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TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - February / March 2015

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 16th Mar 2015

This years photo safari was full of surprises and fantastic photo opportunities. Amboseli in Kenya is one of the most amazing places to photograph Elephants. The amazing variety of different situations that are on offer in Amboseli is second to none. Not only did we have wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, we also found the Elephants in many other different photogenic situations. In the marsh, in the early morning mist, dust bathing and walking in single file over the open savanna.. this was a wonderful way to start the safari.


Our next stop was Arusha after crossing through the Namanga Border post where we had an overnight stay before we headed off to the Serengeti. The expected "rainy season" was nowhere to be seen ! Instead we found the mega herds with their new born calves roaming around the central Serengeti where they were forced to gather along the nearly dry Seronera River. The predators in Seronera were taking real advantage of this influx of food at a time when they normally have to rely on a small number of resident animals. As a result we had many opportunities with the migration herds and with the predators. Our highlights in the Serengeti were Lions at Simba Kopjes, a female Leopard with a kill in a Sausage Tree close to our camp, three male Lions and one female near Maasai Kopjes, an exciting but unsuccessful Lion hunt, a Spotted Hyaena bringing down an adult Wildebeest on its own, a large Male Leopard with his wildebeest Kill in a tree near Lake Magadi, a Serval and two young Lions playing with a monitor lizard.

Our next stop was Ndutu where we had expected to find the large migration herds feeding on the short grass plains. Instead we found dust - a lot of it !! and plenty of predators. At the end of our stay at Ndutu we had a cheetah count of 23 different individuals, one Leopard and 14 Lions. Highlights were watching the birth of a Grant's Gazelle, magnificent sunrises and sunsets, a female Cheetah with two youngsters that let us be part of a hunting training session - the unfortunate victim was a young Grant's Gazelle. A female Cheetah with three very small cubs, a Cheetah that climbed on top of a vehicle next to us, a magnificent Leopard with a kill in a tree, amazing action at Hidden Valley where 1000's of zebra and wildebeest came to drink, two beautiful Male Lions in the Big Marsh, a male Cheetah up a tree and two cheetah chases which were amazing to watch but which were unsuccessful.

This was one of the most photo productive 6 days I have ever had on any photo safari.. we did have to endure the worst dust conditions I have ever experieinced, but we all agreed it was well worth it.

Our final stop on the safari was the Ngorongoro Crater and we entered the Seneto gate for our afternoon drive through the Crater to our overnight stay at Sopa Lodge on the rim of the Crater. On our afternoon drive we encountered a large pride of Lions and decided to head there first thing in the morning.. this proved to be a good decision. We approached the area we had last seen the lions and were greeted by the entire pride as they walked down the road towards us. In total there were 23 Lions in this pride and we had some great opportunities with them in the perfect morning light.

The remainder of the day was also very eventful with the birth of a Zebra, magnificent Male Elephants, Cape Buffalo and our first rain storm of the entire trip !

Our fantastic safari ended back at Kilimanjaro airport.

Many thanks to our excellent guides on the safari, James in Amboseli and Jeremiah and Arnold in Tanzania, we greatly appreciated your hard work and long hours behind the wheel to make the safari the great success it was.

Thanks to all the staff at the lodges and camps we stayed at and especially to the staff at Ndutu Lodge, a real gem and THE place to stay in Ndutu !

Thank you Sunworld and 4x4 for another very successful photo safari.

Finally I would like to thank John, Lorraine, Murray, Rita and Ed for joining this photo safari and making it more than just a photographic success. I was a great pleasure to have had you all on the trip and to have shared the many special experiences with such nice people.

Here are some photos from the safari

Kindest regards

Stu

Mount Kilimanjaro at night - Amboseli
Mount Kilimanjaro at night - Amboseli
Cheetah - Amboseli
Cheetah - Amboseli
Grey - crowned Crane
Grey - crowned Crane
Elephant and Egrets at sunrise - Amboseli
Elephant and Egrets at sunrise - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants in the mist - Amboseli
Elephants in the mist - Amboseli
Elephant in mist - Amboseli
Elephant in mist - Amboseli
Elephant at Kilimanjaro - Amboseli
Elephant at Kilimanjaro - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephant herd - Amboseli
Elephant herd - Amboseli
Zebra foal - Amboseli
Zebra foal - Amboseli
Wildebeest and Calf - Amboseli
Wildebeest and Calf - Amboseli
Female Thompson's Gazelle - Amboseli
Female Thompson's Gazelle - Amboseli
Newly born Baby Elephant - Amboseli
Newly born Baby Elephant - Amboseli
Male Thompson's Gazelle - Amboseli
Male Thompson's Gazelle - Amboseli
Baby Elephant - Amboseli
Baby Elephant - Amboseli
Elephant dust bathing at sunset - Amboseli
Elephant dust bathing at sunset - Amboseli
Lion and Agama Lizard - Serengeti
Lion and Agama Lizard - Serengeti
Female leopard in Sausage tree near our camp - Serengeti
Female leopard in Sausage tree near our camp - Serengeti
Zebra herd in Seronera - Serengeti
Zebra herd in Seronera - Serengeti
Breakfast stop at Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti
Breakfast stop at Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti
Zebra drinking from the Seronera River - Serengeti
Zebra drinking from the Seronera River - Serengeti
Mating Lions - Serengeti
Mating Lions - Serengeti
Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti
Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti
Campfire at Nieleze Camp - Serengeti
Campfire at Nieleze Camp - Serengeti
Migration herds at Moru Kopjes - Serengeti
Migration herds at Moru Kopjes - Serengeti
Wildebeest - Serengeti
Wildebeest - Serengeti
Dwarf Mongooses - Serengeti
Dwarf Mongooses - Serengeti
Long Crested Eagle - Serengeti
Long Crested Eagle - Serengeti
Lioness watching a herd of wildebeest - Serengeti
Lioness watching a herd of wildebeest - Serengeti
Large Male leopard near Lake Magadi - Serengeti
Large Male leopard near Lake Magadi - Serengeti
Spotted Hyaena that brought down an adult wildebeest near Seronera - Serengeti
Spotted Hyaena that brought down an adult wildebeest near Seronera - Serengeti
Yellow Throated Sandgrouse - Serengeti
Yellow Throated Sandgrouse - Serengeti
Abdim's Stork - Serengeti
Abdim's Stork - Serengeti
Male Lion and cub - Serengeti
Male Lion and cub - Serengeti
Serval near Simba Kopjes - Serengeti
Serval near Simba Kopjes - Serengeti
Two young Lions and the monitor Lizard - Serengeti
Two young Lions and the monitor Lizard - Serengeti
Grant's Gazelle giving birth - Ndutu
Grant's Gazelle giving birth - Ndutu
45 minutes after birth - Ndutu
45 minutes after birth - Ndutu
Sunrise over Lake Ndutu - Ndutu
Sunrise over Lake Ndutu - Ndutu
Female Cheetah on car - Ndutu
Female Cheetah on car - Ndutu
Eurasian Roller - Ndutu
Eurasian Roller - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs and their mother in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetahs and their mother in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetah in training - Ndutu
Young Cheetah in training - Ndutu
Female Cheetah
Female Cheetah
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Cheetahs - Ndutu
Female Cheetah - Ndutu
Female Cheetah - Ndutu
Small Cheetah cub - Ndutu
Small Cheetah cub - Ndutu
The female with one of her three Cheetah cubs - Ndutu
The female with one of her three Cheetah cubs - Ndutu
Sunrise - Ndutu
Sunrise - Ndutu
Dusty sunrise - Ndutu
Dusty sunrise - Ndutu
Cheetah and cubs - Ndutu
Cheetah and cubs - Ndutu
Black Shouldered Kite - Ndutu
Black Shouldered Kite - Ndutu
Leopard with wildebeest kill - Ndutu
Leopard with wildebeest kill - Ndutu
Male Leopard - Ndutu
Male Leopard - Ndutu
Male Lion - Ndutu
Male Lion - Ndutu
Giraffe interested in a giraffe skull - Ndutu
Giraffe interested in a giraffe skull - Ndutu
Lappet Faced Vulture - Hidden Valley
Lappet Faced Vulture - Hidden Valley
Zebras in dust - Hidden Valley
Zebras in dust - Hidden Valley
Yellow Billed Oxpecker - Hidden Valley
Yellow Billed Oxpecker - Hidden Valley
Lesser Kestrel - Hidden Valley
Lesser Kestrel - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Zebra - Hidden Valley
Giraffe feeding - Ndutu
Giraffe feeding - Ndutu
Giraffe at sunset - Ndutu
Giraffe at sunset - Ndutu
Sunset - Ndutu
Sunset - Ndutu
Male Lions greeting - Ndutu
Male Lions greeting - Ndutu
Male Lion drinking - Ndutu
Male Lion drinking - Ndutu
Male Lion - Ndutu
Male Lion - Ndutu
Elephants - Ndutu
Elephants - Ndutu
Male Cheetah - Ndutu
Male Cheetah - Ndutu
Male Cheetah jumping out of tree - Ndutu
Male Cheetah jumping out of tree - Ndutu
Cheetah yawning - Ndutu
Cheetah yawning - Ndutu
Male Grant's Gazelle - Ndutu
Male Grant's Gazelle - Ndutu
Spotted hyaena drinking - Ndutu
Spotted hyaena drinking - Ndutu
Kori Bustard - Ndutu
Kori Bustard - Ndutu
Cheetahs feeding on a Thompson's Gazelle - Ndutu
Cheetahs feeding on a Thompson's Gazelle - Ndutu
Male Grant's Gazelle - Ndutu
Male Grant's Gazelle - Ndutu
Bat Eared Foxes - Ndutu
Bat Eared Foxes - Ndutu
Zebra - Ngorongoro Crater
Zebra - Ngorongoro Crater
Lion pride - Ngorongoro Crater
Lion pride - Ngorongoro Crater
Lion pride - Ngorongoro Crater
Lion pride - Ngorongoro Crater
Lion pride - Ngorongoro Crater
Lion pride - Ngorongoro Crater
Lioness drinking - Ngorongoro Crater
Lioness drinking - Ngorongoro Crater
Male Elephants - Ngorongoro Crater
Male Elephants - Ngorongoro Crater
Abdims Stork - Ngorongoro Crater
Abdims Stork - Ngorongoro Crater
New born Zebra - Ngorongoro Crater
New born Zebra - Ngorongoro Crater
New born Zebra - Ngorongoro Crater
New born Zebra - Ngorongoro Crater
Zebra running through Lake Magadi - Ngorongoro Crater
Zebra running through Lake Magadi - Ngorongoro Crater
Elephant - Ngorongoro Crater
Elephant - Ngorongoro Crater
Cape Buffalo - Ngorongoro Crater
Cape Buffalo - Ngorongoro Crater
Wildebeest in rain - Ngorongoro Crater
Wildebeest in rain - Ngorongoro Crater
One of our safari vehicles - Hidden Valley
One of our safari vehicles - Hidden Valley

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3 Comments

  • Some really inspirational photographs Stu! We look forward to our next trip with you.

    Sue B - March 19th, 2015 at 1:06pm

  • Stu,  what wonderful photos, miss my Africa adventures!!!  Antarctica was as always, a really great trip, with a lot of young penguin chicks, whales, and birds and lots of ice.
    My best to all of you, Becky

    Rebecca Bolen - March 27th, 2015 at 1:33am

  • Amazing photos!! you captured the spirit of the african wildlife!

    Miguel - November 25th, 2016 at 11:20pm

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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.

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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.

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