WILD 4 PHOTO Pty Ltd

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

African Photographic Safaris since 2003

Mara Big Cat plus Great Migration Photo Safari | August 2023

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LOCATION OF PHOTO SAFARI: Kenya

PLACE VISITED: Maasai Mara

PHOTOGRAPHY SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced. Photographic tuition and guidance will be available on the photographic safari.

PHOTO TOUR LEADER / HOST: Stu Porter

** Please note that the MAIN focus of this trip will be on photographing and spending as much time with Africa's Big Cats as possible (Cheetah, Lion & Leopard) There will be lots of opportunities to photograph other animals, but the MAIN focus will be on the Big Cats.

If photographing Africa's Big Cats is on your "bucket list" and you have always wanted to spend quality photographic time with them, then this photo tour does exactly that.

This 12-day photo safari begins in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. A short flight from Nairobi on the following day will take you to the heart of the famous Maasai Mara Reserve. Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, thickets, and the famous Mara River are some of the scenery highlights you will encounter in the Maasai Mara Reserve. Covering 1500 square kilometres (560 square miles), this is a fantastic location for a photo safari in the heart of authentic Africa.

The Maasai Mara ranks as one of the best places to photograph Africa's BIG CATS - Lion, Cheetah and Leopard. Lion and Cheetah sightings are consistently very good in the Mara and Leopards are also regularly photographed.

The main focus of this safari will be to go out in search of these three amazing predators, we will sit patiently with them as they rest and move with them when they move. Filmmakers spend countless hours waiting for predators to do something, and are often rewarded for their patience. We will be based in the same location in the mara for all 10 nights - the reason for this is so that we can follow the cats on a daily basis. In a 10 day period, we should be able to document many aspects of their day to day life.. and hope to be rewarded with some photographs of the cats in action.

August / September is a fabulous time in the Mara as not only will there be great big cat sightings, but the incredible Great Migration of over 1 million Wildebeest and Zebra will also be going on at the same time. The sheer numbers of animals you will encounter is astonishing.

On our final morning in the Mara, we will enjoy a short photo game drive and then fly back to Nairobi where we will be able to freshen up in a day room before our evening transfer to the airport.

This is an exclusive small-group photo tour with a maximum of 6 participants in 3 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.

Stu Porter will host this photo safari.

On this tour, it is not uncommon to stay out all day waiting for the cats to move. We will take packed food in the vehicles to enable us to remain in the field for as long as it takes.

You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Black Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke's Hartebeest, and an excellent variety of birdlife.

US$ TBC Sharing

US$ TBC Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

  • Dates

    • 23rd Aug - 3rd Sep 2023
      6 places available
  • Duration

    • 11 nights / 12 days
  • Group Size

    • 6
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Testimonials Shopping for a travel adventure on the Web is somewhat risky, but when I wanted to go on an African photo safari, I really had no choice. I looked around and finally picked Wild4 Photographic Safaris for one reason: the vehicle. It was obvious that this was an outfit that understood photographic details and the needs of serious wildlife photographers. With a capacity for 10 passengers, the vehicle takes just three photographers. The three photographers' benches feature platforms to steady big lenses on both sides of the vehicle, and loads of storage space and pockets for lenses, bodies, accessories, binoculars, field guides, water, etc. I can not imagine a better platform for photography in the bush veldt. What is not as obvious in the on-line description is that the vehicle comes equipped with Stu Porter, the Wild4 owner and guide. Stu, who bears a striking resemblance to movie actor Matt Damon, is a deceptively shy young man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Kruger National Park, its animals, geography, geology, climate, seasons, and, of course, rules. He also has the eyes of an eagle and is the best leopard spotter in South Africa. Stu's knowledge and patience are seemingly infinite, and he somehow manages to be aware both of his passengers' needs and everything around us. He does everything humanly possible to give you the opportunity to get the best shot. And if you need more than just the opportunity, he can instruct even the most seasoned photographer on technique. Stu grew up next to Kruger National Park, and his mother (who does the meal preparation for the safari) started taking him there as soon as he was old enough. He has been accumulating his knowledge of the park and its animals all his life, and that comes in very handy when you need to know something about animal behavior. In short, Wild4 Photographic Safaris is all about the vehicle, with spacious seats, shooting platforms and Stu Porter as standard equipment. You can't do better. Thank you, Stu!

George Cathcart, USA


Testimonials Justyna and Stu - I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere thanks for again arranging a simply marvelous photographic safari for us. It was perfect in all respects. And we were blessed with some truly amazing animal behavior to photograph. We had great skies, great camps, GREAT guides in David and Mamai, and great everything else. (including the new photo land cruiser)

Bruce Hollingsworth, USA