Life of a Guide – Mike Palmer

My name is Mike Palmer and I am a Safari Guide in South Africa's world-famous Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, living a life that many can only dream of. My aim is to catalogue and share some of the moments that I have been fortunate enough to experience with guests I have hosted from all over the world, really showcasing the people, incredible wildlife and scenery that forms a part of my daily life in the African Wilderness.
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A large elephant bull sprays himself with water and mud on an incredibly hot summer's day in an effort to cool off.

A large elephant bull sprays himself with water and mud on an incredibly hot summer's day in an effort to cool off.

This massive hyena came sprinting past our vehicle with purpose.

This massive hyena came sprinting past our vehicle with purpose.

A young giraffe looks back to check its surroundings.

A young giraffe looks back to check its surroundings.

We spent some time with this large male warthog as he went about feeding and rubbing his scent onto tree trunks.

We spent some time with this large male warthog as he went about feeding and rubbing his scent onto tree trunks.

Another great reason for loving the summer months is the influx of a myriad of migratory bird species.  Here a Steppe Eagle, visiting from the Steppe Mountains in the Ukraine, took to flight when I unintentionally disturbed it while feeding on termites.

Another great reason for loving the summer months is the influx of a myriad of migratory bird species. Here a Steppe Eagle, visiting from the Steppe Mountains in the Ukraine, took to flight when I unintentionally disturbed it while feeding on termites.

At Sabi Sabi, we have our own private airstrip and this allows direct access to the reserve. Here is a shot of an amazing aircraft belonging to one of my recent exclusive guests as it was coming in to land.  Not a bad view I must say!

At Sabi Sabi, we have our own private airstrip and this allows direct access to the reserve. Here is a shot of an amazing aircraft belonging to one of my recent exclusive guests as it was coming in to land. Not a bad view I must say!

A tiny young impala does well to stay close to its mother's side in the early stages of life.

A tiny young impala does well to stay close to its mother's side in the early stages of life.

A rare close up of a Fork-tailed Drongo that was showing interest toward some termites.

A rare close up of a Fork-tailed Drongo that was showing interest toward some termites.

A tender moment as a zebra foal attempts to suckle from its mother.

A tender moment as a zebra foal attempts to suckle from its mother.

A vibrant flock of Red-billed Queleas taking some time in the afternoon to enjoy nice bath.

A vibrant flock of Red-billed Queleas taking some time in the afternoon to enjoy nice bath.

An impala male looks out into the open Savannah at dawn.

An impala male looks out into the open Savannah at dawn.

A close-up look at the profile of a handsome young male giraffe.

A close-up look at the profile of a handsome young male giraffe.

A wonderful scene as a young elephant bull meanders through an open area while feeding and following the rest of the herd.

A wonderful scene as a young elephant bull meanders through an open area while feeding and following the rest of the herd.

Hanging around the lodge can be very productive if you know what you're looking for.  Here I found a beautiful Bearded Scrub-Robin with juicy looking grub in its beak.

Hanging around the lodge can be very productive if you know what you're looking for. Here I found a beautiful Bearded Scrub-Robin with juicy looking grub in its beak.

Bushbuck can often be seen around the lodge and don't seem to mind people too much.  This allowed me to get relatively close to this young male without disturbing his rumination process.

Bushbuck can often be seen around the lodge and don't seem to mind people too much. This allowed me to get relatively close to this young male without disturbing his rumination process.

Summer is here and that means wild flowers, sometime entire open fields filled of them like the image here.

Summer is here and that means wild flowers, sometime entire open fields filled of them like the image here.

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