2015, 05 African Safari Photos from Tanzania and Kenya-Newsletter

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover

Imagine yourself on an African photo safari in Tanzania bouncing along in your 4X4 safari Land Cruiser when you round a bend in the road and suddenly, without warning, you are eye to eye with this bull elephant. The bull looks enormous and stands his ground. In the excitement you  feel the hair on the back of your neck rising as adrenaline shoots through your body. You wonder if this time the guide had driven too close! The bull shakes his head in a display of power and dust billows from behind his flapping ears. Then he steps even closer to check out your vehicle. He stands gazing down at you for what seems like an eternity. He must have realized that you meant him no harm and he returned to grazing on the lush grass along the road. We returned home with wonderful photos and lifetime memories of our thrilling encounters! I hope you will join us on safari soon for your own thrill of a lifetime adventure ~ an African photo safari.

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Raw Power of an African Bull Elephant

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Just after sunrise, our guide spotted this Caracal diligently checking its territory for anything that might make a tasty meal. Caracals are easily distinguished by the long tufts of hair rising up from the tips of its ears. These cats are skilled hunters capable of leaping ten feet into the air to snag a large bird while taking flight. These cats are both rare and elusive so are seldom seen on safari.

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Caracal

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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We were in the Ngogongoro Conservation Area during the birthing season of the great migration and we had seen thousands of baby wildebeest.  We noticed a baby,s legs protruding from the back of a female so we knew she was about to give birth. We stopped to watch from a safe distance so as not to make her nervous. Within a few minutes she gave birth to a newborn baby. In seconds the baby began to straighten its legs and tried to stand. It struggled, fell over backwards a few times but was persistent. Five minutes after birth it was standing on wobbly legs and in just four more minutes it was walking around the mother. Then, just ten minutes after birth, they ran off together to rejoin their herd. We watched in awe! I thought about how long it takes for human babies to walk and was amazed that in ten minutes this little baby wildebeest went from lying on the ground inside the embryonic sack to running away with mom. Even though I have seen this before and understand it is necessary for survival, it is none the less, amazing to witness with my own eyes!

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Baby Wildebeest Running With the Herd

Ngogongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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In the Masai Mara we were privileged to see and photograph a female Cheetah named Malaika with her cubs. On two different occasions we watched her catch young wildebeest to feed them.  I think that a cheetah running at full speed is one of the most exciting wonders that nature has to offer! These were the same little cubs peeking out of a safari vehicle’s wheel well we saw during our September safari. They have grown considerably!

Cheetah Brothers

Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

Once Malaika kicked it into high gear it was only a moment before she had captured another meal for her growing, hungry cubs. See her in the lower right corner.

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Running for Life

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Wild dogs are extremely rare in the southern Serengeti but two days in a row we were fortunate to see a pack of ten out on the short grass plains. They were running and jumping and seemed to be in a hurry.  We thought they would be hunting soon but instead they focused on playing with each other. It was like watching dogs at a dog park but instead of a fence they were surround by wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.

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Wild Dogs Jumping and Running

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Wild Dogs Playing

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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A baby zebra honing its running skills.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Babies seemed to be everywhere we looked! New young life is a beautiful thing!Wildebeest and Calves-0766

Birthing Season with the Migration

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Even the hyena pups came out of their den to wrestle with each other!

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Hyena Pups Wrestling

Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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One morning we watched this magnificent big bull moving with his herd across the open plains toward water.  Some of the the bulls are so big that they make your safari Land Cruiser seem like a toy truck!

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African Bull Elephant

Canon EOS-7D, Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Elephants have the Right of Way

Canon EOS-7D, Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Feast your eyes on our upcoming 2016 safaris.

 

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2016 Safari Dates

 

The safaris often sell out quickly so if you are considering joining us in 2016 contact us for your registration forms and register as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on your trip of a lifetime!

Tanzania and Kenya – Birthing Season with the Great Migration  Jan 31-Feb 17, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana – Photograph in four of Africa’s most exciting wildlife viewing locations. May 09-24, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River July 10 – 26, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River Aug. 28 – Sept. 13, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek  Sept. 13 – 17, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing 
South Africa Photo Safari  Sept 16-Oct 2, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing 
 Namibia Photo Safari  Oct. 3-19, 2016 Details and Pricing coming soon

To reserve your space on our photo safaris, please call Paul Renner at (949) 295-3136, or email him at: paulrenner3@cox.net or ask for Prem Sharma or Gaby Gurrola at Best Safaris (800) 757-6625 The above itinerary dates may be subject to change due to accommodation availability at the time of booking.

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African Photo Safaris In 2015

 

Tanzania and Kenya – 18 days – Birthing Season with the Great Migration  Feb 1-18, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana – Photograph in four of Africa’s most exciting wildlife viewing locations.  ( Sold Out ) May 12-24, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya-17-Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River ( 3 space have just opened up ) July 16 – Aug.2, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya-17-Days – Season for Great Migration Crossings at the Mara River ( 1 single space available ) Aug. 28 – Sept. 13, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek Sold Out ) Sept. 13 – 17, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing
South Africa Photo Safari ~  ( Sold Out ) Sept 17-Oct 3, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing
 Namibia Photo Safari Sold Out )  Oct. 3-19, 2015 Itinerary and Pricing

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The Serengeti is one of the best places in Africa to see cheetahs.  Each day at Ndutu we had the pleasure of photographing this mother and her six week old cubs.

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Minutes prior to sunrise this magnificent black maned male lion proclaimed his dominance with roars that echoed across the plains.
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Proclaiming Dominance

Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Shaking Off Morning Dew

Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Leopard After a Missed Hunting Opportunity

Masai Mara, Kenya

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Southern Ground Hornbill

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Little Bee Eater 

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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The endangered Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture has been recorded as soaring to heights of 37,000 feet and is classified as the highest flying bird.

Rupells Griffon Vulture-5338Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture 

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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It is Great to Be King 

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Wish I was King 

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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In the Ndutu area the leopards are normally quite shy and elusive. For whatever reason this one decided to become acquainted with the vehicles and actually laid down under five different vehicles.

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Leopard Saying Hello

Canon EOS-7D, Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Elephants Crossing the Plains

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Zebra Jumping Pond

Canon EOS-7D, Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Matched Pair

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Wildebeest on a Dry, Dusty Trail

Canon 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Cape Buffalo, Oxpecker and Egret

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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We had a blast watching baby elephants playing at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.  It was fascinating to see how they interact with each other and with their keepers. The keepers substitute in full time for the mother elephant making this job a real commitment by the keeper.    Feeding Young Elephant at David Sheldrick Orphanage-6197

Baby Elephant Feeding 

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Nairobi, Kenya

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Baby Elephants Playing

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Baby Elephant Playing

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Elephant on Safari

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Black Rhinos

Canon EOS-7D, Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Augur Buzzard

Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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The Eye of the Elephant

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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The permanent tented camps we use while on safari are very nice accommodations.  Each unit includes an attached bathroom with hot and cold running water, sink and tub or shower. The tents are set in beautiful locations often along rivers or overlooking scenic valleys. 

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Thrilling Experiences Create Lifelong Memories

Canon EOS-7D, Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Amboseli Sunset-3025  Sunset in Amboseli

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Each of our safaris has been a tremendous photographic experience!  I can hardly wait to return in May to Botswana!  Why not join us on one of our safaris for the enriching experience of capturing your own photos in the wilds of Africa!

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I hope that you will be able to join us on one of our safaris in the not so distant future. It will be your trip of a lifetime! Enjoy each day.

Paul Renner

paulrenner3@cox.net

www.rennersafaris.com

(949) 295-3136

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