READERS' BEST SAFARI PHOTOS

30 Incredible Wildlife Encounters on Safari

Getting up close and personal with animals on safari is a great thrill for travelers—especially those with a camera ready. Our readers snapped shots of creatures great and small in Tanzania, Kenya, and Botswana.

  1. "Zebras were my favorite animal in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. I particularly like this image of a zebra and a lone acacia tree."

    (Courtesy BWM/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "This photo of the three elepants was taken while on safari in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania."

    (Courtesy rsundeen/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "Etosha National Park, Namibia."

    (Courtesy eneev67/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "One of these is not like the others. Lake Nakuru, Kenya."

    (Courtesy ecsmith/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "Our guide drove us two hours to see the end of the wildebeest migration. This picture came out looking like an oil painting, which is why I love it so much."

    (Courtesy slingtraveler/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "The Kirk's Colobus Monkey is found only on the island of Zanzibar."

    (Courtesy rageorge/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "I loved the many herds of zebras on the Serengeti Plain! I spotted this group while on safari in the Tanzanian part of the plain."

    (Courtesy maddiebala/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "Taken while on Safari in Kruger Park South Africa. Wonderful photo experience for anyone who is lucky enough to travel to this land of extreme beauty and wildlife."

    (Courtesy Donna Carroll/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "Lioness and cubs, taken of the Marsh Tribe in the Serengeti."

    (Courtesy Vaughn/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "Thirsty elephants in Botswana on the Zambezi River."

    (Courtesy pnjkenney/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "Two young leopards wait for mother in the grass as they head out for the evening hunt."

    (Courtesy Vaughn/myBudgetTravel)
  12. "Safari animal close-up, Botswana 2010."

    (Courtesy gail_edwardson/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "Itty-Bitty."

    (Courtesy Miguelita/myBudgetTravel)
  14. "The elephants were everywhere during my visit to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania when I visited in July 2011. We found ourselves watching them for hours—they're completely captivating."

    (Courtesy jbtaylor/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "This lion in Kruger had just eaten and was quite fat."

    (Courtesy mschmidt64/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "Sabi Sand zebra."

    (Courtesy lllehman/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Two male kudus at a water hole in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "The two cheetahs were looking for prey in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania."

    (Courtesy rsundeen/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "While I'm sure there's some non-emotional reason behind it, I couldn't help but think all the zebras were giving each other the zebra equivalent of a hug."

    (Courtesy zonks/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "Elephants stroll across the Masai Mara, Kenya."

    (Courtesy globetrotter13/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "Who is watching whom? This baboon was intently looking at me for several minutes. I captured this photo in Arusha National Park in Northern Tanzania in July 2011."

    (Courtesy jbtaylor/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "Lion cubs in Tanzania."

    (Courtesy Alan23908/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "Chobe River, Botswana."

    (Courtesy heybear00/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "The waterhole at Okaukuejo in Namibia is the ideal place to watch the sunset. That's when all the animals come out for a drink."

    (Courtesy vancouvergirl/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "On a self drive safari in Kruger Park, we happened across a water hole which reminded us of the cast of the Lion King! It had everything from rhinos to kudus. We sat entranced for several hours. The next day we returned and were lucky enough to see a pregnant leopard drinking from the waterhole."

    (Courtesy macatguy/myBudgetTravel)
  26. "While I was in South Africa, one of my safari stops was in Thorneybush, which is next to the main part of Kruger Park. While I was there our group went off road and saw four cheetahs. It was dusk and we watched them for over an hour."

    (Courtesy donutdollie/myBudgetTravel)
  27. "We saw some lively hippos while on a boat ride in the St. Lucia Estuary in South Africa's east coast."

    (Courtesy allyson117/myBudgetTravel)
  28. "Two male topi locked horns to show dominance. On safari at the Masai Mara."

    (Courtesy gretchmarie/myBudgetTravel)
  29. "Took this picture on the first day of my safari in the Serengeti. These poor guys are underrated among the more well known African beasts."

    (Courtesy slingtraveler/myBudgetTravel)
  30. "Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia."

    (Courtesy reneev67/myBudgetTravel)

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