Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

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

Trip Reports

On this page you will find Photo Safari Trip Reports which are posted at the end of every completed photographic tour.

Our photo safari trip reports showcase the variety of species and opportunties that were seen and enjoyed on one specific photographic safari. We do it this way to show what is achievable on our african photography tours. Every photo safari will offer different experiences and opportunities, and we prefer to display this, rather than an all time best collection.

BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - June 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 10th Jul 2019

View the VIDEO TRIP REPORT for this photo safari The June 2019 “Best of Botswana” photo safari has just ended. The weather was just as clear as the May trip but a bit cooler in the evenings and early mornings. We flew from Maun into the Okavango Delta and landed at Xakanaxa airstrip. Here we met our guides for the safari, Shadreck (aka Shado) and Lucas. Our private mobile camp was all set up for our late afternoon arrival and dinner was enjoyed whilst listening to the sounds of the African bush. Some of the photo highlights in Moremi Game Reserve were a Leopard with a small cub, Cape Hunting Dogs at a den site,...

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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - May 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 9th Jul 2019

View the VIDEO TRIP REPORT for this photo safari The 2019 May “Best of Botswana” photo safari proved to be a great success, the weather was perfect and as usual, the light in Botswana at this time of year was just amazing. After flying into the delta from Maun, we were met by our Letaka Safari guides, Gee and Bate, at the Xakanaxa airstrip. Our camp in Moremi was in a great location and as we arrived at the camp, we were greeted by a herd of Elephants. Some of the many highlights we had in Moremi included Tsessebe Antelope, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, and large herds of Elephants and Red Lechwe. Our next destination...

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FOCUS on the KRUGER photo safari trip report May 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 9th Jul 2019

Photos & Text by Leon Marais Guiding in the Kruger is always a privilege, and to have the opportunity to host three keen photographers for 11 days under almost flawless winter weather conditions was a true treat. And the incredible luck we had just made it that much better! This Focus on Kruger itinerary offers the chance to settle down for five nights in each of Kruger’s two best game viewing areas – Lower Sabie in the south-east and Satara in the south/central part of the park (and one of the participants came out a couple of days early and got to experience the Skukuza area as well). With packed breakfasts and lunches...

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TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - March 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 5th Jul 2019

View the VIDEO TRIP REPORT for this photo safari 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 being very lucky to see the massive Bull Elephant known as “Tim”. We were very fortunate to see and photograph him on a few occasions and managed to get some great photos of this magnificent and peaceful giant. We also witnessed a Lioness catching a Wildebeest late one afternoon. We had some great clear views of...

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We had stunning weather and fantastic sightings on this February “Big Cats of the Mara” African Photographic Safari to Kenya's Maasai Mara. Not only did we have some great photo opportunties with all three of the big cats, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, but we were also very proud to roll out our second photographically modified safari Land Cruiser on its very first safari. Splitting our 10 night stay in the Mara allowed us to explore two very different areas and to be in different places early in the morning and late in the afternoon, where we were able to take advantage of some great sightings in the good light. We really had some great...

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The September “Big Cats of the Maasai Mara” photo safari was a great success with lovely clear weather and many great photo opportunities with the Big Cats. We split our 10 nights in the Mara into two different locations to make the most of different areas. Lions proved again to be the most regularly seen of the big cats and we saw a number of different prides, a group of sub adult males, males fighting with females, cubs, hunts, feeding and a young lioness killing a baboon. We had a great sighting of the 5 male Cheetahs taking down a young wildebeest, these five are such a dominant force at the moment within the Mara and it...

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GREAT MIGRATION photo safari KENYA - September 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 27th Sep 2018

On this year's trip the mega herds were mostly in Northern Tanzania during the time of our visit, but there was excellent Cat action to be seen as well as two river crossings, mostly of Zebra. Crocodiles and Lions were at the crossing too, making it a very exciting photo opportunity. We were fortunate to see the 5 male Cheetah coalition that has become famous in the Mara in recent years. We had a number of good Lion sightings, mating, hunting and feeding. One special highlight was photographing a new born baby Giraffe as it struggled to get to its feet and finally suckle on its mother. We also photographed, Elephants, Eland Antelope,...

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LIONS and LEOPARDS of KRUGER photo safari trip report - Aug / Sept 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 23rd Sep 2018

Here is the trip report from our second Lions & Leopards of Kruger Photo Safari of 2018. Our stay at Jock Safari Lodge was very productive and we started with spending a full afternoon with the Lions of the Jock Pride complete with the two Thompson Male Lions. They had just finished an Impala and we caught one Lioness drinking from a pool in the Biyamiti River. The rest of the Lions moved off towards the main road and we followed the two Males as they scent marked on their way. We also had a great sighting of the same male Leopard we saw on our first trip in July. Other highlights were a massive herd...

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CUSTOM photo safari to the Kruger, Mala Mala & Tswalu - August 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 21st Aug 2018

This was a 10 night custom photo safari spent at three locations in South Africa, namely the Kruger National Park, Mala Mala and Tswalu Kalahari. The tour began with the Kruger National Park where we had to endure some very unseasonal and cold weather. Some of our highlights in the Kruger were a pack of African Wilddogs, Elephant, Spotted Hyaena, Greater Kudu, a coalition of 4 male Lions and some great birds including the two smallest Owls, the Pearl Spotted and the African Barred. Next stop was three nights at Mala Mala, here we were lucky to see the Kambula Lioness that has small cubs, she crossed the Sand River for us. We saw 4 different Leopards, a...

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LIONS and LEOPARDS of KRUGER photo safari trip report - July 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 2nd Aug 2018

The first of our 2018 Lions & Leopards of Kruger photo safaris included stays at Indlovu River Lodge, Moholoholo Forest Camp, Jock Safari Lodge, the Kruger National Park and Mala Mala Game Reserve. First up was the fantastic eye level waterhole hide at Indlovu River Lodge in the Karongwe Game Reserve. This is a fantastic location which allowed our group to settle in and get warmed up with their camera settings and techniques. The hide itself is very comfortable and spacious and armed with a coffee, tea and cookie basket, we spent 4 sessions in the hide and were treated to some great photo opportunities with Baboons, Impala, Nyala, Zebra, Grey Go Away birds, Red Billed Ox...

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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - June 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 7th Jul 2018

Our June “Best of Botswana” photo safari for 2018 has just ended and the sightings and photography was fantastic. It was quite a bit colder than the May safari and the warmth of the campfire at night was much appreciated and enjoyed ! After flying into the delta from Maun, we were met by our guides, Nkosi and Lucas, at the Xakanaxa airstrip. Our camp in Moremi was in a great location, but our first night was spent together with a resident troop of Baboons who decided to shelter in the large Jackalberry trees above our tents - needless to say it was not easy to fall asleep !!. Some highlights in Moremi were sightings of Tsessebe,...

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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - May 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 6th Jun 2018

Our first “Best of Botswana” photo safari for 2018 has just ended and it was very interesting to see how the water level in the delta was much lower than last year at the same time, but the water in the Chobe River was the highest I have ever seen it. This is a very interesting water system and never fails to offer something new. We flew into the Okavango Delta from Maun and headed off to our campsite near third bridge. Moremi Game Reserve is a very big area and it always surprises us with some unusual sightings. One of the highlights from Moremi was watching the mating behaviour of the Impala. Although a...

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FOCUS on the Kruger photo trip report May 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 6th Jun 2018

FOCUS ON KRUGER May 2018 Photos and text by Kosie Lategan The Kruger has always been a special place for me and even though I have worked at other private game reserves, coming into the park awakens a sense of excitement and anticipation. This time the Kruger definitely delivered.  We had some incredible sightings and we were treated to numerous big cat sightings as well as a big favourite for most people, the African Wild dog. My highlights were coming across a pair of mating lions just after sunrise while the light was just gorgeous. Finding a female cheetah with her four youngsters was a huge bonus.  Leopard sightings can be fleet and brief,...

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TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - March 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 10th Apr 2018

The 2018 WILD4 photo safari to Amboseli in Kenya and the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania produced some very different photo opportunities thanks to the unusual amount of rain that fell during the safari. Amboseli National Park in Kenya was our first stop and mother nature decided to open up the heavens on us !. An incredible amount of rain fell during our stay and the usually dry dust bowl that Amboseli is renowned for, turned into one massive lake. On numerous occasions, the road we were driving on ended abruptly at the edge of a massive expanse of water, forcing us to turn back the way we had come. As we...

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BIG CATS of the Maasai Mara Kenya photo safari TRIP REPORT Feb 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 24th Mar 2018

Not only did the wonderful Mara produce excellent Big Cat sightings which was our main aim on this photo safari, it also produced a number of other great photo opportunities, as it always does. The Maasai Mara is truly one of the very best wildlife photographic destinations in Africa ! We split our 10 nights in the Mara into two different locations to make the most of different areas of the Mara. Only a week before we arrived, it had been raining in the Mara (quite unseasonal for this time of year). Parts of the Mara had tall grass and the animals avoid these areas as they feel more comfortable grazing out in the open where...

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BEST of KENYA photo safari TRIP REPORT Nov 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 28th Nov 2017

Unfortunately I was late in joining this photo safari due to my back giving out at the 10 pin bowling alley on Molly's 9th Birthday !! , I don't think I will be bowling again soon. However the team headed on to Samburu without me and were very well looked after by Julius and ably supported by his team mates, James and Tim. The short rains had begun early this year and Samburu was very wet and muddy, adding some extra excitement to the game drives. The Ewaso Nyiro River was flowing fast and had burst its banks just a few weeks before the trip started. There were still good sightings but due...

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CUSTOM photo safari to the Maasai Mara,  KENYA - October 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 15th Oct 2017

Here are a few photos from a customised family safari to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. We had two vehicles on the safari which allowed for plenty of space and we also had the flexibility to go at our own pace, taking packed breakfasts with us out into the field allowing us to spend more time looking for wildlife. The guests enjoyed a variety of activities including photography, videography, game viewing and visits to two local schools. It was a very special trip for one family member, Ana, her very first time to Africa and she had a wonderful time. On many occasions her excellent spotting abilities ensured that she spotted animals before the...

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LIONS and LEOPARDS of KRUGER photo safari trip report - September 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 2nd Oct 2017

Our second Lions & Leopards of Kruger trip again took us to three very different, but all photo productive places, Ngala, Kruger National Park and Mala Mala, all in South Africa, Some of the highlights we managed to photograph, were a massive Bull Elephant with wonderful tusks in the Timbavati River, fantastic bird life, a young female Leopard in the Kruger National Park, excellent Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala and African Elephant sightings at all locations, two different packs of Cape Hunting Dogs and an amazing sighting involving the large 26 strong Lower Sabi Pride, chasing a Warthog, catching it and then having to endure the wrath of a huge herd of African Buffalo. Finally the Lions...

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GREAT MIGRATION photo safari KENYA - September 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 25th Sep 2017

Not only was this a very successful and productive migration photo safari, it was also a very speical trip for WILD4 as our newly refurbished photographic vehicle was put to the test on its first official safari. We were very pleased with how the photographic modifications performed and are looking forward to adding more vehicles to our fleet of uniquely designed photo safari vehicles, which offer a level of comfort to photographers unlike any other vehicle in East Africa. As with every Great Migration season, timing is everything, you need to be lucky and you need to be patient, this years trip was a lucky one as we managed to see 8 river crossings and there...

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FOCUS on the Kruger photo trip report August 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 20th Sep 2017

FOCUS ON KRUGER August 2017 This FOCUS on KRUGER photo safari produced some really special sightings and photographic opportunities. The highlight during our stay at our first camp, Skukuza, was spending time with 4 Lion cubs. Their mother was probably out hunting, but the cubs were quite active playing around on the Granite Boulders of the Kopjie where their mother had left them. We went back to see the cubs the next morning and heard a soft contact call from a Lioness. The Lioness walked straight past us and joined her cubs who had been hiding in the Granite outcrops. Other highlights from the trip were photographing a spectacular Martial Eagle finishing off the remains...

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Etosha & Secrets of the Kalahari photo safari trip report 2 - August 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 10th Sep 2017

Here is this years second trip report from the “Etosha and Secrets of the Kalahari” photo safari. The dry season in both Etosha and the Kalahari produced a great number of special sightings and photo opportunties, most of the animals seen and photographed on the first trip were again seen and photographed on this trip. These included: Greater Kudu, Zebra, Ostrich, Elephants, Lions, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Black Backed Jackal, Spotted Hyaena and African Wilddog, these dry environments offer a fantastic collection of less commonly photographed animals. We were very fortunate to see the Damara DikDik, Black faced Impala, Gemsbok (Oryx), Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Tsessebe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Bat Eared fox,...

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Etosha & Secrets of the Kalahari photo safari trip report 1 - August 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 14th Aug 2017

We are pleased to release this photo trip report from our very first “Etosha and Secrets of the Kalahari” photo safari. The main aim of this trip was to spend time in two of Africa's dry environments, namely Etosha National Park in Namibia and the Kalahari in South Africa where a variety of very different species manage to eke out a living for themselves. Along with a number species seen in the other wildlife hotspots of Africa, such as Greater Kudu, Zebra, Ostrich, Elephants, Lions, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Black Backed Jackal, Spotted Hyaena and African Wilddog, these dry environments offer a fantastic collection of less commonly photographed animals. We were...

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LIONS and LEOPARDS of KRUGER photo safari trip report - July 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 29th Jul 2017

The first “Lions & Leopards of Kruger” photo safari began with the clients arrival at Hoedspruit airport. Due to a delay in the flight arrival time, we headed off to Ngala and went straight out on our first afternoon game drive.  There is no better way to begin a 13 day photo safari than with a visit to one of the resident Ngala Lion prides known as the Birmingham pride. A few adult females with small cubs were in the group. The pride is suffering with a bit of Sarcoptic Mange, but they looked well fed having recently finished off a Buffalo kill. Our two night stay at Ngala offered another sighting of the...

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TSAVO - KENYA scouting trip JUNE 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 11th Jun 2017

In June I went on a scouting trip to check out both East & West Tsavo National Parks in Kenya. These are just some of my thoughts on the two locations, and some photographs. I also stoppd at Amboseli for a couple of nights, staying at Amboseli Serena Lodge. Firstly Tsavo East - this I found to be a great park and I did get some great images here. It is very quiet on the tourist side so it has a wonderfu atmosphere of true adventure. We stuck to the rivers a lot as there are not that many game drive roads. All the general game species are there, but a great find was the...

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FOCUS on the Kruger photo trip report May / June 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 9th Jun 2017

Our first Focus on the Kruger Photo Tour, led by our colleaugue, good friend and fellow guide, Stefan Viljoen, has just ended. This photo safari is a 10 night tour based entirely in South Africa's flagship National Park, the KRUGER. Stefan's trip report reveals just how special this reserve really is. TEXT & PHOTOS by Stefan Viljoen: On our recent photo safari to Kruger, we had many brilliant opportunities to photograph and spend time with the wildlife of Kruger. Having patience to wait for special moments is something I have learned from working in the African bush. When these moments do happen, one has to take full advantage of them to achieve great...

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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - May 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 2nd Jun 2017

Our second “Best of Botswana” photo safari for 2017 started only 3 days after the first trip and already there were changes in the water level, both in the Delta and at the Chobe River. The tour however stared with the optional extension to see the famous Victoria Falls on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. From a personal perspective, the falls is one of my favourite places in all of Africa, the sheer size and magnitude is amazing. We visited the falls at sunrise, in the afternoon, took a helicopter flight (the best way to see the whole falls) and for the first time, we visited the falls to try and photograph the Lunar Rainbow -...

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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - April / May 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 7th May 2017

An unusually heavy rainy season has resulted in a lot of the Okavangao Delta being underwater. Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai concession were very wet indeed and this meant that a lot of the the regular roads were unpassable which restricted our game drives to certain areas. However regardless of how wet the delta was, we still managed to find an abundance of photo opportunties with birds featuring high on the list. Water bird activity was of course very busy and we spent a lot fo time with Fish Eagles, Saddle Billed storks, Squacco herons, Cormoroants and King fishers. Our first three nights were spent in the Xini area of Moremi which has a...

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This years Namibia trip focussed on the Namib desert and its wonderful and unique landscapes, as well as the wildlife that amazingly manages to eke out an existence in this extreme environment. Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond mining town near Luderitz was our first stop and we enjoyed a sunrise and a sunset photo shoot in the town capturing the derelict houses in various degrees of collapse. The rooms, now filled with piles of sand offer lots of photo opportunities and this was a great way to get the tour started. Our next stop was a visit to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, here we stayed at 3 different locations and were able to capture...

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TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - February / March 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 21st Mar 2017

This years photo safari to Amboseli in Kenya and the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania has just ended. These locations always provide a multitude of photo opportunities and great experiences. An image of snow capped Kilimanjaro with Elephants in the foreground is a classic and iconic photo, sadly, for the first time on our trips to Amboseli, Kilimanjaro was shrouded in a cloudy haze for our entire stay and we were unable to achieve this photo. However the other opportunties we had more than made up for this and on our first game drive, a Lioness chased and caught a baby Wildebeest, only to have it stolen by a male Lion....

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BEST of KENYA photo safari TRIP REPORT Nov 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 30th Nov 2016

The November “Best of Kenya” photo safari always produces a lot of excellent photo opportunities and experiences, and this years trip was no different. The rains were late this year and Samburu and the Mara were quite dry compared with last years trip. Samburu was our first destination and some of the special highlights were the Lions (including 2 males with their unusual short manes), a beautiful young male Leopard with a Waterbuck kill, a female Cheetah with 2 cubs, excellent Elephants, the unusual Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Martial Eagles, Reticulated Giraffe, a Palmnut Vulture and the beautiful Rosy-breasted Bushshrike.  On our way out of Samburu we were treated to a very clear view...

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Testimonials Many thanks for a fantastically organised photo safari. The attention to detail, not to mention your patience & enthusiasm (and humour) has made the trip superb. We're delighted we chose Wild4. Kind regards.

Dom & Jules, UK

Testimonials I have enjoyed photographic safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa but I cannot express how GREAT the “BEST of BOTSWANA” trip was. The different areas on the delta all had amazing animals and diversity of climate from Moremi to the river environment of Khwai and then to the sand and dryness of Savuti. But the the time spent on the Chobe River was the best experience I have ever spent in Africa. Stu, Justyna you are the best! Thanks also to Letaka, Pangolin and our great guides. I would highly recommend this safari to everyone.  It’s a buffet of Africa you will never forget.

Denny Donohue, USA