How Close?

Posted February 17th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

When I talk to people about what it is like on an African photo safari, one of their first questions is wanting to know how close the animals get to the vehicles.

The answer?

CLOSE!

The thrill of having a leopard walk by your front bumper or a lion lean up against your door is undeniably cool. The first time you get that close to a big, beautiful, dangerous animal is absolutely amazing and you never forget the surge of adrenaline.

Here are some shots from our last safari in Tanzania that show how close the animals frequently come to our Land Cruisers.

Leopard in the Seronera region of the Serengti. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8.

Leopard in the Seronera region of the Serengti. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8.

Zebra in Ngorongoro Crater.

Zebra in Ngorongoro Crater.

Lion and license plate in Ngorongoro Crater.

Lion and license plate in Ngorongoro Crater.

Serval and vehicles in Ngorongoro Crater.

Serval and vehicles in Ngorongoro Crater.

Two lions taking a rest underneath the safari vehicle.

Two lions taking a rest underneath the safari vehicle.

Leopard watching people in safari vehicle. Tarangire NP.

Leopard watching people in safari vehicle. Tarangire NP.

Leopard by front bumper in Tarangire NP.

Leopard by front bumper in Tarangire NP.



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