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GREAT MIGRATION photo safari KENYA - August 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 5th Sep 2016

This year's "GREAT MIGRATION" photographic safari to Kenya's Maasai Mara offered a great variety of photographic opportunities. The mega herds of Wildebeest were on the Mara Triangle side of the Mara River and in total we saw 5 river crossings. The best crossings took place at the "Main crossing" point just below Serena and there were a number of crocodile attacks. Other highlights apart from the migration animals and the crossings were excellent Lion sightings which included cubs, mating Lions and a dispute between the resident males of the Musiara Pride and a new arrival who who had sneaked into their territory and was subsequently chased off.

The Hyaena den near Serena was very active with over 15 individuals including a very small cub. The Cheetah activity was extremely good on the Northern side of the Mara River, Malaika was seen on three occasions with her two small cubs and a female with three sub adult cubs near Entim provided us with the classic "cheetah chase" photo opportunities and were always up for a hunt. We watched them chase Warthog Piglets, Thompson's Gazelles, Banded Mongooses and young Wildebeest. The best photo opportunity was the one Wildebeest chase where the four Cheetahs managed to bring down an abandoned Wildebeest. Beautiful sunrises and Elephants at sunset rounded off just some of the great opportunities we had.

Thank you to our guides, Silas and Julius who once again worked long hours to get us the opportunities we had and also to the staff at Serena and Mara Bush "Private Wing" who all looked after us so well.

Thanks also to Steve, Joanie, Frank & Sara for joining us on this very popular and productive African Photographic safari to the Great Migration in Kenya.

Here are some photos from the trip.

Best wishes

Stu

Sunrise - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sunrise - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions with a Wildebeest Kill - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions with a Wildebeest Kill - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Bohor Reedbuck - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Bohor Reedbuck - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest running - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest running - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest drinking at the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest drinking at the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra drinking - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra drinking - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Bull Elephant - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Bull Elephant - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Eland Antelope - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Eland Antelope - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephant with unusual tusks - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephant with unusual tusks - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephants at sunset - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephants at sunset - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mating pair of Lions - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mating pair of Lions - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Waterbuck - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Waterbuck - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at the river - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at the river - Maasai Mara, Kenya
A cheetah in the midday heat - Maasai Mara, Kenya
A cheetah in the midday heat - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at sunset - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at sunset - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena cub - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena cub - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena after a night of feeding - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena after a night of feeding - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephant at the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephant at the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephant - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Elephant - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at the river - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra at the river - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika the female Cheetah and her two small cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika the female Cheetah and her two small cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sub - adult Cheetah running - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sub - adult Cheetah running - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetahs playing - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetahs playing - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah watching the female Warthog - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah watching the female Warthog - Maasai Mara, Kenya
The start of the Cheetah and Wildebeest chase
The start of the Cheetah and Wildebeest chase
Nowhere to run !  - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Nowhere to run ! - Maasai Mara, Kenya
The mother Cheetah led the chase and pounced first - Maasai Mara, Kenya
The mother Cheetah led the chase and pounced first - Maasai Mara, Kenya
The sub - adults then joined in  - Maasai Mara, Kenya
The sub - adults then joined in - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah and Wildebeest chase - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah and Wildebeest chase - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah and Wildebeest chase - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah and Wildebeest chase - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah and Wildebeest chase - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah and Wildebeest chase - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Four against one, the Wildebeest put up a brave fight but was eventually over powered - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Four against one, the Wildebeest put up a brave fight but was eventually over powered - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Musiara Pride Male - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Musiara Pride Male - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lions bonding - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lions bonding - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion chasing off the intruder - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Male Lion chasing off the intruder - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Giraffe - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hippo in the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Hippo in the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra drinking - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra drinking - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest crossing - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest crossing - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Crocodile Attack in the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Crocodile Attack in the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sunset - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sunset - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Young male Lion - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Young male Lion - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions playing - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lions playing - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest jumping into the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Wildebeest jumping into the Mara River - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra swimming - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Zebra swimming - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Lioness - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika's two cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika's two cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika's two cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika's two cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Cheetah - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika and her cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Malaika and her cubs - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Yawn & stretch on the termite mound - Maasai Mara, Kenya
Yawn & stretch on the termite mound - Maasai Mara, Kenya

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  • Wow Stu awesome photos looks like a great trip to Kenya . It must be time for a rest now .cant wait for pete and myself do Kenya next year with you .hope all is well see you soon jody.

    Jody fitzgerald - September 06th, 2016 at 12:46pm

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Testimonials If you are serious about nature photography, you can't do better than booking with Wild 4.  Wild 4's itinerary provides sun-up to sundown quality photo-ops, and you feel you are traveling with good friends who are showing you their favorite spots. This was our fourth African photo safari (three others in East Africa) and we could not believe what a difference it makes, when a professional photographer, who understands light and animal behavior, just happens to be your driver, in a photo vehicle he designed himself. There was super spotting work from Ann from a separate radio equipped vehicle. We were the first on a leopard / impala kill thanks to one of Ann's incredible sightings, resulting in a sensational series of images shot over 45 minutes of the leopard dragging her prey to her den. After an exciting, productive day in the field, we were treated to friendly conversation, sitting around a campfire, and wonderful feasts magically prepared by Ann.  Wild 4 is a totally professional and very special company. Thanks Stu, Justyna and Ann for a sensational safari.

Lee & Doris Wiese, USA


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