3 of SA's BIG 5 captured in one incredible photograph

2015-08-04 11:47 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - It's images like these that make our eyes well up with that proudly South Africa feeling... 

Taken in the Kruger National Park, this image contains THREE of SA's iconic Big 5 animals - elephant, buffalo and lion - in one single shot! 

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(Photo: Sharon van Niekerk)

The photograph was taken by Kruger National Park visitor Sharon van Niekerk on a recent trip there. The animals on the photo was sprawling out on the H4-1 road, about 10km from Lower Sabie towards Skukuza. 

Sharon van Niekerk took the photo and shared it to the SANParks - Kruger National Park Facebook group, where it has already received more than 1 000 likes and over 130 comments. 

On 11 July 2015, Traveller24 reported on another once-in-a-lifetime sighting; two male lions taking down a kudu in the middle of the H7 road between Orpen and Satara Camp in the Kruger.

READ: PICS: Epic beach and bush wildlife action... only in SA!

Apart from the unbelievable photographs taken of the incident, two live videos of the kudu kill in the Kruger National Park emerged, dramatically showing the two lions bringing down the kudu. You can view the two videos here: WATCH: Even better footage from the Kruger kudu kill released

And could it get more picture perfect than this one?

Split-second timing by professional photographer Arno Pietersen, who was on safari with Place of Rock Tours & Safaris in the Kruger National Park, captured a series of this kudu's massive leap.

Captured on the H3 road near Kwagga Pan on 19 July, Pietersen said there was a group of six kudu bulls, which were all crossing the road and moving towards the artificial watering hole.

“The one that I got a picture of was actually the last of the group and sadly it had the smallest horns of them all,” Pietersen said.

“It was about 5m from the road when the call of a Franklin spooked it. Usually they call when a predator is around and the bull just ran towards the road and leapt. It was crazy at the time, I didn’t see much through my viewfinder and only when I was looking through the frames afterwards did I see how high it actually jumped,” he said.

Click here to see the rest of the images in the spectacular series of the leaping kudu. 

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