As you might know, Photo-Africa is a website where Field Guides and anybody who loves and photographs African wildlife can upload their images.
Over the last few months you might have read some Blogs that have been uploaded by Gavin Tonkinson and Grant Marcus who are two of the contributing Field Guide Photographers on Photo-Africa. As you might have gathered from their Blogs, they are not only great photographers but Field Guides that work in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Matt Jones is another Field Guide that works in Madikwe and contributes to Photo-Africa and he has sent through his first Blog post.
The life of a Professional Field Guide (yes I am calling it that - read the previous post) is always interesting and through this Blog we will attempt to give you an inside look into our always exciting life in the bush - which will of course include some great images!! If you have any questions for any of the contributing Field Guides with regards to any of their posts, images or whatever else you might wonder you can leave comments on the Blog and they will get back to you as soon as possible! Also, if there are any specific images you would like to see or parts of the lifestyle you would like to know more about let us know and we will do our utmost to get it onto the Blog!
In future I will create a link from the author of each Blog which will take you directly to his images on Photo-Africa. So anyway, enough from me.
Below you can read Matt's first post on the Photo-Africa Blog.
As always I look forward to hearing from you!
"Where do Field Guides go on Leave?"
This is a question guests always ask us, and yes we do sometimes go to other game reserves for leave! Although a lot of people don’t understand this, but we can enjoy the bush without having to pay all our attention to the guests…and just relax.
This past July I went up to Caprivi –
What a beautiful place! Yes there was a bush war fought there with
Five countries converge in this area,
Went up to a wonderful little fishing lodge on the Zambezi – Kalizo Lodge, just in the camp there are birds which we don’t get in
Zambezi was nice and high, as the flood plains have emptied into the river; pushing all the small fry into the river as well – making for wonderful fishing. Tiger Fish also know as Stripped Water Dog, due to the fact of when he hits you – sometimes could take your rod out of your hands if not paying attention. Fifteen different species of Bream, some growing more than 3 kg (7 Pounds) in size, and a bream which grows in a river always puts up a great fight.
Just spending time and having the privilege to be on a great ancient African river like this, sooths your soul and you come home with a mind which has been widened; just by drifting down the river and seeing everyday life of the locals and the wonderful wildlife on the banks.
We drove from Madikwe up through
This is what we as guides look for when we go to other wild areas on leave…something wilder than were you work. A place which will re-new your passion or fuel your fire for wild places of this world.
If you ever have a chance to go to Caprivi, one should take the opportunity to and experience a different life which the locals live; and fantastic wild life in and around the area.