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  • … we feature not only pictures of lions, but also your best African travel/wildlife or nature shot.
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All our Featured Pics for 2016 in a 2 minute video:

May 2017, Week 1: Clint Ralph

WhereLionsRoam.com Featured Pic Clint Ralph

Photo © Clint Ralph

Camera: Canon 1Dx Mk II, Canon F4 600mm L-Series lens

ISO: 160

Shutter: 1/2500 sec

F-Stop: F4

Clint’ Description:

My son and I found this magnificent specimen lying under a tree around 11am in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We were the only vehicle on scene so we sat with him for some time. Around 30 minutes later he stood up and started marking his territory. He walked past our vehicle for some distance and then stopped to smell the air. With that he did an about turn and walked straight towards us across the sandy pan. The perfect image other than the shimmer of the heat. What a magnificent Pride Male.

April 2017, Week 4: Hannes Lochner

Wherelionsroam Featured Pic Hannes Lochner

Photo © Hannes Lochner

Hannes’ Description:

This is a photo of a page in my “KALAHARI PHOTOTIPS: Photographer on location” book

Qubitje Quap Waterhole (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa)

This waterhole is just 10 km away from the Nossob camp. and is probably my favourite in the Park. It is a fantastic spot to visit first thing in the morning as the light will be right behind you, and also during the afternoons. By parking on the little loop around the small treelines, you are perfectly placed for close-up photography. Be on the lookout for lion behind the small trees to the right of the waterhole. You can get really close to small birds like the canaries, finches and whydahs. Secretary birds, bateleur and vultures love to drink here during the hotter months.

General tip
This waterhole is well-known for two things: apart from all the predators drinking water here, the Lanner falcons and black-backed jackal hunt the sandgrouse and doves drinking here early in the morning.

How you can take a similar image
Lens: Telephoto
Settings: Large aperture. High ISO.
How: Get as close as possible to the water and use a super telephoto with large aperture to keep the focus on the subject, in this case the leopard. Also try to capture its flicking tongue. Make sure that your shut- ter is fast enough to freeze the tongue movement. Also try to keep the eyes in focus.

April 2017, Week 3: Douglas Carr

WhereLionsroam Featured Pic Douglas Carr

Photo © Douglas Carr

ISO: 800

Shutter: 1/250 sec

F-Stop: F2.8

Douglas’ Description:

This photo was taken inside the Kruger National Park on the S125. It’s one of the Mluwati cups.

Here’s also some prove that one can get amazing photo’s with a old camera, as I’m still shooting with my now 12 year old Nikon D2x,

but with my amazing Sigma 120-300 2.8 Sport.

April 2017, Week 2: Ross Couper

Wherelionsroam Featured Pic Ross Couper

Photo © Ross Couper

Camera: Nikon D3S

ISO: 800
F/stop: f4.0
Shutter: 1/500 sec


Photo taken at Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa.

April 2017, Week 1: Andrew Aveley

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Andrew Aveley
The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia (known as South-West Africa from 1894 to 1990), and regions of South Africa.
A semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert, such as the Namib Desert to the west. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. The driest areas usually receive 110–200 millimetres (4.3–7.9 in) of rain per year and the wettest just a little over 500 millimetres (20 in).
The surrounding Kalahari Basin covers over 2,500,000 square kilometres (970,000 sq mi) extending further into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kalahari is home to many migratory birds and animals. Previously havens for wild animals from elephants to giraffes, and for predators such as lions and cheetahs, the riverbeds are now mostly grazing spots, though leopards and cheetahs can still be found. The area is now heavily grazed and cattle fences restrict the movement of wildlife. Among deserts of the Southern Hemisphere, the Kalahari most closely resembles some Australian deserts in its latitude and its mode of formation. The Kalahari Desert came into existence approximately sixty million years ago along with the formation of the African continent.
Derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning “the great thirst”, or Kgalagadi, meaning “a waterless place”, the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. Drainage is by dry valleys, seasonally inundated pans, and the large salt pans of the Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana and Etosha Pan in Namibia. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest, forming marshes that are rich in wildlife. Ancient dry riverbeds—called omuramba—traverse the central northern

Photo © Andrew Aveley

ISO: 1000

Shutter: 1/2500 sec

F-Stop: F7.1


March 2017, Week 4: Lorraine Bettex

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Lorraine Bettex

Photo © Lorraine Bettex

Lorraine’s Description:

Lorraine took this picture in November 2014 near Mpaya in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We observed 3 couples of lions. A male would like to have 2 females and so they fight.

March 2017, Week 3: Philip Vivier

WLRFeaturedPic Featured Pic Secretary Bird

Photo © Philip Vivier

ISO: 500

Shutter: 1/1600 sec

F-Stop: F6.3

Philip’s Description:

On 12 September 2016 we were on our way from Twee Rivieren to Nossob. It was 6:09 when I took the shot close to Rooi Puts. The secretary bird was walking across a sandy stretch. With my Nikon’s 1.5 crop sensor I had an effective zoom of 750mm. This was my pick of 34 shots taken of the bird.

March 2017, Week 2: Kellie Butler

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic March 2017 Week 2

Photo © Kellie Butler

Camera: Nikon D7000, Lens: Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II

ISO: 500,

Shutter: 1/2500 sec

F-Stop: F2.8

Focal Length: 200m

Kellie’s Description:

Taken in the Serengeti, Tanzania. This beautiful cheetah mum and her cubs were pretty relaxed with our company. It was nice to see Mum grooming her babies after some heavy rainfall. There’s actually 4 cubs but of course there’s always one who wont pose for a photo.

March 2017, Week 1: Joanne Matson – Lion Cubs

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Joanne Matson

Photo © Joanne Matson

Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV

ISO: 3200
F/stop: f5.6
Shutter: 1/400 sec

Joanne’s Description:

While on a Wild Eye photo safari in the Mara, we were waiting at lion sighting of 2 females and 1 male hoping that they may make a kill of close by buffaloes.  We knew that 2 little Cubs were hiding in a bush nearby.  We were just about to leave the sighting to return to the lodge in time, when the 2 females got up and made a call.  Much to our surprise 8 little Cubs came running up the side of the hill and pounced on the 2 females.  This is just one sweet pic captured of these cute Cubs.

February 2017, Week 4: Ade Foster – Lion and Cub

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Ade Foster

Photo © Ade Foster

Camera: Nikon D200, Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm ED

ISO: 800
F/stop: f5.6
Shutter: 1/200 sec

Ade’s Description:

We were driving in the Timbavati Game Reserve very early one morning when we found four females just lying around. After a couple of minutes one went into a thicket of thorn scrub and brought out her cub. She placed it on the ground not ten metres from our vehicle, then went back into the thicket and brought out another one. It was as if she was showing them to us. A very special day indeed.

February 2017, Week 3: Neale Howarth – Elephants

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Neale Howarth

Photo © Neale Howarth

ISO: 3200
F/stop: f8.0
Shutter: 1/1000 sec

Neale’s Description:

We have a range of bulls who fight for dominance on Pumba Private Game Reserve, with a few encounters between them when they join the herd at the same time. We were so happy to find our 2nd and 3rd in charge having just such an encounter. The big bull on the right, Koos, is one of the original bulls brought in from Addo Elephant National Park in 2005, while his challenger is a younger male who is starting to fight for some form of dominance. What topped it off was the fact that the big bull had just had a swim, while his challenger had just had a mid bath in the red clay, resulting in fantastic contrast. Due to the heavy cloud and thin misty rain, I had to rely on a higher ISO to get a shutter that would allow for a sharp image when shooting handheld with a 400mm lens.

February 2017, Week 2: Hannes Rossouw – Lions before Sunrise

WhereLionsRoam.com Featured Pic Hannes Rossouw

Photo © Hannes Rossouw

Camera: Nikon D750
ISO: 1400
F/stop: f5.6
Shutter: 1/125 sec

Hannes’ Description:

HI Izak, sorry for the prolonged silence, I was in the Kgalagadi and only came back yesterday. We came across the lions next to the road before sunrise. As they were moving slowly I got away with using a slowish shutter speed (1/125 s) and used an iso of somewhere around 1600. I liked the leading lines formed by the road, as well as the interaction between the two lions.

February 2017, Week 1: Nobby Clarke

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Nobby Clarke

Photo © Nobby Clarke

Camera: Canon 7D, Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
ISO: ISO 640
F/stop: f8
Shutter: 1/400 sec

Nobby’s Description:

This image was taken on the H-10 road in Kruger National Park on 2016-10-19 at 15:27. The Lion pride had made a kill near the road and we were fortunate to get a front row seat at the kill so we sat and took a few photos before leaving them to finish their afternoon meal.

January 2017, Week 4: Matthew Poole

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Matthew Poole

Photo © Matthew Poole

Camera: Canon 7D Mark II, Lens: Canon 70-200 F2.8 Lens (200mm Zoom)
ISO: ISO 400
F/stop: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/1000 sec

Matthew’s Description:

After waking up to lions roaring, we set out tracking them. We eventually found a coalition of 2 dominant male lions. Shortly after finding them they started to hunt a herd of Zebra in the long grass. To get the shot i was looking for I did a big loop and waited for them to walk into picture with the perfect morning light and wind in their manes!

January 2017, Week 3: Peet Strydom

#WhereLionsRoam Featured PIC Peet Strydom

Photo © Peet Strydom

Camera: Canon 7D Mark II, Lens: Canon EF500mm with Camera Crop gives you an effective 820mm
ISO: ISO 640
F/stop: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/2500 sec

Peet’s description

This photo was taken from a boat on a safari in the Okavango Panhandle close to Shakawe in Botswana.

Due to the 500mm lens and added crop factor of the camera I could only focus on a section of the fish eagle.

[Editors Note: Getting the focus on the Eagle’s eye through the wing had to be extremely challenging. Nine times out of ten the camera will focus on the wing and spoil the shot]

January 2017, Week 2: Johan Mocke

Where Lions Roam Featured Pic Johan Mocke

Photo © Johan Mocke

Camera: Nikon D700, 70-200 Lens
ISO: ISO 640
F/stop: f/6.3
Shutter: 1/640 sec

Johan’s description

This photo was taken at 18h30, 10 December just south of Nossop. These two had been at it since 12h00 that afternoon – we left for camp for an hour two and came back at around 16h00. The loving couple had just left the waterhole and we found them on the road. My challenge was to get a shot from the front, so I had to go park a long distance in front of them. Other cars in the background spoiled the background but eventually we got a good shot and I managed to capture the expression on their faces.

January 2017, Week 1: Lonely Wildebeest

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Mike Cohen

Photo © Michael J. Cohen

Camera: Canon 1Dx
ISO: ISO of 400
Focal length: 200mm
F/stop: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/1600sec

Have a Look at Our Previous Features:

2016, December

WLR FeaturedPic December 2016

2016, November

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pics for November 2016

2016, October

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pics for October 2016

2016, September

Whee Lions Roam Featured Pic September 2016

2016, August

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2016, July

Featured Pic July 2016


2016, June

Featured Pic - July 2016 winner

Featured Pic Notes:

  • You must be the owner of the photo.
  • Size must be between 500Kb and 1 Mb. We will request a larger print for the weekly feature.
  • Photo will be featured on our social pages as well.

Please include the following information:

  • Your name and surname,
  • What camera,
  • What camera settings were used,
  • A bit mote background on how the image was taken.