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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'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
Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.
Clifford Yap, Singapore