I’ve recently arrived back home from a remarkable trip exploring the unspoilt terrain of Singita Sabi Sand. Home to three Singita lodges in 18,000 hectares, the reserve’s stretches of grassland are punctuated by groves of Acacia and Marula trees. The trip was extremely successful as the concession was teeming with game and we witnessed some incredible sightings.
Each day I captured as much of what I was seeing from the lens of my camera so I could share it with all of you. Heading out early every morning offered prime time for wildlife viewing as it was still cool and the majority of animals were still active. This is always my recommendation as early mornings present the most beautiful sunrises and life begins to stir as another day starts in the African bush – the odd cry of a lone hyena and the cackle of francolins signaling that the dawn chorus has begun.
Once the heat of the middle day has started to lift and ebb away, late afternoons are also a perfect time for exploration. Between mornings and late afternoons, trekking on foot through the bush or ambling across the grasslands in a Land Rover, just with my camera and radio, I marveled at the memorable moments I experienced. I was able to tick off the Big Five with relative ease. The Singita Sabi Sand concession has plenty to offer and the sightings of high profile animals are unmatched. The majority of the game in this area is relatively habituated to the vehicles and this allows one to get up close and personal to a lot of these animals and have the opportunity to view them in their natural environment. If you are cautious, the game vehicles do not disturb them, and you are able to spend time with these animals without altering their behavior in any way.
I also spent a lot of time on foot as this activity really allows one to connect with the environment and appreciate the smaller unique treats the bush has to offer. Without the sound of the vehicle, you allow yourself to hear any noises that may give away the presence of an animal.
Being in the wild heightens the senses in a different way than is normally experienced back at home. It brings a sense of well-being. Stay connected with the photographic journals that will be posted over the next few weeks. I hope to share as much as possible with you – and hopefully inspire you to plan a bush experience soon.
James Suter – trekking across the Singita reserves in Africa.