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Through Loliondo: from Lake Natron to Northern Serengeti

November 21, 2016 | Posted in Trip Reports
Sunrise over Lake Natron

Sunrise over Lake Natron
Fuji X-Pro2, 100-400mm @ 225, 1/250 @ f/5, ISO 500

The next morning, we awoke to low cloud cover and a beautiful sunrise. After breakfast, we left Natron and drove up through Loliondo towards the northern Serengeti. The light developed beautifully as we drove north up the west side of Lake Natron.

Rays on Lake Natron

Rays on Lake Natron
Fuji X-T1, 18-55mm @ 55, 1/420 @ f/13, ISO 200

Since it was a travel day, things were somewhat uneventful in terms of wildlife. We passed through a few small towns and I noted that some of the remote landscapes in Loliondo resemble the American Southwest.

Loliondo Panorama

Loliondo Panorama
iPhone 6s

We stopped in Wasso for lunch and then at Maasai Honey in Ololosokwan Village which is a co-op for Maasai women to generate income by selling the local honey. Can you get some in the States? No, it’s successful enough that they sell out just from local sales. Seems like a successful development story.

Maasai Honey - Outside

Maasai Honey – Outside

Maasai Honey - Inside

Maasai Honey – Inside

In late afternoon, we passed through the park gate and made our way to our mobile camp south of Kogatende. As we wound our way through the rolling hills of the northern Serengeti, the open grass was heaving with herds of wildebeest. This was an encouraging sign for our chances to photograph a river crossing the next day.

Herds near Kogatende

Herds near Kogatende
Fuji X-Pro2, 100-400mm @ 400, 1/400 @ f/9, ISO 200


This is the third in my series of posts about my safari in July 2016. You can find all of them here:

  1. Starting My July Safari: Arusha, Mara River Crossings, Fuji X, and Lake Natron
  2. Notes from Lake Natron: Flamingos, Infrared, and Footprints
  3. Through Loliondo: from Lake Natron to Northern Serengeti
  4. Northern Serengeti: Wildebeest and Mara River Crossings
  5. Central Serengeti: Cats, Kopjes, Sunrises, and Infrared
  6. Tarangire: Wrapping up with Elephants, Zebras, and a Toast

About the Author – Dave Burns

Dave Burns is a wildlife, travel, and landscape photographer whose passions range from the beauty of the African savanna to the streets of Paris. He created Dave Burns Photo Tours to share his favorite places with other photographers, help them capture unique images, and learn more about photography and digital work flow. His next trip is an African photo safari to the Serengeti in July 2017. Dave’s images are in private collections and galleries. To contact him, use the contact page on this site.

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