And it was all yellow! Safari animals enjoy explosion of stunning springtime flowers
By Mikey Jones
An avid photographer has captured a range of safari animals enjoying an explosion of stunning springtime yellow flowers.
Villiers Steyn, 36, captured lions, cheetahs and elephants on a game reserve in whilst leading an eight-night safari in Mashatu, Botswana late last month.
While on the safari he experienced four inches of rain over a two-day period, which transformed the arid land of Southern Africa’s Lowveld region into a sea of yellow.
Villiers said: “No one can believe my photos.
“I don’t think anyone has seen these well-known, charismatic animals in such a colourful backdrop.
“After they say ‘no way’, they all say ‘we want to see it too.”
Villier has been visiting Botswana since 2003 but said he has never seen it look as beautiful as when he captured these photos.
He added: “At first the sea of yellow looks unreal, almost fake – like someone has dumped a gigantic pot of yellow paint in the valleys between all the small hills.
“And amazingly enough, just when you think you’ve seen the best of it you come around a corner and see even more flowers, growing on top of flowers.
“On every game drive we spent time searching for and photographing all kinds of animals, great and small, in the flowers.
“Some, like baboons, ostriches and elephants, ate the flowers, while others, like cheetahs, simply enjoyed the open spaces in which they grow.”
The wildlife photographer and safari guide said his favourite animal to photograph were the herd of elephants.
He added: “I love the photo of the small herd feeding in the yellow flowerswith the fluffy white clouds and blue sky above, as well as the close-ups of them picking the flowerswith their trunks.”
For more information about Villiers’ safaris, go to www.atclosequarters.com