“Our animals basically make wildlife photography fashionable,” says Rodney Nombekana, a safari information who prides himself on giving guests a digital camera roll of causes to fall in love with Kruger’s wildlife. “By doing so, not only do they appreciate the wildlife but they also get involved in conservation of our natural world.”
“It just so happened that a leopard was sitting on a beautiful rock during the sunset, and I took out my cell phone and I took a picture of this leopard,” Nombekana recollects. “When I got home, I looked at the picture, and I realized that it would be nice if taken from a proper camera.”
So Nombekana purchased a starter digital camera package. As with the leopard, he discovered himself drawn to capturing photos of big cats — a fascination he says was possible sparked throughout his childhood in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape.
“The elders of the village always told us about the leopard,” he explains. “It was always a myth that there was this animal that was called a leopard. We actually never really saw it. It’s always been a dream of mine to actually see a leopard in the wild and when I first saw one, it was just unbelievable.”
Look via the gallery above to see how the leopard and different big cats have continued to carry a particular which means for Nombekana.