I first visited Tanzania in January 2007 and have since returned a number of times. Needless to say, it made quite an impression on me. Of all the places to view wildlife in Africa, I chose Tanzania for the Serengeti ecosystem and the great migration. Just as great as the unbelievable wildlife and beautiful landscapes, are the Tanzania people. I’ve been fortunate enough to develop friendships with people from Arusha, Karatu, and the area around the Ngorongoro crater.
This gallery is mostly a collection of wildlife portraits. There is a larger selection of wildlife images in the archive. Check back in the near future for a black and white gallery as well as a gallery foused on motion.
This gallery shows the more “glamorous side” of visiting the Serengeti ecosystem. What you don’t see is congestion that can develop in some areas, which can somewhat diminish the experience. Having said that, the area is so large (as large as a small state), it can be avoided with a little effort and planning. When you visit the Serengeti with a typical tour operator, you really don’t get a sense of the pressures that the area faces. A couple of years ago National Geographic published an article that sheds some light on issues you will not read about in tourist brochures. It pays particular attention to tensions between the Maasai, an indigenous population, and organizations working to preserve the area all while the Tanzania government tries to maximize tourism revenue.