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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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  • 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 Thank you again Stu for your trip report of our Botswana trip. It has been very useful to me as I go through my photographs and try to identify the birds especially. It has also given me ideas on how to treat some of my photographs of similar subjects, Also a big thank you in general for the technique guidance you have give me this year and for your fantastic decisions about anticipating animal behavior. My resulting photographs are largely due to your help and to travelling with you. You have had a significant impact on the quality of my photographs and I am very appreciative. Looking forward to hearing about your Tsavo trip. Regards

Sharon Thorp, Canada

Testimonials We recently travelled to South Africa for a safari led by Wild 4 African Photographic Safaris. To put things simply, we were completely blown away. I had been on safari before, and had expectations that I thought were reasonable, but Wild 4 completely exceeded those expectations in so many ways. First of all, Justyna handled all of our travel and trip details with exceptional professionalism and always responded to even our most basic questions quickly and in a very detailed manner. Once we had arrived in South Africa, we were met by our guide Stu Porter, who I cannot say enough good things about. He is so organised and cordial. Stu was spotting things that we couldn’t believe that he was spotting, which almost always led to an amazing wildlife experience that we never saw coming. His knowledge and understanding of the wildlife and ecosystem was outstanding, and he went to great lengths to insure that we had the best chance of capturing a great photo, without compromising the rules of the park or the integrity of the animals and ecology within it. His understanding and respect for the wildlife and surroundings made the trip so much more than just a “drive around and look at whatever we see” kind of experience. I know that you can never predict what kind of experience you will have when you go out into the wild, and often it’s up to nature to decide what events you will be a part of, but in all honesty, I can’t imagine a better guide than Stu Porter. We will be doing our future trips to Africa with Wild 4, and cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you so much for what a lot of people call “the trip of a lifetime”, although we feel that this is only the beginning of many trips of a lifetime. Thank you, Wild 4!!

James Smith, USA