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Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Ndutu - March 2019

Photographic Safari to Kenya and Tanzania

Posted on 13th October, 2021

Stu Porter

The 2019 WILD4 Photo Safari to Amboseli in Kenya and the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania was TOTALLY different from the wet trip we experienced in 2018.  This time around, we did not experience any rain at all!!

Our main highlight in Amboseli this year was seeing the massive Bull Elephant known as “Tim”.  We were very fortunate to get some great photos of this magnificent and peaceful giant.  We also witnessed a lioness catching a wildebeest late one afternoon.  There were clear views of Mount Kilimanjaro and some good bird photos thanks to the water lying around from last year’s heavy rains.

Back in Tanzania, we headed for Ngorongoro Crater for an overnight stop.  Serena Lodge allowed us early access to the Crater and quality time with Eland, Spotted Hyaena, Zebra and good male Lions.  We left the crater in the late morning and headed to the Serengeti. 

Almost immediately, we found a lion pride on the Simba Kopjes.  These famous features of this enormous National Park scream, “Serengeti!”   We spent a morning with a lion pride and three small cubs, explored the Maasai, Research and Gol Kopjes and photographed a striking male lion with a huge blonde mane.  Our final morning drive brought flamingos in the early morning mist.

The next stop was Ndutu, probably the best part of the Safari, as we spent time with two lionesses of the Marsh Pride which between them, had 8 small cubs.  One lion cub is always special, but 8 playing in the open areas of the Marsh, was a once in a lifetime opportunity and our cameras did not stop!
Other highlights included a leopard in a tree and numerous cheetahs, including three chases and two kills.  Wildebeest and Zebra with their babies were great to see and always arouse Cat interest.

We revisited the Crater on our return, spending an afternoon and a full day in this very special place.  We watched large male lions chasing off a youngster and a frenzied clan of hyaenas feeding at a buffalo kill.  Jackals and vultures were also there in big numbers, but the lions returned to claim their prize.   A very cooperative Bat Eared Fox was also photographed.

To our hard-working guides, Mamai & Tim on the Amboseli Section and Arnold & Jeremia in Tanzania, we really appreciated your long hours and patience.  Without you, we wouldn’t have the photos we got.  Your work ethic is exceptional.  It is always a pleasure to work with all of you.  A huge thank you must also go to the staff at all the Camps and Lodges we stayed at.

Many thanks to our clients.  It was fantastic to share this photo safari with Ed, Rita, Linda, Jeff, Ted and Armand.  It certainly provided some very special sightings and photo opportunities.
Enjoy some images from this WILD4 Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Ndutu Photo Safari.

Kind regards,

Stu

Elephants and Kilimanjaro, Kenya Amboseli photographic safari - Wildlife Panorama
Elephants and Kilimanjaro
Elephant herd in Amboseli, Kenya - Wild4 Small group photo tours. Wildlife Panorama
Elephant herd in Amboseli
Malachite Kingfisher, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Malachite Kingfisher, Amboseli
The big bull elephant known as "Tim" - Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Stu Porter Photo Safari
The big bull elephant known as "Tim"
Ostrich at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Ostrich at Sunrise
Spotted Hyaena running, Amboseli
Spotted Hyaena running, Amboseli
Bull Elephant in the marsh, Amboseli National park, Kenya, Stu Porter
Bull Elephant in the marsh, Amboseli
Lioness stalking Amboseli Kenya
Lioness stalking Amboseli Kenya
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Lioness attacks Wildebeest
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
The Lioness climbs up onto the back of the Wildebeest
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Using her strength and weight, she pulls the Wildebeest down
Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Wild4 African Photographic Safaris, small group speciali
Elephants in Amboseli
Wildebeest running, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Stu Porter Photography
Wildebeest running
Zebra in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, photo by Stu Porter
This Zebra had unusual blue eyes, Amboseli
Baby Zebra, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Stu Porter Photography
Baby Zebra, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion exhibiting the "flehmen response" - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion exhibiting the "flehmen response"
Male Lion and cubs, Serengeti Tanzania. Composite Image
Male Lion and cubs, Serengeti
Zebra in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Small group African Photo Safaris with Wild4
Zebra in the Serengeti National Park
Pride of Lions on Simba Kopjes, Serengeti, Tanzania. Wild4 photo tours. Wildlife Panorama and Compos
Pride of Lions on Simba Kopjes
Male Lion, Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion, Serengeti, Tanzania
Flamingos on Lake Ndutu, Tanzania. African small group photo tours
Flamingos on Lake Ndutu
Secretary Bird landing, Tanzania, Ndutu
Secretary Bird landing
Lion cubs playing, Ndutu area of Serengeti, Tanzania
Lion cubs playing, Ndutu
Lions and cubs in Ndutu, Tanzania. Composite Image
Two Lionesses with their cubs.
Lionesses and cubs, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter Photo Safaris. Composite Image
Lionesses and cubs, Ndutu Marsh
Mating pair of Lions, Ndutu, Tanzania
Mating pair of Lions, Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah panning technique - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, by Stu Porter
Cheetah panning technique
Wildebeest, Ndutu, tanzania
Wildebeest, Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness and cubs crossing the watercourse in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, photo safaris with Stu Porte
Lioness and cubs crossing the watercourse in the Ndutu Marsh
Lioness and all 8 cubs, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Wild4 African Photographic Safaris, Composite Image
Lioness walking with small cubs
Cheetah and Giraffe in Ndutu, Tanzania, composite image. & Wildlife Panorama
Cheetah and Giraffe in Ndutu
Lioness and cubs drinking, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter African Photo Safaris and Tours. Compos
Lioness and cubs drinking
Lioness fighting with Male, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania
Lioness fighting with Male
Lioness with small cubs in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania. Stu Porter Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Pano
Lioness with small cubs in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania
Zebra and Wildebeest, Ndutu, Tanzania, Wildlife Panorama
Zebra and Wildebeest, Ndutu
Cheetah running, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter African Photo Safaris
Cheetah running, Ndutu
Cheetah cub, Serengeti, Tanzania - Stu Porter African photo safaris
Sub-adult Cheetah
Leopard in tree, Ndutu, Tanzania, WILD4 African photographic safaris with Stu Porter
Leopard in tree, Ndutu
Male Thompson's Gazelle running, Tanzania
Male Thompson's Gazelle running
Lion Cubs drinking, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter African photographic safari
Lion Cubs drinking, Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Wild4 African photo safaris
Wildebeest in the Ndutu Marsh
Cheetah cub, Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah cub, Ndutu, Tanzania
Gate into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Wild4 Photo Safaris - Panorama
Gate into the Ngorongoro Crater
Wildebeest fighting, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Stu Porter
Wildebeest fighting
Male Grant's Gazelle in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Stu Porter photography
Male Grant's Gazelle in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Bat Eared Fox, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, photographic tour
Bat Eared Fox, Ngorongoro Crater
Zebra and Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, African Photo safaris with Stu Porter - w
Zebra and Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater
Spotted Hyaenas at a Buffalo carcass, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Spotted Hyaenas at a Buffalo carcass
Male Lion with a massive mane in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion with a massive mane in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania