A gorgeous male cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) surveys his relm from the brow of the hill overlooking a large open plain.

Cheetah are definitely at the bottom of the cat totem pole due to being specialized for speed and not strength and so as a result tend to give other higher apex carnivores as wide a berth as possible. This in turn leads to lower numbers when these other cats and carnivores are present in numbers, so a sighting is always special. Fortunately there are a number of Kwazulu Natal reserves in South Africa that offer above average opportunities to view these sensationally beautiful cats simply because of local carnivore population dynamics.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi reserve, South Africa

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africa, safari, wilderness, wildlife, cheetah, cat, feline, carnivore, kwazulu, south africa, mammal, animal

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 2 years ago

    a super shot dan … love the defining depth of field … what a magnificent animal!

  • Thanks Carol! The cheetah ranks way up there for me and yes, he certainly cooperated by parking where he did.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossover 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago


    22 April 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

    Awesome profile Dan, like the light, well done!!

  • Thank you very much Macky! It was a rather dull day so was really glad with how the shot came out.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • Thanks very much Lorilee!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

    You took full advantage of that subdued light, wonderful colour, contrast and comp, congrats Dan!!

  • Thank you very much Macky!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    2012/05/17 2 Images per day

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago


    This wonderful work has just been selected and featured in the African Art and Photography group! This work now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge.

  • Thanks very much Konstantinos!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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