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TANZANIA and ELEPHANTS of AMBOSELI photo safari - March 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 5th Jul 2019

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The 2019 WILD4 photo safari to Amboseli in Kenya and the Serengeti, Ndutu and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania was TOTALLY different from the wet trip we experienced in 2018. This time around we did not experience any rain at all !!

Our main highlight in Amboseli this year was being very lucky to see the massive Bull Elephant known as "Tim". We were very fortunate to see and photograph him on a few occasions and managed to get some great photos of this magnificent and peaceful giant. We also witnessed a Lioness catching a Wildebeest late one afternoon. We had some great clear views of Mount Kilimanjaro and got some good bird photos as there was still a lot of water lying around from last years heavy rains.

After our border crossing into Tanzania, we headed for the Ngorongoro Crater for an overnight stop. Staying at the Serena Lodge allowed us early access into the Crater for a great morning photo shoot. We photographed some Eland Bulls, Spotted Hyaena, Zebra and some good male Lions. We left the crater in the late morning and headed to the Serengeti. 

Just into the Serengeti from Naabi Hill, we found a Lion pride up on the Simba Kopjes, these rocky outcrops scream "Serengeti" and it is one of the main features of this enormous National Park. We spent a morning with a Lion pride that had three small cubs, explored the Maasai, Research and Gol Kopjes, and photographed a beautiful Male Lion with a fantastic Blonde mane. On our final morning drive, we photographed flamingos in the early morning mist.

Next stop was Ndutu, and this was probably the best part of the safari as we were spoiled by being able to spend time with the two Lionesses of the Marsh Pride who between them had 8 small cubs. Seeing just one Lion cub is always special, but 8 and on numerous occasions, playing in the open areas of the Marsh, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some great photos, and our cameras did not stop clicking!

Other highlights were finding a Leopard in a tree, a number of Cheetahs, including three chases and two kills. The big herds of Wildebeest and Zebra with their babies were great to see and this always gets the Cats up and active.

We returned to the Crater on our way back towards Kenya and spent an afternoon and a full day in this very special place. Highlights were seeing some large male Lions chasing off a youngster and then watching the feeding frenzy of a clan of Hyaenas on a recently killed Cape Buffalo. The Lions returned to chase them off and the other scavengers, namely Jackals and Vultures were also there in big numbers. A very cooperative Bat Eared Fox was also seen and photographed.

I would like to thank our very hard working Guides, Mamai & Tim on the Amboseli Section & Arnold & Jeremia on the Tanzania section, we really appreciate all the long hours you all put in and how patient you are with us photographers. Without you, we would not get the photos we get and your work ethic is exceptional, it is always a pleasure to work with all of you.

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

Many thanks to our clients, Ed, Rita, Linda, Jeff, Ted and Armand, it was fantastic to share this photo safari with you all, it certainly provided some very special sightings and photo opportunities

Enjoy some images from this WILD4 Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli Photo Safari.

Kind regards

Stu

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Elephants of Amboseli - Wild4 Photo Safaris Kenya - composite image & Wildlife Panorama
Elephants of Amboseli - Wild4 Photo Safaris Kenya - composite image & Wildlife Panorama
Cape Buffalo at Sunrise - Amboseli Kenya photographic tour
Cape Buffalo at Sunrise - Amboseli Kenya photographic tour
Elephants and Kilimanjaro, Kenya Amboseli photographic safari - Wildlife Panorama
Elephants and Kilimanjaro, Kenya Amboseli photographic safari - Wildlife Panorama
Lioness panning technique, Amboseli Kenya- Stu Porter
Lioness panning technique, Amboseli Kenya- Stu Porter
Elephant herd in Amboseli, Kenya - Wild4 Small group photo tours. Wildlife Panorama
Elephant herd in Amboseli, Kenya - Wild4 Small group photo tours. Wildlife Panorama
Kilimanjaro at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 photographic tours. Panorama
Kilimanjaro at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 photographic tours. Panorama
Mount Kilimanjaro and big bull Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 African Photo Safaris
Mount Kilimanjaro and big bull Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 African Photo Safaris
Waterbirds in Amboseli National park, Kenya, Panorama
Waterbirds in Amboseli National park, Kenya, Panorama
Malachite Kingfisher, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Malachite Kingfisher, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
The big bull elephant known as "Tim" - Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Stu Porter Photo Safari
The big bull elephant known as "Tim" - Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Stu Porter Photo Safari
Elephant herd at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 Photo Tours. Wildlife Panorama
Elephant herd at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 Photo Tours. Wildlife Panorama
Bull Elephant in the marsh, Amboseli National park, Kenya, Stu Porter
Bull Elephant in the marsh, Amboseli National park, Kenya, Stu Porter
Ostrich at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Ostrich at Sunrise, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Sunrise in Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Sunrise in Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Spotted Hyaena running, Tanzania
Spotted Hyaena running, Tanzania
Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Wild4 African Photographic Safaris, small group specialists. Composite Image
Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Wild4 African Photographic Safaris, small group specialists. Composite Image
Wildebeest running, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Stu Porter Photography
Wildebeest running, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Stu Porter Photography
Zebra panning technique, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Zebra panning technique, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Lioness attacks Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Lioness and Wildebeest kill, Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lioness and Wildebeest kill, Amboseli National park, Kenya
Zebra in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, photo by Stu Porter
Zebra in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, photo by Stu Porter
Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 Photo Tours
Wildebeest, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Wild4 Photo Tours
Baby Zebra, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Stu Porter Photography
Baby Zebra, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Stu Porter Photography
Eland Bulls in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Eland Bulls in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Spotted Hyaena in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Spotted Hyaena in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion exhibiting the "flehmen response" - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion exhibiting the "flehmen response" - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Zebra in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Small group African Photo Safaris with Wild4
Zebra in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Small group African Photo Safaris with Wild4
Pride of Lions on Simba Kopjes, Serengeti, Tanzania. Wild4 photo tours. Wildlife Panorama and Composite
Pride of Lions on Simba Kopjes, Serengeti, Tanzania. Wild4 photo tours. Wildlife Panorama and Composite
Morning Acacia sunrise, Serengeti, Tanzania, African Photo Safaris
Morning Acacia sunrise, Serengeti, Tanzania, African Photo Safaris
Male Lion and cubs, Serengeti Tanzania. Composite Image
Male Lion and cubs, Serengeti Tanzania. Composite Image
Lion Cubs, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, photo safaris
Lion Cubs, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, photo safaris
Sunrise at Maasai Kopjes, Serengeti, Tanzania. Wild4 African photo safaris. Panorama
Sunrise at Maasai Kopjes, Serengeti, Tanzania. Wild4 African photo safaris. Panorama
Giraffe, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Wildlife Panorama
Giraffe, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Wildlife Panorama
Male Lion, Serengeti, Tanzania
Male Lion, Serengeti, Tanzania
Flamingos on Lake in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Flamingos on Lake in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Flamingos on Lake Ndutu, Tanzania. African small group photo tours
Flamingos on Lake Ndutu, Tanzania. African small group photo tours
Secretary Bird landing, Tanzania, Ndutu
Secretary Bird landing, Tanzania, Ndutu
Lion cubs playing, Ndutu area of Serengeti, Tanzania
Lion cubs playing, Ndutu area of Serengeti, Tanzania
Small Lion cubs in Ndutu, Tanzania, Small group African photo safaris
Small Lion cubs in Ndutu, Tanzania, Small group African photo safaris
Lionesses with their cubs, Ndutu, Tanzania. Wild4 Safaris
Lionesses with their cubs, Ndutu, Tanzania. Wild4 Safaris
Lioness with cubs, Ndutu, Serengeti, Tanzania, african photo safaris
Lioness with cubs, Ndutu, Serengeti, Tanzania, african photo safaris
Lions and cubs in Ndutu, Tanzania. Composite Image
Lions and cubs in Ndutu, Tanzania. Composite Image
Lionesses and cubs, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter Photo Safaris. Composite Image
Lionesses and cubs, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter Photo Safaris. Composite Image
Mating pair of Lions, Ndutu, Tanzania
Mating pair of Lions, Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest, Ndutu, tanzania
Wildebeest, Ndutu, tanzania
Wildebeest, Ndutu
Wildebeest, Ndutu
Long Crested Eagle, Ndutu, Tanzania
Long Crested Eagle, Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness runs at some Hooded Vultures, Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness runs at some Hooded Vultures, Ndutu, Tanzania
Lioness and all 8 cubs, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Wild4 African Photographic Safaris, Composite Image
Lioness and all 8 cubs, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Wild4 African Photographic Safaris, Composite Image
Lioness and cubs crossing the watercourse in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, photo safaris with Stu Porter
Lioness and cubs crossing the watercourse in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, photo safaris with Stu Porter
Lions and cubs, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter, Wildlife Panorama & Composite Image
Lions and cubs, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter, Wildlife Panorama & Composite Image
Lioness and cubs drinking, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter African Photo Safaris and Tours. Composite Image
Lioness and cubs drinking, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter African Photo Safaris and Tours. Composite Image
Cheetah panning technique - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, by Stu Porter
Cheetah panning technique - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, by Stu Porter
Grant's Gazelle, Ndutu, Tanzania
Grant's Gazelle, Ndutu, Tanzania
Tawny Eagel Take off, Ndutu, Tanzania
Tawny Eagel Take off, Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah and Giraffe in Ndutu, Tanzania, composite image. & Wildlife Panorama
Cheetah and Giraffe in Ndutu, Tanzania, composite image. & Wildlife Panorama
Leopard in tree, Ndutu, Tanzania, WILD$ African photographic safaris with Stu Porter
Leopard in tree, Ndutu, Tanzania, WILD$ African photographic safaris with Stu Porter
Lion Cubs drinking, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter African photographic safari
Lion Cubs drinking, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter African photographic safari
Zebra and Wildebeest, Ndutu, Tanzania, Wildlife Panorama
Zebra and Wildebeest, Ndutu, Tanzania, Wildlife Panorama
Male Thompson's Gazelle running, Tanzania
Male Thompson's Gazelle running, Tanzania
Cheetah running, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter African Photo Safaris
Cheetah running, Ndutu, Tanzania, Stu Porter African Photo Safaris
Cheetah cub, Serengeti, Tanzania - Stu Porter African photo safaris
Cheetah cub, Serengeti, Tanzania - Stu Porter African photo safaris
Male Lion, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter photography
Male Lion, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Stu Porter photography
Lioness with small cubs in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania. Stu Porter Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Lioness with small cubs in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania. Stu Porter Photographic Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Lioness fighting with Male, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania
Lioness fighting with Male, Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania
Cheetahs in the Marsh, Ndutu, Tanzania. Photo safari. Wildlife Panorama & Composite Image
Cheetahs in the Marsh, Ndutu, Tanzania. Photo safari. Wildlife Panorama & Composite Image
Wildebeest in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Wild4 African photo safaris
Wildebeest in the Ndutu Marsh, Tanzania, Wild4 African photo safaris
Cheetah cub, Ndutu, Tanzania
Cheetah cub, Ndutu, Tanzania
Wildebeest fighting, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Stu Porter
Wildebeest fighting, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Stu Porter
Spotted Hyaenas at a Buffalo carcass, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Spotted Hyaenas at a Buffalo carcass, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion charges at a group of Spotted Hyaenas feeding on a Buffalo carcass, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion charges at a group of Spotted Hyaenas feeding on a Buffalo carcass, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
 Gate into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Wild4 Photo Safaris - Panorama
Gate into the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Wild4 Photo Safaris - Panorama
Zebra in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania
Zebra in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania
Male Grant's Gazelle in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Stu Porter photography
Male Grant's Gazelle in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Stu Porter photography
Male Lion with a massive mane in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Male Lion with a massive mane in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Bat Eared Fox, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, photographic tour
Bat Eared Fox, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, photographic tour
Zebra and Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, African Photo safaris with Stu Porter - wildlife panorama
Zebra and Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, African Photo safaris with Stu Porter - wildlife panorama
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6 Comments

  • Outstanding Stu!

    Leon Marais - July 08th, 2019 at 7:03am

  • Wow, the lion cubs are just fantastic!!!!

    Becky - July 10th, 2019 at 9:54pm

  • Stu, always love to see your awesome images.  Best of luck to you and your family in your new,  home in Australia.  Was surprised to learn that you were leaving SA…always imagined that would be your forever home.  How are Mom & Dad?  Cheers, Doris & Lee

    Doris Shepherd Wiese - July 10th, 2019 at 11:03pm

  • Fantastic as usual

    Ulhas Mayekar - July 11th, 2019 at 1:43am

  • Always love your images and hope all goes well with the big move :-)

    Jane Horton - July 13th, 2019 at 9:36pm

  • Looks like another fantastic trip Stu and lots of action!  The lion cubs are amazing too.
    All the best for your move to Tasmania and hope you all settle well
    Hoping to join you again sometime for yet another fantastic trip
    Best wishes
    Lesley and Steve

    Lesley Middleton - July 15th, 2019 at 1:02pm

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Testimonials Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.

Clifford Yap, Singapore

Testimonials Our 14 days with Wild4 Safaris will always be remembered as the best learning experience we have ever embarked on. Not only for the improvement in photographic skills and knowledge, but also the animal behavioural knowledge that we gained. We were totally immersed in the world of wildlife photography in the best place in the world with one of the best pro photographers around. Stu genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for wildlife and photography. More than a holiday, it was an unbelievably rewarding learning experience and has taken our skill level up significantly. Stu and his team were able to help us learn about our equipment and coach us to apply these new skills quickly. Their sharing of knowledge, expertise in photography, and being able to read wildlife behaviour along with the excellent booklet (which became Marie's bible) are world class. This ensured we got to places that others didn't and that we were always in the best position to shoot. We also booked the extension and were most impressed with the "behind the scenes" access we gained at each Reserve. Stu didn't disappoint and was able to put together some memorable opportunities for us to get many excellent shots. The whole package was first class, from the pick up at Nelspruit, accommodation, food and day trips, to the people (now friends) who we met on the trip. This is one of those bucket list adventures that we will be doing again with WILD4.

John and Marie, AUSTRALIA