Africa Wildlife

It finally happened!  Something I had wanted to do for ten years.  I had a chance to safari in South Africa.  It was dream come true.  I wasn’t going to let the wildlife get away with anything, so I rented a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens for my Nikon D750 camera.  I went back and forth between a prime lens or a zoom, but ultimately decided on the zoom for versatility.  Most of the time, I’m glad I did, as the wildlife came much closer to the jeep than I imagined!  There were just a handful of times that I wished I had a 600mm prime.  I also brought my 24-120mm for landscapes and everyday shooting.  I wanted to choose just one or two pictures of each big animal I saw to share, which was a tough choice at times. (I may have broken that rule for a couple of animals!) I was interested in the bird life as well and decided to add a few of those pictures as well.

African Masked Weaver

Pin-tailed Whydah

Lilac-breasted Roller

Bateluer

Lappet-faced Vulture

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Giant Kingfisher

Steppe Eagle (possibly)

Southern Ground Hornbill

Guinea fowl

And my favorite bird photo, a heron riding a hippo!

Male Impala

Baby Impala with female

Vervet Monkey

Baby Vervet Money

Male Kudu

Zebra

Zebra

Hyena

Giraffe

Warthog

Warthog with baby

Water Buffalo

Crocodile

Elephant family

Crossing the road

Elephant

Elephants crossing near hippos

Hippopotamus with a baby

Hippo up close

Cheetah

Wildebeest

Leopard hiding in the trees

Blesbok

Rhino

Rhino

Rhino

Lion twins

Lioness

Lioness

The safaris were amazing and I saw many more animals that I thought I would.  I went on a total of five safaris in three parks throughout South Africa.  I consider myself lucky to have been able to see the a few prides of lions, the elusive leopard and a couple of cheetahs! 

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