Since I was a child, I have had a dream of going to Africa to see and photograph the animals.
These images were made during a month long visit to South Africa in March 2003. I traveled with my wife, who was born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and educated in South Africa. We traveled through much of the country, from beautiful Cape Town, in the far southwest, to Kruger National Park in the northwest, a journey of over a thousand miles. We visited three game parks: Addo Elephant National Park in south central South Africa, Kruger National Park, one of the major game parks of the world, in the northeast, with over 7,700 square miles, approximately the size of Rhode Island, and Hluhluwe-Omfalozi Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal, where major conservation work has been done with the white rhino. These parks belong to the animals; the humans are locked into rest camps at night. While driving, one is required to stay in one’s vehicle at all times. It was HOT, frequently over 100°F. My wife drove, very slowly, we both observed, and I photographed.