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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

ETOSHA - Namibia scouting trip September 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 3rd Oct 2016

This is a collection of photos taken on a 6 day scouting trip I recently completed. I spent 3 nights in the west and 3 nights in the east of Etosha National Park in Namibia to get a better feel of the park and to scout some of the better waterholes that offer photographic opportunties. Highlights were a Leopard at Olifant Bad waterhole, a male Cheetah, Lions at Okondekka, my first sighting of a Ludwig's Bustard, lots of Giraffe, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok and Springbok, Elephants and a fantastic martial Eagle.

These are the kind of images we can expect to achieve on next years "ETOSHA & SECRETS of the KALAHARI DESERT" photo safari, which will be focussing on African wildlife that has adapted to dry and harsh environments. Both 2017 trips have sold out, but we will be running the same itinerary in 2018.

Enjoy some of the photos.

Best wishes

Stu

Zebra and Red Hartebeest
Zebra and Red Hartebeest
Black Faced Impala
Black Faced Impala
Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Lions drinking
Lions drinking
Sunrise
Sunrise
Ludwig's Bustard
Ludwig's Bustard
 Leopard at Olifant Bad waterhole
Leopard at Olifant Bad waterhole
Lioness near Gemsbokvlakte
Lioness near Gemsbokvlakte
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Cheetah
Cheetah
Lions and Ostriches - composite image
Lions and Ostriches - composite image
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Springbok
Springbok
Okondekka Waterhole
Okondekka Waterhole
Springbok
Springbok
Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard
Female Springbok
Female Springbok
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Male Lion
Male Lion
Giraffe
Giraffe
Springbok
Springbok
Springbok fighting
Springbok fighting
Springbok drinking
Springbok drinking
Giraffe and Gemsbok
Giraffe and Gemsbok
Okaukuejo Waterhole
Okaukuejo Waterhole
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Springbok
Springbok
Elephant
Elephant
Elephant mud bathing
Elephant mud bathing
Having a rest
Having a rest
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
Greater Kestrels - composite image
Greater Kestrels - composite image
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Old Elephant Bull
Old Elephant Bull
Elephant
Elephant
Giraffe feeding
Giraffe feeding
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe - composite image
Giraffe - composite image
Fresh water Terrapins
Fresh water Terrapins
Cape Teal
Cape Teal
Black Shouldered Kite
Black Shouldered Kite
Giraffe
Giraffe
Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Jackal drinking
Jackal drinking
Greater Kudu
Greater Kudu
Eland
Eland
Blue Wildebeest
Blue Wildebeest
Lion and Jackal
Lion and Jackal
Zebra and Giraffe
Zebra and Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Zebra
Zebra
Male Black Faced Impala
Male Black Faced Impala
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Zebra drinking
Giraffe and Martial Eagle
Giraffe and Martial Eagle
Red - eyed - Bulbul
Red - eyed - Bulbul
Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Giraffe
Giraffe
Hartman's Mountain Zebra
Hartman's Mountain Zebra
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe
Blue Wildebeest
Blue Wildebeest
Damara Dik Dik
Damara Dik Dik
Elephants
Elephants
Elephants a waterhole
Elephants a waterhole
Martial Eagle take off - composite image
Martial Eagle take off - composite image

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2 Comments

  • Every shot of these wonderful animals makes me long to come back to Africa for another visit.  Thanks for sharing these remarkable photos with us.  Hope to see you soon for another Wild 4 Adventure!!!

    Toni Anderson - October 04th, 2016 at 5:33pm

  • Some amazing photos there Stu, plenty of DOF use mate…

    Del Hunter - October 04th, 2016 at 10:26pm

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Testimonials I wanted to write this while the trip is still fresh in my mind. This was my first trip to Africa and I did as much online research into photo specific safaris as I could. I was not disappointed with choosing Wild 4. Throughout the trip Stu answered the countless questions as if there wasn't a stupid one in the bunch (and there were many) his knowledge of the wildlife is nothing short of amazing, I can't think of a single bird, mammal or reptile that he couldn't identify and give us some background on. Not to mention his uncanny ability to spot wildlife while moving. Our rangers and accommodations in Ngala and Mala Mala were first rate. While in the Kruger proper, John and Anne took exceptional care us. I would not hesitate to book another trip with Stu. Patrick

Patrick Flora, USA

Testimonials My wife Joanie and I joined Wild4 for the Best of Kruger and Big Cats in August of 2014. It was our very first trip on an African safari. I’m a serious amateur photographer and my wife’s a non-photographer but both of us enjoyed the trip thoroughly ! To this day, we still regularly recall the highlights of sightings and events fondly. True to Wild4’s brand promise, Stu Porter delivers maximum photographic times spent chasing photo opportunities out in the field - out 6am as soon as the camp gate opens and back only 6pm when the gate closes. Having no more than three photographers on each of two jeeps allows every photographer immediate access to both sides of the vehicle. Stu always knows where to position the vehicle for the best vantage points. Every day has its highs – big cat chases and kills, grazers sparring, herds of elephants and buffaloes appearing from nowhere at water holes... Thanks to Stu and the enthusiasm and knowledge of experienced senior guide Mike Lentz. Camps in Kruger are basic (by first world standards) but hey this is a safari ! There’s the important benefit of being only a short drive away from dams, good spots to catch the first light when the sun rises. This is important as the gates do not open till 6am so there’s little margin for being late. I had the opportunity to experience first-hand, the Wild4 team’s dedication and commitment to a successful photo trip for guests, beyond the call of duty. The Wild4 team helped solved a major photographic equipment problem. Early afternoon on Day 5, the lens AF motor on my 400mm telephoto lens failed. This was really a disaster on a trip like this, as (like everyone else) I had a spare camera body but not a spare super telephoto lens ! The other lens I had was a medium telephoto zoom, hardly a lens to use with tele-converters. Murphy’s Law indeed ! This happened with seven more days to go ! I enquired with Stu about hiring a lens from the nearby towns. Stu sprang into action immediately whilst still on the afternoon game drive - got his back-office team to make enquiries back in Nelspruit town. This was something new to the Wild4 team as they never had to hire a lens but they found a lens on the same day, a 200-400mm that’s also ideal for safari. The lens had to be dispatched from almost 200 km away and Mr John Porter helped to drive south to collect the lens sooner. I had the use of this lens by the morning of Day 7, with one-and-half day “downtime” in a remote location. Service excellence lived by as a core value indeed. After eight nights I left Kruger National Park with the feeling that I was just warming up and was leaving too soon. I would have gladly extended a few more days if that was possible. But we were bound for the next destination. I notice Wild4 has not been static. More new trips were added. I see the enterprise is growing fast ! Joanie and I are now looking forward to a trip to Kenya, again with Stu and the Wild4 team.

Steve Seow, Singapore