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Rohit Varma

Rohit Varma



Nature never goes out of glamour, but to capture her bewitching beauty, one needs to understand, appreciate, enjoy, love and above all be thankful to her. Wilderness did not happen to him accidently; it was close to his heart from childhood. As we all get pushed to build a career, he also got into the corporate life and moved into the concrete jungle. But later, he took a conscious decision to quit the corporate life and follow his passion for wildlife photography. Pictures speak louder than words and that’s exactly what he believes in. Through his photographic lens he wants to preserve and showcase the beauty of nature, thereby creating awareness and touching our conscious to protect nature. Unpredictable, volatile, instinctive, excitable, passionate, impulsive, restless, moody, ferocious, sociable, versatile, engaging and amiable — he is like the wild nature itself! And when he is back in the boring corporate concrete jungle, with the same passion he manages R SQUARE CONSULTING — a marketing services organization. All my work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License.
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • Cannon 17-40 mm
  • Canon 100 mm 2.8 macro

IT'S a Jungle out there :)

Published January 30th, 2012

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Tanzania: 11th March – 20th March

Published January 11th, 2012

Africa was not the original destination of choice while I was planning my impulse vacation. My trip to Tanzania in East Africa was the fallout of Europe being a poor choice due to climatic conditions early in the year, too cold for my liking. What could have been your average holiday at the customary resort, with visits to the spa, throw in some water sports at the beach and visits to the local hot spots, actually turned out to be an awe-inspiring, adrenaline filled, completely overwhelming experience!

I came across several raised eyebrows on indicating that I was planning a visit to Tanzania. Some even asked ‘where’s that’. Africa, that’s where! Tanzania is probably one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating back over two million years. The buck stops here when it comes to wild life and national parks.

I cannot begin to describe the beauty and vastness of this relatively underrated nation [Underrated as a ...

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Day1: Lake Manyara National Park

Published January 11th, 2012

On exiting the Kilimanjaro Airport, it didn’t take us long to spot our guide. He had a big board with our names printed on it and an even bigger smile pasted on his face. We exchanged the customary greetings, took a stab at Swahili, taught him some Hindi and we were on our way to Arusha Mountain Village, a beautiful stone lodge at the foot of Mount Meru.

We left early next morning to Lake Manyara National Park, our first park in the ‘northern circuit safari’, a two hour drive from Arusha.

Lake manyara is a shallow lake; the name comes from the Maasai word emanyara, which is a euphorbia species of plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead. The name "is a Masai description not for the lake, but in general for a lake shore region." This national park is about 329 sq km.

Lake Manyara was where I got a glimpse of what I can expect in Tanzania. On entering the park, you are surrounded by the tall trees of the "ground water" forest with lush foliage. You won’t miss the ‘sa ...

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Day 3: In search of Duma

Published January 11th, 2012

The next day was dedicated to spotting the elusive Duma (Cheetah in Swahili). Cheetahs are typically solitary creatures although the males sometimes live with a small group of brothers from the same litter. The cheetah achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal—between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 kmph (62 mph) in three seconds. Cheetahs are an endangered species, principally due to shrinking habitat, loss of species to prey upon, disease and a high rate of cub mortality.

We drove many a mile, combing through the grasslands of Seronera (Central Serengeti), eyes peeled, hoping to spot the shy cat. We probably drove for at least 5 hours at a stretch and I must tell you, it is not easy to navigate through the tall grass and keep a look out at the same time. We spotted the occasional tusker, the mating lions but the cheetah completely eluded us.

I can’t s ...

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Day 2: Serengeti

Published January 11th, 2012

What can you really say about Serengeti without using every cliché in the book? 32,000 sq kms of wildlife haven? It’s truly heaven on earth for wild life enthusiasts, amateurs, professionals, well; even you’re just tagging along. Notice that I’m using the clichés, hence I’m gonna keep it simple. ‘Paradise’.

Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language, Maa; specifically, "Siringet" meaning "Endless Plains". The Serengeti hosts the largest mammal migration in the world, which is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.

As you enter one of the many gates and drive down the dusty track, the landscape opens into the classic African acacia tree woodlands and the vast never ending plains make you feel….small. I felt humbled as I looked around, gawking at the rolling plains of this vast grassland. My mouth just wouldn’t close and I wished I could put my eyes into the ‘panoramic vision’ mode.

The drive from Lake Manyara to Serengeti itself was truly amazing. We drove past the ...

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