What does the perfect safari mean to you? Seeing a huge herd of elephants crossing the Chobe River, African wild dogs feasting on a kill or perhaps a sunset in the stunning Serengeti?
Belmond Safaris, to celebrate the reopening of their refurbished Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, decided to get to the heart of the question with a contest that asked Instagram users to post photos that summarised their ideal safari experience.
Entries to the contest were wonderfully diverse. Many showcased the remarkable African wildlife to convey what the essence of safari means to them.
Getting REALLY close to nature and wildlife @reiseninspirationen
Measuring my footprint with a footprint of an elephant @stinetknu
Some captured a spectacular African sunset painting the sky in shades of red, orange and yellow.
Those African sunsets @shesintheglow
Dreaming of Africa. @gerhard.wegner
Beautiful sunset while camping in the Okavango Delta in Botswana @sp_photos1
Others took a different approach and dived into the deepest corners of their hearts in search for the ultimate meaning of a safari.
Going on safari is an authentic experience; one that takes you back to basics. The best way to indulge in the old school authentic vibes? Take your grandpa’s ancient square film camera, your gran’s relic of a snake book and a stylishly classic Kingsley Heath safari jacket @travellingcaro
Spotted – toy zebra through toilet paper roll from my back deck! The perfect #MyBelmondSafari would mean spotting a real zebra through a telescopic lens from a Belmond Lodge @brittophoto
Others took a safari journey down memory lane and reminisced about their past safari moments.
Pack of wild dogs on the search of a meal! They just did not mind our presence! Amazing morning drive it was! @lucleclerk
A tense moment. We were watching these two seven-month old lion cubs while their mother was away hunting, and when hyenas approached the scene. This meant real danger for them and I felt my heart beating in my throat. I could hardly stand it. Luckily, the two jumped up onto some thorny bushes into safety. Puh. @danielamuehlheim
Sometimes you forget how big these animals are, until you shoot what you see straight in front of you… @andrewsilentwildlife
Over the years I have come to realise that photos are the best way to enhance our memories, and to keep them vivid. Whenever I look at one of my older pictures, I immediately remember the situation and moment surrounding it; what I thought, what I felt, what I smelled… Therefore, my safari essential is my camera and telezoom lens! @pedro_lf
And a few contestants stood behind the statement ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, and decided to let their photos speak for themselves.
From elephants, zebras, leopards and all other magnificent creatures, to colourful sunsets and bygone safari memories, there is simply no denying that the concept of the perfect safari is unique to each person who experiences it. You don’t simply go on a safari. You feel a safari by living it.
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