2012-08-African Photo Safari Newsletter

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover


It was another early morning on safari and we were following a small river bed in the Masai Mara. On past safaris we had encountered a good number of lions in the area.  In September 2011, we had seen several pairs of mating lions.  Upon our return this year in February, we were happy to be greeted by three females with young cubs in tow.  The pride was one we had seen on the previous safari in September.  Olga Schchedrin shares a photo in the newsletter below, of lions with cubs walking past us on one of the tracks we loosely call roads in Africa.  It is a definitely an exciting privilege for me to be able to return often and see the changes taking place with the animal families.

Copyright: Olga Schchedrin 2012

Last February we had a wonderful time on our photo safari in Tanzania and Kenya.  The safari was scheduled to be there during the birthing season of the great migration. It is always a heart-warming experience to see so many cute, little babies.  This year the large herds of wildebeest and zebras were north of where they normally gather in February, so we too, went north and encountered a huge contingent of the migration around the Moru Kopjes in the Serengeti.  The large granite outcroppings alone are interesting in themselves, but when thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle are added to the scene, it truly is an amazing natural spectacle to witness and is exciting to photograph.  I hope you can join us next year.

In this month’s newsletter I am happy to share photos and comments by a few of our clients who accompanied me on our February safari to Tanzania and Kenya.  See if you can tell who used a point and shoot camera.  You don’t have to be a great photographer to enjoy our safaris!

Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Olga Schchedrin

Hello Paul,

Saying that a photo safari with Paul Renner exceeded all possible expectations would be such a cliché, but this is what happened. It was AMAZING from the beginning to the end. It felt as if we were in a National Geographic movie.

We talked to several people who had been on safaris with different companies and they did not see as many animals, such a variety, and so close as we did.

Type of safari vehicles, 3 people per vehicle, knowledge and ability of the guides to be in the right place at the right time makes the difference between terrific and horrific trip. You start appreciating these details only when you see other tours around.

 Paul’s knowledge of the countries and photography, his willingness to share everything allowed us to bring home thousands of fantastic pictures. The most difficult was to pick only seven for the newsletter.

 Paul, thank you very much for all your efforts and for making this safari absolutely unforgettable.

 Olga and Dmitry, Arcadia, CA

For all pictures I used Nikon D-90 with Nikon AF 70-300mm 4.5/5.6 VR lens.

Photos Copyright: Olga Schchedrin 2012


Safari Photos by Dmitry Shchedrin

All pictures were taken with Nikon D300 camera and Nikon AF 70-200mm VR lens using 1.7x teleconverter.

Thanks again for the wonderful time we had in Africa.


Photos Copyright: Dmitry Schchedrin 2012


 African Photo Safaris In 2013

Our 2012 safaris are all sold out and our 2013 safaris are selling well so contact us soon if you want to go on one of our safaris next year.

Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days – Birthing Season for the Great Migration Feb. 1-17, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana and Zambia – 15 Days (8 spaces available) May 16-28, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya -18 -Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River (only 2 spaces available) July 18 – Aug.4, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya -17 -Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River (only 4 spaces available)
Aug. 28 – Sept. 13, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek (only 4 spaces available) Sept. 13 – 17, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing

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


Safari Photos by Elaine Redman

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Photos Copyright: Elaine Redman 2012


I continually stress that on our Tanzania/Kenya safaris we have only three passengers per nine passenger vehicle. This gives 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.  Of course, if you have friends or family going together and would like more passengers you can do that too.

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 will 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 from 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 your own great photos too!

I will be photographing on our game drives too, but I am available to answer your questions and let you know how I am photographing each subject so you can learn more about photography and bring home your own great photos too.

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 Best Safaris (800) 757- 6625.


Join us for the thrill!

Watching Lions From One of our 4×4 Land Cruisers
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011


When we stay at “Permanent Tented Camps”  we are not exactly roughing it.   On our safaris we stay in very nice accommodations which are safe, clean and comfortable.



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.
Sunset in Tarangire National Park
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2012

Read what our clients have to say about our safaris.

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?

Enjoy each day,


Renner Safaris



(949) 295-3136

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Renner Safaris Newsletter – November 2011

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