Best African wildlife photos (and photographers) on Flickr

Africa enchants and inspires.

Be inspired with some of the best African wildlife photos – and photographers – on Flickr.

Best African Wildlife Photos on Flickr

While it’s impossible to showcase them all, here’s a short compilation of ten of the best African wildlife photographs I came across on Flickr over the years.

NB: The following pictures are copyrighted, and cannot be downloaded unless written permission is granted by the photographers in person.

Thanks for your comprehension.

Ground hornbill portrait

Impeccable eyelashes, don’t you think? I’m sure a lot of women out there envy its personal beautician. 🙂

Photographer: Arno Meintjes.

Baby hippo cuteness

One reason why you simply cannot trust your dentist! 😉

Photographer: Willie van Schalkwyk.

Location: Lake Panic, Kruger National Park (South Africa).

Back at the den

Feeding time for these wild dog pups.

Photographer: Jose Cortes III.

Location: Savuti area, Chobe National Park (Botswana).

Lion feast

“Bloody” great steak.

Feeling hungry? Help yourselves… at your own risk! 😉

Photographer: Olivier Delaere.

Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

Impala strike

“No pain, no gain!” These bachelor warriors definitely mean business.

Photographer: Hennie van Heerden.

Location: Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa.

Mother leopard and cub

A well-deserved rest after a busy day at the “office”.

Photographer: Andy Goodman.

Location: Botswana.

Croc fishing tips

Down it goes! 🙂

Photographer: Peter Winnan.

Location: Sunset Dam, Kruger National Park (South Africa).

Elephant close-up

“Eye of the Tiger”, you said? Not exactly. 😉

Photographer: Gerry van der Walt.

Visit Gerry’s website:

The lord of darkness

Love the contrast between light and darkness, life and death! Absolutely stunning, huh?

Photographer: Chris Eason.

African pygmy kingfisher

“Pygmy” in size, “Giant” in splendour! 🙂

Photographer: Peet van Schalkwyk.

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Best African Wildlife Photographers on Flickr

Next up, let’s look at top professional photographers on Flickr, who focus primarily on African wildlife.

Michael Poliza

Michael Poliza is a German photographer who became world renowned for his books “Africa”, and “Eyes Over Africa”. His Flickr profile is nothing less than extraordinary, and provides African wildlife photography like no other.

Check it out here.

Album Highlights:

  • Most Interesting
  • Africa Book
  • Viewers Favorites

Michael Poliza Official Website

Eyes Over Africa Video

Arno & Louise (Meintjes)

Stunning African wildlife pictures taken from the wild side, not zoos. All the images are from Africa, and were captured over a 25+ year period.

Needless to say, this couple is truly proficient in the art of photography.


  • Incredible Bird Shots (500)
  • The African Elephant
  • Babies in the Wild


Kim Wolhuter was born in Southern Africa and is now sharing his view of African nature through his camera lens. Professional wildlife filmmaker and photographer who values wildlife awareness and sustainable development.

Must Sees

  • Swarms
  • Tracks
  • Buffalo

Wild Images

NB: It seems like Callie’s profile has been discontinued. What a pity! 🙁

Photography by Callie de Wet, based in South Africa. If you’re more of a birder you’ll love this particular profile.

Watch Out For

  • Eyes
  • Landscapes
  • Most Interesting Photographs


Andy Goodman is a master in animal close-ups, portraits and bird life. From Durban South Africa, this guy is simply a genius. 🙂

Super Duper Photos

  • Botswana 2008
  • Elephants
  • Lions

Wild Dogger

Thomas Retterath is a German photographer who particularly fancies his trips in the Okavango Delta, with a soft spot for wild dogs.

Most Precious Photos

  • Very Best
  • Africa Sets
  • Animal Sets

Andrew Molinaro

Professional safari guide who grew up in Kenya, now working as a walking guide in Africa’s largest game reserve: the Selous.

Incredible sightings, and extreme on foot close-ups with some of Africa’s largest mammals.

Molinaro Specials

  • Most Interesting
  • Carnivores
  • Herbivores

Lyndon Firman

IT Manager sharing his love of the African bushveld with the world. Totally exquisite work! Most of his pics were either taken in the Masai Mara (Kenya), or at Mala Mala in South Africa.

Top Notch Favs

  • Masai Mara October 2008
  • Mara October 2006
  • Mala Mala September 06


Anna from Milan, totally in love with her camera! 🙂 You can definitely tell.

Que Bellissima

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • African Mammals
  • African Birds


One of my all time favourite profile on Flickr. Peter is a remarkable photographer who resides in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Love the way he captures his interests, especially bird life. Did you see his crocodile pic? One of the best pictures I’ve ever come across!

Lekker Shots

  • Most Popular
  • Printed in Magazines
  • Birds in Flight


Pietro Luraschi is a safari guide originally from Italy. His photographic style is truly unique, and some of his pics undoubtedly masterpieces.

Pietro’s Selection

  • Top 25
  • Viewers Choice
  • African Mix


Willie van Schalkwyk, South Africa. An amateur photographer who looks like a pro! 🙂 His wife Gerda is also a keen safari enthusiast, and they often venture together on various photo expeditions.

Best Safari Shots

  • Game Parks
  • Fauna
  • Flora

Jose Cortes III

Certainly one of the best Flickr profiles if you’re looking for majestic scenes of the Okavango Delta.

Breathtaking Stuff

  • Personal Favorites
  • Dusk & Dawn in Africa
  • Northern Botswana


Hennie van Heerden, from The Netherlands. Hennie sees photography as a hobby, yet her work reflects so much more in so many ways.

Her pictures have it all: emotions, drama, action… a marvel for the eyes!

Although she doesn’t focus her attention entirely on African wildlife, her portrayals of the old continent are absolutely exquisite.

It’s very hard to pick a winner, yet I must admit one of her impala scenes is extra special. Enjoy! 😉

Hennie’s “Besties”

  • Internet Viewers Choice
  • Explore Nr. 1’s
  • Personal Favs

Other Great Flickr Resources

Additional Flickr profiles worth having a look:

  1. Peet van Schalkwyk’s Photostream
  2. CherylV’s Photostream
  3. WildImages (Charlie Summers)

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