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 guides did !
The Mara did not dissapoint and there were a number of great sightings on every day.
Just some of the hightlights included seeing the legendary big male Lions, Blackie & Lipstick, excellent sunrise Giraffe photos, a river crossing, a female Leopard with two cubs, a Serval Cat, Black Rhino, Hippos fighting in the Mara River, the "5 Musketeers" (a Cheetah coalition with 5 males), incredible Hyaena and Lion interactions, amazing birdlife, Cheetah chasing Wildebeest and Lions with the full moon !
Our thanks go to the staff at Mara Private Wing, Mara Serena and Entim Mara Camp for looking after us so well, and special thanks go to our two amazing driver / guides, Mamai and James, thank you for all your patience and for keeping us safe.
It was a very successful trip and we were really treated to some of natures amazing spectacles. Thank you Becky for allowing us to set up this trip for your wonderful family.
Enjoy some photos from the trip.
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For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level. Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise. Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.
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