Ufumene Game Lodge

A favorite destination for our family is the Ufumene Game Lodge. Ufumene is located in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) on the Cradock side of the Olifantshoek pass. The lodge is very family orientated, whether the kids go horse riding and the adults go for a long tranquil walk, its a place to relax and get yourself recharged.
The following photos are a collection of some of my favorites from the area surrounding the lodge:

Mother and Child. Newly born giraffe. Such serene animals.

Giraffe mommy and baby


This is a macro shot of a Lavender flower. I shot this with a 500mm Sigma lens with a 25mm extension tube attached so I could get in really close.

Lavender macro


On receiving my new Canon 7D mark II, the first thing that went through my mind was; how much noise am I going to get with a starscape. This was a 30 second exposure with an ISO of 4000.  I was truly impressed by the minimal noise that I got in this shot.

Starscape at Ufumene


This is an Hadeda Ibis, a pretty common bird in the Eastern Cape.

Hadeda ibis


One of the landscape picture I took of the surrounding area around Ufumene Lodge

Mountains At Ufunmene


One of the many birds of prey in the area.



A beautiful sunset at Ufumene. Everyday has a unique sunset.

Sunset at Ufumene


One of the great animals to see when visiting Ufumene, is the Sable Antelope. They are magnificent animals.

Sable Antelope


The Cape Sparrow is one of the many birds you will encounter at the lodge. Ufumene is a birders’ paradise.

Cape sparrow


Another landscape over the small dam outside the lodge. It can really produce some stunning effects

Sunrise at Ufumene


Road to tranquility.  Another landscape shot with touch of HDR

Mountains At Ufunmene


Another shot off the dam. Love the clouds.

Dam at Ufumene

Clown Fish

The False Clown’s other common names are Common Clownfish, False Clown Anemonefish, False Anemonefish, and, the much more familiar, Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo in which Marlin was correctly shown as being immune to the sting of a sea anemone. Like other anemone fish, false clowns have a symbiotic relationship with selected sea anemones that provide their habitats. – taken from: This Site
This photo was sent to me by Juan Scholtz and he allowed me to post this for him:
“This was my first attempt at underwater photography, taken with my new Intova IC-12 camera. The picture was taken on the Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island’s (Thailand) house reef at a depth of about 12m. I spotted the family on their anemone, and they provided a lot of entertainment, as the male was very playful.”

Clown Fish Nemo

Giant African Snail

Giant African Snail – achatina fulica. This snail has two pairs of tentacles, the larger pair with eyes at the tips and a smaller pair located at either side of the mouth. The shell is conical with yellow and brown markings. It feeds mainly on plant matter and carrion and may eat the whitewash off walls to obtain calcium for its shell construction. It will lay several hundred eggs at a time which will hatch after only a few days.

Giant African Snail

The Hyrax

Commonly known as the Rock Dassie in South Africa, this little rodent is actually related to the African Elephant, in spite of the size difference. This close evolutionary relationship is deduced from similarities in the structure of the feet and teeth. This shot was taken at Storms River in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The Hyrax