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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I am a Molecular Biologist by profession and a serious amateur nature photographer and have been on a number of organized trips over the last 10 years with the dual aims of enjoying nature and getting the best images possible. The organization of a two week trip with Wild 4 Photographic Safaris through Kruger National Park I shared with two other photographers and it was as good as I have ever experienced. The Porter family was friendly, knowledgeable and intuitively supportive. Stu really knows his subjects and spared no effort in getting the photographers into the best situation. He has a very pleasant, calm personality and is an accomplished nature photographer and naturalist which means he knows where the light or action is best and often what is about to happen. His vehicle is also well set-up for discriminating photographers. Justyna was just brilliant in getting things organized in the background. Having our own scout vehicle to report activity in the area while we pursued other subjects, worked well, and on a number of occasions provided photo opportunities we would have missed otherwise. In summary; rating out of 10…….no doubt a 10.
Graeme Guy, NEW ZEALAND
I was fortunate to be on Wild4's "Best of Botswana" trip in May 2014. It could well be the Best of Africa. This trip featured two expert guides (Stu Porter himself and Nkosi from Letaka Safaris) and the abundant wildlife of four different Botswanan hot spots, with relatively few other vehicles around. Those features alone are worth the price of admission, particularly since they include Stu's vehicle modifications that ensure the best possible photographic experience. But if that isn't enough, we spent the first ten nights in expedition style mobile camps, roughing it with bucket showers and drop toilets, and listening to the leopards, elephants and hyenas wandering in and around the camps at night. But don't worry about the "roughing it" part. The expert staff prepares perfect meals, including fresh baked breads and cakes, and ensures that the camp is safe and clean. We finished the 12-night trip in a luxury lodge on the Chobe River, where we photographed from a boat customised to accommodate serious photographers (i.e. people with lenses bigger than their legs) and a waterway full of hippos and elephants and lined with Africa's most iconic birds. If you can only go once to Africa, go to Botswana with Wild4 Photographic Safaris. They will take care of every detail of your safari to ensure that everything is just right. If you are an old Africa veteran, ditto. You just can't go wrong with Wild4.
George Cathcart, USA