There’s a definite chill in the air on early morning and late evening safaris now, but with sightings like we’ve had this past week, who minds a bit of cold… A beautiful African sunrise often leaves one in awe, throw in two playful young elephant bulls and needless to say – it was a special… [Read More]
RANGER PROFILE: Frederik Aucamp
My name is Frederik Aucamp and I am part of the Sabi Sabi Social Media Team. I grew up on a farm close to the border of Botswana and South Africa, the nearest town was about 80km from us and therefore my parents decided to home school us. Being on the farm most of the time gave me time to explore and enjoy the beautiful bushveld with all its fauna and flora. I learned a lot about the bush from my father and grandfather and that made me even more passionate about the African Bushveld.
After high school, I did a constructive gap year, where I did work with many different people. This taught me valuable interactive skills and I found that I really enjoy working with people and getting to meet people from all over the world. This helped me make the decision to become a Field Guide and to live out my dream.
After I studied to become a Field Guide, I got the wonderful opportunity to work for Sabi Sabi. I went through a lot of intense Sabi Sabi training. Even though the training was tough, it was very rewarding and finally I started taking guests out on Safari drives and walks.
At the beginning of my guiding career I only used my cell phone to take photos and videos of the animals, but I soon realized that a cell phone is simply not enough, I was hooked on getting a better shot and this prompted me to purchase a better camera and lens kit. Now I am loving what I do and am really blessed to be able to practice my photography out here in this amazing place.
Every day is a learning curve and I am continuously improving my knowledge and skills in photography and Field Guiding.
- Canon 700D
- Canon 18mm – 55mm
- Canon 75mm – 300mm
Species name: African Wild Cat Scientific Name: Felis silvestris lybica Weight: Male: 3.5 – 6kg Female: 2.5 – 5.5kg Shoulder Height: Male: 35cm – Female: 35cm General Habitat: They are widespread but are usually found in areas with tall grass. Diet: Carnivorous. They will eat rodents, frogs, insects, birds up to the size of guineafowls, and other… [Read More]
“If I have ever seen magic, it was in Africa.” ~ John Hemingway We enjoyed a few Wild Dog sightings this week and with that, you are almost always guaranteed an action-packed safari watching these amazing predators hunt and play; or just rest. Seeing one of Africa’s most endangered predators, is always a privilege. Earlier… [Read More]
It has been a busy week on safari this week, so without further ado, herewith the highlights from the past 7 days… After a rather lengthy tracking exercise in the morning rain, we finally located the Southern Pride and who we believe to be the young Talamati male. Two of the males were trying desperately… [Read More]