Tanzanian safari pictures and more!

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Hi everyone,

Below are a few pictures from my most recent trip to Tanzania.

My Tanzanian adventure started in Arusha where I was able to mingle with locals and "acclimatize" myself to the country. Needless to say, the people of Arusha left a wonderful impression on me (a "People of Arusha and Tanzania" collection is forthcoming on my site, I'll also post a note here as a reminder when it's ready).

Arusha was followed by 7 days of game drives that took me to several national parks including Tarangire, Ngorongoro and finally, the Serengeti. In terms of preference, I would rank the Serengeti first, Tarangire second, and Ngorongoro third. The Serengeti has an incredible amount of animals and many more roads that allow you to get close to them. The landscape is full of kopjes (a small hill rising up from the African veld), and due to the sheer size of the park, you can find areas without any other vehicle nearby. Tanragire is smaller, but contains some impressive baobab trees and is known for its tree climbing lions. The Ngorongoro crater is impressive in size (speaking from a crater perspective), but due to the lack of roads (and road closures), you will not be able to get close to many animals.

If you'd like to see all 23 pictures, a brief paragraph about equipment needs while there, differences between Kenya and Tanzania, along with a really interesting story that happened to me while I was there, check out the page on my site: http://cuibono.ca/tanzania-wildlife.shtml

Equipment
Mostly the same as what I brought along to Kenya. Have a look at my site and also at this Cafe thread where the issue is discussed.

Interesting side note
The most challenging part of doing two safaris in such a short period of time is finding another "creativity" gear. The bad part is that unlike other photographic projects where you can grow and become more creative, you don't have total control while you're out in the bush, and that impacts creativity (at least the ability to plan, then execute). You can hope to see something spectacular (a kill in front of you, a birth etc), but what you most often see is the day to day life in the wilderness: lions sleeping everywhere (the novelty wears off after a while), thomspon's gazelles in mass quantities, zebras and gnus in your way etc. And if you do see something spectacular, it may be in sub-optimal conditions (low light, too far away, at noon etc)

Consequently, you end up with many pictures that are very similar, one safari to the next. That was definitely a challenge of mine, especially since I have a site where I like showcase the best of the best. What's the point of having similar pictures from two different safaris on two different pages? A lion sleeping in Kenya is not that different than one sleeping in the Serengeti, and in both cases, it's boring. There's no story.

So when I culled pictures from this most recent trip, I really focused on two things (on top of everything else of course e.g. quality etc): does the picture tell a story, and have I already told this story in similar fashion.

When looking back, my Kenyan and Tanzanian trips were characterized by different animals, so that definitely helped: I didn't see any hippos for example in Kenya, so anything with a hippo is net new. But now I'm planning on going back in a few months, so what then? My answer: have a plan, and hope for the best. The plan for the February trip is to really focus on storylines (e.g. circle of life - deaths, births etc) and to essentially enjoy the rest. There's no point in coming back with 100 pictures of zebras unless it's a picture that I don't have and really want.

Lastly, the other aspect to consider is skills. I'm proud to say that my skills have improved since my first trip to Kenya (I think it was in 2005). Consequently, my zebra pictures 6 years on are much better. So I didn't mind taking a few here and there. But my skills hadn't improved since July, and won't improve that much by next February. Too bad for the zebras.

Links that may be of interest:
My Cafe thread from my safari to Kenya:https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=310677
All Tsavo safari pictures: http://cuibono.ca/kenya-tsavo.shtml
All Mara pictures: http://cuibono.ca/kenya-mara.shtml
Mombasa street photography: http://cuibono.ca/mombasa.shtml
Kenyan hotels: http://cuibono.ca/kenya-hotel.shtml

And now the pictures...

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Wow, these are fantastic photos. I like the single cheetah in the field from your website. I can really see how those spots help them out.
 
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Very nice photos. I once spent a month in South Africa. I have been to Krugar Nat'l Park and spent two weeks there, it was amazing. We also visited a couple of other Parks, one of them in Natal. We had at least four days when we saw the Big Five.

It's hard to tell and show someone who never went on safari what it is really like. How can you explain to someone how good a giraffe and an elephant can hide, in their element their skin does an excellent job of camouflage.

After being in a Park like that you tend to loose a desire to go to a zoo.
 
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Thanks sbuckley!

Jadlh, I couldn't agree with you more. I did my first game drive in SA as well, back in 2000. It lasted only a day, but it got me hooked, that's for sure (my sister is going for her first safari in south africa next January, in Kruger).

My wife was a bit apprehensive about going to Africa, but her love for animals prevailed (we are both travelers, she had just not traveled to sub-sahara Africa before). She was great at spotting animals, even seeing the rhino from what felt like a kilometer away. I can't remember a trip to the zoo, but I can certainly remember all my trips to Africa/game drives. It should be a to-do for all, so long as they can afford it and what not.

Cheers

Rob
 
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Rob,

These are great captures of untamed animals and an outstanding thread to share. Thank you and pls. post some more....:smile:
 
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Thanks Tony, Kris.

Much appreciated.

Tony, there are more pics on my site (don't want to overload the thread): http://cuibono.ca/tanzania-wildlife.shtml

That said, what's one more :)

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Thanks Keith,

I believe it was a Thompson's gazelle... the operative word is believe though, it was in rough shape when we got there!

Cheers

Rob
 

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These are outstanding. I really do like them all, but that first one is simply splendid. Well done!
 

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