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 ...

The Stars Of The Trip Were The Animals Of Course!

From the moment we stepped off the plane in Kilimanjaro and walked across the tarmac to the airport, we knew we had made the right choice in Africa Dream Safaris. We were met immediately, whisked through the immigration process and into our waiting vehicle. We soon arrived at our hotel where we rested for the evening in anticipation of our flight across the Serengeti the next morning. Our guide and driver, Claude, was waiting for us when our bush plane touched down the next morning and then ...

Celebrating Our 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Day 1 Our plane landed in Kilimanjaro Airport last night with all 9 of us aboard. Our guides were on the tarmac to meet us, walk us through customs in minutes, and escort us to the Mount Meru Resort in Arusha. It was late but the restaurant at the resort remained open just for us to have dinner and then to our rooms for some welcomed rest. Day 2 (Arusha): On day 2 we toured Arusha, the 3rd largest city in Tanzania. Our first stop was ...

Safari Photography Equipment and Tips!

A VERY common subject I field questions about is PHOTOGRAPHY.  I am far from a professional photographer, but I am a fairly passionate photography enthusiast!  So I'm happy to share some tips and suggestions based on my own personal "trial and error" experiences photographing wildlife in Tanzania. ********************************************************************** "WHAT TYPE OF CAMERA SHOULD I BRING?" There is no right or wrong answer here, but personally I use an SLR camera with interchangeable lenses, specifically a  Canon 7D camera body, and most of my images were taken with Canon’s ...

Guide Report – Migration Crossings and Big Cats

Greetings from Arusha, Tanzania. I have just finished my most recent safari with two guests Katherine and Karen who are from Chicago Illinois, USA. While in the bush we had a wonderful time together with some spectacular wildlife viewing especially with great migration crossing the Mara River and for the predators including lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. We stayed 2 nights at the Mara River Camp in the Mara River area of the North Serengeti, 2 nights at Migration Camp in the Lobo Valley area ...