SAMBURU, LAKE NAKURU & MIGRATION photo safari - September 2014
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 20th Sep 2014
This safari never disappoints, we had a good deal of action and great photo opportunities and although most of the migration herds had headed south towards Tanzania, we still had one of the best river crossings yet. An hour of drama at the Mara River, crocodiles and crazy wildebeest is a sight you never forget and it was a great way to end our time in the Mara.
We continued North to Lake Nakuru, still rather full of water at the moment but it did provide some extra photo opportunities and experiences. We still managed to see Black & White Rhino, Rothschild Giraffe and a Leopard !!. Finally we ended up in Samburu where the river was at its lowest that I have ever seen it. It is still a great location with good elephant, birds and the "unusual" Beisa Oryx, Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe and a special sighting of a Striped Hyaena !!
Thanks very much to all the staff at the Lodges we stayed at, especially Ashnil Camp in the Mara and everyone at Mara Bush Camp.
A huge thanks to our guides, James, Silas and Julius - for being so patient with us photographers and for all the tough driving - it is always greatly appreciated.
And a huge thanks to our participants, Pierre, Martin, Alan, Linda and Marian, thanks for coming on the safari with us, it was a pleasure to have shared the special moments with you..
Here are a few photos from the trip - enjoy
Stu & the Wild4 team....
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For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level. Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise. Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.
Andrew Oliver, CANADA
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