TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - February / March 2014
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 10th Mar 2014
AMBOSELI National Park in Kenya is a wonderful start to this East African photo safari, here the focus was the largest land mammal - the African Elephant.
It is a superb location for elephant photography with large herds emerging in the mornings from the base of the towering Mount Kilimanjaro. It is wonderful to see them amble their wat across open land as they head to the marsh where they spend the day feeding.
We then passed through the Namanga Border Post into Tanzania and headed for Arusha for an overnight stay and to recharge the batteries.
This was followed by three nights in the central Serengeti searching for Leopards around Seronera and Lions amongst the Granite Kopjes. We were very lucky to see both as well as a Lioness bringing down a wildebeest and a young male leopard jumping out of a tree but missing his zebra foal target below.
6 nights were spent in the Ndutu area where we saw lots of newly born wildebeest calves but were unlucky this time to see an actual birth.
The highlight was a cheetah count of 20 different individuals, this did include a mother with 5 small cubs. We were also very lucky to see a mother cheetah with 3 subadult cubs bring down an abandoned baby wildebeest, sad to see but perhaps a quicker and better ending for the poor wildebeest.
We had a good deal of lion sightings and on our final morning we stayed with a pride near the Big Marsh, who offered great reflection shots as they lay next to some water.
On to the final two nights at the Ngorongoro Crater in search of the Black Rhino, we were very lucky to see 4 different individuals. A mating pair of Lions was another highlight along with a good variety of birds and lots of zebra, cape buffalo and wildebeest.
Many thanks to our guides, Silas, Mamai, Ole and Wilfred for all their hard work, long hours and excellent driving skills in the tricky conditions.
Many thanks also to Barbara, Marian, Ralph, Winnie, PO and Katrine, it was a pleasure to have had you all on safari.
Here are a few photos from the tour.
Next years safari will run at the same time and there are only 2 spaces left so please contact us if you are interested in joining us in 2015.
Warm regards to all...
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