2011 – 05 – African Photo Safari Newsletter

Renner Safaris
Dream, Explore, Discover!

In February we had another amazing photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania. We were all thrilled by the amount of activity of the wildlife and the endless photo opportunities! We had a wonderful group of people who eagerly maximized our time watching wildlife. It was a trip of a lifetime to be sure!

Imagine the Thrill!
Canon EOS 5D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Richard Walker, 2011

It is difficult to find words to adequately describe the thrill and excitement you feel as an elephant steps out of the bush to cross the road right behind your vehicle. Exhilarated is definitely an understatement! Join us for the trip of a lifetime.

This was the first African safari for Richard and Judy Walker, but less than a week into our safari they asked me to book them again in 2012. I think they loved Africa!


Newsletter Highlights:
Kenya and Tanzania for the Great Migration – July 21 – August 6, 2011. Trip had been sold out, but a room for two people willing to share a room has become just available. Contact me immediately if you are serious about joining us on safari.

Kenya and Tanzania – August 29 – September 14, 2011 (New Itinerary this year)
This month I am proud to share participants photos. You will find their names listed below with a link to the page with their photos and comments.

2012 Safari dates and itineraries – New find them below in the newsletter. Prices will be coming soon.


Majestic Beauty
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Carolyn Whiteside, 2011


Don’t miss the thrill of being on one of my safaris just because you aren’t a photographer or you don’t use a “great camera.” If you enjoy wildlife you will love these safaris. Most likely you will come home with some great photos too!


African Photo Safaris In 2012

Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days Birthing Season for Migration Jan. 28 – Feb.13, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana and Zambia 16 Days May 10 – 22, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 18 Days Season for Mara River Crossings July 18 Aug.4, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days Season for Mara River Crossings Aug. 27 – Sept. 12, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek Sept. 12 – 17, 2012 Itinerary and pricing coming Soon*

*To keep our prices competitive, we wait until we get the actual costs from the lodges and airlines, before setting the trip costs. We prefer not to increase the costs by guessing high. The prices for our 2012 safaris are set after we receive the trip costs early in May. We appreciate your patience. Our safaris are an outstanding value and at competitive prices.

On our safaris we stay in first class luxury lodges or luxury permanent tented camps. In Kenya and Tanzania we have a maximum of three passengers per vehicle. This allows plenty of space for you and your equipment during game drives and also the advantage of being able to watch and/or photograph the animals until you are satisfied.

There are only a few spaces available on each of this year’s safaris. To avoid disappointment, make your reservations today. To reserve your space on our photo safaris, please call Paul Renner at (949) 295-3136, or email him at: paulrenner3@cox.net.
You can also call Prem Sharma at Somak Safaris (800) 757- 6625.


In February, Jim and Darby Davis went on their second photo safari with me. Their first trip was only a year ago. I like the way he captured this mother and baby Masai giraffe.

Tender Moment
Nikon D300S, Lens: Tamron 200-500 mm, f4.5/5.6 IS
Copyright: James Davis, 2011


Client’s Photos:

Many thanks to our clients who sent me their photos to post on my website. It is a very nice way for me to share the variety of what can be see on our safaris. I hope you too, will be able join me on a photo safari sooner, rather than later.










David and Becky Smith went on their second safari with me last September. This time they went in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary. What a trip we had! We saw many big cats, elephants, several wildebeest river crossings and a whole lot more! It was a wonderful celebration!

River Crossing
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Copyright: David Smith, 2010


Important information about our African photo safaris:

Prices for our safaris to Kenya and Tanzania include airfare from LAX – most other companies do not include airfare.
• We have only three passengers per nine passenger safari vehicle. You will enjoy
plenty of space for you and your equipment!
• We stay in luxury safari lodges.
• You do not have to be a photographer but you must enjoy watching the wildlife
because that is what we do!
• I will be there to photograph with you and available to answer your questions.
Parks we visit on our African safaris.
I hope you will join me for an African Safari; your adventure of a lifetime! For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

To reserve your space on a safari, please call
Paul Renner at (949) 295-3136, or
email him at paulrenner3@cox.net
or call Prem Sharma at Somak Safaris (800) 757-6625


On our Safaris we stay in luxury lodges and permanent tented camps.
For information and photos of the lodges and accommodations click here.

More Important Safari Information:

We have only three passengers per nine passenger vehicle giving you plenty of space for you and your photo equipment. You can photograph through windows on BOTH sides of the vehicle and also from the top, which pops up to create shade so you are protected from the hot, equatorial sun. Compared to other tours that pack the vans with up to eight people, this is a huge deal! Our African photo safaris are limited to eighteen people, including the leaders.

As we leave the lodges, the vehicles separate and spread out. This allows us to have up to six guides out looking for wildlife. They each have radios to share what they find. This way no one misses out on seeing the wildlife! With six great guides, you can hardly believe all of the wildlife they find. We have trained them to understand lighting, composition and what we are trying to achieve. Our guides are awesome!

Our safaris are designed for the ultimate photographic experience, however please don’t be intimidated out enjoying one my photo safaris just because you are not a photographer or you don’t use a “great camera.” If you enjoy wildlife you will love these safaris and more than likely you’ll come home with some great photos too!


Africa is well known for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Each day we begin our morning game drive before sunrise. On our afternoon game drives, we return to the lodge just after sunset. This gives us the best opportunities to photograph this breathtaking beauty.

Sunrise at Lake Nakuru
Canon EOS 5D Mark ll: EF 24-70 mm, f/2.8LL USM
Copyright: Steve Hirsch, 2011


Our African photo safaris are the trip of a lifetime! I am so thankful to have been born and grown up in East Africa. Now that I am able to take people with me and share what I know about photography along with my personal experiences of Africa, I am thrilled so many clients return and say to me “that was the best trip I have ever been on” or “thank you for the vacation of a lifetime! I want to go again soon!”

I hope you will be able to join me on an African photo safari soon. It will be your trip of a lifetime! Why not in sign up now?

For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

Enjoy each day.

Paul Renner


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