2012-04-African Photo Safari Newsletter

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover

As evidenced by our client’s photos in this month’s newsletter, we had another wonderful safari to Kenya and Tanzania last August 27 through September 14, 2011.  A hearty thank you to all that have shared their photos and comments about our safari.

Leopard

Nikon D300, Lens: Nikon 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0

Copyright: Charles Weinberg, 2012

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Newsletter Highlights:

Space for one has become available on the July 18 – August 4, 2012 safari and four spaces are available on our August 27 – September 14, 2012 safari.  Both safaris will be visiting the great migration during the season of the Mara River crossings. A river crossing is one of nature’s most exciting spectacles. If you are interested in joining us on either of these thrilling safaris, please contact me as soon as possible at (949) 295-3136 or by email.

I am excited to announce that I will be co-leading a Wildlife Photo and Art Safari Workshop at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park on October 6th and 7th, 2012 with award winning, world renowned artist Sandra Angelo. See information about our workshop here.

In April I will be publishing the dates for our 2013 safaris. The timing will be close to what they are in 2012.  Early in May I will get the new trip prices.  At Renner Safaris we prefer to receive the actual prices from the lodges and airlines for our safaris rather than just guessing high enough to make sure we are covered.  This keeps our prices more competitive.  The lodges don’t put out their prices for the following year until the annual INDABA meeting.  It is Africa’s top Travel Show and where the new lodge prices are announced.

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Client Photos and Comments

Safari Photos By Beverly Grahm

I went on this trip, feeling dispair about my photographic skills and even using my camera.  Paul’s patience and help went a long way in providing me with a fun and productive trip.  I came home with pictures, that even surprised me.  I found Paul to be a wonderful leader and I would encourage anyone wanting to go to Africa to take one (or more) of his safaris.  I am scheduled for my second photo safari with Paul in May, this time to Botswana.  Bev

Bev used a Nikon D5000 camera and an 18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

Photos in this section are Copyright: Beverly Grahm, 2012.

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Safari Photos By Bill Remlinger

I had dreamed of going to Africa ever since reading Robert Ruark’s classic safari novel Horn of the Hunter.  My dream finally came true when I was able to spend two spectacular weeks with Paul Renner Safaris.  The safaris to Tanzania and Kenya were a fantastic photography experience.  The drivers were excellent in their knowledge and willingness to share their insights.  They were adept at picking out animals and activities of interest and they were clearly passionate about the animals and the environment.  Paul selected very comfortable lodges at each park we visited, and each lodge had great food choices.  The safaris were well organized.  I would certainly recommend Paul Renner Safaris to my friends and I plan to go on another adventure with Paul soon. Bill Remlinger

You can also see more of Bill’s photos here.

After our safari, Bill asked if he could join us for the Botswana Safari in 2012. The trip was sold out so he is waiting to go with me in 2013.  These are amazing photo safaris and worth waiting for!

Bill used a Nikon D300 and a Nikon 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 lens and a D700 with a 24.0-120.0 mm f/4.0.

Photos in this section are Copyright: William Remlinger, 2012.

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Safari Photos By Charles Weinberg

We never thought our trip to Kenya and Tanzania this last year would exceed the splendor of our 2009 safari with Paul.  But, Africa has that rare ability to out-do itself with each visit. Seeing Kenya again was like visiting an old friend … anxious to get there and reluctant to leave.  Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater was spectacular and our game drives were very comfortable in our Range Rovers.  We had the luxury of only 3 to a van, so there was always room to position our cameras for the best shots.  The drivers were knowledgeable and the wildlife plentiful.  Paul’s ability to communicate in Swahili and his knowledge of the countries made him an invaluable resource.  The lodges were first-class and the food was great.

You would make yourself a lifelong gift if you experience Africa with Paul.  You will come home changed and homesick to return.

Karen and Chuck W. – Newport Coast, CA.

Chuck used a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 lens and a D700 with a 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6.

Photos in this section are Copyright: Charles Weinberg, 2012.

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Safari Photos By Deb Komatsu

Dear Paul – once again thank you for a fabulous safari to Kenya and Tanzania.  We must love it as it is our 4th with you and your knowledgeable and friendly driver/guides.  Although this safari was our 4th, there were many new things to see and  four new and different lodges and tent camps.  Tarangire tent camp in Tanzania had fabulous views of the river plain where we finally were able to watch giraffes drinking.  At the Ngorongoro crater I had a close encounter with a bull elephant who came right up to our vehicle and communed with me for about half a minute.  It was a rare and magical moment for me to be face to face with that magnificent animal.  In the Crater we also witnessed a hunting serval and a pair of lion lovers.  That male was probably the most handsome black maned lion we have ever seen.

Deb used a Canon 7D and Canon 70-300 II f 4-5.6 L lens.

Close Encounter With An Elephant

No More Today!

When we moved on to Kenya our first stop was Lake Nakuru.  Even though there were not many flamingos, we were able to see many rhinos, including females with calves of both black and white rhino species.   We did not see our favorite leopard but we were able to  renew our acquaintance with a huge herd of giraffes led by a beautiful dark reddish brown male.  The Lion Hill Lodge there had great views across the valley and every night we were serenaded by a chorus of tiny green frogs.

Tender Moment

We moved on to the Masai Mara and there we found the vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, topi, Thompson’s gazelle and impala that are so evocative of Africa.  There were also the predators who follow the herds – lions, hyenas and jackals.  We spent two spectacular mornings with two large lion prides frolicking in the early morning light.  We were also treated to an hour with a lioness with three young cubs.  She had no fear of our vehicles and calmly led her babies through the trucks to an open field where the cubs played with each other and with their mother’s tail.  And as you will no doubt remember, we spent over an hour with a pair of mating lions.  As you commented, she was on fire and they mated 7 times in an hour.  My camera WAS smoking from all the shots I took.

Pouncing Serval Cat

Our highlight had to be a mother leopard with a half grown cub and an adult male cub.  The female had killed a reedbuck and dragged it up into a tree.  She and the younger cub ate on it for quite a while and she finally left only the head for the adolescent male.  My favorite photo of the safari is of that young leopard holding the reedbuck’s head and licking his lips in anticipation of the meal to follow.

Balloons and Vultures

For those of you reading this newsletter and wondering if you should go with Paul or with another safari group, believe it when I say that these are truly everything you could ever want in an African safari experience.  The lodging is great, the driver/guides friendly, experienced and very knowledgeable, and the vehicles comfortable.  But the best is is having a leader who knows the countries and the animals, speaks the language, can handle people with a light touch and a smile, is a great photographer who is willing to help you with your photography and is just plain fun to be with.  Choose a Renner Safari and you won’t be disappointed.  We are going again in August/September, 2012 and we hope to see you with us.

Zebra Challenge

Photos in this section are Copyright: Deborah Komatsu, 2012.

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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
(Sold Out)
May 10 – 22, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 18 Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River (Sold Out) July 18 – Aug.4, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 17 – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River (4 spaces available**) Aug. 27 – Sept. 12, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek (Sold Out) Sept. 12 – 17, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing

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Important information about our African safaris:

Prices for our safaris to Kenya and Tanzania include international airfare from LAX – most other companies do not include airfare.    
We have only three passengers per nine passenger 4×4 safari Land Crusier. You will enjoy plenty of space for you and your equipment.    
We stay in luxury safari lodges and 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.    

More Important Safari Information:

Our 2012 African Photo Safari’s are selling well. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience some of the most exciting wildlife and magnificent scenery in the world.

As we leave the lodges in Kenya and Tanzania, with only three passengers per 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser, 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 of 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!

Experience some of the most exciting wildlife and magnificent scenery in the world.
I hope you will be able to join me for an African Safari; your adventure of a lifetime!

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 Best Safaris (800) 757-6625
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Safari Photos By Patricia Flanigan

Pat has also posted a very nice five minute video slideshow on her blog.  To view the video on her website scroll down the page to the Africa September 2011 video clip.  Click here.

Photos in this section are Copyright: Patricia Flannagan, 2012.

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Safari Photos By Patrick Naughton

Patrick used a Nikon D7000 with a 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6 or a 28.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-4.5lens.

Photos in this section are Copyright: Patrick Naughton, 2012.

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Safari Photos By Stan Komatsu

Stan used a Canon T1i and Canon 100-400 f 4.5-5.6 L lens.

Dear Paul – once again thank you for a fabulous safari to Kenya and Tanzania.  We must love it as it is our 4th with you and your knowledgable and friendly driver/guides.  Although this safari was our 4th, there were many new things to see and  four new and different lodges and tent camps.

Giraffes Drinking

Elephants on Parade

Lion Lovers

For those of you reading this newsletter and wondering if you should go with Paul or with another safari group, believe it when I say that these are truly everything you could ever want in an African safari experience.  The lodging is great, the driver/guides friendly, experienced and very knowledgable, the vehicles comfortable.  But the best is is having a leader who knows the countries and the animals, speaks the language, can handle people with a light touch and a smile, is a great photographer who is willing to help you with your photography and is just plain fun to be with.  Choose a Renner Safari and you won’t be disappointed.  We are going again in August/September, 2012 and we hope to see you with us.

Lion in the Sun

Galloping Giraffe

Mara Rianstorm

Tanzanian Sunset

Photos in this section are Copyright: Stanley Komatsu, 2012.

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Our first class luxury lodging accommodations are clean and comfortable. Each room has it’s own attached bathroom with flushing toilets and showers with hot and cold running water. Permanent Tented Camp Accommodations

Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Canon EF-S18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2012

In Kenya and Tanzania we travel with 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.

Join me on safari soon and capture your own personal photos of magnificent animals!  I will be photographing right along side of you and offering 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!

Treat yourself and/or your family to an African safari~the trip of a lifetime lifetime.  When you come on one of my safaris I’ll be there photographing along side of you and available to answer all your questions and help with your photography. You will come home with your own great photos too!

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 Best Safaris (800) 757- 6625.

As always, remember to enjoy each day.

Paul

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