Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

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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 I have just returned from a fantastic custom safari to the Kruger with Wild4. This was my second trip in the Kruger with Wild4 and everything from start to finish was absolutely perfect. I absolutely cannot imagine doing this sort of trip there with anyone else. Things were off to a positive from way before we landed. Justyna was as helpful and patient as ever from day 1 and I must say that her suggestions were all spot on. Not only did she sort everything out for us and made it look easy (although I very much doubt it was), but the information she gave us prepared us well for the trip. As soon as we met up with Stefan after we arrived, we had nothing else to "worry" about except take pictures. He was not only great as a guide with his experience, sharp eyes, and genuine interest in wildlife becoming obvious quickly, but he was also excellent as a driver who knows what works and what doesn't photographically and was thus able to position the vehicle perfectly. It was not uncommon for one of us to just say a couple of words about what we wanted to try photographically and he'd immediatelly be on it, getting us in the perfect position while adhering to the rules and keeping the wildlife's interest as a top priority - something all members of the group I was in appreciated immensly. Thank you Stefan, Justyna, and Stu for making this trip happen for us! I look forward to being back with you guys in the future!

Matthew Scerri, Malta

Testimonials I was fortunate to be on Wild4's "Best of Botswana" trip in May 2014. It could well be the Best of Africa. This trip featured two expert guides (Stu Porter himself and Nkosi from Letaka Safaris) and the abundant wildlife of four different Botswanan hot spots, with relatively few other vehicles around. Those features alone are worth the price of admission, particularly since they include Stu's vehicle modifications that ensure the best possible photographic experience. But if that isn't enough, we spent the first ten nights in expedition style mobile camps, roughing it with bucket showers and drop toilets, and listening to the leopards, elephants and hyenas wandering in and around the camps at night. But don't worry about the "roughing it" part. The expert staff prepares perfect meals, including fresh baked breads and cakes, and ensures that the camp is safe and clean.  We finished the 12-night trip in a luxury lodge on the Chobe River, where we photographed from a boat customised to accommodate serious photographers (i.e. people with lenses bigger than their legs) and a waterway full of hippos and elephants and lined with Africa's most iconic birds. If you can only go once to Africa, go to Botswana with Wild4 Photographic Safaris. They will take care of every detail of your safari to ensure that everything is just right. If you are an old Africa veteran, ditto. You just can't go wrong with Wild4.

George Cathcart, USA