Harriet Smith Photography


"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime




Country:                              South Africa
Province:                             Mpumalanga
Location:                              The Sabi Sand Reserve
Lodge:                                  Singita Boulders Lodge


This picture shows a photo art version massive male lion with golden eyes staring right through the camera. Photo art is a mixed media whereby a great photo is moved into a paint software program and then painstakingly; every detail, his eyes, every hair of the lion's mane, is brush stroked to create this image.

These golden eyes represent the soul of wild Africa.  Lions are dying off rapidly across Africa. These cats once ranged across the continent and into Syria, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, and even India; According to National Geographic in the 1800's more than a million lions roamed the Earth. Since the 1940s, when lions numbered an estimated 450,000, lion populations have blinked out across the continent. Now they may total as few as 20,000 animals, and some scientists predict the wild lion will be gone by 2050.

The original picture shown here was taken in the Sabi Sand Reserve. The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. Forever, it has been a wilderness area and home to a vast wildlife population. The name comes from the Sabie and Sand Rivers that flow through the reserve. Situated near to the Kruger Gate, the reserve shares a common 30+ mile unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east.

The two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 31 miles and the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, as the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round.

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with its legendary leopard viewing is the best known of the game reserves in the Kruger National Park area.

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