African tourism is mainly about the BIG 5; Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Cape Buffalo .... but there is so much more. In this gallery I try to share images of the Big 5 group, as well as the many other animals we saw in our visit. There are animal portraits because we were able to get up close and personal with many. But I also tried to show the animals in their natural habitat so you could see the diversity of environments. With two notable exceptions the photos you see are shot of the animals as they live day to day in the wild. The notable photo exceptions: we visited the Van Dyk Cheetah Conservation Center where the cats are not domesticated, but several are docile enough to be close to visitors without being in cages. The one Cheetah photo of a family of five under a tree is the only one taken in the wild. And; the photo of the Cape Buffalo lying down with 5 Oxpecker birds on its' face probably only really had two birds. I added the others with Photoshop .... the devil made me do it.
If this is your first visit to this gallery, try the "Slideshow" setting and when the first image comes up on your screen click the "Full Screen" crossed arrows in the upper right corner.
These are phenomenal photographs Jim. It must have been an amazing experience to be able to see and photograph these animals in the environment where they live. I'm partial to the lion pics, so regal.
Great stuff. Amazing that animals didn't run away when they saw you. Fortunately, humans are smarter. Remote brush reminds me of the places where Lisa finds herself while looking for a lost ball on the golf course.
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