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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on A Drive of Unusual Occurrences

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Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Jess, what great photos

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

That’s what I love about heading out on a game drive – the surprise where you least expect it! Glad that Tsalala and her cub are thriving…..

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That sounds like such a magical day!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

I have been waiting up dates on the lioness and her cub. Fingers crossed . Liked the fireflies and stars , a timed exposure perhaps?

Tammy Hynes

Thank God those lions made it. Why were you wanting to catch the lions crossing the river?in hopes a croc may get them

James Tyrrell

Watching lions crossing water is a beautiful scene Tammy, something we don’t get to witness very often here. No one wants to see a lion getting taken by a crocodile.

Mark Sadler

Thanks for your post. Lovely account of life with all its trials and tribulations.


Wonderful photos!

another excellent drive in the bush.

Kay Schmid
Digital Ranger

As far as I am concerned, this is the very reason to enjoy any bush experience. It doesn’t matter what one sees. Being out there is a reason to be there.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

An interesting blog Jess. Always nice to have some surprises on a drive. It would be interesting to know exactly why the hyena fell prey to the croc, but guess we will never know. Thank you for sharing with us.

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Absolutely beautiful photos

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Lovely post coupled with superb images. Thanks, Jess!

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

She is a such strong little one!

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