Cats and dogs alive! Mombo is cooking with daytime hunters taking advantage of the large herds of impala all carrying heavy prior to the imminent lambing season. The dry season always promises thrilling action as predators take advantage of congregating wildlife at hotspots such as waterholes and fertile landmasses where the remaining grass attracts animals from far and wide.
Whilst out photographing the Mombo build process I couldn’t help but divert my attention elsewhere as the abundant plains came alive with predator action almost every day of the week. On two occasions this action could be witnessed right from the comfort of the camp!
Television has created quite an expectation of the African savannah, and if I had a penny for each time a guest expressed their interest in seeing a kill, I’d be a rich man
Kills in nature are not everybody’s cup of tea, and I too don’t get any kick out of watching one animal sacrifice its life for the survival of another. I have experienced many in my line of work, and I guess I will live through many more, but blood, guts and gore remain part of the job, as opposed to the natural beauty side of nature, which I mostly seek out in my working world.
Whilst African wild dogs make up one of my all-time favourite wildlife photography subjects, I am very well aware that finding them on the move in the early morning or late afternoon will certainly eventuate in a kill. It is then your choice if you wish to follow and witness the process, and how you wish to portray this event in your imagery. I am generally not one for showing the cruel side, but rejoice in the fact that these Endangered animals are able to live freely and survive in the large tracts of land offering protection thanks to safari operators and land custodians such as Wilderness Safaris and many more.
Conservation is a collective effort, as is the sustainability of African tourism. Without the preservation of natural resources, what would we have to offer?
I am sharing a few images from my week at Mombo Camp, where my daily distractions are the very product that our visitors travel from all corners of the globe to enjoy. I hope you enjoy this little diversion on your Monday morning, and we look forward to hosting you in our amazing new camp in 2018!
Written and Photographed by Deon de Villiers