I wasn’t even going to do a safari when I went to Tanzania to shoot for a local non-profit. I mostly need people in my photos. But a friend, who’d recently done a safari, convinced me to add a week in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to the end of my trip. Still thankful to him for that. Nothing quite like flying low over the Serengeti for the first time and seeing herds of elephants and giraffes.
I customized our safari so that I that I could pick how long we were in each place. Having just two people in the safari vehicle made animal viewing a lot easier. A lion’s on the left side and you’re on the right, you can just slide over since you have the whole row to yourself. I felt for other people I saw on safari who had 4-8 people in their vehicle. They’d be clamoring over each other trying to see or get a photo of a lion.
I shot all these photos with a Nikon D700 or Nikon D90 and the 17-35 lens or the 70-200mm with a 1.4 converter. No more Nikons for me these days. When I go back to Africa year I’ll probably be shooting with the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji 55-200. Fuji has a 100-400 coming out next year that would be ideal for shooting on a safari. I’ll probably pick that up before I go back to Africa,
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Zebras in the Serengeti.
I was struck by how close I was to animals in the Serengeti…lions would walk right beside the vehicle. “Keep your hands in the vehicle” took on a whole new urgency.
I love the symmetry of this image.
Leopard in the Serengeti.
Serengeti traffic jam. I loved how folks didn’t get stressed when a car stalled. Instead, people got out and helped.
These Tanzanian’s found my grasp of Swahili a little funny.
Monkey and baby in the Serengeti.
Giraffe in the Serengeti.
A family dispute.
Wildebeest during the migration in the Serengeti.
Masai in the the Serengeti at Shifting Sands.
Solitary walk at Shifting Sands in the Serengeti.
This little deer is the Dik-Dik.
I dig how this baboon looks like he’s posing for a portrait.
Sunset in the Serengeti.