The back streets of the 'Blue City' have some fabulous doors and windows. Many look as if they are hundreds of years old.
A short film I made of my dive safari to the Red Sea in 2017. We spent a week at sea and dived many of the classic sites including Brothers islands, Daedalus reef and Elphinstone reef.
The main aim for the trip was to dive with some of the big sharks (especially hammerheads) and we weren't disappointed.
- Scalloped hammerhead shark - c. 40
- Oceanic white-tip shark - c. 8
- Thresher shark - 1
- White-tipped reef shark - 1
- Grey reef shark - 1
list of the mammals we saw on our South Africa trip in 2017. KNP = Kruger National Park.
* Kruger rarities.
- Tree squirrel - Common throughout the trip, anywhere with trees.
- Porcupine - A total of three on two night drives in KNP.
- Scrub hare - Several on two night drives in KNP.
- Elephant - Every day in the park in good numbers. The largest herd being about sixty.
- Burchell's zebra - Common throughout KNP and seen daily.
- White rhinoceros - First seen (two) near Skukuza Camp in KNP. Up to eight seen in total.
- Hippopotamus - Found in all suitable lakes and waterholes in KNP. Seen feeding in bush at night on night drive.
- Warthog - Seen most days.
- Giraffe - Seen every day in KNP including two adult males fighting.
- Blue wildebeest - Seen most days in herds up to 50. More common in the south of KNP.
- Tsessebe* - Seen twice near Lataba Camp in KNP in mixed herd with impala.
- Grey duiker - Three individuals seen in KNP.
- Klipspringer - One seen on kopje near Lower Sabie in KNP.
- Steenbok - Several individuals seen in KNP.
- Sharpe's grysbok* - Two (maybe three) seen in KNP between Pundha Maria and Shingwedzi in KNP.
- Impala - The commonest mammal in KNP seen every day in good numbers.
- Roan* - Two seen near Pretoriuskop Camp in KNP.
- Sable* - Four seen near Pretoriuskop Camp in KNP.
- African buffalo - Fair numbers seen most days in KNP, more common in the south. Largest herd about 80.
- Kudu - Small numbers seen every day in KNP including one lucistic female.
- Nyala - Small numbers see every day in the northern half of KNP and at Kurisa Moya.
- Bushbuck - Mostly seen in and around the camps in KNP.
- Eland - Seen twice in KNP, three and four individuals.
- Waterbuck - Fair numbers seen most days in KNP, more common in the south.
- Spotted hyena - Two dens found with family groups. Largest number was five moving on the road near Pundha Maria in KNP.
- Cheetah - Three near Pretoriuskop Camp in KNP.
- Leopard - One seen on road before dawn near Pretoriuskop Camp in KNP was our only sighting.
- Lion - Over 40 individuals seen. Mostly adolescent males and females. Largest pride was 17 including a white individual near Letaba Camp in KNP.
- Serval - One in broad daylight by the roadside near Kurisa Moya.
- Black-backed jackal - One seen at dawn near Pundha Maria Camp in KNP.
- Honey badger - One seen along riverbank near Lataba Camp in KNP.
- Slender mongoose - Several seen in KNP.
- Banded mongoose - Several seen in KNP including group of ten.
- Dwarf mongoose - Several seen in KNP.
- Chacma baboon - Common.
- Vervet monkey - Common.
- Samango monkey - One seen at Kurisa Moya.
We also saw a lot of bats, a probable vlei rat at Kurisa Moya and a probable multimammated mouse taken by a black-shouldered kite in KNP.
Some portraits of lions from Kruger National Park in South Africa.