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Keagan Chasenski

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Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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Senior Digital Ranger

So happy to finally see the tsalala lioness, I was worried about her

Hi Keagan, for me the male giraffe bull is my favorite for this week. What an impressive bull and his dark colour makes him even more beautiful. All your foto’s are absolutely stunning and it is hard to choose just one. Very glad to of seen the Tsalala female lioness again. She has had such a hard time with everything she had to go through, a survivor forsure.

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So hard to choose a favorite picture! They are all pics. I will choose Plains Camp male picture. He looks so regal there.

Keagan. absolutely incredible shots TWIP’s. My favorite is the Plains Camp male listening to the sound of a distant roar. What a regal animal portrait ..

Such colorful variety this week. I especially loved the giraffe and black and white hippo. The image of the Nkuwa female positively glowed, and I loved how you framed the Tsalala female between the trees.

I love all your photos Keagan.
It’s good to see the Tsalala lioness again. The light on and of the water around the hippo is so splendidly sparkling. The colors of the giraffe photo are wonderful, as are all the other late afternoon colors. I love the expression on the faces of all the leopards and that really royal look on the Plain Camps male’s face.
And what a great sighting: the wild dogs together with lions and a rhino!

I have quite another question: when I go on safari holiday I always take just one book with me, I read for example Mr Varty’s book about Londolozi or the great book Jess once recommended: An African Love Story.
Could you maybe one write a blog in which guides and staff members who like reading books on African/ nature topics recommend a favorite one? It would give some of your members (maybe) some idea of what to read on the next safari.

I’m not Keagan, but if I may give my 2 cents for your question. I absolutely love “Shaping Kruger” by Mitch Reardon. It’s a non-fiction book that talks about the relationships between the various fauna in the Kruger ecosystem. It was recommended to me by our guide when we went (Callum Gowar) and is my favourite book about the bush. You’ll learn so many interesting phenomena. For example: Wildebeest numbers counterintuitively increase during drought years, as lions switch to specializing in buffalo, meaning they don’t get preyed upon as much.

It’s an easy read and not super dense, I highly recommend it!

Thank you very much David for this great advice! I will buy this book and take it on my next safari trip!

Absolutely stunning photos, as if one was right there in the middle of what was happening.
Apropos being there; a visit to Londolozi is definitely on my Bucket list.
(Just have to hope my numbers come up on the lottery one day)
Thank you and all the Team for brightening my day with your stories and wonderful pictures, and hope to meet you all in Person someday 😊
Take care and have a great weekend
Greetings from Hamburg
your Anthony

I agree, Keagan. The Nkuwa photo is quite fine. And the Tsalala lioness . . . how could one not remark on her photo?

Great variety of pictures in TWIP, Keegan. My favorites are of the menacing looking Senegal Bush male. We were fortunate enough to see him a couple times during our last visit to Londolozi in September.

Great TWIP Keagan, thanks. Good to see the Tsalala female again, looks like she’s still on her own?
My vote goes to your beautiful shot of Nkuwa – stunning. Although I’ve seen her, she was only about 8 months old at the time (and with her sister Finfoot). I’d love to see her again when I return in November.

Love those wild dogs! The sun coming thru on the ellies is BEAUTIFUL!!! My fave this week for sure! The regal king shot is pretty great too with the colors. Happy Weekend!

Keagan, your photos for TWIP are fantastic this week. You’ve captured the golden and blue hours perfectly and I especially enjoy the contrast of the animals against the greenery. I’m so happy to see the Tsalala female, but a bit disappointed as it seems she has yet to produce cubs. I guess her liaison with the Skorro male wasn’t successful.
Another favorite image is your landscape with nature’s sun rays slicing through the clouds whilst the elephants graze.

I’m rather taken by the portrait of the wild dog male. His side stare, the blood-clumped neck fur, the battle-scarred ears and that glare all tell the tale of the violent life of an wild dog. Intimidating!

All cats are superb, absolutely! But I chose the hippo. The picture is perfect (timing, light, colours, animal…) and I like hippo a lot. The giraffe bull is a stunner. Wildebeest are my second choice as I suppose nobody would choose them, and the shot is perfect. The single impala third for the same reason. I appreciate a lot the elephant bulls , not really something to pass by unnoticed! Fantastic pictures this week

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It’s lovely to see the Tsalala lioness, and the image is stunning.

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