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50 Moments from 2017

2017 has been one of our most productive years at Safari Architects. We have travelled across the African continent and have provided lasting experiences for all of the guests who chose to travel with us.

From the Cape to the Sabi Sands and the Timbavati. The Kalahari, the Namib and the Skeleton Coast. We have ventured over the swamps of the Okavango Delta and along the spillway of the Selinda. On foot with Elephants in Zimbabwe, chasing wild dogs in the Luangwa and anti-poaching in Tsavo. We have been face-to-face with the gorillas and chimps and on journeys through the vast plains of the Serengeti. From an aircraft to a safari vehicle, hot air balloon, horse back or helicopter, we have done it all!


Our adventures have been captured in moments that we would love you all to see. Here are our Top 50 moments for 2017.

Mud-bathing during the heat of the day. Ithumba, Tsavo East.

Precious moments with the Elephants of Tsavo. Ithumba, Tsavo East.

Bush dinner under the stars. Londolozi, South Africa.

Sailing down the Selinda Spillway. Selinda Explorers Camp, Selinda Reserve.

The San bushmen of northern Botswana. Selinda Reserve.

Unique moments captured in Botswana. Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta.

Wild dogs hunting through the Spillway. Selinda Reserve, Botswana.

Waking up on the moon. Londolozi, South Africa.

A moment of protection within a herd. Little Ruckomechi, Mana Pools.

Once in a lifetime experience, on foot with elephants. Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools.

cCampfire stories at the end of a day on safari. Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools.

Some down time between game drives and walking. Little Ruckomechi, Mana Pools.

With giants in the blue forest. Mana Pools.

A family portrait. Singita, South Africa.

A wild baby elephant, from an orphaned mother. Ithumba, Tsavo East.

Elephant encounters whilst canoeing down the Zambezi River. Little Ruckomechi, Mana Pools.

A quintessential moment on the banks of the Zambezi River. Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools.

Hot air ballooning over the Namib desert. Little Kulala, Namibia.

The keepers and their elephants. Wild and orphaned. Ithumba, Tsavo East.

A leopardess strolls nonchalantly down a road at Kirkmans Kamp in the Sabi sand Game Reserve.

Benjamin and his elephants. Head keeper and an all round leader, he is given respect by all. Ithumba, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.

Watching the fastest animal on earth on the open plains of Serengeti, Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

Jumping for joy on the last night of an epic safari. Kings Pool, Linyanti, Botswana.

A majestic giant, Tarangire region, Little Chem Chem.

The last white lion, Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park.

A unique individual, standing out of the crowd, but part of a family. Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park.

A heart wrenching scene and the result of a hunt. Life and death and its most raw. Kings Pool, Linyanti, Botswana.

A pride of lions crosses the Sand River in response to a few wildebeest grunts. Mala Mala, Sabi Sand, South Africa.

A pair of adolescent male lion kill and fight over a warthog boar. Duba Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

A herd of Lechwe witness a golden sunrise. Duba Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Sunset with a king of the grasslands. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

A privilege to dance with the Masai on the banks of Lake Manyara. Chem Chem, Tanzania.

A lioness creeps out of the darkness and slakes her thirst after a dry Kalahari summers day. Tswalu, South Africa.

The dominant male lion of the same pride follows suit. His Kalahari genes showing in his immense size. Tswalu, South Africa.

A herd of elephants drinking in dwindling Athi River below the Yatta Plateau. Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.

A young and inquisitive gorilla explores his environment emboldened by the comfort of his father. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

A dazzle of zebra contrast with Lake Burunge. Little Chem Chem, Tanzania.

A lioness, draped across a fallen branch, stares at an approaching male. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

A cruel yet incredibly exciting story unfolds on the plains of the Serengeti. An unfortunate outcome for the Thompson’s gazelle, but an amazing sighting. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

A leopardess yawns on a fallen tree, while her hidden cub feeds on a carcass nearby. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

A leopard scans her horizon, using a slightly elevated position much like a cheetah. Singita Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania.

A million animals moving across the grasslands, makes for an old movie scene. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

One of many… The biomass of the great migration is truly hard to comprehend. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.

A friend and guests stares in awe at a once in a lifetime opportunity. Greystoke, Mahale, Mahale National Park, Tanzania.

Photographed by: Mike Sutherland and Chris Renshaw