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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 of Mount Kenya which is usually covered in thick cloud.

Our next stop was Lake Nakuru where we got to spend a good amount of time near the edge of the lake photographing a group of Flamingos and many other waterbirds. Five White Rhinos were also close by. African Buffalo were plentiful and we photographed a large group of Rothschild Giraffes in the open with the Yellow Bark Acacias in the background.

Our final destination was the Maasai Mara where we spent time on both sides of the river.

The Mara never dissapoints and we had an unbelievable amount of special sightings which included Lions chasing a Hippo, a Leopard with two small cubs, one of which had the most amazing blue eyes ! We saw Musiara, the female Cheetah with her 3 large cubs. A Lioness with a fresh warthog kill that was trying to run away from the pride male who was determined to steal her food (and did manage to do so in the end) We had a very special sighting of a Lioness carrying a very small cub in her mouth. We saw Malaika the female Cheetah with her two small cubs. We even got to see a river crossing which is unusual for November in the Mara, but there were still 1000's of Wildebeest around the lookout hill area and we had a unique river crossing where two groups on different sides of the river decided to cross at the same time. A Lion cub entertained us by trying to protect a shoe that he had found and we saw a very serious fight between two dominant male Giraffes.

There were many other great photo opportunities and mother nature really spolied us on this trip.

Many thanks to all the lodge staff for looking after us so well, and a special thanks must go to our excellent driver guides, Silas, Julius and Mamai who worked tirelessly to get us into the best positions for great photos.

Thank you also to the participants on the trip, Mark, Jeff, Ed, Diane, Rita and Murray, it was a great pleaure having you on the team for this safari and we are very much looking forward to the next one.

Please enjoy a selection of photos from the trip.

Best wishes 

Stu

 

Lion Cub - Samburu
Lion Cub - Samburu
Reticulated Giraffe - Samburu
Reticulated Giraffe - Samburu
Yellow Necked Spurfowl - Samburu
Yellow Necked Spurfowl - Samburu
Martial Eagle - Samburu
Martial Eagle - Samburu
Male Lion - Samburu
Male Lion - Samburu
Male Lions - Samburu
Male Lions - Samburu
Water Thick Knee - Samburu
Water Thick Knee - Samburu
Cheetah - Samburu
Cheetah - Samburu
Gerenuk - Samburu
Gerenuk - Samburu
Northern White Crowned Shrike - Samburu
Northern White Crowned Shrike - Samburu
Elephants - Samburu
Elephants - Samburu
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu
Grant's Gazelle - Samburu
Grant's Gazelle - Samburu
Elephants and Beisa Oryx - Samburu
Elephants and Beisa Oryx - Samburu
Pearl Spotted Owlet - Samburu
Pearl Spotted Owlet - Samburu
Picnic Breakfast - Samburu
Picnic Breakfast - Samburu
African Hawk Eagle - Samburu
African Hawk Eagle - Samburu
Martial Eagle eating a Little Egret - Samburu
Martial Eagle eating a Little Egret - Samburu
Lioness scent marking - Samburu
Lioness scent marking - Samburu
White Throated Bee eaters - Samburu
White Throated Bee eaters - Samburu
Pale Chanting Goshawk being mobbed by a Fork Tailed Drongo - Samburu
Pale Chanting Goshawk being mobbed by a Fork Tailed Drongo - Samburu
Leopard with kill - Samburu
Leopard with kill - Samburu
Fischer's Starling - Samburu
Fischer's Starling - Samburu
Lioness - Samburu
Lioness - Samburu
Lions - Samburu
Lions - Samburu
Palmnut Vulture - Samburu
Palmnut Vulture - Samburu
Palmnut Vulture - Samburu
Palmnut Vulture - Samburu
Von der decken's Hornbill - Samburu
Von der decken's Hornbill - Samburu
Kori Bustard - Samburu
Kori Bustard - Samburu
Young Gerenuk - Samburu
Young Gerenuk - Samburu
Pygmy Falcon - Samburu
Pygmy Falcon - Samburu
Beisa Oryx - Samburu
Beisa Oryx - Samburu
Grey Kestrel - Samburu
Grey Kestrel - Samburu
Male Gerenuk - Samburu
Male Gerenuk - Samburu
Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu
Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu
Lioness and Oryx - Samburu
Lioness and Oryx - Samburu
Grey Headed Kingfisher - Samburu
Grey Headed Kingfisher - Samburu
Grey Woodpecker - Samburu
Grey Woodpecker - Samburu
Green Woodhoopoe - Samburu
Green Woodhoopoe - Samburu
Superb Starling - Samburu
Superb Starling - Samburu
Vervet Monkey - Samburu
Vervet Monkey - Samburu
Rufous Chatterer - Samburu
Rufous Chatterer - Samburu
Red - and - yellow Barbet  - Samburu
Red - and - yellow Barbet - Samburu
Leopard - Samburu
Leopard - Samburu
Rosy-breasted Bushshrike - Samburu
Rosy-breasted Bushshrike - Samburu
Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya
African Buffalo - Lake Nakuru
African Buffalo - Lake Nakuru
Spotted Hyaena - Lake Nakuru
Spotted Hyaena - Lake Nakuru
White Rhinos - Lake Nakuru
White Rhinos - Lake Nakuru
Greater Flamingo - Lake Nakuru
Greater Flamingo - Lake Nakuru
African Darter - Lake Nakuru
African Darter - Lake Nakuru
Juvenile Black Winged Stilt - Lake Nakuru
Juvenile Black Winged Stilt - Lake Nakuru
Marsh Sandpiper - Lake Nakuru
Marsh Sandpiper - Lake Nakuru
Cape Teal - Lake Nakuru
Cape Teal - Lake Nakuru
Greater Falmingo - Lake Nakuru
Greater Falmingo - Lake Nakuru
Rothschild Giraffe - Lake Nakuru
Rothschild Giraffe - Lake Nakuru
Augur Buzzard - Lake Nakuru
Augur Buzzard - Lake Nakuru
Male Rothschild Giraffe - Lake Nakuru
Male Rothschild Giraffe - Lake Nakuru
Red Chested Cuckoo - Lake Nakuru
Red Chested Cuckoo - Lake Nakuru
Greater Flamingos - Lake Nakuru
Greater Flamingos - Lake Nakuru
Leopard with Cubs - Maasai Mara
Leopard with Cubs - Maasai Mara
Leopard cub - Maasai Mara
Leopard cub - Maasai Mara
Lioness - Maasai Mara
Lioness - Maasai Mara
Hippo - Maasai Mara
Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness chasing Hippo - Maasai Mara
Lioness watching - Maasai Mara
Lioness watching - Maasai Mara
Leopard running - Maasai Mara
Leopard running - Maasai Mara
Cheetahs playing - Maasai Mara
Cheetahs playing - Maasai Mara
Cheetah in the rain - Maasai Mara
Cheetah in the rain - Maasai Mara
Cheetahs in the rain - Maasai Mara
Cheetahs in the rain - Maasai Mara
Cheetahs - Maasai Mara
Cheetahs - Maasai Mara
Lions greeting - Maasai Mara
Lions greeting - Maasai Mara
Black Backed Jackal puppy - Maasai Mara
Black Backed Jackal puppy - Maasai Mara
Black Backed Jackals - Maasai Mara
Black Backed Jackals - Maasai Mara
Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and one of our vehicles - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and one of our vehicles - Maasai Mara
Zebra running - Maasai Mara
Zebra running - Maasai Mara
Lioness with her Warthog kill, trying to get away from the Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Lioness with her Warthog kill, trying to get away from the Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion rushing in on the Lioness who dropped the Warthog kill - Maasai Mara
Male Lion rushing in on the Lioness who dropped the Warthog kill - Maasai Mara
Super Moon - Maasai Mara
Super Moon - Maasai Mara
Lioness charging at nearby vultures - Maasai Mara
Lioness charging at nearby vultures - Maasai Mara
Lioness drinking - Maasai Mara
Lioness drinking - Maasai Mara
White Backed Vulture landing - Maasai Mara
White Backed Vulture landing - Maasai Mara
Lioness with her small cub - Maasai Mara
Lioness with her small cub - Maasai Mara
Lioness carrying her cub back to the den - Maasai Mara
Lioness carrying her cub back to the den - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena resting in a pool of water - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena resting in a pool of water - Maasai Mara
Purple Grenadier - Maasai Mara
Purple Grenadier - Maasai Mara
Sunset - Maasai Mara
Sunset - Maasai Mara
One of our vehicles - Maasai Mara
One of our vehicles - Maasai Mara
Malaika the female Cheetah with her two small cubs - Maasai Mara
Malaika the female Cheetah with her two small cubs - Maasai Mara
Crowned Lapwing - Maasai Mara
Crowned Lapwing - Maasai Mara
Migration herds near Lookout hill - Maasai Mara
Migration herds near Lookout hill - Maasai Mara
Lappet Faced Vulture on Wildebeest Carcass - Maasai Mara
Lappet Faced Vulture on Wildebeest Carcass - Maasai Mara
Elephants drinking from the Mara River - Maasai Mara
Elephants drinking from the Mara River - Maasai Mara
Maasai Giraffe - Maasai Mara
Maasai Giraffe - Maasai Mara
Male Lion at Sunset - Maasai Mara
Male Lion at Sunset - Maasai Mara
Thompson's Gazelle scent marking grass - Maasai Mara
Thompson's Gazelle scent marking grass - Maasai Mara
Giraffe and Balloon - Maasai Mara
Giraffe and Balloon - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
The double river crossing - Maasai Mara
The double river crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
River Crossing - Maasai Mara
Vultures fighting - Maasai Mara
Vultures fighting - Maasai Mara
Grey Crowned Crane - Maasai Mara
Grey Crowned Crane - Maasai Mara
Zebra with Wattled Starling on its back - Maasai Mara
Zebra with Wattled Starling on its back - Maasai Mara
Late afternoon on the Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara
Late afternoon on the Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara
Zebras - Maasai Mara
Zebras - Maasai Mara
Lesser Kestrel - Maasai Mara
Lesser Kestrel - Maasai Mara
Zebra with foal - Maasai Mara
Zebra with foal - Maasai Mara
Alert Impala - Maasai Mara
Alert Impala - Maasai Mara
Lions cubs playing with a shoe - Maasai Mara
Lions cubs playing with a shoe - Maasai Mara
Lions cubs playing with a shoe - Maasai Mara
Lions cubs playing with a shoe - Maasai Mara
Herd of Elephants in the Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara
Herd of Elephants in the Mara Triangle - Maasai Mara
Sunset - Maasai Mara
Sunset - Maasai Mara
Female Elephant - Maasai Mara
Female Elephant - Maasai Mara
Male Giraffes fighting - Maasai Mara
Male Giraffes fighting - Maasai Mara
African Buffalo - Maasai Mara
African Buffalo - Maasai Mara
Sunset - Maasai Mara
Sunset - Maasai Mara
Lion cub - Maasai Mara
Lion cub - Maasai Mara

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11 Comments

  • Wonderful shots Stu, can’t wait to join you next year!  Have a great Christmas holiday, cheers Becky

    Becky Bolen - December 01st, 2016 at 5:45am

  • Wow Stu, fantastic images. Wish I’d been there. Lovely to know that Murray and Rita were there. Hope to join you again sometime

    Lesley Middleton - December 01st, 2016 at 10:03am

  • Stu,

    Once again, an amazing collection of images and an incredible draw for me to return.  I’m going to win the lottery tomorrow, so I’ll be booking a place real soon.  Fantastic to see the images of all your trips, keep them coming my friend.

    Del Hunter - December 01st, 2016 at 10:47am

  • Excellent!!  I can’t wait until next November!!  What a nice assortment of wildlife, and you did a great job with the camera, as per usual.  I’m counting the days already.  Will talk soon.  Jim

    Jim Betz - December 01st, 2016 at 10:58am

  • Looks like another fantastic trip.  Reminds me of the wife and I doing that trip in 2015.  We had a great time.

    Michael Anderson - December 01st, 2016 at 12:27pm

  • Superb, as usual, Stu! Brings back beautiful memories…

    Andrew Oliver - December 01st, 2016 at 6:35pm

  • Hi Stu awesome photos can’ wait for our trip next year . Hope all is well with you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you soon jody & Peter

    Jody Fitzgerald - December 01st, 2016 at 7:03pm

  • Great collection of images Stu. Glad you got a chance to shoot the superman and a great shot that was ! Especially love the sunset.

    Sue Green - December 02nd, 2016 at 1:21am

  • Looks fabulous.  Really looking forward to joining you in Tanzania in February.

    Sharon Thorp - December 02nd, 2016 at 6:11pm

  • Superb as usual
    I would like to see settings as you previously did
    You are great

    Ulhas Mayekar - December 04th, 2016 at 7:44pm

  • A great trip with a fantastic group of people, no sooner had we imagined the next outrageous sighting or photography opportunity , there it was.  Be it sightings of big cats in magnificent condition , or the immense stupidity of Wildebeest , not a single game drive was ever without something new. Just how do you propose to top that next time Mr Porter?

    Mark Youngman - December 07th, 2016 at 9:46am

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