African Safari Close Ups

Sunset on the Zambezi Queen

This week the theme is Close Up, a perfect opportunity to highlight some wildlife shots from my trip to Africa. In Namibia I was the guest of the , a luxury ship that offers remarkable access to wildlife. From the ship we visited nearby Chobe National Park in Botswana where we went on a game drive. Some of the photos below were taken either on the Zambezi Queen or on their game drive in Botswana. The rest were taken at the in Zimbabwe. The Stanley and Livingstone sits in the middle of a massive game reserve famous for their conservation work with the endangered black rhino. I have a lot more to say about both properties, but for now I hope you enjoy some of the wildlife I encountered while their guest.

 

Elephants

 

Elephant Zambezi Queen

Elephants Stanley and Livingstone

Giraffes

 Botswana giraffes

Botswana giraffe

Crocodile

 

Crocodile Zambezi Queen

Zebras

 

Zebra Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Zebra Stanley and Livingstone Resort

Hippos

 

Hippo Botswana

Hippo Zambezi Queen

Baboons

 

Baboons Zambezi Queen

Warthogs

 

Warthog Stanley and Livingstone

Warthogs

Cape Buffalo

 

Cape Buffalo Stanley and Livingstone Resort

Cape Buffalo Stanley and Livingstone Resort

Black Rhinos

 

Black rhino Stanley and Livingstone Resort

Black rhino Stanley and Livingstone Resort

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20 Responses

  1. Vee

    Thank you for these lovely pictures! Can hardly wait for your blog on the Zambezi Queen and the Stanley and Livingstone Resort at Victoria Falls.

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    • Mike

      Thanks I appreciate that and yup, those are forthcoming… 🙂

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  2. Simon

    Nice photo essay, Matt. Love the zebra shot!

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    • Mike

      Thanks so much Simon.

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  3. Emily in Chile

    Wow, these are incredible! My major dream trip is a safari, so I absolutely loved these photos. Hope to take some similar ones eventually!

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  4. Tom @ Waegook Tom

    Matt – just WOW at these shots. These are seriously incredible. I think the elephant one and the giraffes have to be my favourite – oh, and the second shot of the hippos. The first one looks slightly terrifying. I’m not usually too big on nature so to speak (I’ll look at it on a computer, just don’t make me go out there!) but an African safari is something I must must must must do.

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    • Mike

      Thanks Tom, I really appreciate that. I love wildlife so this was something I was very much looking forward to. Now that I have the safari bug though all I want to do is return!

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  5. Amanda

    Amazing photos, Matt!

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  6. Philatravelgirl

    Fantastic photos! What type of camera/lense are you using? I’m at Chobe soon and would love it of my photos could look this amazing

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    • Mike

      Ha, well thanks I appreciate it. Don’t get too hung up on cameras though, it’s all about finding what appeals to you. BUT, I use a Nikon D5100 and was shooting with a 55-200mm lens

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  7. David Fernando

    Hello Matt,

    Firstly – great pictures! When the blog is published please let me know and we’ll share it/feature it on the Mantis socila media platforms too. Thanks.

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  8. Reine

    WOW! Great photos, Matt. Was looking forward to them. You’ve just moved “African Safari” way up on my list of things to do as I travel!

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    • Mike

      Awesome Reine! And this is just a sneak peak…

      Reply
  9. Jennifer

    I love the colors in the first elephant shot! Really liked the second Cape buffalo picture too! Nice work!

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  10. Gerard ~ GQ trippin

    I feel like I just saw the animal of Lion King in real life.

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  11. Lash

    Hi Matt,

    Wow, what a great safari you had! I hope I get to join one some day, too.
    thanks for sharing your trip.

    cheers, Lash

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    • Mike

      Thanks Lash, I appreciate that!

      Reply
  12. Dave

    Nice photos Matt!

    I’m planning a trip to Africa next year, but having trouble deciding between eastern Africa and South Africa. Since you’ve been to both, any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    • Mike

      Well I’m a huge fan of South Africa actually. But it’s easy to combine a joint trip. I’d spend time in SA, but then head up to Botswana or Zimbabwe for some variety. Have fun!

      Reply

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