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All our Featured Pics for 2016 in a 2 minute video:

September 2017: Louise van Heerden

Wherelionsroam featured pic Louise van Heerden

Photo © Louise van Heerden

Camera: Canon 7D with Sigma Lens 150-500mm lens

F-Stop: F7.1

ISO: 320

Shutter Speed: 1/200

Louise’s Description:

Found this beauty *somewhere* in the Kruger. That’s all we’ll say. What’s concerning is that as the years go by, we’re seeing fewer and fewer rhino in the Kruger.

September 2017: Izak van Heerden

Wherelionsroam Kruger lions on road

Photo © Izak van Heerden

Camera: Canon 7D with Sigma Lens 150-500mm lens

F-Stop: F7.1

ISO: 1600

Shutter Speed: 1/400

Izak’s Description:

Early morning drive 10km north of Crocodile Bridge. This couple’s romantic time was interrupted by our game drive vehicle. They remained on the road for a while and then headed off into the field for private time.

August 2017: Louise Victor

WLR Feaqtured Pic Louise Victor

Photo © Louise Victor

Camera: Canon with 100-400mm lens

F-Stop: F4

ISO: 250

Shutter Speed: 1/1600

Louise’s Description:

On a Mission. This lion was on his way to a waterhole in the Kgalagadi(Botswana side), the grass was beautiful with golden morning sun.

August 2017: Douda Bis

WLR Featured Pic Douda Bis

Photo © Douda Bis

Camera: Canon with 100-400mm lens

F-Stop: F6.3

ISO: 640

Shutter Speed: 1/4000

Douda’s Description:

The shot was shot taken in august this year in South Africa in Greater Kruger klaserie. We were following the tracks there with the guide from a lodge there and he managed to find him laying not far from 2 other lionesses.

Leo van Vuuren

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Photo © Leo van Vuuren

Julie 2017, Week 1: Mems Carim

WhereLionsRoanm Featured Pic Mems Carim

Photo © Mems Carim

Julie 2017, Week 2: Braeme Holland

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Braeme Holland

Photo © Braeme Holland

Camera: Canon 7D


June 2017, Week 4: Japie Maritz

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Japie Maritz

Photo ©Japie Maritz

Camera: Canon 1DX MII, Lens: Canon 500mm F4

F-Stop: F7.1

ISO: 1250

Shutter Speed: 1/640

Jason’s Description:

It was just before sunset at a rhino sanctuary in Africa. These rhinos had been at the water hole and were on their way back into the bush, against the setting sun. The last rays of the sun highlighted the small dust clouds around their feet, which caught my eye. The scene appeared very intimate – a family on a sunset stroll.

June 2017, Week 3: Jason Kandume

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Jason Kandume

Photo © Jason Kandume

Camera: Nikon D5, Lens: 600mm F4 Version II

F-Stop: F4

ISO: 320

Shutter Speed: 1/250

Jason’s Description:

Photo of impala taken in the Chobe National Park.

[See our Interview with Jason Here]

June 2017, Week 2: Calvin Kotze

WhereLionsRoam featured pic: Calvin Kotze

Photo © Calvin Kotze

Camera: Nikon D5, Lens: 200/400mm

F-Stop: F4

Calvin’s Description:

Early on a autumn morning at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, myself and my tracker headed out with the intention of tracking down this specific female leopard and her cub to show our guests, after finding here were we lucky enough to watch them as the played together, they were up and down the trees, this particular moment was captured when the female heard a hyena walking in the distance and stopped to inspect the situation, the cub stayed close by.

June 2017, Week 1: Philip Vivier

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Philip Vivier

Photo © Philip Vivier

Focal Length: 600mm

Shutter: 1/1250 sec

F-Stop: F6.3

Philip’s Description:

At the Melkvlei watering hole on our way to Nossob we encountered these playful young lions. I took many photos. In this one two of them bullied one another. This is just after they chased a lion with a stick in its mouth. Shot was taken in “Aperture Priority” mode. I reduced my exposure by a third of a stop.

May 2017, Week 5: Ilna Booyens

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Ilna Booyens

Photo © Ilna Booyens

Ilna’s Description:

Taken at Rietvlei dam close to Pretoria. Bird is Malachite Kingfisher.

May 2017, Week 4: Braeme Holland

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Braeme Holland

Photo © Braeme Holland

Camera: Canon 7D, Lens 70-200 F4

ISO: 320

Shutter: 1/800 sec

F-Stop: F7.1

Braeme’s Description:

It was my first trip to the Kruger National Park. It was late afternoon, and near Skukuza restcamp i captured this young hippo on moms back. I was perhaps 15 metres away , and what an awesome bonding sight to behold!!

May 2017, Week 3: Rodney Xolile Nombekana

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Rodney Xolile

Photo © Rodney Xolile Nombekana

Rodney’s Description:

I took the photo in Pilanesberg National park. I decided to take Motlobo then Thlware loop and it it where the magic happened. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The Time was 6:40 am and the sun was just about to appear on Thlware loop. As you can see in the background the yellow is the sun just peaking through but was still in the shadows where the lions were. So I had to up my Iso to 1250 and my shutter was at 500. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing as I was alone. The last time I saw the cubs were still small and far. She walked straight towards my vehicle. She was highly mobile so I had to be very quick. She was looking for the rest of the pride who were towards the dam wall of mankwe dam. She did pause for around 30 seconds and let me take a few shots of the cubs. Incredible sighting. What made it even more special was that I was alone with her and her cubs.


May 2017, Week 2: Joe Knapman

WhereLionsRoam Featured Pic Joe Knapman

Photo © Joe Knapman

Camera: Olympus OMD EM-1, 300mm lens

ISO: 200

Shutter: 1/1000 sec

F-Stop: F5.6

Joe’ Description:

The eyes say it all.

An unusual kill that reflects human wildlife conflict. The Masai brought their cattle too close to a pride of lions on the edge of the conservation area and the Serengeti. Suffice to say one of the cows became an opportunistic supper for the pride.

It’s always a little difficult to show the raw power of a lion and it’s kill without showing too much red stuff…
This image though, as she looks up, shows a killer look in her eyes.

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.

Have a Look at Our Previous Features:


2017, February

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2017, JanuaryWhereLionsRoam Featured Pic January 2017

2016, December

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.