible individuals and the wonders they share.

Below is a just a very small portion of the many images we captured on this visit, we still cannot believe this was over just a few days and once again would like to thank Sean and Terrence for their incredible enthusiasm and love.

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Images were mainly shot with a Nikon D500 and 300mm f2.8 lens along with a Nikon D800 and 70-200 f2.8 lens with the occasional use of a 16-32 mm f4 lens and flash for the odd evening shot.

 

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26 Comments

on A Very Different Season: Another Soulful Experience
    Sally says:

    Wowzers!

    Annette says:

    Such fantastic images. How long did you stay?
    We love Londolozi

    Diane Fiedler says:

    It’s been three years since my visit to Sabi Sands. I love reading the Londolozi journals. They’re so well written, they make me feel like I’m there. Kudos to Mike Johnson. His photographic skills are outstanding and I enjoyed every picture he took. Thank you for sharing.

    Judy B. says:

    Amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Joanne von Zeuner says:

    Dear John. Your pictures are breathtakingly beautiful as is your writing about your experience at Londolozi. We have alsi just returned after a few days there and I could not have said it any better. Thank you for sharing πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

    Joanne von Zeuner says:

    Sorry I meant Mike πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

    Senior Moment says:

    Fantastic

    Vicky Sanders says:

    Wow! Those are some amazing photos. Loved each and every one, although I am a little partial to the Matimbas.

    Wendy Hawkins says:

    Wow Wow Wow!!!! Your pictures are just so unbelievably beautiful! There isn’t one that is better than another, its mind blowing how you have captured these images! Thank you Mike and I hope that in your stash there are more that you will treat us to. Keep planning for your next trip. Kind regards

    Jan Tanis says:

    These are exquisite. Thank you for sharing!

    Sam Hamilton says:

    Stunning photos! Thank you for taking me back for a few minutes. You are very talented!

    Jill Larone says:

    Beautiful pictures Mike! Thank you for sharing them.

    MJ says:

    Wow, those are some amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them!

    Tyler says:

    How’d you get the super low angle shots? Just lucky terrain or using some special gear?

    mike johnson says:

    I actually mounted my camera upside down, with a gimbal, on a monopod and with Sean’s permission hung it outside the vehicle and let it sit on the ground using a remote shutter release.

    Shirlee Cunningham says:

    These are wonderful shots and I would love to know how the chiraschuro shots were achieved (the half shadow/half light of cats/elephant). Hope not with the “flash” as we were always told not to use it as it blinds the animal for up to an hour making them vulnerable…..we loved our trip to Londolozi also.

    mike johnson says:

    Thank you…no flash used for those shots Shirlee, just a strong side light, sometimes natural other times from a second landi with rangers lamp.

    Marg Guit says:

    An epic show case of images!!! πŸ‘

    Rich Laburn says:

    Awesome gallery of images Mike, what a pleasure to view your photography. Really like the leopard images with the black background. Thanks for sharing.

    Glen and Keith Newton Jones says:

    Mike your photos are awesome, thank you for sharing! We were there end October with our wonderful guide Sean and tracker Rob and left ( reluctantly with a few tears) with such a greater appreciation of these wonderful animals, some of our own photos and memories to last forever. Wish we could have stayed forever!

    mike johnson says:

    Thank you! Just 5 nights Annett….it is an incredible place and I still cannot believe the amount of incredible sightings we had.

    mike johnson says:

    Thank you all so much for you comments! I have attached a link below to the other Londolozi shots we captured:

    https://goo.gl/5cNPKd

    Gillian Evans says:

    Hi Mike have just seen your photos.. leopards in half light and elephants are truly iconic! I absolutely love the black/white leopard on a tree. A stunning selection!

    Kathy DeLong says:

    Stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing

    Val van den Heuvel says:

    Absolutely stunning! Can’t decide which is the best shot!,

    Susan Strauss says:

    Amazing photos

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