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Safari Photo Essay: Lions of the Serengeti, Tanzania

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Playful young lion in the Serengeti

My recent trip to Tanzania’s Serengeti was pretty much Lionpalooza. The big cats were so beautiful and impressive I thought they deserved their own photo essay.

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Pink tongue on a young lion

Visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania during the great migration, I knew I was going to see wildebeest. The quantity of lions was amazing.

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African male lion in Serengeti National Park

Also known as Panthera leo, lions are giant cats. The males can weigh up to 420 lbs. Adult females can grow to 280 lbs.

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Left: Date night for African lions Right: a young lion in the Serengeti

Lions are very big, roaring cats. Everyone knows cats rule the internet.

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Playful pair of young African lions

During the great migration, when millions of wildebeest and other animals are moving through the Serengeti, lions are plentiful and seem well fed.
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Lion lounging on a rock in Serengeti National Park

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Mama lion keeping her cub in line with swats of giant paws

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Lions lying around

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Love the pink tongue on this lion

Photos in this essay were taken when I was on safari with  & Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas and The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

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Scene from a safari in the central Serengeti

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Londolozi: The Best Destination for a Photographic Safari in South Africa

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Thirsty leopard drinking at Londolozi

If you are a planning photographic safari and want a luxury experience, Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa might be the destination for you.

I rented this Canon is 100-400 mm IS lens at Londolozi

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On Safari in Namibia: The Wildlife Edition

Local heard of elephants in the Hoanib River Valley, Namibia

When I got back from safari at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Nambia, everyone asked about the wildlife. You expect to see a lot of wild animals on safari, but I find Namibia particularly fascinating because of it’s desert ecosystem. Emms, our guide and tracker, said simply, “picky eaters don’t survive in the desert.”

The Oryx, or gemsbok, is the National animal of Namibia

Desert or not, there are lots of wild animals. The Oryx, a type of gazelle, is the animal I most associate with Namibia. Oryx are well adapted to desert life in the Kaokoveld.

Sleepy lion GIF

As much as I adore Token’s song, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, the lyrics “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight” are a factual fail. Lions don’t live in jungles and they are nocturnal. They sleep during the day and hunt at night.

Lions sleeping with their paws up in the Hoanib River Valley

Giraffes are also extremely well adapted to life in the desert. Somehow these tall creatures can blend in and then appear, gracefully walking in parallel about 10 km per day.

A pair of giraffes

Some of the other animals we saw springbok, monkey, steenbok, and scrub hare.

Giraffe Fight Club GIF

Giraffes are incredibly graceful, even when fighting.

Papa G, the elephant

My favorite animals were the elephants.

Left: local elephants eating Right: elephants at magic hour

The elephants learn a lot from the dung of other elephants, including their location and who is ready to mate. Who knew dung is the Tinder of the wild?

Elephant trunk in action eating bushes

Elephant mock charge GIF

Elephants walking a dry river bed during magic hour

Not all the animals we saw were in the desert. One day we flew to the Skeleton Coast and visited a seal colony. Seal colonies have one of the most distinct smells I’ve ever encountered. I lack the words to describe it… but musky, fetid, and overripe give you the general idea.

A young Cape Fur Seal pup on The Skeleton Coast in Namibia

Here’s a little video of the seal colony:

 

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