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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

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

GREAT MIGRATION photo safari KENYA - September 2018

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 27th Sep 2018

On this year's trip the mega herds were mostly in Northern Tanzania during the time of our visit, but there was excellent Cat action to be seen as well as two river crossings, mostly of Zebra. Crocodiles and Lions were at the crossing too, making it a very exciting photo opportunity.

We were fortunate to see the 5 male Cheetah coalition that has become famous in the Mara in recent years. We had a number of good Lion sightings, mating, hunting and feeding. One special highlight was photographing a new born baby Giraffe as it struggled to get to its feet and finally suckle on its mother. We also photographed, Elephants, Eland Antelope, two Cheetah hunts, as well as a female Cheetah with small cubs. We had some great bird photo opportunities with Yellow Billed Storks fishing, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Martial Eagle, Vultures at a kill, and a beautiful pair of Bateleur Eagles perched in the morning light. The weather was really nice and clear with great morning sunrises and animals in silhouette on the horizon.

Once again the Mara proved itself to be one of the most productive wildlife photographic destinations.

A massive thank you goes out to our guides, Mamai, Martin and Onesmus, who's long days out in the field allowed us to take advantage of all that the Mara had to offer during our 7 night stay. 

Thank you also to the camp staff at Mara Serena Lodge and Mara Bush Camp who all looked after us so well, and to Thomas from Fact Safaris for arranging all the tour logistics.

Finally, thank you so much to Nick, Dimi, Becky, Silva, Debbie and Mich for joining us on this years Great Migration photo safari.

Enjoy some photos from the trip.

Best wishes

Stu

Cheetah and Cub - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and Cub - Maasai Mara
Cheetah running - Maasai Mara
Cheetah running - Maasai Mara
Our own specially modified photo safari vehicle - Maasai Mara
Our own specially modified photo safari vehicle - Maasai Mara
Impalas - Maasai Mara
Impalas - Maasai Mara
Black Chested Snake Eagle - Maasai Mara
Black Chested Snake Eagle - Maasai Mara
Zebra fighting - Maasai Mara
Zebra fighting - Maasai Mara
Lappet Faced Vulture - Maasai Mara
Lappet Faced Vulture - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and cub - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and cub - Maasai Mara
Cheetah hunting - Maasai Mara
Cheetah hunting - Maasai Mara
Two of the five male Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Two of the five male Cheetah - Maasai Mara
Wild4 Photo Safari vehicle and Cheetahs - Maasai Mara
Wild4 Photo Safari vehicle and Cheetahs - Maasai Mara
The new born Baby Giraffe - Maasai Mara
The new born Baby Giraffe - Maasai Mara
New born Giraffe - Maasai Mara
New born Giraffe - Maasai Mara
Zebra at sunrise - Maasai Mara
Zebra at sunrise - Maasai Mara
Elephants - Maasai Mara
Elephants - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaena - Maasai Mara
Maasai Giraffe - Maasai Mara
Maasai Giraffe - Maasai Mara
Eland Bull - Maasai Mara
Eland Bull - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and Topi - Maasai Mara
Cheetah and Topi - Maasai Mara
Topi on a mound - Maasai Mara
Topi on a mound - Maasai Mara
Yellow Billed Stork - Maasai Mara
Yellow Billed Stork - Maasai Mara
Wahlberg's Eagle - Maasai Mara
Wahlberg's Eagle - Maasai Mara
Thompson's Gazelle and fawn - Maasai Mara
Thompson's Gazelle and fawn - Maasai Mara
Baby Thompson's Gazelle  - Maasai Mara
Baby Thompson's Gazelle - Maasai Mara
Mating pair of Lion - Maasai Mara
Mating pair of Lion - Maasai Mara
Pair of Bateleur Eagles - Maasai Mara
Pair of Bateleur Eagles - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaenas - Maasai Mara
Spotted Hyaenas - Maasai Mara
Lions in the open grasslands - Maasai Mara
Lions in the open grasslands - Maasai Mara
Lioness watching prey - Maasai Mara
Lioness watching prey - Maasai Mara
Lions on a mound - Maasai Mara
Lions on a mound - Maasai Mara
Lioness stalking - Maasai Mara
Lioness stalking - Maasai Mara
Juvenile Martial Eagle - Maasai Mara
Juvenile Martial Eagle - Maasai Mara
Zebra stripes - Maasai Mara
Zebra stripes - Maasai Mara
Zebras at the river crossing - Maasai Mara
Zebras at the river crossing - Maasai Mara
Hippo in the Mara River - Maasai Mara
Hippo in the Mara River - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion - Maasai Mara
Lions on a termite mound - Maasai Mara
Lions on a termite mound - Maasai Mara
Cheetah yawn - Maasai Mara
Cheetah yawn - Maasai Mara
Zebra crossing the Mara River with massive Crocodile - Maasai Mara
Zebra crossing the Mara River with massive Crocodile - Maasai Mara
Lioness charging in on the herd of Zebra at the river crossing - Maasai Mara
Lioness charging in on the herd of Zebra at the river crossing - Maasai Mara
Lion cubs playing - Maasai Mara
Lion cubs playing - Maasai Mara
Lions - Maasai Mara
Lions - Maasai Mara
Secretary bird - Maasai Mara
Secretary bird - Maasai Mara
Buffalo with a Fork Tailed Drongo on its back - Maasai Mara
Buffalo with a Fork Tailed Drongo on its back - Maasai Mara
Lions in the Mara
Lions in the Mara
Impala running - Maasai Mara
Impala running - Maasai Mara
Three Lions - Maasai Mara
Three Lions - Maasai Mara

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2 Comments

  • Your trip reports and photos continue to make me smile and make me envious.  Every trip is different and I am jealous of the eagles you saw.  Your photos are always fantastic and inspire me to coninually improve my own collection.  I never tire of living the experiences with you or vicariously through the trip reports.  Looking forward to Botswana in May.

    Sharon Thorp - January 28th, 2019 at 10:57pm

  • I just love these pics Stu, you just nail it every time, such a beautiful sense of composition, some wonderful shots and unforgettable memories.  Brilliant moments captured expertly and with compassion.  I want to thank you for all your help and your inspiration in guiding me towards film.  I put my first sequence together in premier pro when I got back home.
    Silva

    Silva - February 10th, 2019 at 2:33am

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