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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.

Kind regards

Stu

Maasai Mara family photo safari, Kenya
Maasai Mara family photo safari, Kenya
Two legends of the Mara, Blackie & Lipstick, doing what Lions do best, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Two legends of the Mara, Blackie & Lipstick, doing what Lions do best, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe at sunrise, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe at sunrise, Maasai Mara, Kenya
A Lappet Faced Vulture comes in to Land, Maasai Mara, Kenya
A Lappet Faced Vulture comes in to Land, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest running, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest running, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kori Bustard, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kori Bustard, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe at sunrise near Entim Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe at sunrise near Entim Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Leopard, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Leopard, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Eland, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Eland, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Leopard cub, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Leopard cub, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Waterbuck, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Waterbuck, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hippo on its way back to the river, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hippo on its way back to the river, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions grooming, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions grooming, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness drinking, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness drinking, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Marabou Stork fighting for scraps, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Marabou Stork fighting for scraps, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions with Wildebeest kill, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions with Wildebeest kill, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Ruppell's Griffon Vulture, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Ruppell's Griffon Vulture, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Marabou Stork, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Marabou Stork, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Black Rhino, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Black Rhino, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sunset and Giraffe, composite image, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sunset and Giraffe, composite image, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Four of the 5 male Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Four of the 5 male Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hippos fighting in the Mara River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hippos fighting in the Mara River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Grey Crowned Cranes, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Grey Crowned Cranes, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at the Mara River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at the Mara River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lion cubs, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lion cubs, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Full moon and Lioness, composite image, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Full moon and Lioness, composite image, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Herd of Elephants, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Herd of Elephants, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Young Lions on the move, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Young Lions on the move, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Young Lions on termite mound, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Young Lions on termite mound, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Buffalo drinking, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Buffalo drinking, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Secretary Bird, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Secretary Bird, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Large Male Leopard in tree near camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya, photo by Mamai Karesi
Large Male Leopard in tree near camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya, photo by Mamai Karesi
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Impala Rams, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Impala Rams, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Serval Cat, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Serval Cat, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion in morning light, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion in morning light, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah on termite mound, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah on termite mound, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Herd of Eland running, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Herd of Eland running, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sub adult male lion running, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sub adult male lion running, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Southern Ground Hornbills, one feeding on a Giant Land Snail, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Southern Ground Hornbills, one feeding on a Giant Land Snail, Maasai Mara, Kenya
The Talek River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
The Talek River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Leopard at sunset, composite image, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Leopard at sunset, composite image, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness on a mission, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness on a mission, Maasai Mara, Kenya
The "5 musketeers" , Maasai Mara, Kenya
The "5 musketeers" , Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion marking territory, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion marking territory, Maasai Mara, Kenya

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1 Comment

  • Thanks so much again Stu for the great family safari!  We all had such a wonderful adventure and Ana is already planning for her next trip!!
    Our best to you all, Becky

    Rebecca Bolen - December 27th, 2017 at 3:55am

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Testimonials Hi Justyna and Stu, I wanted to say thank you for arranging a trip that exactly reflected the image I had for the trip of my life! James represents your company well; he was the best guide I could have asked for, working tirelessly to ensure that I saw as much activity in the Park as possible. He looked out for my safety and comfort, and he was never reticent about accommodating my viewpoint to the extent he was able and still respect the park and the wildlife. I will never forget this trip; I have also given the name of your company and James as the guide to several people on my travels home. Best regards

Carol Sheppard, USA

Testimonials I recently did a trip with Wild4 which far outweighed any expectations that I had! Wow what a trip. There was a great variety of animals, Stu has extensive knowledge of the animals and their habitat and was always mindful of us getting the best shots possible. My friend and I had our own bench seats in all the vehicles, which was great as we both had 2 DSLRs with numerous lenses, each vehicle is equipped with beanbags to steady your camera / lens, pockets and enough room to take a camera bag. We had fantastic opportunities to watch the cats for a good period of time and learn a little bit about their life, rather than taking a photo and moving on. I loved that we could sit and watch the lions at Mala Mala play in the Sand River, it was a fantastic opportunity. Stu provided us with some great tuition, I certainly learnt a lot of new photo techniques which I look forward to using back home. I hired a Canon 500mm lens from Stu which was great, I think I used that about 85% of the time and used a 70-200mm for the rest. We had many opportunities for night photography, silhouettes, time lapse, low light etc At the end of our trip we did the reptile extension at Khamai Reptile Centre. We went behind the scenes at the centre and had one of Africa's leading reptile specialist spend the day talking about the reptiles, spiders, scorpions we were about to take pictures of. Donald and his team certainly made for a very safe photo shoot, they were extremely patient positioning some of the reptiles for better light or different background. I learnt a lot from Donald, living in Australia we do have some venomous snakes, the day certainly gave me a renewed appreciation for the reptiles. I would highly recommend the Wild4 team for your next photographic safari you will not be disappointed.

Linda Cappello, AUSTRALIA