Namibia Photography Safari

Post 3 – Cats!

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

It is difficult to describe – being in a quiet place away from people, just the 4 of us and our guide walking quietly and slowly alongside cheetahs in the wild.  Our guide assures us if we don’t make any sudden moves, they will accept us.  One of them wears a collar and we track them to our location.  Then we leave the vehicle behind and follow them on foot, giving them room to scout for a meal, find water, scratch on trees…  it’s amazing to watch them behave naturally.

Following cheetahs © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Following cheetahs
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

One of the great experiences in Namibia, is our chance to photograph within the reserve managed by AfriCats.  Our time there will not only yield outstanding opportunities to photograph big cats – but when we spend time there our expenditures underwrite their conservation efforts, particularly with cheetah and leopards! Our sightings for the day are documented for research. This is an amazing example of using tourism to accomplish conservation. They have a good success rate of releasing cats back into the wild – the others stay on the reserve.

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes we track them and find them out in the open and sometimes they are hiding in the grasses and we have to be careful not to alarm them!

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopards, on the other hand, must be photographed from a vehicle (open with high seats) or from a hide.

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

See more cat photos in post 1 and join us to photograph them in 2016!  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.namibia.htm

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