Title ID 5112Collection ID702
TitleEast African Safari
Date1973; 1974
CollectionJohn Midderigh
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionTravel
KeywordsAccidents Animals Buildings Boats Communities Camping Ethnic Groups Everyday Life Houses Lakes Landscape Nature Reserves National Dress Passenger Vehicles Rivers Rural Areas Shopping Tourism Villages
LocalNairobi Nakuru Mara
NationalKenya Tanzania Africa
ProductionJohn Midderigh
CameraJohn Midderigh
NarratorJohn Midderigh
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur colour travelogue-style wildlife documentary shows a group safari tour in the Nariobi, Tsavro, and Sarengeti National Parks in Kenya and Tanzania. The film, accompanied by a voice-over and sound effects, describes the characteristics in behaviour, diet, and habitat preference, of a variety of native animal and bird species seen throughout the tour. The film features dubbed animal and ambient background sounds.


The film shows a tour group on safari in the Nariobi, Tsavro and Sarengeti National Parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Filmed in 'Supermidavision' Anamorphic aspect ratio 2.66:1, with some out of focus shots.

The film opens with a main title: 'East African Safari 1973 - 1974', followed by a 1960s map of Lake Victoria with Uganda and former Republic of Tanganyika (now the United Republic of Tanzania) in the centre of shot. The narrative describes the characteristics in behaviour, diet, habitat, and mating habits of each of the animals featured. Monkey sound effects and birds chirping supplement a voice-over narrative with wide views of wild animals, reptiles and a variety of large birds at each of the National Parks visited.

The film-maker stops off at several game lodges, markets and nature spots along the route to observe his surroundings including Keekorok Lodge, Blue Post Inn and Chania Falls, Mount Kenya Lodge, Samburu Game Lodge, Kenya and Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in Tanzania.

The film closes on a sunset through a group of trees, followed by a shot of a map with end title.