Beasts from above: Stunning views of African wildlife and scenery from a £65,000 helicopter safariBy Kerry Mcdermott
From tranquil desert lakes and majestic cloud-wreathed peaks, to circling camels and a herd of mighty elephants thundering across Kenyan grasslands; these aerial images reveal the breathtaking beauty of the African landscape and the wildlife that calls it home.
The epic scenes were captured by a photographer high above the ground on board a £65,000 helicopter safari for wealthy wildlife spotters.
From his vantage point in the air, Martin Harvey was able to gain a bird's eye view of the country's awe-inspiring landscape; soaring over Kenya's remote valleys, lakes and craters, and dipping to low to glimpse Cape buffalo and African goats in their natural habitat.
Wildlife: These camels in the Chalbi Desert in northern Kenya are among the African animals captured from above in these stunning pictures
'It's an incredible experience and gives one a completely different perspective than one gets from the ground.
'Taking pictures from the air is also great fun,' he added.
'It's probably much more dangerous driving on Africa's roads.'
Mr Harvey took the photographs while accompanying wildlife enthusiasts on the pricey helicopter safari - one of the more exclusive ways to feast your eyes on the ample scenery Africa has to offer.
'They are very wealthy people who want to enjoy an incredible adventure,' Mr Harvey said.
Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake, and an aerial view of a traditional Masai boma are among the many highlights seen from above in the series of images.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the photograph of Lake Turkana, located in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, shows lush fields of grass - but its water is bright green due to the water's extreme levels of alkaline.
In one picture a group of Pokot people, who traditionally herd sheep, are shown investigating the blue helicopter instead.
Epic: An incredible shot of Kenya's Lake Turkana, the world's largest permanent desert lake, which is home to crocodiles and turtles
Africa from above: A herd of goats gather at the Koroli springs in northern Kenya's Chalbi desert
Iconic: The helicopter provided a spectacular view of a herd of African elephants - a member of the group of iconic African animals known as the 'big five'
African life: An aerial photograph of a Masai boma, or enclosure, in Kenya, home to a family of Masai people
Stampede: A herd of Cape buffalo can be seen making its way across the Kenyan grassland in this aerial photograph
Breathtaking: Kenya's Lake Turkana - the world's largest permanent desert lake - was captured from the sky by a photographer in a helicopter
Tranquil: Lake Logipi is a saline, alkaline lake lying in the arid Suguta valley in northern Kenya
Majestic: This stunning shot of Kenya's Mount Ololokwe was taken from the vantage point of a helicopter
Bird's eye view: The Magado Crater is located at the north east tip of the Nyambeni mountain range in Kenya
Lofty peak: Seen in the distance is Mount Kenya, which sits just south of the equator and is the country's highest mountain. It is the second highest in Africa overall
Sweeping views: The shadow of the helicopter can be seen on the rock face as it flies through Painted Valley, within the Suguta Valley
Curious: A group of Kenyan people gather around the safari helicopter for a closer look after it lands
Exclusive: Wealthy wildlife spotters pay £65,000 to embark on one of the helicopter safaris
The photographer trained his lens hippos and giraffes on the ground below, and a herd of antelope dashing across floodplains in Botswana.
On the move: Sunlight glints on the water as a herd of lechwe antelope runs across floodplains in Botswana's Okavango Delta
Spectacular sight: Photographer Martin Harvey has described witnessing the movements of large groups of African animals from the air as 'awe-inspiring'
Beasts from above: A herd of Cape Buffalo move through the flood waters in the Okavango Delta in Botswana
New perspective: An aerial view of the enormous herd of buffalo in Botswana
Rippling sands: The dunes of the Namib Desert in Namibia are captured to striking effect in this photograph taken from the air
Mother and child: An baby hippo and its mother can be glimpsed below the surface of the water in this photograph taken in Botswana