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Tanzania Photography Safari

Our first morning in the Serengeti… I was awakened by the sounds of lions roaring, hippos grunting, and something munching the grass outside my tent.  I thought that would just be a giraffe – not so.  At 6:00 am my fearless Maasai warrior escort arrives and starts stomping and yelling to chase away two cape buffalo right off my deck blocking my exit (fortunately the deck is 4’ high).  The buffalo responds and gives me some space.  I did check to make sure my escort had his spear before I came down the steps.  We always have an escort when it is dark.

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Sunrise, Camp Masek, near my tent
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After breakfast, we had a beautiful sunrise by my favorite tree here at Masek (which is near my tent).  The day only got better with lots of cats and more.

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Lions having a family discussion
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Leopard sleeping high in a tree
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cooling off in the shade at the granite kopjes in the Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cub (about 3 months old) in the kopjes
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Crowned cranes, protecting the nest
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Young zebra snuggling up to mom
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Impala…

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We met some Maasai junior warriors out herding goats and stopped to chat. One of them tried to offer me his necklace, didn’t know what that implied so I gracefully declined.

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photo taken by Said, our guide

More photos to come in a few days.

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Tanzania Photography Safari

I had a call in the middle of the night last night – everything is just fine in Tanzania, but there had not been internet access out in the Serengeti.

It sounds like there have been exciting times.  Thunderstorms.  Cape Buffalo camped out next to Diane’s tent.  More exciting photography moments.  Can’t wait to see!

In the meantime, I’m posting a couple images that I was holding to go with Diane’s words (that never came).

Lion approaching© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Lion approaching
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kitty paws© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kitty paws
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo yawn© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo yawn
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo wallowing in the mud© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo wallowing in the mud
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephant facial© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephant facial
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Friends© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Friends
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tanzania Photography Safari

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Lions in Love
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

This has been an awesome safari so far.  The group is doing well with photography and we have been treated to many rare experiences.  We saw the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, cape buffalo, lion) by day 2.  We watched and photographed rhinos mating!  Our guide has never even seen this in the 15 years he has guided.  Another rare sighting, the serval, stalked birds for a few minutes right in front of us.  Then there were zebras fighting and lions “dating”. More to come, moving now to the Serengeti.

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Rhino moving fast across the crater floor
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Rhinos mating
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Serval looking for breakfast
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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