10 Best African Wildlife Photographs
Mention Africa and many people will bring to mind one or two extraordinary wildlife photos. We’re fortunate to see hundreds of these stunning images, but how on earth to choose what makes one image better than another? It could be the light, the setting, an expression, the pose, or a combination which makes us look twice. We’ll all have an opinion on what makes the best image but here are a few of our favourite wildlife photos.
Landscape wildlife photography
How could we not choose this amazing wildlife photo by Will Burrard-Lucas? Not only incredibly rare to see (Alice is the only person at Aardvark Safaris to have actually spotted one in the wild), but our namesake as well. This also happens to be an extraordinary image.
The zebra lends itself to black and white photography and David Yarrow has captured the power of this animal whilst also bringing to life the setting of a flat plain with the dust kicked up.
Butterfly and flower
African colours really come alive during the rains as captured by Edward Selfe in this stunning photograph.
These stunning birds, which migrate in their thousands to breed in southern Africa from mid-August, have the most exquisitely vibrant colours – captured beautifully in this photo by Donovan van Staden.
The buffalo is an iconic African animal, and when in the large herds in which they’re often found, very inquisitive too. This image by Donovan van Staden captures both the power and the slightly quizzical look.
The hippo, another African icon, spends much of its day wallowing in shallow water. The yawning which they tend to do in the morning and evening is to show off to other males their dominance and size. Perfectly captured here, with a hammerkop in flight, by David Rogers.
Another giant of the African landscape, this elephant has been captured in a dramatic photograph by Great Plains Conservation displaying its strength and dominance.
Portrait wildlife photography
Capturing this moment Greg du Toit has given us a rare glimpse into the athleticism of this beautiful cat. A photo which makes you stop and take a second look with perfect light and sharp focus.
Dappled by the sun coming through the forest canopy this magnificent silver back is beautifully lit and the power of the animal is easily transmitted through his expression and stance. Another lovely photo capturing the character of an animal from Will Burrard-Lucas.
Patrick Bentley has perfectly captured the majesty and power of this beautiful male lion. The black and white format seems to give the eyes a heightened intensity. The Aardvark Safaris team has lived and worked in Africa, and can help advise you on the hottest wildlife locations and times of year that the wildlife is in season for your wildlife photos. All you need to do is email us or call us and tell us what you’d like to see and we’ll do the rest, giving tips and advice, and then putting together a full detailed itinerary.