Click on the first image, scroll through the gallery and by the end of it you are sure to believe, as we do, that South Africa is a treasure chest of beautiful creatures that you absolutely have to visit!
Garden Commodore (wet season colouration)
Cape Batis (female)
Cape Turtle Dove
Common Blue (Leptotes sp)
Speckled Rock Skink
Highveld Cabbage Trees
African Olive Pigeon
Rainforest Brown butterfly
Southern Rock Agama
Common Tree Ferns
Male Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Yellow Pansy butterfly
Common River Frog
Garden Acraea on exotic lantana
Male Southern Double-collared Sunbird
Mopane leaves are uniquely butterfly- or spoor-shaped
Thread-waisted Wasp and caterpillar prey at Marakele
Beautiful impala lily flowers
Bennett’s Woodpecker (male)
African Monarch butterfly
Sausage Tree Fruit
Red Toad at home outside our cottage
Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow
Velvet Ant female – This flightless wasp mimics an ant whle searching for unsuspecting prey.
Marilize and I thank God for creating Joubert for us and us for him. What more could we need? What a blessing it’s been to watch this bright and beautiful little boy grow up to share our appreciation and deep love for South Africa’s wild places.
Looking back at some photos of him enjoying the great outdoors brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Has ten years really flown by so quickly!?
Happy Birthday, Joubert!
2 Months old: October 2009. First visit to the Kruger National Park, and time for a nappy change in the bush!
7 Months old: March 2010. Climbing trees at Olifants in the Kruger National Park.
7 Months old: March 2010. Off-roading pram along the Rademeyer Spruit in the Moreletakloof.
9 Months old: May 2010. Did Dad see the elephants? Spekboom Hide, Addo Elephant Park.
9 Months old: May 2010. Surrounded by Guineafowl in the rest camp at Wilderness in the Garden Route National Park.
1 Year old: September 2010. What to do with these francolins? Biyamiti, Kruger National Park.
1 Year old: November 2010. Game-viewing at Chelmsford Nature Reserve.
1 Year old: November 2010. Time to learn more about birds. Mpila, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
1 Year old: November 2010. Playing on the beach at Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
1 Year old: November 2010. Time for a picnic in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
1 Year old: December 2010. Chasing butterflies through a field on the North West Province farm where Grandpa grew up.
1 Year old: April 2011. Looking for the Big 5 in the Kruger National Park.
1 Year old: April 2011. Just look at that interesting lizard! Letaba, Kruger National Park.
2 Years old: August 2011. Joubert appreciating the view from unit 14 at Olifants
2 Years old: October 2011. Short, unsteady legs over big rocks at Pilanesberg National Park.
2 Years old: December 2011. Inspecting a dead butterfly picked up at the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve.
2 Years old: June 2012. Making the acquaintance of a bushbuck at Letaba in the Kruger National Park.
2 Years old: April 2012. Happiness in a forest at Royal Natal.
2 Years old: June 2012. Just how big is that elephant skull!? Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.
3 Years old: August 2012. Photographing a warthog at our cottage in Mpila, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
3 Years old: August 2012. Something’s very interesting on the ground at Midmar Nature Reserve.
3 Years old: September 2012. Closer inspection of a nyala ewe in Pafuri Picnic Site, Kruger National Park.
3 Years old: December 2012. Practicing balancing at Ithala Game Reserve.
3 Years old: January 2013. Wet morning in the Moreletakloof.
3 Years old: February 2013. In the hide at Lake Mankwe, Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
3 Years old: March 2013. At the entrance to Chelmsford Nature Reserve.
3 Years old: April 2013. Best seat in the house: Mlondozi Picnic Site, Kruger National Park.
3 Years old: May 2013. Following an elephant at Tembe
3 Years old: July 2013. Almost as high as a pony! Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
4 Years old: August 2013. Being silly at Queen Elizabeth Park in Kwazulu-Natal.
4 Years old: September 2013. Showing one of Letaba’s bushbuck where to go for tastier leaves. Kruger National Park.
4 Years old: November 2013. Taking photos of dung beetles in Pilanesberg National Park is serious business!
4 Years old: December 2013. Fun and games in Golden Gate.
4 Years old: December 2013. Is it safe to venture forth? Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
4 Years old: December 2013. Quiet contemplation atop a hill at Ithala Game Reserve.
4 Years old: March 2014. Setting off on a walk in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
4 Years old: April 2014. Joubert de Wet, Horse Whisperer, at Golden Gate Highlands National Park
4 Years old: April 2014. Calling francolin chicks to come closer at Giant’s Castle.
4 Years old: April 2014. Different perspective on wildlife photography in Kruger National Park.
5 Years old: November 2014. Looking for jewels at Golden Gate Highlands National Park.
5 Years old: December 2014. Chancing being blown off the jetty at Charter’s Creek in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
5 Years old: December 2014. Figuring out Grandpa’s binoculars
5 Years old: December 2014. Posing at the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife logo at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park’s Centenary Centre
5 Years old: December 2014. Braaiing at Ithala Game Reserve.
5 Years old: December 2014. Wildlife photography at kuMasinga Hide at uMkhuze Game Reserve.
5 Years old: April 2015. Skipping stones on Loskop Dam.
5 Years old: May 2015. Titanic impression on a trout dam at Kamberg in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
5 Years old: May 2015. Kamberg tranquility with Mom.
5 Years old: June 2015. Boat cruise on Lake St. Lucia.
6 Years old: August 2015. Scientific experiment from atop a boulder at Tendele in Royal Natal.
6 Years old: September 2015. Photographing the photographer at Ithala Game Reserve.
6 Years old: October 2015. Showing off his ticklist in Pafuri Picnic Spot, Kruger National Park.
6 Years old: December 2015. Again Joubert and a Letaba bushbuck! Kruger National Park.
6 Years old: December 2015. This sign in Rietvlei Nature Reserve doesn’t scare Joubert!
6 Years old: March 2016. Photographing a mangrove-crab at Umlalazi Nature Reserve.
6 Years old: June 2016. Antlions are so interesting! Satara, Kruger Park.
7 Years old: December 2016. Taking a break in Golden Gate Highlands National Park
7 Years old: December 2016. Getting wet at Royal Natal National Park
7 Years old: March 2017. Nsumo Picnic Site, uMkhuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
7 Years old: April 2017. Low with the flow at Giant’s Castle
8 Years old: September 2017. Photographing an animal burrow at Nylsvley Nature Reserve.
8 Years old: December 2017. In the information centre at Addo Elephant National park
8 Years old: December 2017. Walking in the Karoo National Park
8 Years old: December 2017. The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the Table Mountain National Park
8 Years old: December 2017. Sunset over the Atlantic
8 Years old: April 2018. Opening the gate at Haak-en-Steek Cottage in Mokala National Park
9 Years old: August 2018. Celebrating his 9th birthday at Rietvlei Nature Reserve!
9 Years old: December 2018. Joubert the photographer, Mpila, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
9 years old: March 2019. Joubert photographing guineafowl at Thendele
9 years old: March 2019. Walking in the Mountains
9 years old: May 2019. Joubert at Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary
9 years old: June 2019. Photographing a bull elephant crossing a road near Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park
9 years old: June 2019. Photographing elephants near Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park
9 years old: June 2019. Playing cricket (his other great love) in the camping area at Shingwedzi in the Kruger Park.
9 years old: June 2019. Joubert photographing San rock art at Giant’s Castle
9 years old: June 2019. Joubert photographing reflections at Giant’s Castle
10 years old: August 2019. Joubert at Rietvlei Nature Reserve celebrating his 10th birthday party
10 years old: August 2019. Joubert sitting next to the ranger-guide on a tour to see Rietvlei’s lions
Click on the first image, scroll through the gallery and by the end of it you are sure to believe, as we do, that South Africa is a treasure chest of beautiful creatures that you absolutely have to visit, and fully deserving of its reputation as one of the ten most biodiverse countries on the planet!
Cape Mountain Zebra
Von Wielligh’s baobab in summer
Lion Kings of Addo
Southern Reedbuck are extremely common around Lake Saint Lucia
Mountain reedbuck ram
Waterbuck, S100, Kruger National Park
Variegated slug eater
Male Samango Monkey
Elephant crossing the Napi Road (H1-1)
Palm-Nut Vulture, Umlalazi Nature Reserve, March 2016
Klipspringer in typical habitat
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
Cheetah, S41, Kruger National Park
Black Heron “canopy feeding”
Blue wildebeest are curious creatures
Tsessebe in thornveld vegetation in Ithala Game Reserve
Dominant Red Hartebeest bull
Gemsbok in the Karoo
Roan Antelope Bull along the Nshawu marsh in Kruger Park
Blue Crane in Ithala Game Reserve
Grey Crowned Crane
Crested Guineafowl – iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Curious Helmeted Guineafowl
Marabou in flight
Yellow-billed Stork at Sunset Dam
African Sacred Ibis
We had daily sightings of the rare bald ibis on the Oribi Loop at Golden Gate
Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon
Bush Blackcap in Thendele
Mauritian Tomb Bat, Nyalazi Gate, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
Wild dogs on the hunt (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi 27122014)
Leopard on the Maroela Loop, near Skukuza in the Kruger Park
Juvenile African (Edible) (Lesser) Bullfrog
Grey heron at Lake Panic
Western Cattle Egret
African Darter in flight
Great Crested Grebe
Shimuwini Bushveld Camp – Hippo
African Stonechat male
Northern Black Korhaan male
Southern Masked Weaver
African Fish Eagle flypast
Evil-looking juvenile Baboon
Pied crows at the remains of the blesbok
Warthogs drinking from the Sabie
Cape Glossy Starling
White-bellied Sunbird Juvenile Male
Bold crocodile near Olifants
African Black Duck
Pink-backed Pelican in flight
Chinspot Batis (male)
White-faced Whistling Duck
Leopard tortoise feeding on fresh shoots next to the road
Rock hyrax, or dassie
Verreaux’s Eagles at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
African Green Pigeon
African Wattled Lapwing
At night, Skukuza’s bushbabies come out to play
Scarlet-chested Sunbird (male)
African Scops Owl
Tree squirrel at the day visitors picnic spot
Male Double-banded Sandgrouse
Greater Blue-eared starling at Skukuza
African Barred Owlet
Mocking Cliff Chat (male)
Karoo Long-billed Lark
African Penguin emerging from the surf
Black Girdled Lizard
Cape Grey Mongoose
Namaqua Sand Lizard
Bush Karoo Rat
Meerkat / Suricate
Karoo Scrub Robin
Southern African Ground Squirrel
Four-striped Grass Mouse
Western Stripe-bellied Sand Snake swallowing a skink in Shingwedzi
Dwarf mongoose in Pretoriuskop
Cape Sparrow male
Tree Agama in Crocodile Bridge
Red-headed finch (male)
Southern Black Flycatcher
The cute and tiny lesser bushbaby
South African Shelduck (male)
Painted Reed Frog
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
Sunrise over the Augrabies landscape shows a lone Quiver Tree
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra
Orange River White-eye
Augrabies Flat Lizard male
Large Namaqua Porkbush
Western Rock Skink male
Camel Thorn tree
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Karasburg Tree Skink
Burchell’s Sandgrouse (male)
Bibron’s Thick-toed Gecko
Kalahari Scrub Robin
Barberton Girdled Lizard
Marsh Terrapins at the hide in Karoo National Park
This trusting Golden-tailed Woodpecker distracted us from our breakfast at Tshokwane
Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle Owl
Bold honey badger at Nwanetsi Picnic Site
Cape Rock-Thrush (male)
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Pied wagtail
Epauletted Fruit Bat at Skukuza Airport
Raucous Toad: Storms River Mouth has an amazing variety of toads and frogs that show themselves after dark
Collared Sunbird (male)
Green Milkweed Locust
Spur-winged Goose (male)
Foam Nest Frog
African Purple Swamphen
African Paradise Flycatcher (male on nest)
Is this how slender mongooses give a “high 5”?
African Mourning Dove
Greater Striped Swallow
African Firefinch (male)
Golden Orb Web spider
Eastern Natal Green Snake
Kosi Raphia Palms and Joubert
CMR Blister Beetle
White-eared Barbets – iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Common Ringed Plover
There’s beautiful specimens of the fever tree at uMkhuze
We are so grateful to everyone that supported us in the 2018 South African Blog Awards, the results of which were announced last night. Thanks to you, de Wets Wild has not only been announced as runners up in the Best Environmental Blog Category, but we’ve also been voted the winners in the Best Travel Blog category for the second year running! Thank you so much, again, for all the support and encouragement you’ve given us! We consider ourselves blessed for being able to call this beautiful country home, and being able to share its wildlife treasures with you all.
Winners 2018 Best Travel Blog
Runners Up 2018 Best Environmental Blog
Our thanks also goes to the organisers and judges of the 2018 awards, with hearty congratulations to all the other great blogs featured in the results!
If you enjoy De Wets Wild as much as we enjoy sharing our love for South Africa’s wild places and the wildlife that thrives there with you, please support us again in the 2018 South African Blog Awards? We’ve again entered the categories for “Best Travel Blog” and “Best Environmental Blog“, and you are allowed to vote for us in both. Clicking on the badge below will bring you to the voting site. After voting, you’ll receive an e-mail requiring you to click on a link to confirm your votes.
Thank you very much for your support – we really do appreciate it!