Ahead of World Animal Day.
Kenya is a photographer’s paradise. It has great access (most places are within an hours flight of Nairobi), highly habituated wildlife and gorgeous light. The variety of landscapes creates a multitude of backdrops from the green rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. With its iconic big cats, to the rugged Samburu country further north boasting massive rocky outcrops and palm-fringed rivers with reticulated giraffes and Grevy’s zebras to enthral the eye.
Brazil is one of many countries to photograph wildlife in. There’s so much to see, across the country. Within Brazil (and extending in to Bolivia and Paraguay), there’s the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland and home to one of the densest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This land-locked river delta, where Brazilian cowboys herd their cattle on the plains alongside toothy caimans and capybaras, is 20 times the size of Florida’s Everglades.
The Okavango Delta belongs on the shortlist of places you have to visit if you have the opportunity. It’s a singular phenomenon, an oasis in the middle of the desert and a magnet for wildlife. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and quite diverse around the periphery. It’s a haven.
There’s also the famed Kalahari Desert that surrounds the Okavango Desert and stretches much further to the south and the west, which a very different ecosystem. Things are not quite as dramatic as you can find around the Okavango. It has it’s own unique features. There’s a substantial population of cheetahs and lions, and seasonal migrations of hoofed animals.
The south of the Okavango Delta, there’s a place that’s quite unique, the Makgadikgadi Pan, which is a vast area of salt pans, and then to the north of the Okavango Delta, there’s an extensive area of rivers and wetlands, including the Chobe river, flowing into the Zambezi. For a photographer, that diversity is just fantastic. Botswana is a country that’s taking care of its wildlife quite well compared to a lot of other countries on the continent. I like to publicise countries and governments who are doing a good job. Often the publicity I can attract to a place can lead to more people visiting there or more people working there.
Article credit: Wanderlust
Photo credit: Wanderlust