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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...

Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Sunset - Amboseli
Sunset - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants running - Amboseli
Elephants running - Amboseli
Elephant and Kilimanjaro - Amboseli
Elephant and Kilimanjaro - Amboseli
Elephant resting its trunk - Amboseli
Elephant resting its trunk - Amboseli
Safari vehicle - Amboseli
Safari vehicle - Amboseli
Elephant - Amboseli
Elephant - Amboseli
Elephant eye - Amboseli
Elephant eye - Amboseli
Male Lion on Kopje - Serengeti
Male Lion on Kopje - Serengeti
Male Lion on Kopje - Serengeti
Male Lion on Kopje - Serengeti
Honeymoon couple - Serengeti
Honeymoon couple - Serengeti
Leopard - Serengeti
Leopard - Serengeti
Leopard - Serengeti
Leopard - Serengeti
Lioness catches a wildebeest - Serengeti
Lioness catches a wildebeest - Serengeti
Giraffe - Serengeti
Giraffe - Serengeti
Ground Hornbill with snake - Serengeti
Ground Hornbill with snake - Serengeti
Hippos - Serengeti
Hippos - Serengeti
Leopard dragging zebra kill - Serengeti
Leopard dragging zebra kill - Serengeti
Zebra dust bath - Ndutu
Zebra dust bath - Ndutu
Cheetah - Ndutu
Cheetah - Ndutu
Cheetah cubs - Ndutu
Cheetah cubs - Ndutu
Cheetah cub - Ndutu
Cheetah cub - Ndutu
Cheetah cub - Ndutu
Cheetah cub - Ndutu
Male Lions - Ndutu
Male Lions - Ndutu
Lioness stretch - Ndutu
Lioness stretch - Ndutu
Lake Ndutu - Ndutu
Lake Ndutu - Ndutu
Lioness - Ndutu
Lioness - Ndutu
Lions - Ndutu
Lions - Ndutu
Long Crested Eagle - Ndutu
Long Crested Eagle - Ndutu
Wildebeest and new born - Ndutu
Wildebeest and new born - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Lioness with cub - Ndutu
Lioness with cub - Ndutu
Lion cub - Ndutu
Lion cub - Ndutu
Secretary bird - Ndutu
Secretary bird - Ndutu
Zebras running in Lake Ndutu - Ndutu
Zebras running in Lake Ndutu - Ndutu
Zebra at sunset - Ndutu
Zebra at sunset - Ndutu
Cheetah and Wildebeest - Ndutu
Cheetah and Wildebeest - Ndutu
The abandoned Wildebeest - Ndutu
The abandoned Wildebeest - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Cheetah chase - Ndutu
Female Cheetah carrying the kill - Ndutu
Female Cheetah carrying the kill - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Lions drinking - Ndutu
Lions drinking - Ndutu
Lions in the Big Marsh - Ndutu
Lions in the Big Marsh - Ndutu
Arriving at Ngorongoro Crater
Arriving at Ngorongoro Crater
Black Rhino - Ngorongoro Crater
Black Rhino - Ngorongoro Crater
Mating Lions - Ngorongoro Crater
Mating Lions - Ngorongoro Crater
Wilfred, Silas & Ole our great guides
Wilfred, Silas & Ole our great guides

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