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TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - February / March 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 21st Mar 2017

This years photo safari to Amboseli in Kenya and the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania has just ended.

These locations always provide a multitude of photo opportunities and great experiences. An image of snow capped Kilimanjaro with Elephants in the foreground is a classic and iconic photo, sadly, for the first time on our trips to Amboseli, Kilimanjaro was shrouded in a cloudy haze for our entire stay and we were unable to achieve this photo. However the other opportunties we had more than made up for this and on our first game drive, a Lioness chased and caught a baby Wildebeest, only to have it stolen by a male Lion. We had a number of large elephant herds walking in their typical long procession in rank order, this is a sight to see and Amboseli is perhaps the best place in Africa to see this. We also spent a whole morning at the Spotted Hyaena den which proved to be very entertaining as a number of Hyaena were present all trying to get their share of a Zebra carcass.

After our border crossing into Tanzania, we enjoyed a rest at the African Tulip in Arusha.

The following morning we headed straight for the Serengeti. Last year we had Lions in trees (and lots of them) this year the Serengeti offered us Lions on Kopjes and lots and lots of rain !!

Some highlights were finding Lions on the Research Kopjes, 3 different Leopards, one of which was a mother with a small cub who also dragged a large male Reedbuck past all of us in the pouring rain, then she tried to get it up a tree, only to have her prize stolen from her by Hyaenas !! A photo highlight was getting images of two of the big cats in the rain. It is tricky to accomplish such a shot, especially when expensive camera equipment is involved, but just sometimes the angle of the rain allows you too shoot out the window, and we got some great shots of a Male Lion and the Leopard with her kill, in the rain.

Next stop was Ndutu, always a favourite for everyone as off road driving is permitted and this allows one to get closer to the wildlife. The rain also decided to follow us to Ndutu and we experienced what I think was the hardest rain storm I have ever endured, the ground we were parked on turned into a shallow lake within 15 minutes !! I have never seen anything like it ! Photographically we were successful in this torrential down pour as we managed to add the 3rd Big Cat to our list of "Big Cats Photographed in the rain" - we had been following a Cheetah with 4 cubs the whole day, and after two unsuccessful hunts, it was actually one of the cubs that flushed a young Grant's Gazelle from its hiding place in the grass. Shortly after catching their prey, the rain began.

Another huge highlight this year in Ndutu was getting to see and photograph a beautiful female Lioness from the Marsh pride with her three small 5 week old cubs. She had them hidden in a small vegetated island just at the edge of the woodland. I have never known a female to be so relaxed around vehicles with such small cubs and it was a real treat to be able to get some photos of them interacting with each other.

Our final destination was the Ngorongoro Crater. No Black Rhino this year, but we had three beautiful male Lions and the pride numbering around 13, excellent Hippo interactions at the Hippo Pools, big herds of African Buffalo and great scenics of this very special Crater.

A huge thanks goes out to our very hard working Guides, Wilson, Francis & Arnold, 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 for great angles are exceptional.

A huge thank you must also go to the hard working staff at all the Camps and lodges we stayed at.

Many thanks to Dick & Mary, Rita and Sharon, it was fantastic to share such special moments with such enthusiastic and appreciative people !

If you are interested in joining us on the 2018 departure then please let us know as we only have 4 spaces left.

Enjoy some images from the photo safari.

Kind regards

Stu

Some of our first photos on the trip were of this lion chase and kill - Amboseli
Some of our first photos on the trip were of this lion chase and kill - Amboseli
The baby Wildebeest was not fast enough for the lioness - Amboseli
The baby Wildebeest was not fast enough for the lioness - Amboseli
Lioness and Wildebeest - Amboseli
Lioness and Wildebeest - Amboseli
A male Lion emerged from the tall grass and walked towards the commotion - Amboseli
A male Lion emerged from the tall grass and walked towards the commotion - Amboseli
He then charged in on the lioness - Amboseli
He then charged in on the lioness - Amboseli
Brute force won him the prize and the lioness was left with nothing - Amboseli
Brute force won him the prize and the lioness was left with nothing - Amboseli
Secretary Bird - Amboseli
Secretary Bird - Amboseli
Grant's Gazelle running - Amboseli
Grant's Gazelle running - Amboseli
Baby Wildebeest - Amboseli
Baby Wildebeest - Amboseli
Bull Elephant - Amboseli
Bull Elephant - Amboseli
Hyaena den site, commotion over a Zebra carcass - Amboseli
Hyaena den site, commotion over a Zebra carcass - Amboseli
A nervous Hyaena approaches the kill - Amboseli
A nervous Hyaena approaches the kill - Amboseli
African Snipe - Amboseli
African Snipe - Amboseli
Elephant with broken Tusk - Amboseli
Elephant with broken Tusk - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Eastern Race White Bearded Wildebeest and baby - Amboseli
Eastern Race White Bearded Wildebeest and baby - Amboseli
Elephant Herd heading away from the marsh at the end of the day - Amboseli
Elephant Herd heading away from the marsh at the end of the day - Amboseli
Tawny Eagle taking off - Amboseli
Tawny Eagle taking off - Amboseli
Elephants drinking - Amboseli
Elephants drinking - Amboseli
Elephants drinking - Amboseli
Elephants drinking - Amboseli
Crowned Cranes - Amboseli
Crowned Cranes - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Elephants - Amboseli
Two male Reedbucks face off - Amboseli
Two male Reedbucks face off - Amboseli
A Cheetah moves through an Elephant herd - Amboseli
A Cheetah moves through an Elephant herd - Amboseli
Young Elephant - Amboseli
Young Elephant - Amboseli
Bull Elephant - Amboseli
Bull Elephant - Amboseli
Dusting - Amboseli
Dusting - Amboseli
Kori Bustard - Amboseli
Kori Bustard - Amboseli
Montagu's Harrier - Amboseli
Montagu's Harrier - Amboseli
Elephants heading to the marsh in the morning light - Amboseli
Elephants heading to the marsh in the morning light - Amboseli
View point at the Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania
View point at the Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania
Sunrise - Serengeti, Tanzania
Sunrise - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lioness near Maasai Kopjes  - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lioness near Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Two Male Lions near Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Two Male Lions near Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lioness on top of Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lioness on top of Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard in Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard in Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Serval - Serengeti, Tanzania
Serval - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard resting in a Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard resting in a Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion at Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion at Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Coke's Hartebeest - Serengeti, Tanzania
Coke's Hartebeest - Serengeti, Tanzania
Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Maasai Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Young Male Lion in the rain - Serengeti, Tanzania
Young Male Lion in the rain - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion near Research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion near Research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lions on research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lions on research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion on Research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion on Research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male and female Lion on Research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Male and female Lion on Research Kopjes - Serengeti, Tanzania
Sub- adult Pale Chanting Goshawk - Serengeti, Tanzania
Sub- adult Pale Chanting Goshawk - Serengeti, Tanzania
Small Leopard cub sheltering inside a Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Small Leopard cub sheltering inside a Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Female Leopard with Reedbuck Kill - Serengeti, Tanzania
Female Leopard with Reedbuck Kill - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard dragging Reedbuck Kill - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard dragging Reedbuck Kill - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard trying to drag its kill up a Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard trying to drag its kill up a Sausage Tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard resting in tree watching Hot air Balloon - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard resting in tree watching Hot air Balloon - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard in tree at Sunrise - Serengeti, Tanzania
Leopard in tree at Sunrise - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lions near the Seronera River - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lions near the Seronera River - Serengeti, Tanzania
We saw this same Lioness with the damaged nose on last years safari when she was up in a tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
We saw this same Lioness with the damaged nose on last years safari when she was up in a tree - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lions on the lookout - Serengeti, Tanzania
Lions on the lookout - Serengeti, Tanzania
Mating pair of Lions - Ndutu, Tanzania
Mating pair of Lions - Ndutu, Tanzania
Young Impala grooming - Ndutu, Tanzania
Young Impala grooming - Ndutu, Tanzania
Marsh pride male Lion feeding on a Wildebeest - Ndutu, Tanzania
Marsh pride male Lion feeding on a Wildebeest - Ndutu, Tanzania
5 week old cub belonging to one of the Marsh pride Lionesses  - Ndutu, Tanzania
5 week old cub belonging to one of the Marsh pride Lionesses - Ndutu, Tanzania
One of the Marsh pride Lionesses, mother of the small cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
One of the Marsh pride Lionesses, mother of the small cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah stretch - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah stretch - Ndutu, Tanzania
Open grass plains of Southern Serengeti - composite image
Open grass plains of Southern Serengeti - composite image
Young Cheetah's playing - Ndutu, Tanzania
Young Cheetah's playing - Ndutu, Tanzania
Four young Cheetah - Ndutu, Tanzania
Four young Cheetah - Ndutu, Tanzania
Grey - breasted Spurfowl - Ndutu, Tanzania
Grey - breasted Spurfowl - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness with three small cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness with three small cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah grooming her cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah grooming her cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah at full pace in the midday heat - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah at full pace in the midday heat - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah cubs with a Grant's Gazelle Fawn - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah cubs with a Grant's Gazelle Fawn - Ndutu, Tanzania
Female Cheetah carrying the Grant's Gazelle fawn - Ndutu, Tanzania
Female Cheetah carrying the Grant's Gazelle fawn - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetahs in the rain - Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetahs in the rain - Ndutu, Tanzania
Male Lion near the big Marsh - Ndutu, Tanzania
Male Lion near the big Marsh - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness with her small cub - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness with her small cub - Ndutu, Tanzania
Small Lion cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Small Lion cubs - Ndutu, Tanzania
Bat-eared Foxes - Ndutu, Tanzania
Bat-eared Foxes - Ndutu, Tanzania
Young Bat-eared Foxes watching an adult dig - Ndutu, Tanzania
Young Bat-eared Foxes watching an adult dig - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness with her small cub - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness with her small cub - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness grooming her small cub - Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness grooming her small cub - Ndutu, Tanzania
Sunrise  - Ndutu, Tanzania
Sunrise - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest preparing to fight near Ndutu Lake - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest preparing to fight near Ndutu Lake - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest and Calf crossing the Marsh - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest and Calf crossing the Marsh - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest reflection  - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest reflection - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest with calf suckling - Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest with calf suckling - Ndutu, Tanzania
Helmeted Guineafowl - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Helmeted Guineafowl - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Mosque Swallow - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Mosque Swallow - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Kenya Rufous Sparrow - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Kenya Rufous Sparrow - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Buffalo Herd - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Buffalo Herd - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
African Buffalo - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
African Buffalo - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Grant's Gazelle - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Grant's Gazelle - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Two Male Lions - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Two Male Lions - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Hippos near Hippo Pools - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Hippos near Hippo Pools - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Young Hippo chasing Cattle Egrets - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Young Hippo chasing Cattle Egrets - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Egyptian Goose - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Egyptian Goose - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Kori Bustard in display - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Kori Bustard in display - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Zebra drinking  - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Zebra drinking - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Picnic Site  - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Picnic Site - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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2 Comments

  • Stu, Thank you for another wonderful safari.  We were blown away by the sightings that we had.  From the Lion kill to the tiny Lion Cubs, it was one great experience after another.  The bird opportunities were also outstanding.  I’m still sorting though the 1000’s of images that we brought home.  Also, thank you Justyna for setting up our 2 week private Kruger safari with Stefan.  We spent over a month in Africa shooting every day except for a couple of travel days.  It was our trip of a lifetime.  The accommodations, food, and itinerary were as good as it gets.  We can’t wait to do another one!.

    Dick and Mary

    Dick and Mary Collins - March 21st, 2017 at 7:37pm

  • Stu,
    Not only are you an experienced and outstanding safarai guide, but you are an extremely talented photographer as well!
    Take care my friend,
    Jeff

    Jeff Stamer - March 22nd, 2017 at 12:41pm

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