Photographing the Serengeti

August 24, 2020 | 4 Min read

Any photographer’s dream, whether an amateur or a professional, is the chance to tell stories and create memories through their art. In their quest for the magnificent and the soulful, photographers will witness few places around the world which can beat the rich history of the Serengeti and its unique and thriving wildlife.

Leighton Lum, wildlife photographer, who flew with us for one of his photoshoots had the opportunity to experience first hand the wonders of a Serengeti from the sky.

“We came to the Serengeti to see the Great Migration and it did not disappoint! More than 2 million animals on the move! It’s literally as far as the eye can see in every direction! Incredible!”

Stretching over nearly 15,000 km², the Serengeti offers some of the most stunning views known to mankind with plenty of opportunities for stunning photographs of both its epic landscapes and its highly diverse fauna.

While the Serengeti National Park is home to a plethora of captivating wild animals and one of the vastest eco-systems in Africa, it is also one of the best places to witness and photograph the famous African sunrise. Rising above the clouds in a hot air balloon to see the dawn peak over the horizon and bathe the endless plains in deep reds, oranges and yellows, silhouetting the acacia trees, is one of the most photography worthy moments one will experience in their lifetime.

You will also get to enjoy the varying landscapes and views of the Serengeti from a bird’s perspective. This unique angle over regular safaris will give your photographs an edge and a vantage point rarely seen in common wildlife photography.

Whether in the woodlands or grasslands, a hot air balloon safari will allow you to safely get closer to the animals than on a normal road tour. The balloon will rise higher to enjoy the panoramic view of the national park and dip lower for more close up pictures of the animals.

Once the sun is up, you most probably won’t have any problem capturing the herds of wildebeests crossing through the plains, however, other animals such as lions, cheetahs and elephants might be harder to spot and require a more attentive eye.

Prides of lions are usually found in the tall grass of the savannah or lounging on some of the many indigenous kopjes scattered across the plains. Cheetahs, on the other hand, are excellent climbers and can sometimes be seen resting in the branches of low trees.

If you decide to visit the Serengeti during the calving season, around February, you might witness more active lions and cheetahs as they prey on young calves. This spectacle is an opportunity for epic photographs of predators in action.

Giraffes, elephants and other herbivores are usually spotted in wide herds around the plains or close to watering holes. As your balloon glides over streams and rivers such as the Mara river, you will get the chance to see some hippos in the shallow water.

Derived from the Maasai word ‘Siringit’, meaning ‘Endless plains’, the Serengeti is rich in history, life, and pride. If you are ready to capture its beauty and soul through your photography, contact us and we will gladly help you plan the photoshoot of a lifetime.

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