Sunday, 22 December 2013

2013 Travels - February - Tanzania

As the year draws to a close I thought I would look back over my travels during 2013 and pick out some of my favourite photos - I hope you will enjoy seeing them.

In February, we went on a Safari holiday to Tanzania, followed by a week on the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

Here are three of the big cats we saw. The lion had come over to the row of tourists land cruisers that were watching him and sat beside them in the shade! The leopard was sitting out in the middle of the day, even though they are usually seen at night and the cheetah was standing proudly surveying the landscape:
Lions Head
Lions Head
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Leopard
Leopard
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Cheetah
Cheetah
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One of the highlights for me of the trip was a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti. It was undertaken at dawn, and the first image is of a Grants Gazelle seen from the balloon which I have made monochrome to highlight the early morning shadows while the second is of the three balloons in front of us.
Grants Gazelle
Grants Gazelle
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Balloons over the Serengeti
Balloons over the Serengeti
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While travelling down to the Serengeti we stopped at Olduvai Gorge, dubbed the cradle of mankind'. The gorge is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. The site was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979 for its outstanding ecological and geological value.
Olduvai Gorge
Olduvai Gorge
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Finally we couldn't leave Tanzania and the Serengeti without an image of Maasai dancers.
Maasai Dancers
Maasai Dancers
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The second week in Zanzibar was equally interesting, especially a visit to the capital of Stone Town and a trip to see Red Colobus monkeys. The Zanzibar Red Colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii) is a species of red colobus monkey endemic to Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago. The Zanzibar Red Colobus is endangered and there are about 1.500 monkeys left.
Stone Town Alleyway
Stone Town Alleyway
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Baby Red Colobus Monkey
Baby Red Colobus Monkey
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As usual, these are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.

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