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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 to all the rain water lying around in puddles, there was not the usual gathering of animals to drink at the river.

Next stop was Lake Nakuru, the water level was down a bit from last year and so the access point to the flamingos was a bit closer, but still not as close as it used to be in the past. Nakuru has other things to photograph and the team was kept busy with the Rothschild Giraffe, Rhino and a good variety of birds.

Finally the group ended up in the Maasai Mara which never dissapoints, and I managed to catch up with the team for the last few days, which offered a number of great opportunities, including fantastic Giraffe at sunrise, lots of Lions, a beautiful female Leopard and on our final morning, Malaika the female Cheetah and her two large cubs chased two male Topis that were so busy with their own dispute that they did not even notice three Cheetah running in on them. The pure speed of a Cheetah is something to behold and they caught up with the Topi in no time at all and even ran past them, but the size of the Topi put them off and the Cheetah gave up.. what a fantastic final morning game drive !!

Many thanks to Julius for leading the team in my absence and also to James and Tim for guiding their respective clients.

I also wanted to thank everyone for joining this Kenya Photo Safari, Linda, Raj, Peter, Jody, Jim, Lesley and Steve. Thanks so much again for all your understanding, I wish I could have been with you for the entire trip.

Please enjoy a selection of photos from the trip, most taken by the clients and a few by myself.

Best wishes 

Stu

 

Leopard in the rain, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Leopard in the rain, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Bat Eared Foxes with baby, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Bat Eared Foxes with baby, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Young Spotted Hyaens, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Young Spotted Hyaens, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
African Fish Eagle, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
African Fish Eagle, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Lion cubs playing, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Lion cubs playing, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Pied Kingfisher, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Pied Kingfisher, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Grey Crowned Crane in flight, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Grey Crowned Crane in flight, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Baby Impala, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Baby Impala, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Rock Monitor Lizard with Scorpion, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Rock Monitor Lizard with Scorpion, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Agama Lizard, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Agama Lizard, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Pale Chanting Goshawk, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Pale Chanting Goshawk, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Olive Baboob, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Olive Baboob, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Newly born baby Giraffe and mother, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Newly born baby Giraffe and mother, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Lioness with cubs, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Lioness with cubs, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Southern Ground Hornbill, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Southern Ground Hornbill, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Leopard in tree, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Leopard in tree, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Cheetah running, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Cheetah running, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Male Lion, Samburu, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Male Lion, Samburu, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Flamingos at Lake Nakuru, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Flamingos at Lake Nakuru, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Baby Impala, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Baby Impala, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Cheetahs, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Cheetahs, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Lionesses, Maasai Mara, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Lionesses, Maasai Mara, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Lioness and cubs, Maasai Mara, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Lioness and cubs, Maasai Mara, COPYRIGHT Linda LeNoir Photography
Giraffe at sunrise, Maasai Mara
Giraffe at sunrise, Maasai Mara
Herd of Topi, Maasai Mara
Herd of Topi, Maasai Mara
Lions, Maasai Mara
Lions, Maasai Mara
Lions resting, Maasai Mara
Lions resting, Maasai Mara
The "5 musketeers" Cheetah Coalition, Maasai Mara
The "5 musketeers" Cheetah Coalition, Maasai Mara
Impala running, Maasai Mara
Impala running, Maasai Mara
Zebra and Giraffe, Maasai Mara
Zebra and Giraffe, Maasai Mara
Wildebeest running
Wildebeest running
Female leopard, Maasai Mara
Female leopard, Maasai Mara
The two male Topi chasing each other and oblivious to the Cheetah running in on them, Maasai Mara
The two male Topi chasing each other and oblivious to the Cheetah running in on them, Maasai Mara
Two more Cheetah join the chase and try to cut the Topi off, Maasai Mara
Two more Cheetah join the chase and try to cut the Topi off, Maasai Mara
Topi are the fleetest of all antelope, but Cheetah are faster !, Maasai Mara
Topi are the fleetest of all antelope, but Cheetah are faster !, Maasai Mara
Not sure what to do with such a large animal !, Maasai Mara
Not sure what to do with such a large animal !, Maasai Mara
This is fun !!
This is fun !!
ok now what ?
ok now what ?
Let me overtake !, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography
Let me overtake !, COPYRIGHT Jim Betz Photography

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Testimonials I just returned from the 2017 'Birds of Kruger' safari, and it was a delight. This was by no means my first trip to Kruger, but I don't recall ever sighting so many birds - or other animals - in a single trip. Stefan's ability to spot, track and anticipate the movement of animals is superb - from the smallest LBJ to the Big 5. This allowed him to place the vehicle in the best spot for photography and I can rightly say that this trip produced more 'keepers' than any other safari I have been on. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in birding or bird photography. Stefan and Sandrine were great company and everything about the safari was well organized and ran smoothly: from the initial contact with Justyna, who answered my emails promptly and made all the arrangements (down to my favourite SA snacks - thanks!), to Sandrine's excellent coffee every morning before sunrise, and Stefan's patience and good humour that never wavered. I am already planning my next trip with WILD4 and would highly recommend them for an unforgettable African experience.

Annari, Canada

Testimonials We just got back from our first trip to Kenya, our third trip with the Wild 4 Team. We would not consider doing an African photo safari with anyone else. As usual, Justyna did a great job with the bookings and paperwork. Stu and our drivers (James, Julius and Mamai) did a fantastic job on game sightings and positioning our trucks for the best possible photo opportunities. Members of our safari got to see and photograph animals from Aardwolf to Zebra. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Time to start planning our 4th safari with the the Wild 4 Team!

Michael & Toni Anderson, USA