Just back from South Africa, and still dealing with jet lag, I thought I would post some photos for those asking for images. I must admit, however, that for me, the Safari experience was much more about THE EXPERIENCE and less about the photography.
While we drove around from 5:30am, seeking the big 5 animals, tracking them with our spotter and Ranger, we learned all about the various species. Rangers with walkie talkies would tell each other where to spot the leopard or cheetahs, and we came incredibly close. For me, just being there was enough.
We had a lot of down time at the lodge, and then went out again at 4pm until dark, to seek the nocturnal animals.
The gracefulness of the giraffe, the hungry lions, and enormity of the elephants was amazing. We encountered a roadblock of Cape Buffalo, and a leopard stalking a warthog. We even saw a lion eating a kill.
For me, photos could not convey the experience, but these will have to suffice.