In case you missed my first post about Serengeti National Park, you can read it here. It’s all about the central part of the Serengeti and the endless grassy plains that made an excellent backdrop for some minimalist wildlife images.
The northern part of the Serengeti is more woodsy, so you don’t get the same type of images there, but it has it’s own charms.
We stayed in Buffalo Luxury Camp, which was indeed luxurious and by far the nicest camp on the trip. I was in need of some peaceful relaxation after the hectic racing around we had been doing on the trip so far, so when our plans for photographing a local tribe fell through, I took the opportunity to stay at the camp for the afternoon and sit outside on my patio enjoying the gorgeous view of the plains and listening to the quiet.
In the evening we went on a game drive and saw all the usual animals, but what interested me the most was the incredible herd of brown elephants. Brown because they were covered in mud!
These guys were on a mission to get themselves down to the watering hole for a much needed drink.
This is one of my favourite photos from the trip! It was hysterical how the elephants would fill their mouths with so much water that half of it came spilling out again.
As if the waterworks weren’t funny enough, look at what happened when an elephant decided he wanted to step down a few feet and get into the water!!
I had no idea that elephants would have such a hard time moving their massive body weight downwards like that. I mean, I guess it’s obvious that elephants can’t jump, but I thought they would be able to just step down. I could hardly photograph this I was laughing so hard.
I’ll leave you with this portrait of mother and child – both covered in mud.
I made all of these photos with my Canon 7D and the 70-200 f/2.8L lens which I rented specifically for this trip.