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Dean de la Rey


Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter completing ...

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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Too many interesting photos to select a favorite–well done!

Thank you Vin.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Dean. I used to feel exactly the same about going to my aunt’s farm, which is now part of Mabula Game Lodge. I used to LOVE going there for all my school holidays and felt I was “going home”, although i wasn’t as i lived in Jhb! I started going there at 4 years of age and am now nearly 82. Loved your Korhaan pic as well as the Giant King Fisher! Wendy M

Mabula is a great place too. Thank you for the comment Wendy.

Arlene Levin

Always love the photos in your blog. FYI, the name was changed from Black-bellied Korhaan to Black-bellied Bustard.

Thank you so much Arlene. Yes you are a hundred percent correct. Habit.

Mike Ryan

Wow great selection focus so crisp

Thanks Mike, I hope you well.

Jim Davis

Top notch photography

Thank you Jim

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, we are going to Lake Manyara to see the Tree Climbing Lions – but I see you have seen them here.
We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, Sept 5 – we will be there at Londolozi.
We will be in Lake Manyara on 25, 26, 27! We always save the best for last, we love Londolozi🤗, we have made 4 visits – and now the 5th🤗

Ah very jealous of the trip to Lake Manyara, look forward to seeing you in September.

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful expressive photos of Giraffe and Wild Dog. The Inyathini Male does looks tired but I particularly loved the texture and light on the Ele trunk and the vulnerable Pansy Butterfly poised so lightly on the sleeping Lion!

Thank you Jennifer

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

The Mashaba female, stunning photo .

Something different, thank you Ian.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Wonderful TWIP! My favorites include Inyathini (love that ear silhouette), the Giant Kingfisher and the Leopard Tortoise! Thanks, Dean!

Glad you enjoyed them Mary Beth.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

First of all….”Avuxeni” Dean and welcome back! Your images were absolutely stunning. The textures of the elephant’s trunk, the downward leap of a cub off the tree, to the tattered ears of the aging Inyathini male and the delicate butterfly on a massive lion. All were exceptional. One can see why your returns from leave are a true welcome home. Thanks!

Wow, what an unbelievable comment, appreciate it Joanne.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wonderful job Dean, especially you write up at the beginning. You also have an extraordinarily good eye for composition!!! Love your photographs!

Thank you so much Bob and Lucie, I quite enjoyed writing the write up as well. Appreciate the comment.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Dean, great selection of photos as always! Any idea as to the sex ratio of the Ntsevu sub-adults and the youngest litter?

William Julien
Guest contributor

This are nice pictures. Very real and some really show the rough life of the wild. Pieces of the ears of the Inyathini male look like they have been included in other’s meals.

Thank you William

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Amazing photos Dean- especially the elephant details. I understand how Londolozi feels like coming home. I was so excited to spend 5 days there in March, but two broken bones in my wrist have squelched that! Was so keen to finally have a chance to see leopard cubs… perhaps there will be more next year 😘

We can only hope so Denise, look forward to seeing you next year.

Karen Hart
Digital Ranger

Excellent selection of first rate photos. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Thank you Karen

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Amanig quaility!!! Particularly love the shots of the giant kingfisher and the Mashaba Female!!

Thank you Callum

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Hello Ray!

He sends his regards Al, see you soon.

Karen Taylor

Such fantastic pictures ! Especially the king fisher, we were lucky enough to get close to one on our recent trip to Londolozi. Cant wait to return.

Thank you Karen, have no doubt you guys will have great sightings again judging from what you all saw last time. Appreciate the comment.

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Black white of The Mashaba female is my favourite

Thank you Cheung

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Fantastic story and photos.

Thank you Henk

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning pics Dean.

Thank you Marinda

Mark Sadler

Lovely photos Dean. I especially loved the half face in black and white of the leopard.

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