Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

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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Testimonials We just came back from our photo safari with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris. From our first email exchange with Justyna, to being dropped off at Hoedspruit airport, everything was handled professionally and was so well organized. Our guide for our tailor made safari was Jaco who picked us up at Nelspruit Airport. What we did not expect was we were also greeted by Stu and Justyna, together with their 2 beautiful daughters, Molly & Jenny. Stu and Justyna came just to make a point to meet us and ensured that we were in good hands. Over the next 10 days, we were enriched so much by Jaco's knowledge and experience towards wildlife. I will always remember, but could never understand, how 4 lions made a kill, a cape buffalo, but were chased away by 4 hyenas. But that was exactly what we were told by our guide even before the story was unfolding in front of our eyes. This can only interpret as excellent knowledge of animal behaviour. The sightings were superb and the accommodations were great. We have no hesitation in recommending Wild4. They are genuine, personable and will try their absolute best to make sure that your trip is going to be a memorable one. Thanks again, Wild4, for an amazing trip.

Frank & Annette, CANADA

Testimonials This was my first trip to Africa after a lot of research. Although I spent over 30 days in Africa, my Botswana component was among the most productive and is my favorite country visited. I must say Stu and Justyna's planning and direction for our entire trip is unparalleled and can't thank them enough. Our guides were incredible and the crew that helped us were indispensable. The food during our trip was the best for all of the places visited including South Africa. I still don't know how Pula managed to make his wonderful cuisine with so little resources! Our camp crew, Philemon and Ghoms were delightful and truly made me feel cared for and welcome. I have learned much from Stu and only wish I could have had more time learning from him in the field. Stu made our trip fun by pairing us with Mark, a like minded gentleman who was a joy to photograph with and talented. The entire experience was amazing with many high quality photo opportunities and think I have captured some magical moments and truly feel enriched by the experience. Thank you so much Stu, Justyna and all involved and I will try to one day do another marvelous adventure with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris !.

Georges McNeil, USA