Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

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 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

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