Welcome to a safari through the wild parts of
Tanzania and Kenya - expanses of wilderness set aside to help preserve what is left of the wildlife
that once roamed across much of the vast African continent.
The Serengeti in Tanzania and the adjoining Masai
Mara in Kenya are renowned for immense savannas that reach to the horizon. Huge gatherings of
animals still migrate with the seasons across these grasslands, following fresh grazing just as they
have done for millennia.
Where the herbivores graze, the relentless
predators wait out their chance for a kill. The Serengeti and Masai Mara boast one of the
world's greatest concentrations of big cats...
In the realm of the big cats
Lions are still a common sight on the Serengeti
and Masai Mara despite centuries of persecution across Africa. Together with leopards and
cheetahs, these hunters form part of the violent natural order on these African plains.
A leopard stalking the
A cheetah on the Masai Mara grasslands. Famed
as the fastest land animals, these sleek and powerful killers are built for the short-distance speed
that is their main hunting weapon.
On safari through the Maasai homelands
When most people close their eyes and think of wild
Africa, they imagine the game-filled plains and acacia woodlands of the Serengeti and Masai
Mara. This is the home of the Maasai, a people synonymous with this part of Africa.
In the face of cultural pressures and
the loss of their lands and cattle grazing rights, the proud Maasai strive to maintain their
traditional life and culture. It is from their language that the evocative name Serengeti -
meaning 'great plains' or 'open space' - is derived.
Rivers and pools are homes for the
seemingly cantankerous hippopotamus. The hippo's ungainly appearance is deceiving.
Underwater, they are good swimmers while out of water they have the unenviable reputation of being
one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
Face to face with one of the most
evocative animals of the East African plains. Years of rampant poaching in Tanzania and Kenya
left elephant populations in ruins. Now, conservation efforts in Africa are symbolized by the
struggles to protect these magnificent animals.
As the tallest land animals, giraffes
can browse foliage beyond the reach of all other grazers except elephants. Their long, muscular
tongues help them strip leaves from thorny acacia trees.
The plight of the
The rhino has no natural predators, but has been
hunted relentlessly to near extinction by poachers seeking their horns.
Many of the last surviving rhinos are in small
populations restricted to areas where they can receive at least some protection from this wanton