2012 12 July African Photo Safari toTanzania and Kenya

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover

In this month’s newsletter I am honored to share photos and quotes from our clients who accompanied me on our July 2012 photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania.  It was outstanding trip with unlimited photo opportunities!  Scroll through their photos and read their comments and see for yourself.

I would like to especially thank Deborah Peters for her video below, of lions skirmishing over a meal in Ngorongoro Crater during our July safari. Note that the ladies did NOT let the gentleman eat first!  Keep in mind that the ladies weigh in at about 300 pounds each! Consider the power in the front legs of the lion. It is not every day that someone gets a video like this! It will play at regular speed first then play again in slow motion so you can see the action.  You may want to turn down the sound while it is in slow motion. See more of Deborah’s photos below in the newsletter.

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Our Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Julie Martins

“Our photo safari with Paul was a dream come true!  We had long talked about going to Kenya and Tanzania, but kept putting it off because we didn’t know the best group to go with and the trip stayed on our back burner.  That is until we got a rave review about Paul Renner Safaris from another photographer.  While we knew it would be good, the trip was even better than our highest expectations.  From the guides, to the safari vehicles, to the accommodations and itinerary, nothing was less than perfect.  Paul knows where to go, how to get you there, and the opportune times to be there.  I challenge you to find a better photo safari experience!”  Julie

For her photography Julie used a Canon EOS 5D Mark ll camera body together with a Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM telephoto and for wide angle used a lens Canon  EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

These photos © Julie Martins

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Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Rainer Martins

We’ve been on many photo trips, but Paul Renner’s Tanzania/Kenya Photo Safari was by far the most spectacular photo opportunity I have ever had. We were out early to capture the morning light and were in the right places during the “golden hour.” The trip could not be organized better for photographers, and Paul Renner has the personal knowledge to maximize your opportunity to photograph the wildlife and landscapes of these two countries. I highly recommend this safari.  Rainer

 

For his photography Rainer used a Canon EOS 5D Mark ll camera body together with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4xCanon, an  EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM telephoto and for wide angle used a lens Canon  EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM. 

These photos © Rainer Martins

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Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By James Davis

Our third trip with Paul to Kenya and Tanzania was just as rewarding as the first.  Once you have seen a Masai Mara or Serengeti sunset or the rolling grasslands in brilliant sunlight, you are hooked for life.  The only remedy is to return to the vast moving panorama of animals and people with a photographer who is almost a native and his driver/guides.  You are guaranteed to see animals on their home ground with a vivid insight into the natural food chain from smallest to largest.  Paul’s groups range from beginner to professional photographers and the pictures you get with todays cameras are fantastic whether you are using an entry-level point and shoot or the most expensive pro-models.  Go, enjoy, and you will be thanking Paul for the rest of your life. Jim & Darby Davis

For his photography Jim used a Nikon D300S camera body.  Lenses he used were a Nikkor 300mm, f2/8 with a 2X teleconverter amd a Nikkor 70-300mm lens.

These photos © James Davis

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Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Darby Davis

Our third trip with Paul to Kenya and Tanzania was just as rewarding as the first.  Once you have seen a Masai Mara or Serengeti sunset or the rolling grasslands in brilliant sunlight, you are hooked for life.  The only remedy is to return to the vast moving panorama of animals and people with a photographer who is almost a native and his driver/guides.  You are guaranteed to see animals on their home ground with a vivid insight into the natural food chain from smallest to largest.  Paul’s groups range from beginner to professional photographers and the pictures you get with todays cameras are fantastic whether you are using an entry-level point and shoot or the most expensive pro-models.  Go, enjoy, and you will be thanking Paul for the rest of your life. Jim & Darby Davis

For her photography Darby used a D7000 camera body together with a Nikkor 70-200mm, f/2.8 lens.

These photos © Darby Davis

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African Photo Safaris In 2013

Tanzania and Kenya-17 Days – Birthing Season for the Great Migration (available) Feb. 1-17, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana-15-Days (sold out) May 16-28, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya-18-Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River    (sold out) July 18 – Aug.4, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya-17-Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River  (sold out)
Aug. 28 – Sept. 13, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek (sold out) Sept. 13 – 17, 2013 Itinerary and Pricing
South Africa Photo Safari  (New) Sept. 19 – Oct. 2, 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 Great Migration 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

 Important information about our 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 Cruiser so 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.

Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Deborah Peters

Paul, I cannot wait to go again.  This trip was extraordinary!  While going to Africa and seeing the most amazing animals, was truly life changing, the other part of the experience was you, the other guests, the accommodations, and the drivers.  I had no idea what to expect accept what you told me, it wasn’t going to be easy!  It wasn’t easy but it was the best trip ever.  If I could I’d be there with you in February for the birthing season, then again in August and September for the late migration and follow that with the Silverback Gorillas.Paul, your personality, calmness in every situation, and knowledge of photography, Africa, and the animals is the piece de resistance, the topping on the cake! Thank you, even if you are a Canon user!  LOL!  All the best! Deborah

    

For her photography Deborah used a NIKON D7000 camera body together with a 55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto and for wide angle used an 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

These photos © Deborah Peters

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Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Jackie Baired-Bunker

We first met at the Long Beach travel show about 7 years ago when you all but promised to show me a leopard after I shared with you how for over 30 years I had sought this elusive creature in so many countries. And in July this year you made good on that promise! After finally seeing my first leopard on your safari this July I shall be forever grateful to you for that.

These photos © Jackie Baired-Bunker

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On our Tanzania/Kenya safaris 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! When using  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

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Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Bryant Sloten

WOW!  All we can say is WOW!  Thank you, thank you Paul for treating us to an experience we couldn’t even have dreamed to be as exciting and memorable as it was.

We have 30 of 9,000 photographs we took hanging on the wall (more to go up!) and we are still pinching ourselves remembering that WE WERE THERE and so close to the animals in their natural habitat.  The sunrises and sunsets were incomparable, the scenery magnificent.

You really put together an outstanding safari and with just 3 people to a Land Cruiser, our photographic opportunities were UNBELIEVABLE.  The driver/guides were great, the accommodations (loved the tented camp) and the food were superlative.  We are still “reeling” from the adventure of a lifetime.

Thank you again, and as we have learned from you, enjoy each day!                               Anne and Bryant Sloten

Bryant used a Canon EOS 7D, camera body with a Canon Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM

These photos © Bryant Sloten

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Client’s Photos

Safari Photos By Jenny Coleman

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” – Isak Dinesen

Few people will ever be as lucky as me. I have been to Africa three times; twice with Renner Safaris on the July/August trip, and once with my dad, way back when he was just Paul Renner, a tourist himself in the land in which he was born. I know that people go to Africa all the time, but I’ve been fortunate to go with Paul every time – not everybody can say that!

African Wild Dogs 

I think it’s outstanding that my dad has made a career out of sharing his loves of photography and Africa with people that are able to travel with him. He works closely with his team in each country to provide an unforgettable experience — whether that means top-notch driver/guides, lovely lodges with great food and safe, beautiful rooms, or simply checking in on each guest to ensure their happiness — he doesn’t miss a thing. You don’t realize until you’re there that small details make the difference — if you’re stalking prey along with a leopard in the Serengeti, believe me, you’ll be thankful that your vehicle has a roof, and that you’re not getting blasted by the sun all day like some of the other people you’ll see. Only having three people per vehicle on a photographic safari couldn’t be more important! Nobody wants to get all the way there just to start knocking into elbows and telephoto lenses left and right. The drivers are charismatic, flexible, knowledgeable, and absolutely want you to enjoy yourself. Plus, they’d love to teach you a little Swahili, if you’re open to that!

A trip like this is exhilarating, freeing, and emotional, just as much as it is dirty, exhausting and hilarious. You may meet some unforgettable characters, human and animal alike. Africa is vast, and you may feel like a speck at the heart of the world. But my dad says it well, “The only thing you should be afraid of is falling in love with Africa. It gets in your blood, and you’ll want to go back.” It’s so true. I hope to go again (and again) to Africa, and there is nobody else I’d choose to lead those adventures.

Asante sana!

Jenny Coleman

repeat customer and daughter of Paul Renner

 

Here is a link to a short but beautiful video about our safari that Jenny posted on Vimeo  https://vimeo.com/53126132   Just copy and past the link into your web browser.

 

These photos © Jenny Coleman

Jenny used a Canon EOS REBEL T2i camera body with a Canon 100-400 IS for telephoto pictures and a Canon  EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM for wider angle photos.

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Join us on safari to see and experience all of this for yourself?

Watching a Pair of 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

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For more safari information, prices and itineraries click here.

I hope that you will be able to join us on one of our safaris in the not so distant future. Why not in South Africa next year?

Enjoy each day.
Paul Renner

paulrenner3@cox.net

www.rennersafaris.com

(949) 295-3136

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