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SAMBURU, LAKE NAKURU & MIGRATION photo safari KENYA - August 2015

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 22nd Aug 2015

This safari to Kenya offers the best diversity of all our photo safaris. Not only are there diverse species at all three locations visited, there are also very different landscapes and habitats to explore.

Our first stop was Samburu Reserve north of Nairobi. We spent 4 nights at this location and went in search of the unusuall species that are found here. We managed to observe and photograph all of the “specials” that Samburu has to offer, these included the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra and the beautifully marked Vulturine Guinea fowl. Dik Dik, Elephant, Somali Ostrich, Leopard and Cheetah were also seen and photographed.

The Ewaso Nyiro River that flows through the reserve was lower than usual and this meant that the animals were frequently crossing the river. We saw Zebra, Elephant and Giraffe all crossing and the Lions evaded us this time by crossing the river at night to the Buffalo Springs side.

We enjoyed watching a real story unfold in front of us after a Cheetah had caught and eaten an Impala. Once she left the kill, the scavengers made their way in. This included Black Backed Jackals and no less than 5 different Vulture species, together with Bateleur and Tawny Eagles.

Our next stop on the tour was a two night stay at Lake Nakuru. This year revealed that the high water level in the Lake was a bit lower than last year, but a number of the roads are still under water. Despite this we got to spend most of our time with a good sized flock of Flamingos and Pelicans. Cape Buffalo, Black and White Rhino and the Rothschild Giraffe were also seen and photographed.

We continued on to our final 8 nights in the masai Mara, first staying at Ashnil Camp close to the main crossing points below lookout hill. Despite the migration being very late to arrive this year, there was still a lot going on in the Mara. The traditional areas where one would expect to see the mega herds were totally devoid of Wildebeest, but instead were covered with Zebra. We decided to go in search of the mega herds and found them to be close to the Sand River in the east of the reserve. We spent two days in this area and were rewarded with great sightings of the mega herds as they crossed the Sand River and we saw a number of members of the Sand River Lion Pride who entertained us with a number of unsuccessful hunts. We also photographed a rare Black Rhino as it moved through the herds.

We still spent a lot of time around Lookout Hill as here we found a large number of Lions including a total of 4 large Males. One morning the Lions were on a Thompsons Gazelle Kill, another afternoon they attacked and badly injured a Baboon.

We also managed to spend a few photo sessions with the local female Cheetah known as Malaika. We photographed Malaika and her 5 cubs in September last year, when we found her this year she had only 4 cubs, all doing well. Seeing 5 cheetahs at the same time is a real treat and we watched Malaika run in on a herd of Wildebeest.

We also spotted a second female Cheetah whom we thought was heavily pregnant. Despite this she managed to chase and catch a Scrub Hare. After finishing her meal and having a drink of water, she walked a long distance back to a drainage line where we assumed she might have her cubs.

Our second location was Mara Bush Camp where we spent our final 4 nights. This area of the Mara was again rather empty of the mega herds, but we spent a good deal of time with a local Leopard who caught a young Wildebeest and dragged it for nearly 300m to a good hiding place before going to fetch her two cubs and then brought them back to the kill.

We found a number of Lions on the Paradise Plains which we followed hoping they would make a kill.

On one of the afternoons James, our guide, spotted a build up of vehicles at the Mara River's “Main Crossing” point. On closer inspection we found they were waiting for a number of Zebra to cross the River. After a relatively short wait the Zebra decided to cross despite a huge number of Crocodile waiting right in front of them. Needless to say a number of Zebras were caught by the hungry crocodiles bring home the ferocity and raw power of these massive reptiles.

It is always exciting to watch a river crossing and although it was not the traditional huge numbers of wildebeest, this group of nearly 2000 zebras burned up the memory cards in our cameras and gave us all a clear idea of what the Great Migration and the dramatic River Crossing is all about.

I would really like to thank our guides, James and Julius for looking after us so well and for being so patient with us and all our photographic requests.

Thanks also to all the lodge staff at the different locations that looked after us so well, especially the warm and friendly staff at the Mara Bush Camp - thanks again for a great stay.

Thank you David, Bernice, Graham and Rita for joining us on another WILD4 photo safari, it was a great pleasure to have hosted all of you in Kenya and we look forward to the next safari with you.

Here are a few photos from the safari - enjoy !

Kind regards

Stu

Grevy's Zebra - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Reticulated Giraffe - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Reticulated Giraffe - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Gerenuk - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Gerenuk - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Beisa Oryx - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Beisa Oryx - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Vulturine Guineafowl - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Vulturine Guineafowl - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Kirk's Dik Dik  - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Kirk's Dik Dik - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants playing in the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants playing in the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young female Leopard - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young female Leopard - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
White Headed Vulture and Tawny Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
White Headed Vulture and Tawny Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Ruppell's Griffon Vulture - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Ruppell's Griffon Vulture - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Hooded Vulture - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Hooded Vulture - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Tawny Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Tawny Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Black Backed Jackals - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Black Backed Jackals - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Lappet Faced Vultures - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Lappet Faced Vultures - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Somali Ostrich - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Somali Ostrich - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young Olive baboon - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young Olive baboon - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Immature Bateleur eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Immature Bateleur eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Reticulated Giraffe crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Reticulated Giraffe crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Martial Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Martial Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grevy's Zebra crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grevy's Zebra crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Male Grant's Gazelle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Male Grant's Gazelle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Von der Decken's Hornbill - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Von der Decken's Hornbill - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephant on rocks - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephant on rocks - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Northern Red Billed Hornbill - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Northern Red Billed Hornbill - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female leopard - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female leopard - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Superb Starling - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Superb Starling - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young Elephants playing - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young Elephants playing - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Cheetah - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Cheetah - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Pygmy Falcon - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Female Pygmy Falcon - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Lilac Breasted Roller - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Lilac Breasted Roller - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Brown Snake Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Brown Snake Eagle - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young Elephant gets a fright from a Fork Tailed Drongo - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Young Elephant gets a fright from a Fork Tailed Drongo - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grey Headed Kingfisher - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Grey Headed Kingfisher - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants crossing the Ewaso Nyiro River - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants mud bathing - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Elephants mud bathing - Samburu Reserve, Kenya
Great White Pelicans and Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Great White Pelicans and Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
White Breasted Cormorant - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
White Breasted Cormorant - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
White Rhinos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
White Rhinos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Pied Kingfisher - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Pied Kingfisher - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Black Rhino - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Black Rhino - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Cape Buffalo - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Cape Buffalo - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Great White Pelican and Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Great White Pelican and Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
White Egret - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
White Egret - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Black Winged Stilts - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Black Winged Stilts - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Rothschild Giraffes - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Rothschild Giraffes - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Rothschild Giraffes in Lake Nakuru have been darted to help prevent Anthrax - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Rothschild Giraffes in Lake Nakuru have been darted to help prevent Anthrax - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Kittlitz's Plover - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Kittlitz's Plover - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos landing - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Flamingos landing - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Yellow Bark Acacia Trees - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Yellow Bark Acacia Trees - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Cape Buffalo and Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Cape Buffalo and Flamingos - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Greater Flamingo - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Greater Flamingo - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Lioness at sunrise - Masai Mara
Lioness at sunrise - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion with female - Masai Mara
Male Lion with female - Masai Mara
Plains Zebra - Masai Mara
Plains Zebra - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Lioness with Thompson's Gazelle - Masai Mara
Lioness with Thompson's Gazelle - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Lioness - Masai Mara
Lioness - Masai Mara
Sunrise - Masai Mara
Sunrise - Masai Mara
Two of Malaika's cubs - Masai Mara
Two of Malaika's cubs - Masai Mara
Two of Malaika's Cubs - Masai Mara
Two of Malaika's Cubs - Masai Mara
Malaika running in on a herd of Wildebeest - Masai Mara
Malaika running in on a herd of Wildebeest - Masai Mara
Sunset - Masai Mara
Sunset - Masai Mara
Wildebeest running - Masai Mara
Wildebeest running - Masai Mara
Wildebeest chasing the female Cheetah
Wildebeest chasing the female Cheetah
Female Cheetah being watched by Wildebeest - Masai Mara
Female Cheetah being watched by Wildebeest - Masai Mara
The Migration herds in the east of the Masai Mara
The Migration herds in the east of the Masai Mara
Female Cheetah chasing down a Scrub Hare - Masai Mara
Female Cheetah chasing down a Scrub Hare - Masai Mara
Female Cheetah - Masai Mara
Female Cheetah - Masai Mara
Female Cheetah - Masai Mara
Female Cheetah - Masai Mara
Wildebeest - Masai Mara
Wildebeest - Masai Mara
Plains Zebra - Masai Mara
Plains Zebra - Masai Mara
Plains Zebra - Masai Mara
Plains Zebra - Masai Mara
Old Male Lion - Masai Mara
Old Male Lion - Masai Mara
Migration Herds near the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration Herds near the Sand River - Masai Mara
Spotted Hyaena - Masai Mara
Spotted Hyaena - Masai Mara
Black Rhino and Migration herds near the Sand River - Masai Mara
Black Rhino and Migration herds near the Sand River - Masai Mara
Sub Adult male Lion hiding from his approaching sibling
Sub Adult male Lion hiding from his approaching sibling
Sub adult lions play fighting in the Sand River - Masai Mara
Sub adult lions play fighting in the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration herds crossing the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration herds crossing the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration Herds at the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration Herds at the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration herds at the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration herds at the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration herds at the Sand River - Masai Mara
Migration herds at the Sand River - Masai Mara
Lions feeding on a Wildebeest - Masai Mara
Lions feeding on a Wildebeest - Masai Mara
One of Malaika's cubs being watched by a group of Topi - Masai Mara
One of Malaika's cubs being watched by a group of Topi - Masai Mara
Sunset near the Mara River - Masai Mara
Sunset near the Mara River - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara 1sec @ f11 ISO 100
Male Lion - Masai Mara 1sec @ f11 ISO 100
Grey Crowned Crane with chick - Masai Mara
Grey Crowned Crane with chick - Masai Mara
Eland - Masai Mara
Eland - Masai Mara
Female Leopard stalking - Masai Mara
Female Leopard stalking - Masai Mara
Lioness stalking - Masai Mara
Lioness stalking - Masai Mara
Alert group of Zebra led by a Topi - Masai Mara
Alert group of Zebra led by a Topi - Masai Mara
Sunset and rain - Masai Mara
Sunset and rain - Masai Mara
Zebra at sunrise - Masai Mara
Zebra at sunrise - Masai Mara
Female Leopard in the morning - Masai Mara
Female Leopard in the morning - Masai Mara
Female Leopard with her Wildebeest kill, dragging it closer to the location of her two cubs - Masai Mara
Female Leopard with her Wildebeest kill, dragging it closer to the location of her two cubs - Masai Mara
Female Leopard returning to her kill after fetching her two small cubs - Masai Mara
Female Leopard returning to her kill after fetching her two small cubs - Masai Mara
Zebra crossing the Mara River at Main Crossing Point - Masai Mara
Zebra crossing the Mara River at Main Crossing Point - Masai Mara
Wildebeest cross the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River - Masai Mara
Wildebeest cross the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River - Masai Mara
A young Zebra foal is taken by an enormous Crocodile - Masai Mara
A young Zebra foal is taken by an enormous Crocodile - Masai Mara
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Masai Mara
Zebra crossing the Mara River - Masai Mara
Crocodiles feeding in the background as more Zebra cross - Masai Mara
Crocodiles feeding in the background as more Zebra cross - Masai Mara
Zebra in full flight across the river - Masai Mara
Zebra in full flight across the river - Masai Mara
A Massive Crocodile tries to catch a Zebra - Masai Mara
A Massive Crocodile tries to catch a Zebra - Masai Mara
The Zebra is knocked into the air - Masai Mara
The Zebra is knocked into the air - Masai Mara
Luckily the Zebra escapes this time - Masai Mara
Luckily the Zebra escapes this time - Masai Mara
The Crocodile lunges at the next Zebra with no success - Masai Mara
The Crocodile lunges at the next Zebra with no success - Masai Mara
A large Crocodile swollowing the entire leg of a Zebra - Masai Mara
A large Crocodile swollowing the entire leg of a Zebra - Masai Mara
Zebra running - Masai Mara
Zebra running - Masai Mara
Crocodile lurking in the Mara River - Masai Mara
Crocodile lurking in the Mara River - Masai Mara
Topi on mound - Masai Mara
Topi on mound - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Male Lion - Masai Mara
Lioness on termite mound - Masai Mara
Lioness on termite mound - Masai Mara

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8 Comments

  • Another productive trip!  The sunrise on the Mara is outstanding!

    Doug Croft - August 23rd, 2015 at 3:57am

  • Beautiful pictures as usual. Looks like an exciting trip!

    Mischa Hallman - August 25th, 2015 at 11:05am

  • Great images! Love the zebras in the river action and of course the leopards are always special.

    Don Getty - August 26th, 2015 at 8:25pm

  • Terrific photos as usual Stu.  I particularly like the blurred Flamingos in flight at Lake Nakuru.  If you keep posting photos like that, Debbie and I will be forced to go on yet another trip with you :-)

    Larry Jackson - August 26th, 2015 at 8:59pm

  • Spectacular.  One of the best wildlife photographers in the world.  Great job Stu.  Hope to see you soon.

    Brad

    Brad Girard - August 26th, 2015 at 9:24pm

  • Great collection of photos Stu. Can’t wait to get back out there again. !!!

    Sue Green - August 26th, 2015 at 11:32pm

  • Amazing photography…just amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent to bring us so much beauty…..

    roz kahumbu - August 29th, 2015 at 10:15am

  • Your work is inspiring my daughter!
    Beautiful!

    Nolet de Graaff - September 11th, 2015 at 6:29pm

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Testimonials I wanted to write this while the trip is still fresh in my mind. This was my first trip to Africa and I did as much online research into photo specific safaris as I could. I was not disappointed with choosing Wild 4. Throughout the trip Stu answered the countless questions as if there wasn't a stupid one in the bunch (and there were many) his knowledge of the wildlife is nothing short of amazing, I can't think of a single bird, mammal or reptile that he couldn't identify and give us some background on. Not to mention his uncanny ability to spot wildlife while moving. Our rangers and accommodations in Ngala and Mala Mala were first rate. While in the Kruger proper, John and Anne took exceptional care us. I would not hesitate to book another trip with Stu. Patrick

Patrick Flora, USA

Testimonials On arrival we were treated as part of the family by Stu Porter, his wife Justyna, and parents John and Ann. The conditions for finding and photographing everything from small birds to large game was perfect – a 500mm lens on hire from Stu, a specially equipped vehicle, which was referred to as a hide on wheels ( with only 3 photographers) , a dedicated and professional approach to photography and plenty of time. We would set off at sunrise, find a group of lions as they were beginning to yawn and stir from sleep, or a pair of saddle-billed storks building a nest, and quietly move our cameras into position. The initial sighting was accompanied by the rapid firing of shutters, but then we would wait as long as necessary in the hope of getting further shots. Stu was very sensitive to our needs and would only make suggestions about the best camera settings if he thought we needed his advice. His awareness of how animals behave was very useful in planning our shots. Stu’s knowledge of African Wildlife and skill as a wildlife photographer is second to none, and I have learned a lot from his expertise. I am delighted with my photos !! This was the trip of a lifetime, good accommodation, delicious food and great company. It was altogether a wonderful, challenging and thrilling experience and, if you are looking for a photo safari in Africa, I too recommend you contact Stu Porter at Wild4.

David Austwick, UK