A Photo Diary of Wildlife in South Africa

Over summer I volunteered at a game reserve in South Africa. Seeing animals in the wild and well-cared for in rehabilitation centres and sanctuaries was everything I hoped it would be. I took my Canon DSLR 1200D, mostly using my telephoto lens, and tried my best to do the majestic, beautiful animals justice.



This white lion was in the big cat rehabilitation centre in Kwantu Game Reserve


A giraffe wandering in Kwantu Game Reserve


A squirrel monkey in Monkeyland, Plettenberg Bay


I finally saw a lion in the reserve on my last day! 


Zimbali the cheetah at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre


A great white showing its teeth whilst shark diving in Mossel Bay


I fell in love with these marmosets at Kwantu Game Reserve


Zebras in Kwantu Game Reserve


A leopard climbing a tree at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre


A tiger originally bought over to South Africa as a pet, now in a rehabilitation centre


At Kwantu Elephant Sanctuary


A vervet monkey wandering around Kwantu


A serval cat at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre


White lion cubs at Kwantu Big Cat Rehabilitation Centre


A caracal at Tenikwa Wildlife and Awareness Centre. I was also lucky enough to see one of these on my night drive at Kwantu Game Reserve!


A good one to end on. Father and son walking in Kwantu Game Reserve



    • August 12, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      You should do it! I’d always wanted to go too and I’m so glad i did. Thank you so much. I stayed at Kwantu Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth, where I volunteered for 2 weeks.

      • February 5, 2017 / 7:10 am


        My name is Shakir from Kwantu Private Game Reserve.

        It is great for us to see that you enjoyed your volunteering experience with us.

        I must also add that your wildlife photos are stunning.

        Thanks for spending some time at Kwantu and for sharing your experience with others.

        We hope to have you back at Kwantu again in the near future.


        • February 5, 2017 / 10:06 am

          Hi Shakir. Thanks so much for reading my post commenting. I loved Kwantu and would love to return in the future 🙂

  1. August 13, 2016 / 2:53 am

    These are so lovely! I think the shark one is my favorite, but it also terrifies me at the same time! Headed to SA for about a month in January, and I’m so excited!

    • August 13, 2016 / 5:03 am

      Thank you 🙂 Shark cage diving was fantastic. Oh nice! If you want to shark dive there I did it in Mossel Bay and would recommend it.

  2. Courtney Jones
    August 13, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Your photos are amazing! I so want to go to Africa – and definitely will invest in a lens with a good zoom before I do!

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:25 am

      Thank you Courtney! I’m so glad I’ve ticked a safari off my list and I would love to go again. I would definitely recommend the zoom lens. It can make the animals look so close.

  3. August 13, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Great photos. I live in South Africa and game reserves are my happy place. I haven’t been to Kwantu yet but I’ve been to many others. Glad you enjoyed your time here.

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:23 am

      Thank you, I would love to visit more game reserves in Africa. You are so lucky to live near so many!

  4. August 13, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Fantastic pics! You’ve done an awesome job capturing the magnificence of these beautiful animals. Makes me want to head off on safari with my long lens 😉

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:21 am

      Thank you! It’s lovely to hear that. I would definitely recommend it; the long lens did most of the work for me! 😀

  5. August 13, 2016 / 9:19 am

    OMG you got so close to a great white! I’m super jealous, that is my absolute dream!

    Your photos are gorgeous, I admire your skills!

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:20 am

      It was amazing to see them so close. I would definitely recommend it! Thank you so much!

  6. August 13, 2016 / 9:34 am

    I absolutely would love to go on a safari! The animals are all so beautiful. <3

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:18 am

      It had always been my dream too. I’m so happy I managed to go on so many whilst volunteering in South Africa.

  7. August 13, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Beautiful photos! I especially loved the elephant’s portrait.

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:17 am

      Thankyou, this was at the elephant sanctuary. Was amazing to get so close to these animals.

  8. August 13, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    These photos are INCREDIBLE! I got chills over the great white shark picture, I am so impressed by your photography skills! Could you give more info on where exactly you stayed while there and for how long?

    • August 29, 2016 / 9:12 am

      hi Sophia, thank you so much! I stayed on Kwantu Game Reserve for 2 weeks volunteering. At the weekends I visited Jeffereys Bay where we stayed in a hostel called Island Vibes and I also visited Plattenberg Bay where we stayed in another hostel (sorry I don’t remember the name). We visited Mossel Bay from here which is where we did the shark diving. Hope this helps.

  9. Jurga
    October 8, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Stunning photography! I love that shark picture too. You just reconfirmed my belief that South Africa is the most beautiful and diverse country on the planet. We’ll be going back!

    • October 8, 2016 / 11:05 am

      Thank you! I’d also love to return one day. I wish I went for longer as there’s so much more to see.

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