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My passion for the South African Bush began in 2000 when I first visited the Timbavati. Since then I have been fortunate to have returned to South Africa at least once a year. Someone once told me that if you get the sand of the bush on the soles of your feet you will never shake it off. How true this statement is.
Most of my Bush photographs were taken in the Phinda Game Reserve and in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve which has become my favourite location.
I am most certainly not a professional photographer just someone who likes to capture a moment in time and for this reason I never use Photoshop or any other software to enhance a photograph other than to maybe crop a scene.
I use Canon cameras,EOS 5D MkIV, EOS 5D MKII and my trusty old EOS 30D with Canon Lenses EF 70-200mm L Series with occasional use of a 2x converter , EF 24-70mm L Series, Sigma 175-500mm and Tamron SP150-600.
My thanks go to all of the staff at Tanda Tula Camp in the Timbavati where I have stayed once or twice a year since 2009 and to the rangers and trackers who I consider to be the best and most experienced in South Africa and especially Luke Street, fanatical photographer and ranger who always manages to get me to the right place for those magical moments. I hope you like the photographs all of which hold a special moment in time for me. Brian Jones
The Timbavati is a private Game Reserve that is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. The Greater Kruger covers an area of over 2 million hectares (or more than 20,000 square km), about the size of Wales (UK) and is made up of the Kruger National Park and five private game reserves bordering its western boundary namely Sabi Sands (65,000 Ha), Manyeleti (22,750 Ha), Thornybush (14,500 Ha), Klaserie (60,000 Ha) and the Timbavati (60,000 Ha).
The Timbavati is located in the Mpumalanga Province and was established in 1956 by local game farmers. Around 1993 the fences separating the Timbavati and the other neighbouring reserves including the Kruger National Park were removed allowing the wildlife to roam freely between these reserves. In Xitsonga the Name Timbavati means ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the hevens’ and it is thought to refer to the rare White Lions of the Timbavati. Although White Lions have been indigenous to the Timbavati for centuries, the earliest recorded sighting in the region was in 1938. Game viewing in the Timbavati is superb, you can very often see the Big Five in one day and although most people come to see the big animals the variety of birdlife, smaller mammals, insects, flora and trees are just as interesting.