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MagazineAug 14, 2015
Going On An Aerial Safari In Botswana
Big game animals have been made to look like tiny insects in these awe-inspiring aerial shots taken by a British photographer.
From swirling wildebeest to a tower or herd of giraffes marching along single file, happy hippos having a swim and a solo elephant wanting a bit of alone time, these pictures give a different perspective on ‘big game’ life on the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
London-born photographer Peter Adams (56) was able to snap these amazing shots by leaning out of a Robinson R44 helicopter with the door removed for greater access.
“I love the unique perspective, to get a complete picture of the environment these animals thrive in, completely in the wild, miles away from the nearest humans,” he said.
“I was surprised by the amount of animals I saw, particularly elephants.
“The Okavango is flooded most of the year and is largely without roads.
“These are all aerial shots of the wildlife that lives in The Okavango Delta, elephants, giraffe, hippos, zebras.”
The Okavango is one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and became the 1,000th site to be listed on the UNESCO world heritage list in June 2014.
The Okavango is produced by seasonal flooding, rainfall from the Angola highlands surge 800 miles south in approximately one month, the waters then spread over the 200-by-100 mile area of the delta
“Flying over it to photograph provides a unique insight and perspective and possibility to see a lot more wildlife,” said Peter.
“There is a bit of ‘wow’ factor when people see these pictures.
“I think people are used to seeing African game in the bush, but seeing them surrounded by water and from the air is something very different.
“I want to convey the pure beauty of the world and how we should preserve and protect these special habitats.”