This week the #FriFotos 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 Zambezi Queen, 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 Stanley and Livingstone at Victoria Falls Resort 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.
20 thoughts on “African Safari Close Ups”
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.
Thanks I appreciate that and yup, those are forthcoming… :)
Nice photo essay, Matt. Love the zebra shot!
Thanks so much Simon.
Wow, these are incredible! My major dream trip is a safari, so I absolutely loved these photos. Hope to take some similar ones eventually!
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.
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!
Amazing photos, Matt!
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
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
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.
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!
Awesome Reine! And this is just a sneak peak…
I love the colors in the first elephant shot! Really liked the second Cape buffalo picture too! Nice work!
I feel like I just saw the animal of Lion King in real life.
Wow, what a great safari you had! I hope I get to join one some day, too.
thanks for sharing your trip.
Thanks Lash, I appreciate that!
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?
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!
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