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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 Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.

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Testimonials I could not imagine a more competent and friendly company to take us on a photo safari of Kruger. This was my first visit to Africa, but I never had to worry about anything while on the Wild4 Photo safari. Everything was well planned, including the lodging, meals and "drives" into the game park. Your safari vehicle had lots of room to spread out and it was easy to get photos from both sides. The elevation of the pickup bed is well above ground, so you have the feeling of security and also a good vantage point and angle to shoot photos. I had hundreds of photo opportunities, even with my limited zoom lens and other small cameras. Our guide, Kosie was extremely knowledgeable on the wildlife, birds, trees and even had handy info on his ipad. We certainly had all the "big 5", the "ugly 7" and other categories in the bag after just a few days. We enjoyed seeing several camps and met many fine, helpful people along the way. By the way, the African coffee is excellent, and we took many enjoyable "coffee breaks" during our 10-days in the Kruger. If you want to see the animals...WILD4 Photo Safaris will definitely make that dream come true. Thanks to all. Dave Truax

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