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Mashaba 3:3 Female

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Richard Waghorn

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Richard is a keen amateur photographer, and discovered his love for being on safari when he lived in South Africa from 2009 to 2012. When Richard is not in the bush with his camera gear, he is Director of Technology for RTÉ, the ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing sightings Richard. Great images. Lucky to view the lions. If it is leopards you want to see, there is only one place and that is Londolozi.

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Thanks Marinda – I think we were very lucky!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

I can still remember quite vividly our first leopard sighting in 2013 in a tree within 15 minutes of leaving camp–impala in tree; saliva dripping from its mouth; totally alert as hyenas approached.

Richard Waghorn
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Vin – that’s a cracking first Leopard spot to have! Mine was a 5 second glimpse of the back end of a Leopard disappearing into the bush.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Richard, I thoroughly enjoyed your narrative, Reading this brought me right back to how I felt when I visited Londolozi. Great times and a life changing experience. Thank you

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Thank you – pleased you enjoyed reading the blog.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Loved the stories and the photos! So exciting!

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Thanks Darlene!

Patrick McEntee
Explorer

Hello Richard, we were stunned by your breathtaking images of leopards and the playful cubs as well as your fascinatingly account of the three days spent in Londolozi. A gifted eye that captures magical moments and we have so enjoyed them. Patrick and I, lived in South Africa for 5 years – 3 of them in KZN and spent as much time as we could in the African bush, which truly steals your heart and soul. We never saw a leopard. We saw everything else. Now, living in Spain, I ache for Africa but am nourished by the photos and films of the world’s most stunning and precious wildlife. Pamela

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Hi Pamela… I agree… there is something quite special about the African bush. I hope you get to see a Leopard one day…

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Richard!
What a fantastic safari you and your parents had! Beautiful photos! I specially liked your photo of Ximungwe 5:3 Female in the tree with the impala, what a wounderful perspective in that photo!
So elegant she is climbing, so high up! Impressive!
What a beautiful bird you found! What a splendour! I have never seen something like it. She lookes like a Queen with that tiara!
You have really fantastic company when you eat breakfast! Good for you that they don’t like croissants… Thank you for sharing!

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

HI Ann… thanks for your comments. Yes, that’s the Crested Barbet – not a common sight, so we were also lucky to see it. Richard

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Your images are outstanding and I envy you living in South Africa . . . I live in the States and becoming a resident of South Africa is a goal of my wife and I. While all of your images are great, I particularly like the Zebras. What lenses did you use during your safaris?

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Hi Jeff, I used a Canon 1oo-400mm lens on a 5D Mark II. I then use Lightroom to bring the photos to life! Richard

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Some cracking photos – well done

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Thanks Ian!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, Richard. 12 leopards on one holiday at Londolozi! They certainly have a challenge for the next time you are in South Africa! Thank you for the most interesting article. Wendy M (who was born in S.A. and, having lived elsewhere, wouldn’t move away from the Bush. This place, with all its warts, is HOME!)

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Thanks Wendy. I suspect that next time, 12 will be a very difficult target to beat!

Suzi & Ben Byrd
Digital Ranger

Hi Richard, We love your photo of the leopard in the tree – using an adjoining branch as a pillow. Glad you had such a successful safari. We were at Londolozi for 6 days in September and saw leopards on every drive except for one.

Richard Waghorn
Guest contributor

Thanks Suzi – I also really like that photo! Had some great sightings.

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