Serengeti Wildlife- Tanzania


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The Serengeti National Park is huge.

It’s a vast ecosystem that covers about 30,000 square km (11,500 square miles) and stretches from the North of Tanzania to the South-Western region of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai language and means “Endless Plains”. Although it’s the same ecosystem, the Kenyan part is called Maasai Mara.

The area is home to about 70 types of mammals and about 500 types of birds. It’s mostly famous for being the location of the great annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras.

I had the chance to visit the Serengeti a couple of times in the last few years while leading a workshop with The Giving Lens. Although I thought that going on a safari and taking photos of wildlife wasn’t exciting, I realized quickly how I was wrong.

So I decided to share a few photos of the animals I captured (with my lens of course) during the last few years and hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did seeing them. I will include also some wildlife spotted in the Ngorongoro crater, which is at the entrance of the Serengeti National Park.

For those interested, the gear I use is the Canon 6D and the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. Most photos were shot wide open just because I’m a sucker for shallow depth of field and vignetting.

 

The Spotted Hyena. Not as ugly as they are often portrayed. They have one of the most powerful jaws in the world.

The Spotted Hyena. Not as ugly as they are often portrayed. They have one of the most powerful jaws in the world.

A baby baboon riding on its mother's back in the Serengeti - Tanzania

A baby baboon riding on its mother’s back – I’m no friend of baboons as I got attacked by one on my first trip ;)

African Elephants in the Serengeti - Tanzania

African Elephants – Umm.. I also got charged by an elephant at night during my second visit. Animals love me.

Leopard in the Serengeti - Tanzania

The stealthy and beautiful leopard. Leopards are stealthy hunters and love to hang out in trees.

A Giraffe posing for the camera. One of the most common mammals you encounter in the park.

A Giraffe posing for the camera. One of the most common mammals you encounter in the park.

Another shot of a giraffe eating from a tree in the Serengeti.

Another shot of a giraffe eating from a tree in the Serengeti.

The elusive Dik Dik. It's like a small antelope and isn't very common to spot as they are very shy animals.

The elusive Dik Dik. It’s like a small antelope and isn’t very common to spot as they are very shy animals.

The big ugly and smelly hippopotamus. They can be surprisingly fast on land and they are actually one of the most dangerous animals in the Serengeti. Forget the lions, fear the hippos.

The big ugly and smelly hippopotamus. They can be surprisingly fast on land and they are actually one of the most dangerous animals in the Serengeti. Forget the lions, fear the hippos.

A buffalo in the foggy jungle around the Ngorongoro crater. The leave behind beautiful skulls.

A buffalo in the foggy jungle around the Ngorongoro crater. The leave behind beautiful skulls.

The elegant Cheetah. One of the fastest hunters in the Serengeti.

The elegant Cheetah. One of the fastest hunters in the Serengeti.

Another baby baboon near the Ngorongoro crater. Not exactly "cute" babies.

Another baby baboon near the Ngorongoro crater. Not exactly “cute” babies.

Wildebeest in Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.

The famous Wildebeest, hanging out alone in the Ngorongoro crater. More than a million of them gather up during the migration season.

A waterbuck at sunset. Despite their name, waterbucks don't enjoy being in the water.

A waterbuck at sunset. Despite their name, waterbucks don’t enjoy being in the water.

Zebra Love in the Serengeti - Tanzania

Zebra Love in the Serengeti – Tanzania

Mostly famous thanks to Pumba in the Lion King movie. They are actually shy creatures and you'll most likely capture warthog butts most of the time as they always run away as soon as you approach.

Mostly famous thanks to Pumba in the Lion King movie. They are actually shy creatures and you’ll most likely capture warthog butts most of the time as they always run away as soon as you approach.

A cute little jackal hanging out by a pond in the Ngorongoro crater.

A cute little jackal hanging out by a pond in the Ngorongoro crater.

Ostrich are common to spot, especially in the Ngorongoro crater. And no, they don't bury their heads in the sand.

Ostrich are common to spot, especially in the Ngorongoro crater. And no, they don’t bury their heads in the sand.

A Serval cat. They are quite small and are rare to spot in the Serengeti as they tend to hide and run away.

A Serval cat. They are quite small and are rare to spot in the Serengeti as they tend to hide and run away.

A close up encounter (4m away) with a male lion. Probably one of my best experiences in the park. Such majestic and beautiful creatures.

A close up encounter (4m away) with a male lion. Probably one of my best experiences in the park. Such majestic and beautiful creatures.

Remember, these animals are in their lands.
They make the rules here. Be kind, be respectful, take only pictures and enjoy the beauty that the Serengeti has to offer.


  • Well done. Thanks for sharing. Have been to the area on the Tanzanian side. Not a full Safari.

    I share your being stormed by an elephant tale. It was in Sri Lanka.

  • Wow, great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  • wow its really amazing. animals are looking beautiful. we have to safe these animals for beauty of world nature.

  • serenamikel

    Amazing wildlife safari in Serengeti National Park!
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  • Paradise Holidays

    Fantastic pictures, defintiely convinced me to go and visit this national park