2013 04 Newsletter, African Photo Safari to Tanzania and Kenya

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover

Prices for our 2014 Safaris to Kenya and Tanzania. 

Thank you to all who have waited patiently for our 2014 prices and itineraries for our Kenya and Tanzania Safaris. These safaris are worth the wait! You will find links to each safari information page in the tables below in the newsletter.  We would like to have you join us on one of our safaris so sign up early so you are not disappointed. Our high quality trips fill up early and a high percentage of our guests are returning customers.

Vervet Monkeys:

My Baby Is Cuter 
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM                                         Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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African photo safari to Tanzania and Kenya, February 2013. 

February is a fantastic time to be on an African photo safari in Tanzania and Kenya. This safari was scheduled to coincide with the birthing season of the great migration, so babies were high on our list of animals to photograph. Our safari group was not to be disappointed! Our first day in the southern sector of the Serengeti was interesting because although we did see many large herds of wildebeest and zebras, they had not yet started having their babies. On the second day we began seeing newborn babies, and by the third day on safari baby wildebeest seemed to be everywhere! Nature is awesome!

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Most mornings we leave the lodges as early as possible to take advantage of the beautiful early morning light. We enjoyed photographing this zebra and her foal as they walked along a pond on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater. The stillness of the water gave us the opportunity to capture their reflection in the golden morning light.

 Zebra Reflection
Ngorongoro Crater
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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I had several Vervet Monkeys as pets when I was growing up in Tanzania. They were the most entertaining pets I have ever had!  Maybe that is why I love to photograph them at each opportunity. The baby’s face, hands and feet will turn black at between three and four months of age. The males are slightly larger than the females and easily recognized by a turquoise blue scrotum, hence the nick name, “Blue Balls”. 

Mother and Baby Vervet Monkey
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM                                         Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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Much of animal behavior is instinctual as was evidenced by this little baby elephant. It was less than a month old and even though the older elephants ignored our vehicle, this little guy trumpeted loudly and charged at our Land Cruiser numerous times with its ears flared out to make it look bigger and more formidable. The baby was just waaaaay too cute!

Baby Elephant Charging
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM                                         Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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Wildebeest began giving birth on the short grass plains in the Ndutu area, and in just a few days seemed to be everywhere. With over one and three quarter million animals gathered together, (and they all do look alike!) it is amazing to me that as soon as the babies are born, they are able to recognize and stay close enough to their mothers to not get lost.  There are always hyenas and other predators lurking nearby with hopes of an easy meal, so it is important for them to stay close to mom.

Wildebeest and Minutes Old Baby
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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These cute, furry, little guys are Bat-Eared Foxes. They live together in groups or families with their diet consisting mainly of harvester termites. They also eat larval beetles, grasshoppers, scorpions, mice, lizards, spiders and millipedes. Being mostly nocturnal, we  usually find them early in the morning or late in the evening. They are sometimes shy but they are always cute!   

 Bat Eared Foxes
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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When this safari ended, I stayed on in the Masai Mara for two extra days to check out some lodges we may use on some of our future safaris. It also gave me the opportunity to do more game drives and photography. During that time, we found a pride of lions that included a mother with three six week-old cubs.  It was a pleasure to watch the cub’s antics for hours. The cubs played with each other and their mother’s tail almost non-stop.  At this young age, a cub’s life is all about playtime!


 Nature’s Toys
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

More of Nature’s Toys
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

Check Out These Paws
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

One reason the cubs were so cute may have had something to do with the fact that their father was so good looking!  Yep, that is him, that handsome devil!

Black Maned Male Lion
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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In Kenya’s Masai Mara, February is low season for tourists. This makes it a good time to watch the big cats that live in the area without seeing a large number of vehicles. Cheetahs are always a favorite!

Cheetah Mother and Cubs
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

Adolescent Cheetah
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

Cheetahs Watching Prey
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

 

 Quenching Thirst
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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It was high noon and the light was harsh when we spotted this Warthog in Ngorongoro Crater.  His tusks were so large that I just had to take a picture of him in spite of the light. 

Warthog
Ngorongoro Crater
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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African Photo Safaris in 2014

The remainder of our 2013 safaris have been sold out for some time. Be sure and book your 2014 trip early so you wont be disappointed.

Tanzania and Kenya – Birthing Season for the Great Migration  Feb.1-17, 2014 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana and Zambia May 21 – June 2, 2014 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River   July 16 – Aug.2, 2014 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River. We have also added an optional 4 day pre-safari extension to Samburu for this safari.   Aug. 28 – Sept. 13, 2014 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek   Sept. 13 – 17, 2014 Itinerary and Pricing

African Photo Safaris In 2013

The remainder of our 2013 safaris have been sold out for some time. Be sure and book your 2014 trip early so you wont be disappointed.

Tanzania and Kenya-17 Days – Birthing Season for the Great Migration 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(sold out) Sept. 19 – Oct. 2, 2013 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.

 

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. 

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! As we leave the lodges on our game drives to hunt for animals, the vehicles separate and spread out. This allows us to have up to six guides each looking for wildlife. They each have radios to share what they find so no one misses out. 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 am happy 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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We had great photo opportunities with leopards during the February safari.  Our guides are great, and are well aware that everyone wants to see leopards. They consistently do their best to accommodate us. The thing I love about searching for leopards is that many other types of animals live in the same area, so it can be difficult to decide which animal to photograph – until we spot the leopard. Then the choice becomes easy!

Leopard on the Prowl
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

  Leopard in Acacia Forest
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

 Fat and Happy Leopard 
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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This Cape Buffalo kept a watchful eye as we drove past the herd. When I was young, I often heard stories about their aggressive behavior and mean temperament. Cape Buffalo often look like they are ready to charge, and once in a while they have! To date they have never followed through and hit any of our vehicles.

 Cape Buffalo
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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At Lake Ndutu we got a special treat when a large herd of giraffe entertained us at the edge of the lake, and then they actually walked out into the lake. I had never seen this behavior before so I was pretty excited with the photo opportunities.

  Giraffe and in Lake Ndutu
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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We were driving through a giant herd of wildebeest in the migration, when this hyena popped out of a hole in the ground to watch us pass by.  He looked a little out of place among the thousands of wildebeest, but he probably wondered what all of the commotion was about as well. 

  Hyena and Wildebeest
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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Topi in the Mara keeping their watchful eyes on a nearby male lion.

  Topi
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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Beauty, grace and style, giraffes have it all! This is a Rothchild’s giraffe at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.

Rothchild’s Giraffe
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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Clients tell me they love being on our safaris because they not only see a lot of animals, but are also encouraged to take their time observing and photographing interesting animal behavior.

 Zebras Fighting
Ngorongoro Crater
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

Zebra Kicking
Ngorongoro Crater
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

Racing Stripes
Ngorongoro Crater
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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Sunrise in The Mara
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 150-500 mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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This could be you! If you are not joining us on safari in 2013 I hope you will be able to in 2014 so you can see, experience and photograph all of this for yourself. It will be the trip of a lifetime! Imagine the thrill of being on safari with us in Kenya or Tanzania. I hope you will be able to join us on at least one of these amazing experiences.

Clients Photographing a Male Lion 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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Candelabra Tree at Sunrise
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Sigma 18-135 mm, f3.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2013

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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. It will be the trip of a lifetime!

Enjoy each day.
Paul Renner

paulrenner3@cox.net

www.rennersafaris.com

(949) 295-3136

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