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My life in Africa through a lens


Charlie Lynam

Friday, 27 September 2019

For some wildlife photographers out there, capturing the true essence of a photo is their primary goal – a photo where it goes beyond the physical image and portrays the raw emotion of another’s world. For Charlie Lynam, this is precisely what drives his passion for wildlife photography and ignites his desire to continually seek out and create incredible shots. It is through photography that Charlie has been able to connect with nature, one incredible click of a second at a time – to express and capture brief, fleeting moments, otherwise lost. His photos showcase the best that African wildlife and landscapes have to offer – unique images that create awareness and appreciation of the beauty and rawness of the natural world.
In this gallery, we want to share with you some of Charlie’s favourite photos taken during his wanderings across Africa and from his home in South Africa’s Ingwelala Game Reserve. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular sights of the African wilderness.

Epupa Falls, Namibia
“A sigh of the soul” at Epupa Falls, Namibia © Charlie Lynam
Cheetah cub playing on tree in Etosha National Park, Namibia
“Playtime” for a young cheetah cub in Etosha National Park, Namibia © Charlie Lynam
White rhino resting in the mud
“Rhino dreams” – A white rhino takes a nap in the mud © Charlie Lynam
Up close of a tiger snake
“Deadly stare” – a tiger snake in Ingwelala Game Reserve, South Africa © Charlie Lynam
“Locked & loaded” – an alert lioness in Ingwelala Game Reserve, South Africa © Charlie Lynam

Left: “The victor’s triumph” – a bateleur in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa; Top right: “Little Thumper” – A South African ground squirrel in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa; Bottom right: “Tell tail” – an impala’s tail in Ingwelala Game Reserve, South Africa. All photos © Charlie Lynam


Silvery-cheeked hornbill in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
“Howzat!” – a silvery-cheeked hornbill in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania © Charlie Lynam
A lion rests on a kopje in Serengeti, Tanzania
“King of the kopjes” – A lion rests on a kopje in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Charlie Lynam
Meerkat adults with two babies
“Family affair” – meerkats with babies in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana © Charlie Lynam

Brown-hooded kingfisher in Ingwelala Game Reserve, South Africa
“Patiently waiting” – a brown-hooded kingfisher in Ingwelala Game Reserve, South Africa © Charlie Lynam
Two giraffes at sunset in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
“At the end of the day” – a giraffe and her calf at sunset in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana © Charlie Lynam

Clockwise from top left: 1) “Wild moonscape” – a springbok grazes under the light of an almost full moon in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana; 2) “Out of the shadows” – a magnificent male lion in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park; 3) “Heads you lose!” – Verreaux’s eagle-owl with the head of a yellow mongoose in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park; 4) “Dune prince” – a cheetah rests on a dune in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa; 5) “Pure gold” – a lion walks through golden grass in Okavango Delta, Botswana. All photos © Charlie Lynam


Tree squirrel approaching sleeping leopard in tree
“The ultimate dare!” – a curious tree squirrel inspects a sleeping leopard in Ingwelala Game Reserve, South Africa © Charlie Lynam
Two male ostriches fighting in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
“Seconds out… Round 1” – male ostriches fight for dominance, while in the background ostrich chicks huddle closely together, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Charlie Lynam
Chilojo cliffs lookout in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe
“African cliff hanger” – the dramatic Chilojo cliffs in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe © Charlie Lynam


“Once Africa has touched you, life will never be the same”. I was born and raised in England, but somehow fate decided my destiny was Africa. I am fortunate to have developed a lifestyle from my two greatest passions – wildlife and photography – which make for the happiest of marriages! I gave up a lucrative career in high-tech to follow my calling and have never looked back. I have great faith in the power of visual media and its ability to educate, inspire, create awareness and shape change. My raison d’etre is to be an ambassador for all things wild. I hope that my enthusiasm and photography will act like ripples in a pond that encourage others to protect, conserve and sustain this beauty for future generations. I am still unsure where this path will lead, but I enjoy the journey of following the roads less travelled. See more of Charlie’s work on website, Instagram and Facebook page.

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