Nicki Joyce is an African Wildlife Photographer with a profound passion, respect and understanding of Wild Africa, captures inspiring unique images of an exclusive mysterious African World with it’s fascinating and breath-taking animals & their distinctive behaviour. Needless to mention; the photos displayed are worth a thousand words. Nicki immigrated to Africa in the early 1970’s, completed her high-schooling in Pretoria, then studied Speech Therapy at Pretoria University. She also undertook a diploma course in Computer Programming, and several years later studied Nature Conservation, whilst simultaneously working as a Field Guide in a Kwa Zulu Natal Game Reserve. Nicki has always had a deep love and compassion for animals, her interest and enthusiasm for photography started when she was 15 years old ; and since her arrival in Africa she has been blessed with the freedom and opportunity to combine photography with her intense passion for wildlife. She owned a small photographic business in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta ; Botswana’s showcase of Africa’s miraculous wilderness , where the family also spend time enjoying the spectacular beauty and splendour of God’s creation ;
oxpecker on buffalo head
cape buffalo bullsleeping buffaloesoxpecker on buffalo head

Cape Buffalo Gallery

Cape Buffalo Notoriously Dangerous Cape Buffalo are notoriously dangerous animals. The fact that they are referred to as one of the “Big 5 Game” by hunters means that they have been ranked with African Elephants, Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, and Lions as the world’s most dangerous animals to hunt. Why is the Cape Buffalo so dangerous? When…

Baby anticks with Female Baboon
baby baboon in the safety of her mother armsbaboon sitting on a path with holding hand flat on the groundBaby anticks with Female Baboon

Baboon Gallery

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more…

vervet monkey unsure of the situation
vervet monkey sitting in the banana treebonding vervet mom with babyvervet monkey unsure of the situation

Vervet Monkey Gallery

Vervet Monkey social structure – alarm calls Vervet Monkey Vervets live in multi-male/multi-female groups and exhibit female philopatry. They live in groups of seven to 76, but the minimum number of adults necessary to maintain a stable group is two. Females remain in their natal groups throughout their entire life; therefore the core of the…

African Rock Python in tree
boomslang relaxing in bushboomslang late afternoonAfrican Rock Python in tree

Snake Gallery

The most venomous Snake in South Africa Boomslang Boomslang – the most venomous snake in Africa is often not considered very dangerous. Drop for drop the boomslang has the most potent venom of any snake in Africa and the amount of venom that it requires to kill a human is so small that one can…

elephant calf walking
dominance fight between two elephant bulls on an overcast day in summerElephant standing emerged in water, is cooling down by spraying himselfelephant calf walking

African Elephant Gallery

Indlovu QuoteThere are no walls between humans and the elephants except those we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.” Lawrence Anthony Indlovu Quote“There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath…

trio hyenas looking at the wild-dogs
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Hyena Gallery

Hyena Interesting Facts The Hyena, the spotted and brown Hyena is a predator and a scavengers.  They range from 135 to 155 pounds (62 to 70 Kilograms) with the females being larger than the males. They make numerous sounds including the famous laughing sound. This laugh is made to express fear or to indicate submission…

wilddog pup under tree
wild-dog puppies seeking the shade of the treeafrican painted dog turning head staringwilddog pup under tree

Wild Dog Gallery

Wild Dog Wild Dog live in packs that are usually dominated by an Alpha breeding pair. The female has a litter of 2 to 20 pups, which are cared for by the entire pack. These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social…

cheetah uses dead tree for raised vantage point to scan for prey
both cheetah brothers scanning for their next mealFemale cheetah softly calling her cubcheetah uses dead tree for raised vantage point to scan for prey

Cheetah Gallery

  Cheetah Grace and Speed Fascinating facts The Cheetah is a shy creature that roams widely. It is not seen as easily as some other cats. Never numerous, cheetahs have become extinct in many areas, principally due to shrinking habitat, loss of species to prey upon, disease and a high rate of cub mortality. In…

sub adult leopard resting in the valley
Leopard on a rock in the riverresting leopard making eye contact with the wildlife photographersub adult leopard resting in the valley

Leopard Gallery

Leopard cubs are born blind and are completely dependant on their mothers. Their eyes begin to open after about ten or more days and for the first few months their eyes are bright blue.The cubs are also born without a clear coat of spots, the spots begin to develop after a few days.Leopard cubs will…

nomad lion near the river
African male lion keeping a close eyeAfrican male lion with young lionessnomad lion near the river

Lion Gallery

Male Lions & Lionesses are the hunters in the pride and work together to prey. They do this by splitting into groups. One group chases the animals to a certain area whilst another group waits to ambush the victims. Their technique and skill are precise and calculated. Each lion begins to develop their own unique…