Thursday, September 29, 2011

SEPTEMBER 2011 - Best of Kruger Plus Big Cats Photo Safari

Hi all,

Herewith some photos from the September photo safari.

There was a change in the weather, as is expected at this time of year, no more very cold mornings like we experienced in June July and August. Temperatures tend to fluctuate quite a lot at this time and our hottest day reached 36 deg C. The coolest was 21 deg C.

As usual this time of year creates pressure on the animals as water sources dry out and the animals are forced to the big rivers or dams. This is of course where the predators hang out. The existing record of 86 different lions seen on one safari was broken :) and it now stands at 102 !!

Near Satara in central Kruger, we were lucky to catch up with the S100 mega pride - now at 27 individuals, most of which are cubs.

The Big Cat Reserve proved to be good fun and the cheetahs are now quite used to going out on a hunt as you drive with them. Ntombi almost caught a warthog piglet but the female warthog stepped in and chased all of them off.

The Rhino poaching problem continues to plague the country, especially the Kruger area and a decision was made by the owners of the big cat reserve to dehorn all of their 14 Rhinos. A Rhino is not the same without its horn, but hopefully it will help to protect the species.

Other than than, enjoy the photos !!

Next trip report will be the LIONS & LEOPARDS of MALA MALA photo safari

Very best wishes

The WILD4 Team

Male Nyala - Forest Camp extension

Karoo the Caracal - Big Cat Reserve

Spotted Bush Snake eating Tree Frog

Bhubesi the Lion cub - Big Cat Reserve

Bhubesi the Lion cub - Big Cat Reserve

Nyala drinking - Forest Camp extension

King Cheetah running - Big Cat Reserve

Red Billed Hornbill

Male Lion and Cub - Big Cat Reserve

Lioness and cubs - Big Cat Reserve

Ntombi chasing the warthog - Big Cat Reserve

Warthog chasing Hunters - Big Cat Reserve

Zebra - Kruger Park

African Harrier Hawk - Kruger Park

Grey Heron - Kruger Park

Lions - Kruger Park

Impala fighting - Kruger Park

Zebra and Wildebeest drinking - Kruger Park

Elephants - Kruger Park

Buffalo running in water - Kruger Park

Cheetahs - Big Cat Reserve

Male Elephant - Big Cat Reserve

Cheetah at sunset - Big Cat Reserve

Leopard at Sunrise - Big Cat Reserve

Ntombi - Big Cat Reserve

Female Leopard - Big Cat Reserve

Sunday, September 4, 2011

WILD4 Photo Safari to Kenya August 2011, SAMBURU, LAKE NAKURU and the MASAI MARA

This years Kenya migration photo safari proved to be very productive and the three locations visited all offered a great variety of different opportunities and photographs.

Kenya's SAMBURU reserve was our first stop where we spent 4 nights and captured some of the more unique species found in Kenya.

Then it was a 2 night stay at LAKE NAKURU where the flamingos and pelicans provided great entertainment as well as a great Black Rhino and Rothschild giraffe sighting.

Finally we hit the MASAI MARA for the final 8 nights, in search of the famous river crossings. Our second day served up a crossing to remember, close to 2 hrs of wildbeest contstantly crossing the Mara river provided more than enough opportunities for both stills and video.

Other sightings in the Mara were plentiful, great sunsets, lion cubs, leopard and cheetah, elephant and the other Mara residents rounded off a fantastic trip.

A short movie trailer of each location is found below, before the photos from that location.

Enjoy . . .

Kind regards

Stu


SAMBURU RESERVE

Movie Trailer from SAMBURU RESERVE


Lions on Rocks, Samburu

Superb Starling, Samburu Reserve

Reticulated Giraffe fighting, Samburu Reserve

Male Gerenuk, Samburu

Grevy's Zebra, Samburu

Olive Baboon yawning, Samburu

Little Beeeaters, Samburu

Pale Chanting Goshawk, Samburu

Martial Eagle, Samburu

Beisa Oryx, Samburu

Elephant crossing the Nwaso Nyiro River in Samburu

Cheetah mum with her two big cubs, Samburu

Reticulated Giraffe, drinking, Samburu

Elephant, Samburu

Sunset, Samburu



LAKE  NAKURU



Movie Trailer from LAKE NAKURU

Great white Pelican, Lake Nakuru

Marabou Stork, Lake Nakuru

Pelican, Lake Nakuru

Flamingos, Lake Nakuru

Grey Headed Gull, Lake Nakuru

Pelican flying through rainbow, Lake Nakuru

Pelicans, Lake Nakuru

Black Rhino, Lake Nakuru

Buffalo fighting, Lake Nakuru

Rothschild Giraffe, Lake Nakuru

Pelican Bathing, Lake Nakuru

Flamingo, Lake Nakuru

Pelicans, Lake Nakuru

Flamingos and rainbow, Lake Nakuru



MASAI MARA

Movie Trailer from Masai Mara

Topi, Masai Mara

Hyaena cubs, Masai Mara

Giraffe at sunset, Masai Mara

Black Backed Jackal, Masai Mara

Wildebeest motion, Masai Mara

Hippo and Wildebeest at a crossing, Masai Mara

Zebra swimming, Masai Mara

Elephant, Masai Mara

Impala at sunrise, Masai Mara

Wildebeest Croccing, Masai Mara

Wildebeest crossing, Masai Mara

Bull Elephant, Masai Mara

Lioness with wounded cheek, Masai Mara

leopard female and cub, Masai Mara

Starling, Masai Mara

Wildebeest heading towards the Mara River

Wildebeest crossing, Masai Mara

Lioness on termite mound, Masai Mara

Zebra, Masai Mara

Thompson's Gazelle running, Masai Mara

Male Leopard stalking, Masai Mara

Zebra and rainbow, Masai Mara

Sunrise, Masai Mara

Male Lion, Masai Mara

Topi fighting, Masai Mara

Lion cubs, Masai Mara

Sunset, Masai Mara

Cheetah, Masai Mara

Giraffe and Cheetah, Masai Mara

Impala males, Masai Mara

On safari in the Masai Mara



MIGRATION VIDEO

Movie Trailer of the Great Migration

TIMELAPSE VIDEOS FROM THE TRIP

Timelapse movies taken on the Photo Safari

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