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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

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

Warm regards

Stu & the Wild4 team….

Male Lion, Maasai Mara
Male Lion, Maasai Mara
Hippo and Zebra - Maasai Mara
Hippo and Zebra - Maasai Mara
Black Backed Jackal pup - Maasai Mara
Black Backed Jackal pup - Maasai Mara
Lions greeting - Maasai Mara
Lions greeting - Maasai Mara
Male Lion Maasai Mara
Male Lion Maasai Mara
Lions playing, Maasai Mara
Lions playing, Maasai Mara
Cheetah mum "Malaika" with her 5 cubs
Cheetah mum "Malaika" with her 5 cubs
Leopard - Olare Orok River - Maasai Mara
Leopard - Olare Orok River - Maasai Mara
Thompson's Gazelle - Maasai Mara
Thompson's Gazelle - Maasai Mara
Martial Eagle - Maasai Mara
Martial Eagle - Maasai Mara
Elephants - Maasai Mara
Elephants - Maasai Mara
Black Maned Lion - Maasai Mara
Black Maned Lion - Maasai Mara
Male Lion, Maasai Mara
Male Lion, Maasai Mara
Zebras near the Mara River
Zebras near the Mara River
A river crossing - Maasai Mara
A river crossing - Maasai Mara
A "Tower" of Giraffes - Maasai Mara
A "Tower" of Giraffes - Maasai Mara
Elephant and rainbow - Maasai Mara
Elephant and rainbow - Maasai Mara
Rothschild Giraffe - Lake Nakuru
Rothschild Giraffe - Lake Nakuru
Callte Egret - Lake Nakuru
Callte Egret - Lake Nakuru
Great White Pelicans - Lake Nakuru
Great White Pelicans - Lake Nakuru
Beisa Oryx - Samburu
Beisa Oryx - Samburu
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu
Grevy's Zebra - Samburu
Scrub Hare - Samburu
Scrub Hare - Samburu
D'Arnauds Barbets - Samburu
D'Arnauds Barbets - Samburu
Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk - Samburu
Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk - Samburu
Striped Hyaena - Samburu
Striped Hyaena - Samburu
Reticulated Giraffe - Samburu
Reticulated Giraffe - Samburu
African Silverbills
African Silverbills
White-bellied Go-away-bird - Samburu
White-bellied Go-away-bird - Samburu
Male Gerenuk
Male Gerenuk
Grey Crowned Cranes - Samburu
Grey Crowned Cranes - Samburu

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Testimonials 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

Testimonials Bastian and I enjoyed the Migration photo safari very much. We realize that we have been very fortunate to see so many crossings and animals in such a short period of time. The safari was well organized, all accomondations were first class and the food certainly a nice surprise. One could not have expected such good food in the wilderness! James and Julius took good care of us and were one reason that we saw so much different and exciting wildlife. You picked a great support team for this safari! Bastian and I learned a lot of new photo techniques from you, which we will use in the future to improve our photographic results. Bastian for sure got hooked on time lapse, I'm sure he will be back in touch with you, sharing some of the work I expect he will create soon. Thanks to you and all your preparation, your guidance and support, this was a once in a life time experience. We will never forget these fantastic sights and animals and our photographs will always remind us of you and the great time we spent together. Now we have the difficult task to sort through thousands of images. One day it will be done and I hope my DVD will do justice reflecting the beauty of Masai Mara. Not an easy task but a welcomed challenge.

Bastian & Matthias Freund, USA