TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - February / March 2016
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 5th Mar 2016
This years photo safari to Amboseli in Kenya and the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania has just ended.
Once again these locations provided us with a multitude of photo opportunities and great experiences. The sheer number of Elephants in Amboseli this year was staggering, we counted over 400 elephants in one scene as they marched across open land towards the marsh for their daily feed. One morning provided a mystical backdrop as the Elephants fed in thick mist. As the mist burned off that amazing mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro appeared behind them.
Crossing over into Tanzania and heading to the Serengeti is always a very interesting drive and the Serengeti offered up Cats in Trees - this time Lions mostly with also one Leopard seen. Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area was our next stop and this is a wonderfully productive location for Lions and Cheetahs. Three Cheetah chases and two kills, along with a lot more Lions in trees plus a Lion Kill at the Big Marsh were just some of the highlights. Excellent birdlife included a Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Secretary Birds, White Storks, Grey Crowned Cranes and more.
Our final destination was the Ngorongoro Crater. Lake Makat was full of water and Flamingos, we had rainbows, Lions, Zebras Fighting and a close encounter with a Black Rhino.
A huge thanks goes out to our hard working Guides, James, Silas and Olle, we really appreciate all the long hours you put in and how patient you are with us photographers. Your interpretation of behaviour and where to park are exceptional.
A huge thank you must also go to the hard working staff at the Camps we stayed at.
Many thanks to Alan, the two Lindas and Andy for joining us on this great photo adventure to the wonderful Amboseli and three of the most popular destinations in Tanzania.
If you are interested in joining us on the 2017 departure then please let us know as we only have 2 spaces left.
Enjoy some images from the photo safari.
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Dear Justyna and Stu We had a wonderful time on the photo safari. It was a unique experience, not like anything else we’ve done even though we have travelled to many parts of the world over the last 30 years. It was a thrill to see such a variety of animals and birds and also to see many of them in such large numbers. There can’t be anything better than seeing them in the relatively relaxed setting that Kruger National Park provides. We appreciated all the effort that went into the equipment and the logistics for the photographic safari. The photo vehicle with the bean bags and panning plates was excellent for taking photographs and for enabling us to be close to the animals while staying safe. The catering was great. We enjoyed our breakfasts and lunches and coffee out on the road. We were comfortable in the accommodation at the Satara and Lower Sabie camps. As I mentioned in an email, the Meet & Greet at Johannesburg Airport was perfect after such a long journey from the USA. The flights to and from Skusuza went without a hitch. We really enjoyed meeting and getting to know Mike Lentz. Eleven days together provides a lot of time to talk. He is a great guy. We were very impressed with his knowledge of the animals, birds, and plants in Kruger National Park. His descriptions of animal behavior and other information added immensely to our enjoyment of the photo safari. We also appreciated his efforts to ensure we had a total Kruger Park experience, birds, trees, plants, landscapes as well as the animals. Looking forward to returning on another photographic safari in the future. Best regards,
Jennifer & Jerry Monopolis, USA
I did a photo safari in and around Kruger National Park with Wild4. At the end of the trip I could not think of one significant thing that I would have changed to make the experience better. I have travelled to various parts of East and Southern Africa many times to photograph wildlife and I have to say that this was THE most photographically productive trip of them all. Not simply the volume of pictures, but the quality and variety of images that I returned home with was simply awesome. Key to this was Stu’s knowledge, enthusiasm and patience. Most days we were photographing from first light until sunset, and beyond on some occasions. I quickly learned not to worry about getting the vehicle into the best position for background, light, etc. We would see an animal and I'd start to assess where I would like to be for a shot, no sooner would I have done this I would realise that Stu was already getting us into that very position. The man is a first class guide AND an excellent photographer. Perfect. The whole trip, from start to finish, ran like clockwork. The camps were comfortable, the food was great and the company delightful. Going on Safari with Stu and Justyna was like being with friends, I had a truly unforgettable time. Photographic safaris do not come any better than this.
Mike Needham, UK