Renner Safaris

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I have just returned from leading my 24th and 25th African photo safaris since September 2005. Both trips were sold out (even in this economy), eighteen of us went to Kenya and Tanzania and then eight went to see the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. Both were fantastic trips! Photos below.

Guhonda

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

Newsletter Highlights:

Featuring Photos from our recent Aug/Sept Tanzania and Kenya safari and also our gorilla trek in Rwanda.

Kenya and Tanzania for the Birthing Season with the Great Migration
January 28 – February 13, 2012. There are still spaces available on this amazing safari to witness the birthing season with the great migration in Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti National Park. Trip details. Don’t miss out!

Botswana and Zambia May 10 – 22, 2012: This years safaris to Botswana and Zambia were outstanding so we are going back in May 2012. Don’t miss out! Trip details

2012 Kenya and Tanzania Safaris: See the tables in the newsletter below for information, itineraries and trip prices.

New Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, September 12 through 17, 2012. I have had tremendous interest in the next years gorilla trek, so if you are serious about joining us, please contact me as soon as possible. Trip details

New: Photo Workshop in Death Valley, CA. January 12-16, 2012

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Even though September is the dry season in Kenya, it had rained hard during the night. Just as the sun was rising, we located four powerful, young brothers and followed them through their morning routine. The lions would walk, chase each other like playful kittens, then lay down, then get up and mark their territory and continue moving on.

After the night’s rain It was a beautiful morning in the Mara. I spotted a large puddle ahead of the walking lions and hoped they would stop for a drink. To be ready, we drove ahead, past the puddle, then parked the 4×4 Land Cruiser across the road and waited for the lions. By turning the vehicle sideways on the track, when the lions stopped to drink, each of us would each have a good view of them drinking.

Morning Drink
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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This young elephant appeared to be lost in the world of mud wallowing and was thoroughly enjoying himself. Even after the herd had moved away, he continued rolling back and forth in the mud, getting up, laying down, splashing and rolling over, all the while ignoring the whole world around it. I often remind people on safari that “the animals become much more interesting when you focus on their behavior.”

Ultimate Delight
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Wide awake lions can be fun to watch. Cubs, and usually even adults, enjoy playing with each other. It is like they are little kittens in big cat bodies. What is not too love? They are always entertaining, sleeping lions, on the other hand…. zzzzz.

Wheelbarrow Races
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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What made watching this rhino and her calf fascinating, was the fact that because rhinos have a very poor vision they couldn’t see us because of the distance, but they could obviously hear us. They were interested, curious and cautious, in the sounds made by the people who had stopped to watch them. The rhinos were used to the sound of vehicles driving by, but not so much the sounds made by people. We could tell from their ears pointing in the direction of the sounds, they were paying close attention to us. They were over one hundred yards away from us, so could not see us, and I, for one was glad they were at a considerable distance because a charging rhino is capable of doing serious damage to whatever it runs into. They are notorious for charging first and looking later.

Black Rhino and Calf
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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We were having lunch at the Hippo Pond at Ngorongoro Crater when a herd of zebras came to the water to drink. After their fill they started back up the hill when suddenly these two started kicking at and biting each other. I love the nonstop action in Africa!

Testy Zebras
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Members of the Kudu family are beautiful, but also very shy, usually hiding in dense brush. This combination makes them difficult to find, so when we saw this Lesser Kudu in Tarangire, I was, needless to say, excited and thrilled that it walked out into the open and posed for us.

Lesser Kudu
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Three cheetah brothers had been resting in the shade of a tree throughout the afternoon. Judging by the size of their stomachs, they had recently eaten a large meal. When we found the cheetahs, the light was harsh but as evening crept in, the setting sun cast a warm glow. As if on queue, one by one the cheetahs got up and walked right in front of one our vehicles. This one paused long enough to give us some interesting photo opportunities.

One Well Fed Cheetah
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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African Photo Safaris In 2012

Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days -                 Birthing Season for the Great 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 Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River July 18 – Aug.4, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya -17 -Days - Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River Aug. 27 – Sept. 12, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek Sept. 12 – 17, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing

New in 2012: Photo Workshop in the United States

Death Valley, CA January 12-16, 2012 Details

Contact Paul Renner at (949) 295-3136 or by Email: paulrenner3@cox.net

In Kenya and Tanzania we have only three passengers per nine passenger 4×4 Land Cruiser safari 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. On our safaris you will stay in first class luxury safari lodges or luxury permanent tented camps.

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 or call Prem Sharma at Somak Safaris (800) 757- 6625.

One of our vehicles on safari
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

Join me on safari soon and capture your own personal photos of magnificent animals! I will be photographing right along side of you and sharing helpful information about what to watch for in terms of wildlife behavior and sharing lots of photographic tips as well. You will have a wonderful time and learn a lot too!

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Imagine yourself on safari in a 4×4 Land Cruiser and a giraffe crosses the road in front of you. These are special moments and there are many on our safaris.

Giraffe Crossing
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011
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I will always wonder what was going through the mind of this old bull as he walked up to within three feet of the back of our vehicle while we looked us at him. He stood motionless while looking us over. It was as though we were being studied. I felt like he was reading my mind and upon deciding we were not a threat slowly turned and moved off into the forest. It was an extraordinary experience. They are soooo big! Old Bull
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF-S18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011
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The great thing about the animals being accustomed to our vehicles is that we get the opportunity to watch their natural behavior. In typical male cat fashion, this lion actually backed up to the front of our vehicle and sprayed over the hood to mark it as his territory. Who was I to argue with a 500 pound African lion! No dispute there!

Lion and Paul Renner
Masai Mara, Kenya
Copyright: Charles Weinberg 2011
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Gorillas in our Midst
Rwanda

Trekking up mountains to find gorillas can be exhausting, as we learned on our first day’s long hike. However, the excitement and exhilaration that a person experiences when encountering these large, gentle creatures in their own world, makes it well worth the struggle and every aching muscle.

It was our fourth trek up through the dense rain forest that enshrouds the tops of mountains in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. It was our last day’s hike and we were visiting the Sabyinyo family of Mountain Gorillas. The family is led by the largest of the silverbacks. He is named Guhonda.

That evening we were all tired after our fourth day of gorilla trekking. W e were enjoying dinner at the lodge when Brooke looked in my direction, her eyes welling with tears, she asked “Do you know how lucky we are to see what we have seen here?” I understand we are extremely fortunate to be among only a hand full of people on the planet who have been lucky enough to spend time with the gorillas. Personally, I know and feel that it is an experience that transcends words. Below are photos from four different gorilla families we visited.

 

Photos Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

I hope you can join me next year in September 2012 when we visit the mountain gorillas of Rwanda again for another thrilling experience and an avalanche of photo opportunities. Trip details

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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 4X4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle. You will enjoy plenty of space for you and your equipment!
• We stay in luxury safari lodges or permanent tented camps.
• 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

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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!

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We don’t really rough it on our safaris. One of the permanent tented camps we use in the Masai Mara is nestled in forest along the bank of the Mara River. I love the location!

Lounge

Dining Area

Bedroom

Roughing It in the Mara
Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens:EF-S18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011
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One of everyone’s favorite things to watch or photograph is the interaction between mothers and their young. It doesn’t matter much whether the animals are large or small, It is just fascinating to watch what goes on between them.


Sharing Life’s Journey
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011
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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.

New Dawn
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011
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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 so you don’t miss out?

For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

Enjoy each day.
Paul

Paul Renner
paulrenner3@cox.net
www.rennersafaris.com