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

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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 Justyna and Stu - I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere thanks for again arranging a simply marvelous photographic safari for us. It was perfect in all respects. And we were blessed with some truly amazing animal behavior to photograph. We had great skies, great camps, GREAT guides in David and Mamai, and great everything else. (including the new photo land cruiser)

Bruce Hollingsworth, USA

Testimonials This was our second trip with Stu and our first in Tanzania, the sightings exceeded all our expectations including a selection of births, deaths, and marriages with a variety of wildlife. One of many highlights was seeing 22 lions drinking at a stream in the Ngorongoro crater . The accommodation was once again first class, even the tented camps. Stu, together with our African guides James and Jeremiah managed to always have the vehicle in exactly the right position for the best pictures. Can't wait to go again.

John & Lorraine Carnemolla, Australia