Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

I thought it would be interesting to share a collection of safari photos mainly from the Serengeti National Park showing just how close one can get to the big game (lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and giraffe) in Tanzania. Sometimes a large zoom or telephoto lens is not at all necessary and a small pocket size camera is actually more advantageous.

Note that the last picture is the hand of yours truly! This shot was taken in the Ngorongoro Crater. Due to the small size of the Crater and the frequent safari guests, many of the animals are quite habituated to vehicles. This is especially true of the lions who since birth have grown up in the presence of vehicles and are very at ease and sometimes even curious about the occupants inside.

12 Responses to Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

  1. Susan LeRoy says:

    Fabulous pictures. We are so excited about our upcoming safari (January 2012)

  2. Ginger says:

    Absolutely amazing pictures! I can hardly wait for our trip in September 2012.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Donna Archer says:

    Wonderful!!! We were really close to some of the animals on our first trip with ADS, but hope to have as good or even better (If that is possible) this coming March.

  4. Kathi Stropkai says:

    Awesome pictures! Can’t wait for our March 2012 Safari.

  5. ADS says:

    Thanks for the nice comments. Kathi,Susan and Ginger – We look forward to welcoming you to Tanzania next year.

    Donna – Wow…your 2nd safari with ADS. That’s excellent news. We will do our best to make sure it is an even better experience then your first safari. I see you have 3 nights at our Private Camp so that will sure go a long way in facilitating up close game viewing. Let’s just hope not too close :>

  6. Deborah Dubnow and Barrett Burstein says:

    These pictures are amazing. We can’t wait to go in May, 2012. i am sure that some of the animals are not as friendly as they look? They really are beautiful creatures. We hope to have an up close and personal look.

  7. Randal Sanders says:

    Great shots, we were also very close to a few lions and elephant. I have my safari photos on my computer so each day I see them but new photos are very nice to look at, thanks.

  8. Sandy says:

    Every time I see photos from someone’s safari it gets me more and more excited for our trip in October 2012!

  9. Steve Clevidence says:

    What a wonderful experience we had. Our guide Joshua was fantastic as well as the camp hosts/staff we met. Every day was an adventure that will be treasured for a lifetime. We are already planning a return trip. Thank you Africa Dream Safari!

  10. Avery says:

    These pics confirm my life long dream to go on a safari. I will retire in 6 months and have started planning for my trip late 2013. Thx for the very important comments which will help me plan my trip.

  11. Roxanne says:

    Boy some of those are closer than comfort. Can’t wait.

  12. Mac says:

    Breath taking pictures. Can not wait to explore this adventure in Dec 2013.

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