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PHOTO TRIP REPORT | Big Cats of the Maasai Mara | September 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 9th Feb 2020

The September 2019 "Big Cats of the Maasai Mara" photo safari offered some amazing encounters with Cheetah and we were lucky to go on the hunt with the famous "Tano Bora" the 5 strong male Cheetah coalition. They are an amazing unit to watch as they go off right into the middle of the big herds, with such confidence. They caught a young Thompson's Gazelle and a young Wildebeest over the few hours that we spent with them.

We stayed in the Mara Triangle for our first 4 nights and it proved to be a very productive area with the mega herds grazing in the open grasslands towards the Tanzania border. Of course, there were plenty of Lions around as well as Cheetah.

We then crossed over to the main reserve and enjoyed photographing yet more Lions and Cheetah as well as one of the smaller cats, a beautiful Serval. One really unusual and a "once in a lifetime" encounter was with the soon to be famous "Polka Dot" Zebra foal named "Tira". We had heard that it had been seen in the general area of the Sand River and one morning after spending time with a beautiful female Leopard who had gone down into a lugga to sleep, we decided to go and look for the special Zebra foal.. literally 30 mins later we were taking pictures of this very beautiful and unusual melanistic Zebra and we feel very privileged to have been able to spend some time with it.

The weather was fantastic and so were the sunrises and sunsets. The Mara remains one of the best photo "hotspots" for African wildlife photography.

Our photo safari would not have been such a success without great people behind the scenes. Many thanks to Thomas of Fact Safaris for his tireless efforts to look after us and the trip logistics, and also to the staff at Serena Lodge & Entim Mara Camp.

Thank you, James, our excellent driver/guide, for looking after all of our needs in the field and for manoeuvring the photo vehicle into the perfect position for some amazing photographs.

Thanks so much to both Linda & Bernice for joining us on yet another WILD4 Photo Safari to photography the Big Cats of Kenya's Masai Mara.

Enjoy a selection of images from this African wildlife photographic safari to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Best wishes 

Stu

Male Giraffe sparring, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Male Giraffe sparring, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Male Lion drinking, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Male Lion drinking, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Black Heron, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Black Heron, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Sunset in the Mara, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris. Panorama
Sunset in the Mara, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris. Panorama
Cape Buffalo with a Yellow Billed Ox Pecker on his nose, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Cape Buffalo with a Yellow Billed Ox Pecker on his nose, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
The mega migration herds near the Kenya/Tanzania border, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Panorama
The mega migration herds near the Kenya/Tanzania border, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Panorama
Our WILD4 specially modified photographic safari vehicle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists. Panorama
Our WILD4 specially modified photographic safari vehicle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists. Panorama
Long Crested Eagle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Long Crested Eagle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Giraffe running, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Giraffe running, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
One of the five male Cheetah at full speed, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
One of the five male Cheetah at full speed, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
A "journey" of Giraffes, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
A "journey" of Giraffes, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
Cheetahs at sunset. Wildlife Panorama & composite, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Cheetahs at sunset. Wildlife Panorama & composite, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Male Lion stretching, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Male Lion stretching, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Male Lion stalking, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Male Lion stalking, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Male Cheetah being watched by Wildebeest, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Male Cheetah being watched by Wildebeest, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
White Browed Coucal, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
White Browed Coucal, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Elephant at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Elephant at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Female Ostrich, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Female Ostrich, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Male Ostrich, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Male Ostrich, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Female Cheetah and her 3 sub-adult cubs, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Female Cheetah and her 3 sub-adult cubs, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Giraffe pair, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Giraffe pair, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Lion pair, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Lion pair, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Two Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Two Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Cheetah running past Wildebeest, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Cheetah running past Wildebeest, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Two male Cheetahs fighting over the baby Thompson's Gazelle kill, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Two male Cheetahs fighting over the baby Thompson's Gazelle kill, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
The Cheetah boys running down a young Wildebeest calf, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Young Lion cub, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Young Lion cub, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Male Lion, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Male Lion patrolling his vast territory, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari. Wildlife Panorama
Male Lion patrolling his vast territory, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari. Wildlife Panorama
Southern Ground Hornbill with lizards, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Southern Ground Hornbill with lizards, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Lioness yawning, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Lioness yawning, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Black Backed Jackal puppies at their den, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Black Backed Jackal puppies at their den, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Lioness in the early morning, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Lioness in the early morning, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Giraffe in the wide open plains of the Mara Triangle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Giraffe in the wide open plains of the Mara Triangle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Eland running, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Eland running, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Lioness, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Lioness, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Herd of Impala at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari. Wildlife Panorama
Herd of Impala at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari. Wildlife Panorama
Hot Air Balloon over the migration herds, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Panorama
Hot Air Balloon over the migration herds, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Panorama
Lilac Breasted Roller, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Lilac Breasted Roller, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Male Lion with blond mane in the Mara Triangle with a Wildebeest kill, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Male Lion with blond mane in the Mara Triangle with a Wildebeest kill, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Male Lion running, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Male Lion running, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Tira the Polka Dot Zebra foal with its mother, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Tira the Polka Dot Zebra foal with its mother, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Tira the famous Polka Dot Zebra foal, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Tira the famous Polka Dot Zebra foal, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Sunrise tree, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists. Panorama
Sunrise tree, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists. Panorama
Wattled Starlings on a Wildebeest, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Wattled Starlings on a Wildebeest, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Serval Cat, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Serval Cat, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour
Lioness, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Lioness, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Tawny Eagle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Tawny Eagle, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African photo safaris
Two male Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari. Wildlife Panorama & Composite
Two male Cheetahs, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari. Wildlife Panorama & Composite
Zebra at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Zebra at sunset, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Stu Porter Photographic Tour. Wildlife Panorama
Secretary Bird with the setting full moon , Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Secretary Bird with the setting full moon , Maasai Mara, Kenya. Wild4 Small Group African Photography Safari Specialists
Black & White Giraffe composite, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari
Black & White Giraffe composite, Maasai Mara, Kenya. African wildlife photo safari

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  • Great photos Mr Stu,thanks to everyone who participated and made the photography trip possible and successful. Looking forward to the next trip.

    Langat James - March 12th, 2020 at 12:35pm

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