Epic Adventures in Africa: Photo Essay.

A cheetah in Namibia.

Epic Adventures in Africa: Photo Essay.

Looking through old travel photos seems to be an obsession of mine. I can’t help looking back and reliving the moments I have had in various places around the world. It amazes me how much I have already been able to see, and grateful for having the courage to go after my dreams.

Recently, I learned about the Epic Adventures photo competition for Blacks, with a grand prize of £2000 to spend at Explore, and I knew I had to participate. It not only gave me an excuse to look back through my photos yet again, but I loved the categories for the contest.

It took me some time to figure out how to best represent each category, but my mind immediately wandered to the epic adventures I had while in Africa. If any place in the world best suited this photo essay, it was the countries I visited in 2012. Just by looking through the photos I’ve chosen, you’ll understand why.

Wild

A hippo in the Okavango Delta

What’s more wild than watching hippos eat their dinner from only a few feet away in tiny mokoros in the Okavango Delta? Absolutely nothing. I saw a lot of wildlife during my three weeks in Southern Africa, but nothing compared to this moment. Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa, especially while in the water, so what we were doing was extremely risky, but well-worth it for the experience we were able to have.

Fast

A cheetah in Namibia.

Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world, and while in Namibia, we were able to watch them out in the wild. Their speed was hard to capture on film, but I love this shot of the cheetah stalking around. The animals are so beautiful to watch, and it’s amazing to see how well they camouflage into their surroundings.

Panoramic

Victoria Falls

While the photo itself isn’t a panoramic shot, I can’t think of a place more panoramic than Victoria Falls. The beauty of its rushing falls seems to go on and on, and with the addition of the ever-present rainbow, it’s hard not to fall in love with this magical spot in Zimbabwe.

Epic

Pyramids of Giza

Of all the places I have been so far, the historic landmarks in Egypt capture the word epic in every way imaginable. The sheer size and construction of not only the pyramids, but also the temples, is mind-blowing.

The contest is only open until tomorrow night, but if you are interested in applying and showing off your Epic Adventures, you can find out more information here.

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Comments (7)

  1. Tim

    That photo of the pyramids at Giza is a great one and I would certainly describe that as epic.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Tim! The pyramids were incredible!

  2. Bama

    Looking through old travel photos can be fun, and for me it helps bring back those good memories of my previous travels, which at times can be forgotten after going to so many places. Nice selection of photos!

  3. Julie K.

    It´s a shame there is not some kind of viewing platform that could be put up to allow people enjoy the scenery from the top of the pyramids…imagine the fascination standing at the top of the sole survivor of the Seven Wonders of the World! Epic!:)

  4. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I entered this too and funnily enough, my one for wild was a hippo I had seen on safari in Tanzania! I absolutely loved Africa – it is so enchanting! What a stunning photo of the rainbow you’ve put up – must have been a magic moment!

  5. Anita Hendrieka

    Brilliant photography! Looks really beautiful there. The pyramids has always been my dream to see.

    Anita Hendrieka
    http://www.anitahendrieka.org

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