With more than 120 distinct ethnic groups living together in Tanzania, this creates an excellent opportunity for those of us that enjoy travel photography. For me, I always gravitate towards getting photos of people, whenever I travel. I love the animals and the fantastic wildlife we get to see while on safari, but I also make sure that our safaris have cultural visits and opportunities to interact with the Tanzanians.
Many of these photos were taken during those interactions as we traveled, whether we were in the Rift Valley or the Central Serengeti or just in the back of our vehicle as our guide Francis searched for animals. Each photo tells a story, and I’ll share a little bit of information on each one so that you can appreciate them in a different light. You’ll also note that many of these have post processing and I’ll share at the end of the article, which software I used as I edited these. Though this editing style is not for everyone, it works for what I am trying to convey in my images.
Francis our Safari Guide
Francis was an excellent guide and was always able to find animals where I thought there might not be any. Before he was a guide, he was a researcher, and he shared that he knew every corner of the Serengeti and he didn’t need to use a radio. While on safari, many guides communicate with each other via their radios, but in the twelve days we were with him, not once did he ever turn it on. He was focused and was very aware of animal behavior to indicate where there might be predators. At once point, Amanda and I were looking at four giraffe’s, but he noticed they were looking beyond our vehicle at something else. This was when he noticed a female Leopard and her cub in the tall grass. For the next 20 minutes, we were able to watch them as they climbed two trees and drank water and interacted with each other. This photo conveyed his focus and drive as he searched for us to create the best safari experience.
Boys in the Trees
When driving towards Lake Manyara, there are little homes and villages on the way. Our safari vehicle always drew attention, and the children would run towards the road as we passed. They would wave and say hello, and it always brought a smile to our faces to see their enthusiasm. Many would yell, asking for candy, which we did not have, but we would have to continue on our way and were unable to stop, though we wanted to, many times. You may also notice that these boys are not wearing shoes, but that didn’t seem to stop them from enjoying their adventure and climbing a tree.
The Struggle for Water
Many places in Tanzania are lush and green, and water is abundant. But as you get out of the foothills and enter more arid climates, the struggle to get water can be a challenge. Throughout our travels, we would see carts like this, referred to as Kalahari Ferrari’s by one of our local guides, Sadi. People would travel for miles to get water for their crops and livestock in this fashion.