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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

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BIG CATS of the Maasai Mara Kenya photo safari TRIP REPORT Sept / Oct 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 18th Oct 2018

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 is always a treat to see and photograph them. We also spent time with a female and her three small cubs.

We saw three different Leopards and spent some good time photographing all of them. 

Of course the Mara in Kenya is known for its big cats, but there are so many other animals there too. We also managed to photograph a number of Spotted Hyaena, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Elephant and a beautiful Black Rhino. Birds too were good as usual, there were a lot of Vultures and Marabou Storks, Little Bee Eaters, and a great opportunity with a Yellow Throated Longclaw !!

The migration herds were still around and it is always great to see the mass of animals out on the open grasslands.

A big thanks goes to the staff at Mara Entim Camp and Mara Serena for looking after us so well and a very special thanks goes to our amazing guides, Mamai and Tim, always patient, courteous, helpful and incredibly hard working, it is a great pleasure to work with you both as always !

Thanks so much to Rita, Linda, Raj, Michael, Toni and Mischa for joining us again on a WILD4 Photo Safari in Kenya's Maasai Mara !!

Please enjoy a selection of images from this photo safari.

Best wishes 

Stu

Sunset in the Maasai Mara - panorama
Sunset in the Maasai Mara - panorama
A Hippo investigates a Crocodile feeding frenzy - Maasai Mara
A Hippo investigates a Crocodile feeding frenzy - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena with cubs - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena with cubs - Maasai Mara
Lions fighting - Maasai Mara
Lions fighting - Maasai Mara
Male Lion near the Mara River
Male Lion near the Mara River
Lions fighting - Maasai Mara
Lions fighting - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Migration herds near Serena - Maasai Mara
Migration herds near Serena - Maasai Mara
Giraffe composite - Maasai Mara
Giraffe composite - Maasai Mara
Lion pride - Maasai Mara
Lion pride - Maasai Mara
Running Buffalo - Maasai Mara
Running Buffalo - Maasai Mara
Topi in the early morning - Maasai Mara
Topi in the early morning - Maasai Mara
Ruppell's Vulture - Maasai Mara
Ruppell's Vulture - Maasai Mara
Lion cub - Maasai Mara
Lion cub - Maasai Mara
Lioness stalking - Maasai Mara
Lioness stalking - Maasai Mara
Our photo safari vehicle in action - Maasai Mara
Our photo safari vehicle in action - Maasai Mara
View from Mara serena
View from Mara serena
Giraffe at sunset - Maasai Mara
Giraffe at sunset - Maasai Mara
Little Bee Eaters - Maasai Mara
Little Bee Eaters - Maasai Mara
Zebra drinking - Maasai Mara
Zebra drinking - Maasai Mara
Black Rhino - Maasai Mara
Black Rhino - Maasai Mara
Sunset in the Mara - Maasai Mara
Sunset in the Mara - Maasai Mara
Female Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Female Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Herd of alert Zebra - Maasai Mara
Herd of alert Zebra - Maasai Mara
Cheetah Cubs playing - Maasai Mara
Cheetah Cubs playing - Maasai Mara
Vulture Landing - Maasai Mara
Vulture Landing - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena and Vultures at Zebra kill - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena and Vultures at Zebra kill - Maasai Mara
Vultures - Maasai Mara
Vultures - Maasai Mara
Giraffe at sunset - Maasai Mara (composite image)
Giraffe at sunset - Maasai Mara (composite image)
Lilac Breasted Roller landing at Sunset - Maasai Mara
Lilac Breasted Roller landing at Sunset - Maasai Mara
Hippo away from the river - Maasai Mara
Hippo away from the river - Maasai Mara
Lioness - Maasai Mara
Lioness - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion marking territory - Maasai Mara
Male Lion marking territory - Maasai Mara
The Lioness that killed the Baboon
The Lioness that killed the Baboon
Kaboso the female leopard - Maasai Mara
Kaboso the female leopard - Maasai Mara
Leopard - Maasai Mara
Leopard - Maasai Mara
Sub Adult male Lions - Maasai Mara
Sub Adult male Lions - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
The 5 male Cheetahs bringing down a young Wildebeest - Maasai Mara
Impala - Maasai Mara
Impala - Maasai Mara
Leopard in tree - Maasai Mara
Leopard in tree - Maasai Mara
Lioness in Croton bush - Maasai Mara
Lioness in Croton bush - Maasai Mara
Lions - Maasai Mara
Lions - Maasai Mara
Lions in the water with Wildebeest kill - Maasai Mara
Lions in the water with Wildebeest kill - Maasai Mara
Muddy Lion - Maasai Mara
Muddy Lion - Maasai Mara
Marabou Stork - Maasai Mara
Marabou Stork - Maasai Mara
Our safari vehicle in the Mara
Our safari vehicle in the Mara
Spotted Hyaena fighting - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena fighting - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena with Wildebeest head - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena with Wildebeest head - Maasai Mara
Jackal and Impala - Maasai Mara
Jackal and Impala - Maasai Mara
Zebra - Maasai Mara
Zebra - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Morani - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Morani - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Female Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Female Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Young Cheetah cub - Maasai Mara
Young Cheetah cub - Maasai Mara
Young Cheetah cubs - Maasai Mara
Young Cheetah cubs - Maasai Mara
Cheetah with kill - Maasai Mara
Cheetah with kill - Maasai Mara
Female Cheetah dragging the Thompson's Gazelle - Maasai Mara
Female Cheetah dragging the Thompson's Gazelle - Maasai Mara
Yellow Throated Longclaw
Yellow Throated Longclaw
Leopard - Maasai Mara
Leopard - Maasai Mara
Sub adult Male Lions and Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara
Sub adult Male Lions and Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara
Wildebeest running - Maasai Mara
Wildebeest running - Maasai Mara
Mara River and pod of Hippos - Maasai Mara
Mara River and pod of Hippos - Maasai Mara
Young Lion cubs play fighting - Maasai Mara
Young Lion cubs play fighting - Maasai Mara
Hippos in the Mara River - Maasai Mara
Hippos in the Mara River - Maasai Mara
Herd of Elephants near the Oloololo (Siria) escarpment
Herd of Elephants near the Oloololo (Siria) escarpment
Young Lioness in the Mara
Young Lioness in the Mara

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  • The three in our truck (Mischa, Toni, Micheal) had a blast.  We have wonderful photo opportunities.  The leopard in the fig tree and the cheetah coalition taking down the wildebeest was fantastic!  Can’t want for our 5th safari with the Wild 4 Team!

    Michael Anderson - January 29th, 2019 at 7:41pm

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Testimonials I found Wild4 through an article in Popular Photography magazine about how to choose a photo safari. They were one of five recommended in the article. After checking them all out, I saw that Stu and Wild4 offered the kind of experience that I wanted: 1) Small groups of dedicated photographers 2) Variety in wildlife viewing 3) Tuition on photography and wildlife behavior 4) Good communication and organisation. I can say that Wild4 met and exceeded all expectations on all points (and then some). 1) We used one vehicle for three photographers. Stu is a trained photographer himself, so his goal was always to get us into the best position with the best light. Having only three on the tour meant plenty of room for equipment and the ability to shoot from either side of the vehicle when surrounded by a herd of elephants! It also gave us the flexibility to be patient and wait for the shot. 2) The three places we visited each provided a unique experience and wonderful variety in scenery and wildlife viewing. 3) Stu's tuition was excellent. It was there if we needed it but never pushed. Tips, reminders, anecdotes on wildlife behavior. All given with patience and good humor. 4) From the first email, the communication was timely & clear. Justyna was a joy to work with and handled the back-office part of the tour seamlessly. It can't be as easy as she makes it seem. Wild4 didn't provide the wildlife or the spectacular sunsets that we experienced, but they put us in position to enjoy and capture a little piece of it in our cameras and in our memories. Our Safari was amazing and I would not have changed a thing…well, maybe I would have eaten a little less. If you're looking for a Photo Safari, there is nothing to consider. Just go ahead and contact Wild4 Photographic Safaris. You will not be sorry.

Doug Croft, USA


Testimonials Many thanks to Wild 4 for a truly memorable trip . Stu’s guidance and photography skills provided excellent opportunities to get some great shots. His professionalism and commitment to the trip made the safari ‘special’. Having only 3 photographers per vehicle made an incredible difference. Committed time to ‘get the shot’ was very rewarding. Time to just observe animal behaviour was of great joy for me too. Watching the many elephant families in Kruger their social interactions and sometimes zany behaviour….those memories will stay forever. The accommodations and meals were excellent .Many thanks to Justyna for her wonderful help on the admin side making my booking a dream I have been on trips before but none quite so enjoyable as this one. Would I go again ? definitely yes…… spaces allowing ! Would I recommend to  friends ? A big yes to that one….. in fact I already have ! Sincere thanks again to you all

Sue Green, UK