Wildlife Report

The Singita Wildlife Report

First-hand ranger reports from the bushveld

Singita Pamushana

May 2013 - Pamushana, Zimbabwe

Roadblocks and Traffic Jams

No matter where I went this month I got stuck in some sort of snarl-up – it seemed there was an obstruction around every bend. No warnings, no detours, no signs and no explanations – just gridlock. There were even random zebra crossings that appeared out of nowhere. There was nothing I could do about it, other than just sit and wait for it to pass.  On a far more serious note – if time is on your side it is always a good idea to try every lens in your camera bag for a new perspective and a different technique.

The herd of elephants in the road gave me a great opportunity for some creative photography. The last photograph in this series is a close-up of the big bull elephant’s feet. He was blocking the road and making sure he stayed between his herd and us. I had enough time to use my 400mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter, make sure it was stabilized on a beanbag, take the speed down to 1/80th of a second, hold the focus on his forefoot and wait for him to take a step closer, so as to capture some movement in his stride.
I’m very pleased with the moody result of a swirl of shadows, a dragging trunk, gnarled toenails and the intimidating movement in his massive foot.

Download the full wildlife report here:  Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report May 2013



  • Average minimum 12.8˚C (55.0˚F)
  • Average maximum 27.9˚C (82.2˚F)
  • Minimum recorded 10.9˚C (51.6˚F)
  • Maximum recorded 33.5˚C (92.3˚F)


  • For the period: 1.4 mm
  • For the year to date: 353.8 mm

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