If you are anything like me when you think of going on safari in the Serengeti National Park you think about seeing the Big Five animals and the Great Migration. You don’t necessarily think about the landscape. Throughout my time in the park I was constantly astounded by the beauty of the place. I hope you enjoy these few moments I was able to capture.
1. dust & wind
Dust whirlwinds sweep across the savanna stirred up by the hot winds. This natural phenomena set against the big cloud-filled sky was particularly stunning.
2. Contrasts of light & dark
It’s those brief moments when the shade of a tree breaks up the light from the golden plain that move me.
3. views from the roof
One of the joys of a safari is looking out of the pop-up roof of your safari vehicle. Whether this means standing up to snap a few animal photos or taking a moment to just sit back and gaze up, the view never disappoints.
4. trees rising from the savanna
I visited at the end of the wet season and some of the trees were already showing the effects of less water. This particular tree stood at a crossroads and was particularly stunning. In the distance are the famous umbrella trees.
5. Whistling Acacia Thorn Trees
There are many different types of acacia trees in the Serengeti. This whistling acacia thorn tree is the tallest I saw while in the park and we passed it a few times during our safari.
We woke up extra early on our third day and drove out to a small hill to watch the sunrise. Despite the clouds hanging low on the horizon, the sunrise still proved to be stunning.
7. Candelabra Trees
Looking like something more appropriate to an alien landscape, the candelabra trees are one of the most unusual forms of flora I have ever seen. They are actually gigantic poisonous succulents (www.wildlife-of-africa.com/trees/candelabra-tree.htm).
Every so often the endless plains were broken by an outcropping of rock called a kopje. Antelope and other small animals frequented these outcroppings.
9. the cycle of life
I found this particular group of trees back-lit by the bright blue sky to be quite beautiful.
10. driving through The endless plains
As we were heading out of the park our driver took us along an alternate route that extended out onto the endless plains. The horizon was flat and extended as far as the eye could see. Our view only ever broken by kopjes, like the one below, in the distance.