2012 January February Photo Safari Newsletter

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover

In this month’s newsletter I am  privileged to share photos taken by clients that went on safari with me last July and also from Harold Mercer who went with me to Botswana and Zambia last May.  As you will see from the photos, July was another thrilling adventure loaded with great photo opportunities.  Thank you to each of you for so kindly sharing your comments and photos for my newsletter.  July was a special safari for me because my daughter Jenny was able to join us for the trip.

Lioness  Attacking Zebras

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Canon EOS 5D Mark ll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: John Dickerson 2011

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Newsletter Highlights:

Tanzania and Kenya: August 27-September 12, 2012.  We have only four more spaces available on this years safaris to visit 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 this thrilling safari, please contact me as soon as possible at (949) 295-3136 or by email. Trip details.

For more information on our safaris in 2012, Kenya and Tanzania, Botswana and Rwanda: See the tables in the newsletter below for information, itineraries and trip prices.

Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, September 12 through 17, 2012. If you are serious about joining us, please sign up soon as possible because the permits in Rwanda will be sold out soon. Only four spaces available. Trip details

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Client Photos and Comments

Photos By Harold Mercer

I owe Don (Harold) an apology because I wanted to included his photos in my newsletter featuring clients photos from Bostwana this past November.  I was having computer issues that prevented me from accessing his files but I am happy that I can share them now.  Thank you so much for your patience, Don

Photos taken with a Nikon D7000

My photo safari with Paul Renner in May-June 2011 to Botswana and Zambia was one of my life’s greatest adventures.  At every turn Paul kept safety uppermost in mind, and I came to admire his attention to detail and superb photographic skills.  Our guides proved time and again in numerous different situations that they were accustomed to working well with photographers, as they always sought to place animals and settings in the optimum light.  They, as with Paul, are true professionals and demonstrated a wealth of knowledge about the animals and habitat that we encountered on every game drive.

My trip was well-organized and planned by Paul and resulted in a perfect introduction to Africa.  If you want to add an adventure to your life, go to Botswana on a photo safari in the Okavango Delta and in Chobe National Park.  The trip to Zambia to view Victoria Falls was spectacular.  And if you want to have the opportunity on your adventure to make it one of the most exciting ever, go with Paul Renner!

There is no greater endorsement that I have ever had for anyone in the travel industry than I have for Paul Renner based on my trip.

Don (Harold) Mercer


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Photos By Fred Mathis

Jambo Paul,

We’ve been showing our photos to friends and relatives ever since we came back. I love seeing the looks on people’s faces and hearing their amazement.  We haven’t stopped thinking about the trip since that last day in the Masai Mara. When you said we would fall in love with Africa, you weren’t exaggerating. I don’t know if we will ever get back there, but if not, we will still have memories for a lifetime. Everything about the trip was amazing, from the scenery, to the wildlife, to the local people and all the food. And of course the photography. I learned a lot (from you and others in the group) and was especially happy how my photos improved in just that short time. We also enjoyed meeting our fellow travelers who had the same love of Africa. Thank you for a wonderful experience. It was everything you said it would be and more. I only wish we could have stayed longer, like maybe a year!

Thanks again for everything!

Fred Mathis, San Jose, Ca.

See more of Fred’s photos at: http://fwmathis.zenfolio.com/

Photos were taken with a Nikon D7000

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Photos By Jenny Coleman

Many people just take vacations, but we had an adventure!

Our trip in July and August 2011 provided me the opportunity not only to photograph wildlife and people in an authentic and unpredictable place, but to connect with a part of the Earth that is primal and constantly evolving. Every day is different – weather, terrain, animals, expectations. I can honestly say that I loved every second of my safari! Our guides in both countries were willing to do everything they could to get us outstanding photos, the lodges we stayed at were beautiful, clean, and safe, and we were treated like honored guests everywhere we went.

I had a unique perspective on this safari because Paul Renner is my dad. Of course, I’d never go to Africa with any one else as my tour leader, but I was especially blessed because he is an experienced professional with seemingly endless amounts of patience. His careful planning of every detail allowed us to feel confident and relaxed. The fact that he grew up in Tanzania and Kenya, and can speak and understand Swahili like a native is key. He not only knows this place well…he loves it!

Many people have commented to me that, “That must have been the trip of a lifetime!” and while I agree, I also hope to go back many more times, especially when my kids are older and can experience Africa with their grandpa, Bwana Paul.

Asante sana, Dad!

Jenny Coleman
Portland, Oregon

Photos taken with a Canon Rebel T2i

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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 (2 spaces available**) Aug. 27 – Sept. 12, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek (4 spaces available) Sept. 12 – 17, 2012 Itinerary and Pricin

**We have a very nice single woman looking for a female roommate to share a room with to save the cost of the single supplement.  This safari itinerary is designed for  visiting the great migration during the season of the Mara River crossings.  A river crossing is one of nature’s most exciting spectacles. Join us for the excitement!

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Photos by John Dickerson

I have been on number of photo treks in many foreign locations over a number or years, but by far the best of the lot was our African photo safari with Paul Renner.

Our expectations were exceeded in every way:  More wildlife, better accommodations, better food, outstanding drivers/guides, and a very enjoyable group of fellow trekkers expertly led by Paul.  Paul was always there when you needed him, but he was never intrusive or demanding.  Rather, he always just seemed like a very helpful good friend.

The safari was very well organized with the very best of support arrangements, which allowed we photographers to spend a maximum amount of time behind the camera with never any lack of subjects to shoot.  Indeed, I shot far more exposures on this trip than I ever have before on treks of similar duration, and when I go back and review my files I’m still amazed at the amount of great subjects we were able to capture during this wonderful experience.

We recommend Renner Safaris without reservation, and can assure you that we’ll be taking more trips with Paul in the future.  His rate of repeat customers is very high, and there are good reasons for this.  If you would like to discuss any of this in person, I’d be glad to speak to anyone considering a Renner Safari.

John Dickerson

Photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark ll

For those of you wondering, the zebra kicked the lion off of it’s back and escaped up the hill to safety.  This happened at the hippo pond in Ngorongoro Crater where everyone goes for lunch!.  Pretty exciting lunch break!

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This is a typical scene on our safaris.Three passengers in one of our 4×4 Land Crusiers, stopped to watch and photograph the lion. With only three passengers per vehicle everyone gets a great view of the animals. Whatever the animal, it is always a thrilling adventure loaded with photographic opportunities! King of the Mara

Masai Mara, Kenya

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Photos by Mari Bukofsky

“Our experience on Paul’s safari exceeded all expectations.  While the itinerary, accommodations and access to wildlife were all exemplary, what really made the difference was Paul himself.  He was committed to personally giving us the experience of a lifetime.  Whether you’re a skilled photographer or a novice like us, Paul’s patience and knowledge (of photography, language and local customs, and animal behavior) was always present, making the entire adventure unique and personal.  We highly recommend joining Paul for one of his safaris.  You won’t regret it.”  Mari and Ward Bukofsky, Laguna Beach CA.

Photos were taken with my Lumix FZ40 camera (Point and Shoot)

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Photos by Michael Caroff

An East African Safari, is a wildlife photographer’s dream.  After much research, I chose to travel with Paul Renner.  His itinerary, experience, and pricing made this trip the best fit for my wife Ruth and me. The unique inclusion of air travel in Paul’s trip made everything easier and a pre trip meeting with the majority of the participants provided a great forum for questions and answers…a brilliant idea.  I believe that successfully photographing wildlife is a combination of preparedness, patience, opportunity, and a large dose of good fortune.  Just being there is the most important part.  If an African photographic safari is on your list, I highly recommend traveling with Paul, and I look forward to doing just that again in the near future. Michael Caroff

See more of Michael’s photos at:  mikecaroffphoto.com

Photos were taken with a Nikon D3S

 

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Photos by Sandra Mathis

Paul,

When choosing my favorite photos from our trip, I looked for what emotions they conveyed.

Regarding your safari, the experience was so moving that we are still talking about it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we are still dreaming about it as well!  I evolved from a spouse accompanying her husband with a point and shoot hoping to capture some special moments with the animals and nature to a human being feeling very deeply emotionally connected to the animals, people and the land, and part of me feeling that this was once my home, too!

And, I also learned that taking pictures helped me to focus on the core experience of what was happening and become more emotionally engaged in the experience rather than less, which I thought would happen. And, I now want more than a point and shoot!

Paul, your itinerary, including the choice of the parks, the sequence with which we visited them and the hotels were all excellent (I especially liked the tent hotel); it clearly showed your level of experience and sensitivity of the animals, land and people, and what we’d enjoy.

Every dust particle and bump in our jeeps evolved into part of an exciting adventure because I knew that soon we’d be experiencing something so awesome at the end of the trip! And, we always did, without fail!!

Our family, friends, and my clients are all very impressed with our/my safari stories, and some intend to go on one someday. I am highly recommending that everyone puts a safari on their bucket list! Warmest regards. Sandra Mathis, San Jose

Photos were taken with a Panasonic DMC-ZS7 and a Nikon D80

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Photos by Sue Wallace

Hi Paul

Dennis and I were so lucky to have met you at the Sawdust a few years ago!  Our safari with you was a fabulous experience, far beyond anything we could have imagined.  We had the best vehicles, with lots of room to move around, the lodges and tent camps were terrific, every detail was well planned.  Every day was a new and amazing adventure!  I gave up keeping a journal on day one.  It would have taken me all night to write about the first day!   Thanks to your extensive experience in Africa and ability to speak Swahili, we always felt safe and well cared for.   We would love to go back with you to East Africa.  Sincerely, Sue and Dennis

Photos were taken by a Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Photos by Ward Bukofsky

“Our experience on Paul’s safari exceeded all expectations.  While the itinerary, accommodations and access to wildlife were all exemplary, what really made the difference was Paul himself.  He was committed to personally giving us the experience of a lifetime.  Whether you’re a skilled photographer or a novice like us, Paul’s patience and knowledge (of photography, language and local customs, and animal behavior) was always present, making the entire adventure unique and personal.  We highly recommend joining Paul for one of his safaris.  You won’t regret it.”  Mari and Ward Bukofsky, Laguna Beach CA.

Photos were taken with a  Canon Powershot SX30 IS. (Point and shoot)

From Renner Safaris, thank you once again to all of you for sharing your photos so others can see what a great variety of wildlife we encounter on our safaris. ————————————————————————————————————

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, 2011

Picture yourself here sitting around the campfire. I hope you can join us. We are saving a chair for you.

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.

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

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.

Wishing you each a Happy and Prosperous New Year and as always, remember to enjoy each day.

Paul

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