Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Authentic small group photo tours to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

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On this page you will find a variety of articles specifically related to African Wildlife Photography. These include tips, techniques and equipment as well as interesting animal behaviour and sightings observed on our photo safaris in the African Bush.

Links to these articles will also be added in the quarterly newsletter.

TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHS by Mike Lentz Trip Report: Focus on The Kruger Aug-Sep 2018 Being late winter here in Kruger National Park, things are quite dry and colours can be a bit challenging, however if you make the most of it during this time by getting up early you will be rewarded with some amazing opportunities to photograph natures splendour. First off we spent two nights at Satara Rest Camp after collecting Michael and Nicky at Skukuza airport. This is more...

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VIDEO trip report - Best of Botswana - June 2018

Posted on 8th Jul 2018 in ALL VIDEOS|Video Trip Reports|

All VIDEO footage was taken in June on a 14 night stay in Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession, Savute, Chobe National Park and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on a WILD4 African Photographic Safaris "Best of Botswana" photo safari led by Stu Porter VIDEO by Stu Porter

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VIDEO trip report - Best of Botswana - May 2018

Posted on 8th Jun 2018 in ALL VIDEOS|Video Trip Reports|

All VIDEO footage was taken in May on a 14 night stay in Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession, Savute, Chobe National Park and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on a WILD4 African Photographic Safaris "Best of Botswana" photo safari led by Stu Porter VIDEO by Stu Porter

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Lions kill Warthog then Buffalo chase Lions - Kruger Park, South Africa

Posted on 15th Oct 2017 in ALL VIDEOS|Interesting sightings|

This very interesting sighting took place in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, during the dry season. A pride of 9 Lions caught a Warthog near the Sabie River. The commotion attracted a huge herd of Buffalo that were feeding nearby and they came over to investigate. The two enemies faced each other for over an hour. The Buffalo repeatedly charged the Lions, but the Lions waited patiently and eventually made their way back to their Warthog kill once the...

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Predators of Mala Mala - South Africa

Posted on 30th Sep 2017 in ALL VIDEOS|Interesting sightings|

All VIDEO footage was taken on a 3 night stay at Mala Mala Main Camp in August on a WILD4 African Photographic Safaris "LIONS & LEOPARDS of KRUGER" photo safari led by Stu Porter VIDEO by Stu Porter

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Maasai Mara MAGIC - Kenya

Posted on 18th Sep 2017 in ALL VIDEOS|Interesting sightings|

A few video highlights from a visit to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, Elephant, Hippo, Zebra, Cheetah, Vultures, Lilac Breasted Roller, Serval, Eland, rain, Black Rhino, Ostrich, Leopard and Lions fighting.

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We are very proud to announce the launch of our first Kenyan photographically modified safari vehicle, which will be available for use on both our scheduled and custom designed photo safaris within Kenya. Our previous clients will know how we have pioneered the way to provide photographic supports on vehicles for photographers. Our professional adjustable photobar and beanbag systems that we use on safari vehicles in Botswana, Kruger, Mala Mala, Namibia and Tanzania offer a comfortable solution...

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SEPTEMBER 2015 - Wildlife PANORAMAS - Male Lion, South Africa

Posted on 2nd Sep 2015 in TIPS & Techniques|

Creating panoramic images of Landscapes is a widely used technique - but what about panoramic images of wildlife subjects ? This is a short article that explains when, how and why you should use this technique if the opportunity to do so arises. WHEN ? If you are too close to your subject to fit it in the frame with your telephoto lens then this technique can work for you - yes you can move further away or even use...

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NOVEMBER 2014 - Northern KRUGER

Posted on 1st Nov 2014 in Stories From The Bush|

My personal favourite part of the Kruger National Park, Northern Kruger has an appealing and different atmosphere all of its own. This part of Kruger is extremely beautiful with Fever Tree Forests, Baobab Trees and the beautiful Shingwedzi,  Mphongolo and Luvuvhu Rivers. Silwervis and Rooibosrant dams provide great water birds and a stop at Letaba rest camp on the Letaba River will offer some of the best bird photography without even leaving the camp. My personal favourite is the...

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SEPTEMBER 2014 - Lioness chases Gerenuk - KENYA

Posted on 1st Sep 2014 in Stories From The Bush|

Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya is a unique place to photograph African wildlife. It has a very dry climate, cool in the evenings and early mornings but it can get very hot during the day. A number of unusual species are found in theis reserve which is one of the reasons I love to visit Samburu. You do not have to drive very far to find amazing landscapes and wildlife encounters. When you first arrive at Samburu (normally around...

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Testimonials The Wild 4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience. Photographing some of the orphaned captive animals at the private game reserve on the extension was a great way to start the holiday, and Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip.  In Kruger we had some wonderful sightings - including the 'Big 5' all in one day on two consecutive days! The highlights were spending 20 minutes with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away, and on the last day watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences! I'm sure the quality of the shots I took was infinitely better than if I'd gone on a regular safari, as the whole focus of the experience is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities - including only 3 photographers in the specially designed vehicle.  Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were also priceless! I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without doubt Wild 4 will be my first option.

Greg Morgan, UK

Testimonials I did a photo safari in and around Kruger National Park with Wild4. At the end of the trip I could not think of one significant thing that I would have changed to make the experience better. I have travelled to various parts of East and Southern Africa many times to photograph wildlife and I have to say that this was THE most photographically productive trip of them all. Not simply the volume of pictures, but the quality and variety of images that I returned home with was simply awesome. Key to this was Stu’s knowledge, enthusiasm and patience. Most days we were photographing from first light until sunset, and beyond on some occasions. I quickly learned not to worry about getting the vehicle into the best position for background, light, etc. We would see an animal and I'd start to assess where I would like to be for a shot, no sooner would I have done this I would realise that Stu was already getting us into that very position. The man is a first class guide AND an excellent photographer. Perfect. The whole trip, from start to finish, ran like clockwork. The camps were comfortable, the food was great and the company delightful. Going on Safari with Stu and Justyna was like being with friends, I had a truly unforgettable time. Photographic safaris do not come any better than this.

Mike Needham, UK