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Darlene Knott
Darlene Knott – The awe inspiring landscape of the Serengeti. We saw this tiny klipspringer, perched high atop the kopjes. What a magnificent scene, one I will never forget!Darlene Knott – In the Maasai Mara, these two jackal puppies let curiosity get the better of them when they turned to stare inquisitively at the two of us snapping picture after picture of these adorable puppies!Darlene Knott – At Amboseli National Park in Kenya, you wait impatiently for the clouds to move away from Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here the giraffe posed so regally in front of the mountain, my shutter button finger couldn’t resist.
Darlene Knott – The beautiful endangered wild dog is a special treat to observe. At MalaMala in South Africa, we followed a pack of 8 dogs as they rested, socialized and then killed and devoured an impala in a few minutes.Darlene Knott – While the lion pride in the Maasai Mara ate on the wildebeest kill, the cubs played with and fought over the wildebeest’s tail. We watched their antics for quite a while and were thoroughly amused the entire time!Darlene Knott – At MalaMala, this Cape buffalo, who appears to be a ‘Dagga Boy’, showed us his stuff! All the wrinkles, the textures and yes even his tongue and teeth were displayed as we quietly appreciated his unique ‘classic beauty’!
Darlene Knott - The white-fronted bee eater is one of the most colorful birds of Africa. It’s fascinating watching them spot an insect, fly up from their perch, catch the flying insect and return to their perch.Darlene Knott – In Amboseli National Park, Kenya, we watched these elephants wander off into the very cloudy sunset for the evening. Their size and their magnificent ears make them perfect silhouettes.Darlene Knott – In the Maasai Mara, a lioness was left alone by the pride with the remains of a wildebeest kill. Seventeen hyena and at least six jackals gathered around hoping to grab a morsel. One hyena took a chance and got too close.

Chris Swindal
Chris Swindal – These tiny cheetah cubs were one of the highlights of my safari. We found them at Namiri Plains Camp, which is far away from any other camp, and we never saw another vehicle during the sightings. Serengeti, Tanzania.Chris Swindal – A close encounter! The white-backed vulture has a specialized beak that assists it on tearing apart animal carcasses. Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya.Chris Swindal – We just missed this giraffe being born by only a minute. We came around a corner and the baby was flat on the ground and had not yet tried to stand. We saw the whole thing from that point on. Very special!
Chris Swindal – Despite to look of rain, we found two lionesses walking to the west, just as a break in the clouds allowed the sun to peak through against a backdrop of the dark storm clouds to the east. It was stunning.Chris Swindal – Despite the rain we stayed with the lionesses and were rewarded with brilliant rainbow behind one of the resting females.Chris Swindal – The guides at Namiri Plains said that there have only been 5 reports of these exceedingly rare melanistic servals in all of Africa and this is one of them. I was lucky that it made an appearance during my stay.
Chris Swindal – Cheetah cubs will remain with their mother for up to two years. Namiri Plains, Serengeti, Tanzania.Chris Swindal – The one with the dark mane is BJ (aka Bob Junior). He is the son of ‘Bob Marley’ (so named because his mane was full of dreadlocks), and he was one of the most famous lions in the Serengeti.Chris Swindal – Spotted hyena cubs are born solid black and they get their spots when they are a few weeks old.

Binita Kwankin
Binita Kwankin – This leopard is called ‘Mama Kaingo’ by Kaingo Camp guides in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. She was stalking through the brush, staring intently at something we could not see. It was another female leopard.Binita Kwankin – This mother and baby rhino walked through the grass towards the woods. It cheered our hearts that the rhino in Moremi were multiplying and relaxed around people. We hold out hope for the survival of such an incredible species.Binita Kwankin – We were at the Mashatu photography hide and herds of elephants were coming to the waterhole to wallow in the mud. This magnificent male elephant was enjoying making as much of a splash as he could! Humbling to be that close.
Binita Kwankin – This shy 3-month old leopard was tagging close behind its mother. This cub posed for a split second, before loosing its nerve and racing to catch up with mom. Its mom is the beautiful leopard called ‘Chiphadzuwa’.Binita Kwankin – Sunsets on safari are magical. The sky is ablaze with colors, birds are heading to roost, and animals are finishing eating and drinking and moving to safety for the night. Sunset in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.Binita Kwankin – These hyena cubs were full of mischief and curiosity. They would try to approach as long as mom was nearby. This cub stopped to investigate us before dashing back to play. Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
Binita Kwankin – In Botswana’s Moremi Reserve this cheetah family lounged on the termite mounds and played in the grass, and she occasionally climbed atop the termite mounds to scan the horizon. A beautiful and peaceful experience.Binita Kwankin – A quiet morning at the Mashatu photography hide. Guinea fowl darted around, pecking in the dust and stopping to drink. The morning light hit the dust, providing a nice background to their striking colors.Binita Kwankin –This honey badger had taken to joining us at our mobile camp during pre-dinner drinks and snacks. He trotted past us as we sat around the fire, and started digging for termites in a log just a few feet away. Moremi, Botswana.

Mark Knott
Mark Knott – This leopard was resting in a tree. As we quietly approached it slowly opened its eyes and stared directly at us. Those eyes seem to look right through you.Mark Knott – ‘Two of Africa’s Largest’. Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and Africa’s largest animal, the elephant make for a unique experience. After days of hiding in the clouds Kilimanjaro finally revealed itself to us.Mark Knott – A wonderful sighting of a mating pair of leopards on a scenic rock outcropping in the Serengeti. I was so engrossed in watching them that I don’t notice the third ‘ghost leopard’ shadow until looking at the pictures later that evening.
Mark Knott – The ‘play’ between this mother leopard and her nearly independent sub-adult cub got a little rough at times. It appears like the cub is trying to strangle Mom! Notice the retracted claws, indicating this is all in fun. MalaMala, South Africa.Mark Knott – Several young lion cubs were playing ‘keep away’ with this wildebeest tail. When they momentarily dropped it this tawny eagle swooped in and flew off with their prize. Serengeti, Tanzania.Mark Knott – Witnessing a herd of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences you can encounter. Up close it’s all tightly packed bodies, horns and mass confusion.
Mark Knott – We had been following this mating pair of lions and as the sun began to set they both stopped, looked and appeared to be as awed by the beautiful sunset as we were. Maasai Mara, Kenya.Mark Knott – Even rhinos like to snuggle up to Mom! You normally don’t associate rhinos with affection, but watching the way this baby snuggled up to its mother put them in a whole new light. He/She looks so contented.Mark Knott – The warm yellow glow of the setting sun highlighted by the silhouetted impala made for a memorable closure to another great day in Africa. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

Alex Kostich
Alex Kostich – During one of our early evening sundowner breaks I noticed this pair of giraffes silhouetted against the setting sun. The contrasted profiles took my breath away. This was one of my favorite shots of our Botswana safari.Alex Kostich – Our guides got into the Christmas spirit and commandeered our Santa hats for the duration of our Christmas morning game drive. They provided a source of laughter and good cheer between the elephant and lion sightings that day.Alex Kostich – A highlight of our safari was a pride of 16 lions having a sunset drink at water hole. These two cubs captured my heart, and soon spread out in the mud to cool off and nap. My heart still sings over this experience!
Alex Kostich – We were especially lucky to find these two lions in heat. This encounter pictured lasted only about 10 seconds, but the drama and physicality of the moment really came through.On Christmas Day Alex Kostich and Stephen Childers found themselves in the wide open expanse of the Okavango Delta. ‘It felt like we had Botswana all to ourselves. The photo captures the beauty and serenity of Christmas morning, one we will never forget.’Alex Kostich – The hippo is by far the most intimidating of the creatures we saw, by sheer size and temperament. I was able to get this one in a split second, the definition in the teeth a source of pride for!
Alex Kostich – This little bee-eater was perched on some branches right outside our tent and I was charmed by the proportions. He stuck around a while, perhaps looking for bees, so I was able to really focus and get a 'money shot'.Alex Kostich – The Southern carmine bee-eater is not easily photographed. If they're not flying away, they're turned away from camera-but this moment was all but perfect and I clicked away... it's my money shot of the trip!Alex Kostich – This African hoopoe was a huge 'get,' they are somewhat rare and not very still. A friend of mine has a hoopoe tattoo'd on his forearm, and I was obsessed with capturing a photograph to share with him.

Susan Glessner
Susan Glessner – Cheetahs have semi-retracting claws giving them extra grip when they run. Moremi Reserve, Botswana.Susan Glessner – During our visit to the Cape Point National Park we watched African penguins. They can hold their breath for over 2 minutes and dive over 400 feet. They may eat up to 1 pound of food a day. ‘You’re it!’Susan Glessner – This male lion watched his young cub between napping. Lions are the only cats that live in large, social groups called ‘prides’ which can have between 3 to 30 lions. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Susan Glessner – Botswana has its own migration of zebra as they travel between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans in search of new grazing opportunities.Susan Glessner – In addition to catching its own prey, tawny eagle will also steal food from other raptors. Moremi Reserve, Botswana.Susan Glessner – With its lush marshland and open floodplains, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is arguably one of the most beautiful sites on the planet.
Susan Glessner – During our game drives in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park we were delighted by the herds of elephants and watching the youngsters learning to use their trunks.Susan Glessner – Pound for pound, the leopard is the strongest climber of all cats. They spend much of their time in trees from stalking prey to eating their kill. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Susan Glessner – The stark beauty of Hwange National Park. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest national park and has the second largest mammal diversity of any park in the world.

Joseph James
Joseph James – We were watching ‘Boswell’ who is one of the biggest stars in Mana Pools when he decided to take a dust bath. He turned right at us just as he was rubbing the dust out of his eyes.Joseph James – The chance to get out of the truck and get close to these iconic wild dogs on their terms truly brings the entire safari experience to an entirely new level, this is why we came to Mana Pools.Joseph James – Our first morning in Mana Pools, our guide took us on a long drive along a dry river bed where we found one of the park’s iconic elephants ‘Impy’ pulling down branches. We were able to get very close to him.
Joseph James – We did a short walk out onto the Mana Pools floodplain where we came across mixed herds of impala, waterbuck, eland and elephants all dwarfed by the Zambezi escarpment and the huge trees that make Mana Pools so photogenic.Joseph James – The best pictures were when we backed off so that we could get the beautiful Mana Pools scenery into the frame. It’s hard to appreciate how big these huge trees are until you see them make a bull elephant look small.Joseph James – Sunset on the Zambezi after an afternoon canoe trip. We enjoyed well deserved cocktails while watching the sun set as this small herd of elephants crossed over to one of the many islands in the middle of the river.
Joseph James – Our guide Nick wanted to see if we could find his favorite elephant, Tusker. To stand just a few feet from this magnificent elephant was the single most incredible experience we have ever had through five trips to Southern Africa.Joseph James – ‘Boswell’, one of Mana Pools famous elephants, slowly walked towards a new tree to terrorize. I really liked the background of green with the small herd of impala behind him.Deborah James canoeing on the Zambezi with guide Nick Murray. ‘We came across this small group of elephants wading out to one of the islands and were able to get very close to them. The matriarch was not too happy with us.’

Bruce Gould
Bruce Gould – Silverback gorillas weigh approximately 350 pounds and they spend most of their day foraging for food which includes leafy plants and bamboo. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.Bruce Gould – One of the greatest risks wildebeest endure during their migration is crossing the Mara River. Many perish by being trampled or eaten by crocodiles. Northern Serengeti, Tanzania.Bruce Gould – Golden monkey are social animals, living in groups of 30 to 80 individuals. Females are always with their troop whereas the males are more transient. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
Bruce Gould – Elephant herds cooling off in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.Bruce Gould – During our gorilla trek, we visited one of the larger groups and witnessed 18 members out in a clearing, enjoying a sunny day. Volcanoes National Park., Rwanda.Bruce Gould – ‘The Standoff.’ A lioness is hidden in the grass (on the far left) watching 3 zebras while 3 giraffes watch the lioness. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
Bruce Gould – A baby elephant calf weighs about 250 pounds at birth and stands approximately 3 feet tall. They recognize their mothers by touch, scent and sound as they don’t initially see very well.Bruce Gould – A full moon rises over the African plains while enjoying a campfire at Siringit Serengeti Camp. Central Serengeti, Tanzania.Bruce Gould – A zebra’s striped coat disperses more than 70% of incoming heat from the unrelenting African sun. In addition to keeping cool, the stripes serve as camouflage from predators. Serengeti N.P. Tanzania.

Jessica Loding
Jessica Loding –We visited this leopardess several times over 3 hours hoping her two cubs would show up to share the impala snack she had saved for them on the tree branch. MalaMala, South Africa.Jessica Loding – Rhinos are herbivores and are characterized by their thick protective skin, small brain, and large keratin horn. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Jessica Loding – Leopards are known for their climbing skills and spend much of their days lounging in the crook of trees. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Jessica Loding – Our first sighting of a Cape buffalo, highlighted in blue. Horns can grow four feet wide and the prominent thick area of the horn is known as the ‘boss’. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Jessica Loding – A classic African bush image of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, a 131,000 acre game reserve featuring ‘Big Five’ game viewing. Tanda Tula Safari Camp, South Africa.Jessica Loding – An elephant’s large ears are crucial for temperature regulation. The slight breeze created helps cool the blood that enters the ear before circulating back into the body. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Jessica Loding – This group of young siblings seemed to have so much fun play fighting and rolling around. The young male to the left soon joined in the frolic. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Jessica Loding – We were fortunate to watch this lioness showing love and caring to her cub. Their noses are tinged in blood from feeding on a recent kill. MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.Jessica Loding video tapes an elephant encounter during a game drive at MalaMala. ‘This photo doesn’t show how huge this bull elephant really was.’ MalaMala Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

John Lotshaw
John Lotshaw – Hot air balloons filling up in the predawn darkness in the Serengeti.John and Dawn Lotshaw make friends with Jock, the 35 year old male elephant, at the Elephant Sanctuary & Orphanage in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Make sure you watch where he steps!!John Lotshaw – The Serengeti and the Mara River as seen from a hot air balloon.
John Lotshaw – Maasai boys start herding cattle and goats at about age 6 until they become initiated as warriors. Maasai warriors served as security at a number of our stops, frequently armed with their native spear.John Lotshaw – During a visit of Gibb’s Farm we had the opportunity to visit a native tribal house. Karatu, Tanzania.John Lotshaw – Wildebeest take the plunge crossing the Mara River in the Serengeti. The great migration moves in a clockwise direction and covers over 1800 miles across the Serengeti and Maasai Mara.
John Lotshaw – Balloons in formation over the Mara River in the Serengeti.John Lotshaw – Mother elephant and her calf walks along a marsh in the Ngorogoro Crater. A female elephant endures 22 months of pregnancy before giving birth to its young. Calves weigh approximately 250 pounds at birth.John Lotshaw – A group of great white pelicans in the Ngorogoro Crater. Note the pastel colors around their heads.

Michelle Wahlquist
Michelle Wahlquist – This lone lioness was soaking in the early morning sun. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.The kids loved every second of our time on safari, especially this lesson by expert guide Nic Polenakis on how termites eat elephant dung! Khwai Concession, Botswana. Photo taken by Michelle Wahlquist.Michelle Wahlquist – Like a human swatting at mosquitos, this young elephant repeatedly chased ‘pesky’ baboons away from Chris’s pan in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Michelle Wahlquist – This baby elephant was enjoying a little snack in a safe, shady spot. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.Michelle Wahlquist – Light aircraft is the fastest and easiest way to get to remote safari camps and lodges. This plane was parked for the night at the end of the dirt airstrip as the sun was setting in Khwai Concession, Botswana.Michelle Wahlquist – The landscapes of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe are so diverse and beautiful. While driving through a forest of acacia and mahogany, we came across this elephant snacking on acacia pods.
Michelle Wahlquist – A pack of wild dogs hunting red lechwe and during the chase, the dogs rounded a bend and ran smack into several elephants. It was hard to tell who was more startled, the dogs or the elephants!Our ‘sous-chefs’ helped make the most delicious wood-fired pizza at Somalisa Acacia Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Such an incredible camp and a fun, memorable meal! Photo taken by proud Aunt, Michelle Wahlquist.Michelle Wahlquist – Coming across one honey badger on safari is an incredible stroke of luck. We could hardly believe our eyes when we came across two, at the same time! Khwai Concession, Botswana.

Michael Rhine
Michael Rhine – Finding a lone wildebeest during the great migration is no easy task, but this one wandered alone onto the horizon during a sundowner on our first night in the Mara, providing a nice silhouette against the red sky.Afternoon snack time at Giraffe Manor is enjoyed by both the giraffe and the Rhine Family.Michael Rhine – We were lucky to have such a clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro during our brief stop in Amboseli National Park. This lone elephant was kind enough to pose for a portrait.
Michael Rhine – The hyenas closed in on a wildebeest carcass after the lions were done feeding. This hyena didn't seem to be in a mood for sharing. Maasai Mara, Kenya.The bush breakfasts with Mara Expedition Camp were everything the Rhine family imagined a bush meal would be. Maasai Mara, Kenya.Michael Rhine – We did not spot this male lion camouflaged in the dry Mara grass until we were right upon him. Our presence did not seem to disturb this majestic creature who appeared to be deep in thought. Maasai Mara, Kenya.

Traci Greenberg
Traci Greenberg – On a full day game drive in the Maasai Mara, we came upon the ‘Topi Pride.’ This large lion family first took shelter from the sun in the shadow of our Landcruiser. Life is good when you’re the apex predator!Traci Greenberg – Driving in our safari vehicle to the top of this hill, I felt the tremendous vastness that is the Serengeti, and why Serengeti is also referred to as ‘The Endless Plains.’Traci Greenberg – While driving in the Maasai Mara, we came across this gorgeous male lion, seemingly hiding behind a tree. This gave new meaning to the moniker ‘Cowardly Lion.’
Traci Greenberg – Our morning game drive was breath taking, with the mist burning off in the warmth of the rising sun, this giraffe seemed just as enamored as I was with the beauty of our surroundings. Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya.Traci Greenberg – It wasn’t until I got home and uploaded my photos to my computer that I discovered that I had captured the Little Bee Eater actually eating a bee. Never overlook the little things you see on safari!Traci Greenberg – Safari guides are encyclopedias of bush knowledge. You stand to learn so much, including the Swahili names of all the wildlife you will encounter. In honor of them, I simply call this photo ‘tembo TEMBO.’

Chuck Kossman
Chuck Kossman – Wildebeests exiting the Mara River. The Great Migration includes over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and other antelope. The animals travel in a circle from the southern Serengeti north into Kenya’s Maasai Mara.Chuck Kossman – Two male zebras fighting over a female. The fight lasted about 45 seconds, ending when one male bit the other deeply on the lower leg. Central Serengeti.Chuck Kossman – Leopardess, whose 2 month old cub was on the ground when a hyena appeared 20 meters in front of the mom. She sent the cub into a nearby tree, growled loudly and bared her teeth. The hyena retreated. Quite a show.
Chuck Kossman – Lilac-breasted roller with a dung beetle in its beak. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.Chuck Kossman – Mother and juvenile cheetahs on a small mound, looking for prey. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.Chuck Kossman – Mara River crossing by a group of approximately 500 wildebeests and 60 zebras; they had spent the preceding 2 1/2 hours staging along the river's edge, making 7 aborted starts, before committing to the crossing. Northern Serengeti.

Jamie Pham
Jamie Pham – This curious young mountain gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest surely knew how cute he was when striking this pose.Jamie Pham – While photographing the majestic elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park, I noticed the light show in the sky and quickly switched to secondary camera with a wider angle lens to capture this magical scene.Jamie Pham – It had been raining all day during our highly anticipated chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Forest in Uganda. We waited and finally, this male chimp came down from high above in the trees. It was a moment I will never forget.
Jamie Pham – A powerful, and at the same time intimate moment with this African Elephant in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This composition is exactly as I envisioned when I captured it.

Azira Manchester
Azira Manchester – Tusker, the elephant, was peacefully grazing his dinner as we approached him closely. He greeted us gently and through his eyes, I felt the complete serenity. Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.Azira Manchester – One of my highlights in Mana Pools is canoeing on the Zambezi River. Calming water surrounded by the dunes, the wildlife and the dramatic blue and amber colors along the horizon have a very soothing effect on one’s soul.