PHOTO TRIP REPORT | Great Migration | August 2019
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 8th Jan 2020
The Great Migration Photo Safari this year provided the participants with a number of Mara River Crossings and some good Big Cat action too. The mega herds were quite split up and the majority of them were feeding on fresh grass along the Tanzania / Kenya border. However, they did cross the river at the main crossing points in front of Serena Lodge.
We had fantastic sightings with Cheetah, including two kills. We met up with a beautiful male Lion and we also spent time with a female leopard and her cub.
Elephants were around in good numbers and we had a very rare encounter with a baby Leucistic Elephant, the first one I have seen in the Mara. Distinguishing features of a Leucistic Elephant are white hairs on the tail, eyelashes and body hair as well as pink skin on the back of the ears. Their skin colour is also lighter than a regular Elephant. This particular baby was feeding alongside its mum and other members of the herd.
We also enjoyed fantastic sunrises and sunsets which the Mara is so well known for.
A massive thank you goes out to our guides, Mamai, James & Nicholas, thank you for being so patient with us and for showing us some special sightings in the Mara.
Thank you also to the camp staff at Entim Mara 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 Peter, Jody, Linda, Raj, Alan & Eileen for joining us on this year's Great Migration African Wildlife photographic safari to the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Enjoy some photos from the trip.
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We couldn’t have enjoyed our trip with Wild 4 more. We were made to feel extremely welcome right from our very first e-mail contact, something which continued throughout our trip and beyond. We’d like to thank Stu, Justyna, Ann, & John for being such wonderful and enthusiastic hosts. Being looked after by such a friendly and caring family was a delight and we were very reluctant to leave after two weeks. Stu is a very knowledgeable, hard-working and helpful guide, always on hand with useful pointers and offering us plenty of encouragement to experiment with our photography. Having a whole row each of a specially adapted safari vehicle was a real find, ensuring we didn’t miss out on any of the action. Being able to stay out in the bush all day was also a real bonus. While many other vehicles drove off after only a few minutes, we were able to spend hours observing groups of lions and other wildlife. As this was our first African safari, Stu suggested we spend the first few nights at the Big Cats reserve and this proved to be a magical experience, with some great close-up action that resulted in some beautiful shots. It is a great place to hone your existing skills & learn some new ones. Given the opportunity we would go again tomorrow without any hesitation. Simply perfect!
Arnoud & Lynsey Van Foreest, NETHERLANDS
'Thank you Stu for such a memorable safari to the Kruger. WILD4 provided a totally professional service, from the pre-safari preparation to the sighting and photographing of so many animals and birds, at all stages your team provided first class support and advice. The package you provide is superb and that is why I am booking another safari with you.
Pete Farmer, UK