A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Luke Street

A WEEK OF MORE SURPRISES – 18th January 2019
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF MYSTERY – 11th January 2019
Greetings from a lush, green Tanda Tula Safari Camp, and welcome to another instalment of A Week in Pictures. The past week has seen a very welcome 81mm of rain falling at camp, with other parts of the concession receiving in excess of 100mm.Now, whilst this figure might not seem a great deal to many of our northern hemisphere readers, for us, this represents about a fifth of our average annual rainfall, and with the promise of more rain next week, things are looking up for a good summer of rainfall!
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

THE LAST WEEKS OF 2018 - 4 January 2019
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

Another year has come and gone, and that means it is time for another best of album! This past year saw me opt for a change of scenery following a wonderful decade at my previous home. Although the move wasn't a big one, moving a few miles south in the Timbavati has made for a delightful change - not only in terms of animals and landscapes, but also for me personally (like meeting the lady that makes me smile ever day). I have been able to enjoy my guiding thanks to the freedom offered, and as a result, it has also resulted in some special sightings and a few unique photographic opportunities.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

CHANGING OF THE SEASONS – 21st December 2018
A question that I am often asked by guests is “what is your favourite time of year?” and although it took me ten years to come up with an answer, this past week at Tanda Tula Safari Camp has once more entrenched within me the fact that I no longer need to think about the answer, and can simply say “summer”! 
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

Today’s blog is going to move away from the elements that work toward getting the correct exposure that has been the subject of this series up until now and look at an arguably even more important aspect of photography, and that is none other than the camera’s focus – the essential mechanism that allows us to get clear, sharp wildlife images.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER

This last week has been full of predators and unbelievably, with ten individual leopards being spotted! Brian Jones, our multiple return guest, has been in camp, he has visited Tanda Tula Safari Camp for so many years now that he has actually lost count! Brian has seen some truly amazing things in the Timbavati, but this trip he proudly proclaimed to be the best week of game viewing he has ever had! Now that is saying something! 
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF TOGETHERNESS – 30th November 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK OF HEAT – 23November 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

MIGRATION SEASON - 14 November 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

And just like that, it's November! Where exactly did this year go? However, when the weeks that are ticked off are as special as the one that just passed at Tanda Tula Safari Camp, we cannot really have any complaints.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

If I had one complaint this week, it was that I didn’t see a wolf. Okay, I know they are not found in South Africa, but based on the conditions that we experienced for most of the week, I was convinced that there was a big bad wolf huffing and puffing, trying to blow my house down! To say it was a week of windy conditions would be a slight understatement. For most of the past week, we have had to batten down the hatches, pull out the blankets and blast the Land Rover’s heater in order to keep warm...in fairness, I was probably the only one that benefited from the latter though! Despite the less than ideal conditions, the game viewing remained very good as we moved one week closer to the green season. Sadly, only a few more millimetres of rain fell this week, but it can’t be too long now before our first proper rains arrive. 
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A WEEK BACK IN ACTION - 19th October 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

By courtesy of the Tanda Tula Safari Camphttp://www.tandatula.com/blog/
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Luke Street

A WEEK OF DETAIL - 5 October 2018
While Chad is off enjoying some leave we share with you his colleague, Luke Street's experiences this last week....
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

For the first time in a long while we have had a week that was not dominated by the elephants in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Instead, the Tanda Tula guests have been absolutely spoilt with some fantastic lion sightings over the past week, as can be seen by their prevalence in the images posted here!
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A TUSK FOR A TUSK -17 September 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A Week of Many Movements -14 September 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

A Week at the Waterhole - 7 September 2018
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking