A pride of female lions sits in the shade to beat the late afternoon heat after gorging themselves on a wilda beast kill. Shot with a 5D Mark II, 24-105mm, and an off camera 580EX with Pocket Wizard Flex TT5’s (Photo by Donald Miralle)
My first trip to Africa started with a trip to the Selous Game Reserve, the oldest and largest protected area in Africa named after Englishman big game hunter and conservationist Sir Frederick Selous. Located in Southern Tanzania it covers an area of approximately 54,600 square kilometers, over double the size of the famous Serengeti and larger than Switzerland. It was a made a World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its rich and untouched biodiversity, and after some thought I opted for a three day safari there rather than the Serengeti because of the high density of wildlife and low density of tourists. It is also very accessable through Coastal Aviation out of Dar Es Salaam, the main city hub you fly into Tanzania. I booked with Enchanting Africa Safaris Tours last minute (literally as I was flying into the country) and thanks to Hildy Rubin and crew for seeing my reservations and accomodations through. I stayed at the fantastic Maze Lake Camp run by Richard and Sarah who do a great job managing the camp, and booked me a wonderful array of private land and water safaris (the Selous is the only place in Africa where you can go on a river/lake safari tour). From waking up in the morning to the sound of the local elephant “Rafiki” eating brush outside my tent, seeing a pride of lions killing wilda beasts, to dedicated Masai Warriors guarding the campsite at night, cape buffaloes and hippos challenging our boat on the Rufiji River, and having a lunch on safari under a 2,000 year old Baobab trees, I have more unbelievable memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some of those moments captured in photos, hope you enjoy and as always feedback is welcome! You can see the photos larger on my website here. More photos from Africa to coming soon…
A male African Elephant “Rhafiki” wakes me up outside my tent in the morning. Despite their size elephants are extremely stealth and quite in the bush and you don’t know one is near until he is over you and you can hear his breath. (Photo by Donald Miralle)
A crocodile hides in the mangroves at sunset at Lake Rufiji in the Selous. (Photo by Donald Miralle)
Dead trees line the shores of Lake Manze making a surrealist Dali-like landscape (Photo by Donald Miralle).
A Fisher Eagle with a recently killed meal perched in a dead tree on Rufiji River (Photo by Donald Miralle). These large raptors which resemble a bald eagle feed on fish, reptiles and even other birds (Photo by Donald Miralle).
A 2,000 year old Baobab Tree at sunset. The Selous is the largest protected dry forest ecosystem in Africa (Photo by Donald Miralle).