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.

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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.

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 Villiers said: “No one can believe my photos.

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“I don’t think anyone has seen these well-known, charismatic animals in such a colourful backdrop.

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 “After they say ‘no way’, they all say ‘we want to see it too.”

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Villier has been visiting Botswana since 2003 but said he has never seen it look as beautiful as when he captured these photos.

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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.

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 “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.

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 “On every game drive we spent time searching for and photographing all kinds of animals, great and small, in the flowers.

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“Some, like baboons, ostriches and elephants, ate the flowers, while others, like cheetahs, simply enjoyed the open spaces in which they grow.”

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The wildlife photographer and safari guide said his favourite animal to photograph were the herd of elephants.

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 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.”

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 For more information about Villiers’ safaris, go to www.atclosequarters.com