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The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous National Park in the world. The park itself is in Northern Tanzania, east of Lake Victoria and west of the Gregory Rift Valley. It is part of the larger Serengeti Ecosystem, which contains other National Parks and Conservation areas. The Ecosystem covers an area of 30,000 sq km with the Park itself covering an area of 14,763 sq km. The Maasai meaning of the word Serengeti or Siringet is the place where land goes on forever

There are two rainy seasons; short rains in November/December, and longer rains between March and May. There is still a little rain in January/February, to which I can testify. It is that rainfall that accounts for the green landscape you see in this image. No doubt the picture is very different in the dry season, when the animals have difficulty finding water as everywhere becomes scorched.

We went well prepared with plenty of Deet for the mosquitoes but we were pleasantly surprised at the lack of them, which is due to the higher elevation of the park on a high plateau between 920m and 1,850m. You can still get a bit of a nip from the tsetse flies, although they are non-disease carrying in this area.

Most of my images are of the wildlife, but I am trying to alternate my posts between closer views of wildlife and more landscape images. Here we have some Cape buffalo spotted one early morning drive. I have a close up in the WS.

This image has had very little sharpening as even the original RAW had that over-sharpened look you get with a lot of foliage. I sharpened on a layer and erased most of it apart from the buffalos and the trunk of the biggest tree. I hope it uploads OK.

ISO 100 FL 90mm

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