Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Afrca, here we come

Africa is every wildlife photographer's heaven on earth. On a wildlife safari in North America, you may see animals, or may not. On our polar bear safari for instance, I had 6 photography days and we only saw bears on two of those days. In Africa, the wildlife is so dense in many areas that you can't seem to go five minutes without at least seeing an unguate of some sort. It gets to the point where you take the scenery for granted that you just drive by them without giving them a second thought.

In twenty days my wife and I will be going back to Africa and I am pumped! Two years ago, our experiences in South Africa were so amazing, that I don't think we will ever forget our first time on that amazing continent. This trip we are going to Tanzania to see the Ngorongoro Crater and the Masai Mara in Kenya. We are hoping to catch some of the Great Migration. With any luck we will catch the end of the great migration or as it is also referred to as the greatest show on earth. This is when 1.5 million wildebeast and several hundred thousand zebra and impala travel across Tanzania and Kenya looking for greener pastures. This is not a once per year event, but a constant event as they are migrating to Kenya, then back to Tanzania to give birth and start again. Along with the migration, we will be focusing on photographing cheetahs, leopards, and lions. These animals love when the migration comes to their area as it provides an unlimited food supply for them.

I will post our results when we get back. I am really looking forward to the trip as this photography adventure as it will be much different than South Africa. South Africa is all about photographing animals in the bush. You see a couple animals here and a couple animals there. South Africa's Sabi Sands area is one of the best places to view and photogaph leopards. In Kenya and Tanzania however, they have wide open savanah and herds of animals. I anticipate this trip to be much different than our South African adventure.

Until my next post...

Enjoy your photography,