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Re: Dam , waterhole top ten photography

Unread post by oddesy » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:05 am

Nsemani dam is a real jewel and i got some great photos of animals coming to drink :D
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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:57 am

Dear Crested Val, et al,

Many thanks for this most interesting and very relevant topic. Kruger is a nature photographers paradise and some guidelines would be welcomed by many. From my limited experience and knowledge of sunsets and sunrises relates to the subjects available and in many cases a beautiful tree can make a great sunset or sunrise pic. What would make a nice sunset or sunrise tree? Best ones would be characteristic ones, namely flatcrown (tortillis), leadwood, mopani, baobab. They would need to be solitary and large. Many areas are good for this, Lower Sabie & Satara for flat crown.

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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:56 am

I think this can be a great thread, if we can get the people contributing :D

When at Satara, heading West in the morning along the H7 provides the best lighting! With the sun behind you, and a great road for sightings 8)

For nice sunrise pictures, I think the Old Main Road (S90) NE of Satara is conducive to nice shots! Open plains with the odd tree that you could use in the foreground to give a sense of location :thumbs_up:
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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:10 am

So many great places. For me nothing beats a Lake Panic Sunset at Mopani. It is magical.
Olifants lookout near sundown is also beautiful as is the sunrise from Olifants camp. Sunrise at lower sabie is also breath taking!

The Shingwedzi river road near Kanniedood is a lovely stretch of road with many loops to take gorgeous photos - if u are lucky u might get a great Ellie in the pic!

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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by Shutterbug » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:38 am

I really like LightTrac for iPad/iPhone, Android also has it.
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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:46 am

Good post to resurrect.

I see in the latest "Getaway" magazine that Kwaggaspan waterhole was considered to be one of the ten best in Southern Africa. It looks as though photo friendly places formed the basis of the nomination. I must say, as familiar as I am with Kruger, I had to look it up.
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Lake Panic Bird Hide

Unread post by Joubie » Tue May 07, 2013 2:58 pm

What is the best time of the day to spend at Lake Panic to take photos?

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Re: Lake Panic Bird Hide

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Tue May 07, 2013 7:09 pm

Joubie, I spend many hours over the years at LP and something can happen any time.

For Photography the best time is in the afternoon with the sun behind the hide. During the day the light is harsh, but try to under expose and you will have lots of action.

In winter with the temperature below zero (take a blanket) you get the most amazing sunrise images and just to sit there you never forget and go back again.

You can view the LP gallery to get an idea. I love the birds, but my best sighting ever was two Leopard sightings in 2 days....

Hope you get stunning images and please share........

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Re: Lake Panic Bird Hide

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Tue May 07, 2013 9:47 pm

Joubie, you wil have a great time there at the 'Lake' and I am :mrgreen: as it is my favoutite spot - still waiting to hear if my application to be a caretaker there is successfull :hmz: .

As Jan van Wyk had commented - fully agree. The winter morning early as possible is just amazing with sunrise on the horizon. Watch out for the hippos close to the hide early mornings and late afternoons. :thumbs_up:

Remember to post some LP pics on the Gallary that Jan had started... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by skywalker2251 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:43 am

Biyamiti Weir is a great place for photos. I love being eye level with the water there, and although it's still a little ways from camp, I've had several opportunities, either in the morning or evening there, with great light.

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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by squirrel_asc » Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:35 pm

Biyamiti Weir - Early morning. Love the low angle you can get here!
The hide (which name I can't remember :whistle: ) on the S28 a few Km south of Lower Sabie - Late afternoon. Beautiful spot for birding, and the opposite bank is nice and close, should any animals come to drink.
Lake Panic - late afternoon.
Any of the roads around Satara - The open plains make great photos :)
Shingwedzi causeway - Morning or Afternoon.
Any of the little loops/viewpoints on the S50 past Kanniedood dam - Afternoon.

That's all I can think of for now, but there is more :tongue:
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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by Yoda » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:41 pm

Sunset Dam.

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Re: Database of good (kruger) photo locations

Unread post by JimS » Fri May 29, 2015 10:51 am

Here is my two cents worth on my favourite locations for photography in Kruger.

Sunrise and Sunset

I prefer to take sunrise/set pics before the sun rises and after the sun sets, looking for interesting clouds that will reflect the sun's colours without the sun overpowering the pic. I also try and use water to echo the cloud colours to add colour to the foreground. So favourite places, the low water bridge at Skukuza for sunrise, some nice rocks for foreground interest. The high level bridge at Kruger Gate for sunrise and sunset. The Lower Sabie area and Olifants viewpoints, and the high level bridge at Letaba. Lake Panic for sunrise pics.


Obviously Lake Panic during the months of Sept/Oct/Nov when the chicks are hatching, particularly the grey herons the whole place is buzzing. If there are darters/cormorants perched in front of the hide in the early morning then there can be some very nice rim lighting on the birds, I keep the sky out of the pic. If the malachite kingfishers are around then they often perch on the tangle of branches close to the left of the hide, nice dark background to make the bird "pop" in the pic. Watch out for the wire tailed swallows feeding the chicks, the chick is perched and the parent hovers to feed the chick, nice action pic if you can get it. Earlier this year I, and other photographers managed to get pics of a python catching and eating a woodland kingfisher close to the hide.

The Sweni hide is also excellent for birds with egrets nesting during spring. The hide is a little high but almost at eye level for flying birds such as herons. The loop next to the hide puts you at eye level with birds in the river, as does the Sweni causeway. In the last couple of years there have been large herds of elephants around the hide in the afternoon. The sun moves from left to right of the hide and is never really behind the hide.

Sunset Dam in the early morning, sun behind you. Lots of birds in flight action, egrets, wood storks, geese, spoonbills and maybe fish eagles. Lots of small birds wading at the waters edge.


I don't drive around very much in Kruger, preferring to go to places where I can predict the light and to an extent predict what can be seen and photographed. I have no wish to get involved in the traffic jams at a cat sighting. For the cat pics I go to the Kgalagadi. In the last couple of years the tar road between Satara and Sweni has been very productive, lots of hyena, lion, and cheetah, in an open landscape for good pics.
In the north of the park the Tihongonyeni waterhole on the S143 near Mopani is also a good morning location, assuming it has water. I have taken pics of huge herds of buffalo coming to drink, elephant and eland, with good birds, storks and vultures, and uncommon birds such as blue cheeked bee eaters, and pratincoles.

So that's my small two cents worth


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