Animal Safari Photos from Africa

**This is a guest post by Nick & Dariece of Goats On The Road: A Travel Website For Budget Backpackers. For more of their articles and photography, or to connect with them on Twitter and Facecbook, check out their bio at the bottom of the post!**

Most people who visit Africa have one thing in mind: safari! Seeing animals in their natural habitat, hunting wild as they have for thousands of years, is an essential African experience and one that everybody should have at least once in a lifetime. If you spend the time and travel around Africa, you will soon find out that there are literally hundreds of opportunities to see wildlife. In almost every country there are National Parks where you can spot “The Big 5″ which is actually an old hunting term that pertains to the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt – leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo. This term is now applied to the safari where these are some of the best animals to spot. Of course there is much more to Africa than the animals, but they definitely play a huge part in the joy of travelling here and if you visit this magnificent continent, you must get in a jeep and explore the vast grasslands of parks like Kruger, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. This is A Photo Safari through these parks and a few of the lesser known parks in Southern and Eastern Africa. Enjoy!

Zebra And Flamingos

Zebra And Pelicans

Wandering Elephant

Wandering Elephant

Too Close For Comfort

Too Close For Comfort

The Mighty Bufallo

The Mighty Buffalo

The Lost Giraffe

The Lost Giraffe

The Leopard

The Leopard

The Hunt Is On

The Hunt Is On

The Dung Beetle

The Dung Beetle

Scavengers

Scavengers

Rock Star Monkey

Rock Star Monkey

Ready To Charge

Ready To Charge

Purple Wildabeest

Blue Wildebeest

Ostrich Party

Ostrich Party

Lunch

Lunch

Lion's Pose

Lion’s Pose

Life On The Masai Mara

Life On The Masai Mara

Life On The Horizon

Life On The Horizon

Learning To Chew

Learning To Chew

Kudu

Kudu

King Of The Castle

King Of The Castle

Hunting The Grasslands

Hunting The Grasslands

Great Roar

Great Roar

Gaping Jaw

Gaping Jaw

Family Time

Family Time

Family Outing

Family Outing

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

Curious Cub

Curious Cub

Colorful Scene

Colorful Scene

Chillin' Penguin

Chillin’ Penguin

Bird Of Prey

Bird Of Prey

Battle

Battle

A Young Elephant

A Young Elephant

A Typical Morning

A Typical Morning

A Stark Contrast

A Stark Contrast

A Solo Penguin

A Solo Penguin

A Haunting Stare

A Haunting Stare

A Great Yawn

A Great Yawn

A Clever Fox

A Clever Jackal

A Bobbing Hippo

A Bobbing Hippo

That’s our Photo Safari and we hope you enjoyed it. Visiting Africa is incredible for so many different reasons, the culture, the tribes, the beaches, the history, the architecture and the colors, but for sure one of the main reasons that travellers make their way to the continent is to spot some amazing wildlife. We were lucky enough to spot the big 5 and much more. If you’re looking for info on safaris, national parks and African travel in general, please check out our bio below!

Authors Bio:

Nick & Dariece have left everything behind in search of cultural experiences, beautiful beaches and off the beaten path adventures. They call themselves Goats On The Road and their website for budget backpackers encourages others to pack their bags and leave the ordinary behind. Visit Goats On The Road and get excellent tips for the adventurous budget backpacker! You can also follow along on their adventures on Facebook & Twitter.

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Suzzane from Travel Universally November 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Nick & Dariece, Thanks for sharing these spectacular pics of Wildlife. For a second I thought like I am watching Discovery wildlife’s show. It would be so unique to see those lions much nearer the camera lens.

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Shaun November 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Great pictures, especially the ostrich one!

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Koren @ City Gal November 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

LOVE all of these photos! I still have not made it to South Africa, despite having quite a bit of family in Joburg. Hopefully soon!

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Samuel December 10, 2012 at 5:14 am

Koren, I’m hoping to visit for the first time soon as well! :)

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memographer November 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Wow! This is incredibly beautiful set!
‘Too Close For Comfort’ is my favorite. Can’t believe that you can get that close… I guess it is time for me to go to Africa :)

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Samuel December 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

I’m feeling the urge to go soon as well! :)

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Addison S. November 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

Great photos. I miss Africa; it was such a luxury to live there and have safari parks more or less on the doorstep. ‘Curious cub’ is my favourite, there must be so many thoughts going through that little one’s mind.

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Amanda November 22, 2012 at 3:25 am

Some truly awesome shots here! Have to agree with Shaun and say that the ostrich silhouette one is my favorite!

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Samuel December 10, 2012 at 5:18 am

That’s one of my favourite shots as well :)

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Charlie November 23, 2012 at 12:14 am

This is excellent photography. You got really close. I think I like the lost giraffe best.

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The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) November 23, 2012 at 2:51 am

Wow, these are amazing photos. You guys really seem to have seen it all! Great pic of the dung beetle!

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Arti November 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

What stunning captures!! The whole jungle has been brough alive!!
Thanks Sam for hosting Nick and Dariece :)

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Samuel December 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

Thanks Arti, I really appreciate Nick and Dariece for sharing :)

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Kate - Canuckiwikate November 25, 2012 at 4:01 am

These are stunning photos, thanks for sharing!! I am so itching to get to Africa and this only fed the fire :)

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Samuel December 10, 2012 at 5:20 am

Thanks Kate! Feel exactly the same way you do :)

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Kerry - Goodtrippers November 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Fantastic pictures (and like many here, I love the ostrich photo!). Safari in Africa is one ‘must do’ travel experience, if only to remind ourselves we are not top of the food chain! There are some excellent tour operators and parks across Africa – just beware of some game hunting reserves/projects passing themselves off as natural parks or conservation projects. Real wildlife experiences mean not inferring with animals’ spaces, territories and day-to-day behaviour, and tour operators who respect that are the ones worth finding!

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Sam November 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

Amazing. I really want to do an African safari

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Samuel December 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

It’s on my bucket list as well Sam! :)

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Tracy Zhang December 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Stunning, this is one of my dream photo trips!

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Rachel December 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

I couldn’t agree more; you’re going to miss half of your life if you miss the safari experience. I’d been to Hwange National Park once and I can’t wait to visit again it once more and bring my future kids for them to learn the importance of knowing the animals’ natural habitats. It’s a great list of photos, I’m just feel so sorry about the giraffe, though I know that that’s purely normal.. I still feel sorry for it to be eaten. Hey it’s just me. -_-

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AnitaMac December 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

That is incredible! You are so up and personal with the animals…great shots. Africa is tops on my bucket list…I am sure I will see the Big 5 – I just hope I can capture them as well as you have here.

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Nick - Goats On The Road December 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thank-you everyone for your comments and compliments on our photos, and a big thank-you to Nomadic Samuel for helping us have our content seen by a wider audience! We love this website and hope to post something else on it soon!
Keep your backpacks packed and safe travels.

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Calogero Mira December 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Nice animals in Africa. And… I am for fairtrade travel to Africa!

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Adam Donald December 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thanks Samuel for shearing your views. Your posted photos are truly awesome. I fully agreed with you that in Africa apart from the big fives there are lots of thing to do and see. Thees are great savanna grassland plains, lakes, river. It is the one of the beautiful continent around the globe.

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Peter Lee January 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Africa is famous for its wildlife safari which attracts a lot of people. You can enjoy best safari by hiring a jeep and can see all animals living in their natural habitat and wilderness. Just want to go to capture these beautiful safari on my own very soon. Thanks Samuel for sharing these amazing photos.

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Samuel January 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

Thanks Peter,

I think it’s a once in a lifetime type of travel activity that is a bucket list item for many travellers :)

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Tom February 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Great pictures , some were really too close for comfort , I can see it would be a thrill taking those shots.

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Rafting Wales April 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

Brilliant pictures, I especially like the one penguin…how does it even survive there. When you went on these Safaris did you take go with a guide or just hire a jeep out yourself? I’ve had friend who have gone on a Safari by themselves and said it was far better without the guide.

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Dariece - Goats On The Road April 25, 2013 at 1:27 am

There are many penguins in South Africa..in fact, they’re called the African Penguin! Not all penguins live in the cold :)

We did a major 4 day safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya with a guide, but we also did 3 safaris on our own in South Africa, we drove our car through the parks ourselves and it was amazing!

Thanks for the comment.

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Charlie August 8, 2013 at 1:56 am

Great photos. We especially like the giraffe.

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Samuel Jeffery August 9, 2013 at 1:59 am

Thanks Charlie!

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Majida/Hanel Travels August 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Beautiful pictures and needless to say, that I am green with envy for your Safari spotting of all Big 5 and more! We managed 4 whereby I am still confident, that on our Sunset Safari I heard a lion roar! Brought back lots of memories!

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Majida/Hanel Travels August 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Beautiful pictures and needless to say, that I am green with envy for your Safari spotting of all Big 5 and more! We managed 4 whereby I am still confident, that on our Sunset Safari I heard a lion roar! Brought back lots of memories!

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Samuel Jeffery August 29, 2013 at 3:43 am

That’s great! Nothing beats a good safari ;)

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Chris Flees March 12, 2014 at 4:44 am

You have posted some truly amazing animal images. I truly would have a problem picking a favorite however I really like the lions in “Family Time”. Great job.

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Samuel Jeffery March 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

Thanks Chris!

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