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Africa 2012: Tanzania Safari & Rwanda Gorillas Trip Report

From March 31st to April 15, 2012 we traveled to Rwanda to trek with the endangered mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga Mountains and then flew to Tanzania where we spent time photographing in the wildlife rich Serengeti National Park as well as Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara NP. When photographing gorillas you really don’t want bright sunny days as the vegetation blows out in the backgrounds. Well we didn’t have much for sunny days there, in fact most of the 3 days we were hiking in the rain and clouds but that meant it was much easier to get nice exposures on the dark colored animals. Plus we were able to get the “gorillas in the mist” type of images folks dream about!

In Tanzania we were fortunate to be present at birthing time for many species, including a mother cheetah with 5 young cubs. Our timing was also great as we ended up in the middle of the 1.3 million wildebeest migration with thousands of animals surrounding us at times. We did photograph all of the Big 5, including the black rhino. We observed and photographed a kill sequence with a pride of lions taking a young newborn Cape Buffalo from the herd.

As always it was nice having a safari vehicle with just one photographer per seat, thus having access to both windows and not being bummed about missing shots! Even though I have been to Africa many times I still came home with 11,400 images!!

This is a trip I will do again in the near future. Let me know if you would like to be added to the list. Call me at 406/245-4365 or email to inquire about future trips!

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