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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I wanted to thank you so much for the best safari I have ever been on and for your tremendous help both with the photography and Lightroom. I understand more about both in relation to wildlife than I ever have. Everything was brilliant. We were extraordinary lucky with what we saw but being able to take better photo’s and then edit them with more knowledge means I will have memories that will last for ever. Your (Wild4) attention to detail means that things run smoothly in a part of the world not always known for that. I really can’t thank you and Justyna enough for that.
Rita Daubeney, UK
On arrival we were treated as part of the family by Stu Porter, his wife Justyna, and parents John and Ann. The conditions for finding and photographing everything from small birds to large game was perfect – a 500mm lens on hire from Stu, a specially equipped vehicle, which was referred to as a hide on wheels ( with only 3 photographers) , a dedicated and professional approach to photography and plenty of time. We would set off at sunrise, find a group of lions as they were beginning to yawn and stir from sleep, or a pair of saddle-billed storks building a nest, and quietly move our cameras into position. The initial sighting was accompanied by the rapid firing of shutters, but then we would wait as long as necessary in the hope of getting further shots. Stu was very sensitive to our needs and would only make suggestions about the best camera settings if he thought we needed his advice. His awareness of how animals behave was very useful in planning our shots. Stu’s knowledge of African Wildlife and skill as a wildlife photographer is second to none, and I have learned a lot from his expertise. I am delighted with my photos !! This was the trip of a lifetime, good accommodation, delicious food and great company. It was altogether a wonderful, challenging and thrilling experience and, if you are looking for a photo safari in Africa, I too recommend you contact Stu Porter at Wild4.
David Austwick, UK