Resting Lions, Tanzania

Photograph by Daniel Dolpire, Your Shot

I took this “once-in-a-lifetime” shot at Klein’s Camp in the Serengeti, Tanzania. We came upon these lions at 7:17 in the morning. I scrambled for my two camera bodies (Nikon D4 and D3s and 200mm-400mm and 500mm) and got the shot! Exactly six minutes later the first lion got up and within another five minutes, three were sleeping and the other three had gone off into the bush! I have been taking wildlife photos for over 20 years, but this has got to be my special moment!

Natives of Ugogo, east central Africa.

Additional Name(s): J. J. — Artist; W. H. — Engraver

Published Date: 1874

Original Source: From The Illustrated London news. ([London] [ The Illustrated London News & Sketch Ltd.] 1842-) .

Image Source: [NYPL]

The Gogo people (Wikipedia):

The Gogo (singular: mgogo, plural: Wagogo) are a Bantu ethnic and linguistic group based in the Dodoma Region of central Tanzania. The Gogo have historically been predominantly pastoralist and patrilineal (tracing descent and inheritance through the male line), but many contemporary Gogo now practice settled agriculture, have migrated to urban areas, or work on plantations throughout Tanzania. Gogo music has achieved an international reputation.

Ol doinyo lengai, Tanzania. 

The image below is of Ol doinyo lengai, an active volcano, located in Tanzania. 

The name means mountain of God in Masai, and the volcano is fed by the East African rift system. 

Although strato volcanoes are very common, the geological processes here are unique. This is the only volcano in the world that erupts naturocarbonatite lava (although extinct volcanoes of the same type are located close by). This kind of lava is erupted at a low temperature, just 510 degrees Celsius. This results in strange rock formations as the lava cools more rapidly than usual. 

The last major eruptive phase ended in 2009, but geological activity is still common underground- the movement of rock within the magma chamber results in strong earthquakes and carbonatite lava began erupting again in 2013.


Image; Carsten Peter