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Celebrating the love of safari and Africa's wildlife


Olli Teirilä

Friday, 30 August 2019

“AFRICA” – now tell me that you don’t hear Sir David Attenborough’s voice when you read that word. Home to an abundance of incredible wildlife and considered the birthplace of humankind, this continent beckoned wildlife enthusiast Olli Teirilä in a way that he could never have expected. With a passion for adventure and wildlife, Olli found himself visiting Africa countless times, and through each epic safari, his love for photography grew.

He discovered the endless excitement and anticipation that comes with observing and understanding how animals behave in the wild – what movements to anticipate and what sounds to listen out for – and with that the challenge of capturing this all on camera. After almost ten years of travelling to Africa, Olli has identified his favourite destinations: the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for the self-drive adventures, the photographic heavens of Maasai Mara in Kenya, and the sweeping grasslands of Ndutu in Tanzania.

In this gallery, Olli shares with us some of his best photos, or what he fondly refers to as ‘stories’, from his safaris in Africa.

SCROLL DOWN to enjoy this stunning gallery, plus a fantastic video clip filmed by Olli during his travels in the Kgalagadi. 

A majestic lion rests on a kopje in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Olli Teirilä
A Rüppell’s vulture comes in to land in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Olli Teirilä
Up close with a gorgeous cheetah in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya © Olli Teirilä
Lion cubs take a nap on a kopje in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Olli Teirilä
Wildebeest during the migration in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Olli Teirilä


“Disappointment in the air” – A lanner falcon tries to steal the kill from its hunting partner in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa © Olli Teirilä
The leopardess Fig and her cub Figlet in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya © Olli Teirilä
A Rüppell’s vulture digesting after a hefty meal in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Kenya © Olli Teirilä


Young lion cubs play in Ndutu, Tanzania © Olli Teirilä
Young lion cubs play in Ndutu, Tanzania © Olli Teirilä


Sunset with giraffes in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Olli Teirilä
Sunset with giraffes in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya © Olli Teirilä
Portrait of a lion in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya © Olli Teirilä
Portrait of a lion in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya © Olli Teirilä


Enjoy an adventurous video clip of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – one of Olli’s favourite destinations – filmed during his self-drive camping safari to the park. This clip features lions, leopards, cheetahs, an array of bird species and other incredible sightings.


Olli Teirilä is a frequent traveller with a passion for wildlife that has turned into a serious hobby of wildlife filming and photography. His love for Africa started from an innocent first-time visit back in 2008 and has grown ever since. Olli’s favourite destinations on the continent are the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Maasai Mara and Ndutu. The big cats, especially the cheetah, are his favourites, but he enjoys photographing all wildlife. He lives in his native Finland. You can see more of his wildlife photos and videos on his Black Grouse Photography page.

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