Most of my pictures on this website comes from five
All the parks have different environments and
organization and therefore different benefits.
-Etosha National Park, Northern Namibia
-Vic Falls National Park, Zimbabwe
-The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
-Masai Mara, Kenya
- Nakuro National Park, Kenya
Most of my information on the animals is gathered from
the book "Larger Mammals of Africa" by J. Dorst and P.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park lies in the northern Namibia. It's a quite modern
park and very well organized. The nature consists mainly of open plains and
bush lands. At the time for my stay, in November, it was quite dry and
not a lot of animals around.
There are three nice resorts placed
evenly over the park were you spend to nights. These resorts has got
nearby waterholes where you easily can sit and watch the animal drinking
and socializing. It's really a brilliant idea. During daytime you can drive
across the park on very well kept roads. Three days in Etosha is a
Vic Falls National Park
The park is located at the city of Victoria Falls at the
Zambezi river in the northern Zimbabwe, close to the Zambian
border. It's a very small park, mainly consisting of light bush land. Some
animal migrate through this area and occasionally you find elephants and
even lions here.
A lot of animal were gone at this time of year (in early
December), as it was hot and dry. Being close to the Zambezi river you
can always find Hippos and Crocs though, so watch out.
Horse riding through
the area is recommended as the animals don't cares about you, as long as
you sit on the horses back. You only need half a day to cover the area.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Ngorongoro lies in the Serengeti area in northern Tanzania. It's a volcanic
highland and the actual safari park consists of an huge
crater, the biggest crater outside of Asia. The bottom of the calderas is a wide open plain on
the altitude of 1700 meters.
There is a lot of animals here. Antelopes,
elephants, and in
the middle there is a pond with hippos and a lot of birds. Besides, the animals are easy to spot as the field is open.
are trapped here by the natural walls and some comes here because they
like the local climate. Old elephant come here when their teeth is getting
bad, because here the the grass is always green and
You could cover the area in one day, but you need a 4WD and a driver. There are resorts and hotel outside the conservation area.
Very expensive though.
The "Mara" is close to the Serengeti area but on the Kenyan side of the
border. It's a huge park, not very easy to survey. The roads are badly
kept and very bumpy, so you need a 4WD and a good driver. But it has a natural environment and you can find what ever you are looking
for, is you only got the time.
The area consists mainly of open
grassland or bush land. The prime times for safari tours are ether in spring or
autumn when a lot of animals migrates.
As the name suggest,
the park is run by the legendary Maasai people who lives their
traditional life here and you find several of their settlements outside
of the park.
Nakuro National Park.
Nakuro (aka Nakuru) is a small private park, mostly known for it's
famous salt lake with thousands of flamingos. The park holds a nice
mixture of forests, hills and open plains.
All the photos on
this website were taken with 2 old Olympus-cameras from the 80th, one OM-40 and one
OM-2. I used to prefer the Om40 but there is really no big difference
between them. The OM40 though, didn't survive the heat in Africa and some
plastic details simply melted away in the Namibian desert, which ruined at
least 10 rolls of film before I realized it.
Lenses The lenses I
used was either a 80-200mm zoom or a 500mm with mirror-lenses. The later
is quite heavy and needs a lot of light. This
also ruined a lot of pictures which become unfocused or blurry. On the other
hand, a 500mm lens is wonderful to have if you want to get close up animal
Film I used exclusively
negative film, mostly fast ones, 200-400 ASA, as the big lens needed a lot
of light, even with the African sun. Overall my equipment was not very professional
but still quite efficient for my needs.
Afterwork Back home I used a negative-scanner to
digitalize the pictures (a never ending work). I then edited them slightly in the computer using Adobe Photoshop,
meaning removing scratches and dust and enhance the contrast and light. Off
course, no cutting or pasting of the
motives was made.