Breakfast is served in the Serengeti. After a hot air balloon ride, we had a champagne breakfast served by waiters who were dressed in the traditional clothes of Zanzibar, a Tanzanian island in the Indian Ocean that is Arabic in architecture and other traditions, such as his outfit.
Two gazelles are nose to nose as they measured their distance while butting heads to try to exert dominance. During our photo safari, we rode in large jeeps with hatches on the roof so we could stand up and take photos of wildlife. I took this with a telephoto, of course, but we wer about 30 meters from these gazelles.
Like the gazelles, these hippos were testing each other to exert dominance. Hippos are the second largest land animal, after the elephant. They are mean and people stay away from them. They spend their days in a river or pond, then at night the roam and forage, sometimes as much as 5 - 6 miles (8 - 10 km) in an evening.
This is a vervet monkey, although he has darker fur than the typical vervet. They live in groups of 10 - 50, mostly adult females and their young. Adult males travel from group to group, but the females will cooperative care for the young in family groupings.
This batik cloth caught the morning sunlight at one of the tented camp lodges where we stayed on our photo safari.
Zebras were one of our favorite animals to watch. We were in Tanzania in February, which was about a month or so after the birthing season for zebras. This young zebra took quite a while to stand up after repeated nudging from his mother, then he nursed moments after I took this photo.
We enjoyed walking around some Tanzanian villages. THe people were beautiful, and our guides arranged for their consent to be photographed, often for a small gratuity. This woman was particularly stately and elegant.