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When I first heard about safari tours, I must confess I thought in the original meaning of the term and totally disliked the idea. However, when we talk about “safari” in Africa, that means nowadays “game viewing”, having nothing to do with hunting.

This picture was taken in Masai Mara, in Kenya. Masai refers to the African tribe living in that high plateau, extending from Kenya to the Serengeti region in Tanzania. Mara, on the other hand, is the name of the river where National Geographic documentaries on the famous “Great Migration” are filmed.

This was August, so those highlands with few slopes and vegetation, called “savanna”, were covered with yellow grass till the horizon.

This baby elephant was so little, it could barely be seen from far away. It was as usual cared for by the females of the family, probably its mother and its aunt.

As it was forbidden to step out of the vehicles in the national park, in order to take pictures of the calf, we got closer with the minivan. Apparently, we should have gotten too close, because the 3 metre tall gigantic female got nervous and started to show signs that she was disturbed by our presence. It was practically dificult to have eye contact or communicate a few calming words with the mother, so, we gave up and drove away. :-)

Cropped, increased sharpness, saturation & contrast.

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