2015, 07 African Safari Photos from Botswana

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Our photo safari to Botswana in May was fantastic! On our first morning game drive we had the great fortune to photograph baby leopard cubs at the entrance to their den. The previous evening we had seen their mother making her way along the car track when she stopped briefly and teased a snake that lay concealed in a bush. She soon turned off of the track and made her way up a rocky hillside until suddenly two little baby cubs emerged from behind a rock to greet her affectionately. It looked like a family reunion as they all moved up over the ridge and out of sight.Leopard Cub at Entrance to Cave-1612 The next morning we went back to the same location to see if we could find them again. Mom was nowhere to be seen. Suddenly the cubs made their way out of the den and began playing on the rocks. I was thrilled because it was the first opportunity that I had ever had to photograph small leopard cubs and they were active too! These trips are always thrilling! I hope you can join me on one of these safaris.

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Leopard Cubs

Savute, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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We watched this elephant giving himself a dust bath. For elephants, this is a form of sunscreen which also works as bug repellant.

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Enjoying a Dust Bath

Savute, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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I love the challenge of trying to capture action photos!  It is said that practice makes perfect. I am not there yet but have definitely found that the more practice and effort I put in the more often I get lucky.

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Impala Leaping

 Okavango Delta, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Feline Beauty

Okavango Delta, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Once in a while we come across a dark colored giraffe, but for the most part in Botswana they are considerably lighter in color than the ones found up in East Africa.

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Three Giraffe

Savute, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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The variety of wildlife we see in Botswana is astounding.  It is a fabulous destination! I love watching animals in water, especially elephants interacting with each other in the Chobe River. It is as though they revert to their inner child and lose all sense of time until the matriarch signals that it is to time move on. Then the whole herd files out of the water and up the riverbank. Once out of the water they will often stop for a dust bath so be ready with your camera.

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Water Games in Chobe River

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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This Wattled Plover moved deftly along the riverbank among many elephants that stood shoulder to shoulder while taking in water.  The Plover was careful not to get crushed under their huge, silent feet.

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Wattled Plover

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Red Billed Hornbill or flying Chili Pepper as they are often affectionately called by the driver/guides.Red Billed Hornbill-2405

Red Billed Hornbill

Savute, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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I never get tired of photographing lions that are not just sleeping.  I found this guy to be exceptionally handsome!

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Dark Maned Lion

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Notice the large feet on this African Jacana. It is also sometimes called Lily Trotter. The large feet give it support while walking across lily pads in the water where it searches for food.

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Red Lechwe are usually found in wet marshy areas of the Okavango Delta. They have longer hind legs in proportion to other antelope. This helps them when running in marshy soil and swampy areas. They are known to run out into water to escape predators.

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 Red Lechwe and Fawn

Okavango Delta, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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On the banks of the Chobe River we spotted quite a number of Nile Monitor Lizards.  This one was enjoying a tasty little snake for a snack.

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Nile Monitor Swallowing a Small Snake

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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The shrill scream of the African Fish Eagle can be heard for long distances around water ways and rivers that have an adequate supply of fish for them to feed on. They are beautiful birds showing some resemblance to the American Bald Eagle.

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015


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Little Bee Eaters are fascinating to watch because while they sit on a branch their head is constantly moving back and forth as they scan the sky overhead for flying insects or bees.  When they spot something they want to eat they take off into the air and catch the bug in their beak then return to a branch were they can eat their captured prey.

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Little Bee Eater

Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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I was captivated by this composition of Common or Elipsen Waterbuck when I saw the two animals line up almost mirroring each other.  Legend has it that at some point these animals sat on a freshly painted toilet seat-hence the ring on their back side.

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Common or Elipsen Waterbuck

Linyante, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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2016 Safari Dates

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Tanzania and Kenya – Birthing Season with the Great Migration  Jan 31-Feb 17, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing
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Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek  Sept. 13 – 17, 2016 Itinerary and Pricing 
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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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This Chacma Baboon did his best to get two young baboons to play with him. They were much smaller than him but were smart enough to not fall for his teasing.

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Two Young Chacma Baboons

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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While baboons are playing or feeding along the riverbank, they must remain vigilant  because it is the crocodiles they can’t see that are the most dangerous to them.

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Young Nile Crocodile

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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In Linyante we were treated to a helicopter ride. It was fascinating to fly over the animals while watching the light on the water change quickly as the chopper banked and turned. From just the right angle we could see the sunlight sparkling off of ripples in the water. The three hippos paid no attention to the helicopter as we flew over them.

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Hippos From Helicopter

Linyante, Botswana

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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These quirky looking birds roam the savannas in search of snails, frogs, lizards and anything else that suites their fancy. They are larger birds, about the size of a turkey.

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Southern Ground Hornbill

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Neither I nor many of our safari participants can get enough of these spectacular birds. They are so pretty they look like ornaments on the branches!

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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What is not to love with baby elephants? They are difficult to photograph because the larger animals keep getting in the way forcing us to shoot between legs, trunks, tusks and huge bodies. It is a tough job but somebody has to do it! Right?

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Hey! Hey! Careful Where You Step! I Am Trying to Sleep Down Here!

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015


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How Did You Say This Trunk Works?

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Mmmm! That Tastes So Good!

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Hey! This works too! Who Needs a Trunk?

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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WooHooooo! 

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Normally they clean their horns by rubbing them on branches but this impala was sticking his down into the soft mud at the river’s edge. Maybe seems a little crazy but it’s definitely dangerous because there are crocs that hide in that water!

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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When watching giraffes drink I think about what it must be like to be so vulnerable when drinking. Every time you take a drink you worry about a lion jumping on your back and trying to eat you!.  It is no wonder it takes them so long to finally bend all the way down to actually get a drink!

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Giraffe Drinking

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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There is something magical about capturing an up close, in your face photo of an elephant that touches my heart. They are wonderful old souls with tremendous character!

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Old Soul

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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We watched as the scene between the lions and hyenas played out at a giraffe carcass.  The lions had killed the giraffe during the night and were nearly finished with the carcass. When we came on the scene early in the morning hyenas were lurking nearby. They boldly  moved closer to the carcass even while one of the lioness was still eating. She growled and snarled a few times as a warning, but the hyenas continued to edge closer to the carcass.


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Planning The Next Move

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Here Comes Trouble

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

They crowded in on the lioness until she finally let them start eating from the carcass while she was still there!  Possibly it was because they were such good looking hyenas.

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Lioness Shares a Meal with Hyenas

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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I enjoy trying different techniques when photographing. Here I placed the focusing point on the blades of grass and let the lioness go out of focus. Doing things like this is fun and also helps me become more familiar with my camera.

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Focused On Grass

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Backlight in a photo is sometimes effective. The lion alone was an interesting subject but the light bouncing off to the grass in the background created a more mysterious photo. When capturing the photo I was careful not to over expose the highlights. Then used the slider in Camera Raw to lighten the shadows.

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Lion Flehming

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

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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The permanent tented camps and safari lodges 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 lodges and tents are set in beautiful locations often along rivers or overlooking scenic valleys.

Tented Camp-5138Beds in one of the tented camps we stayed at in Linyante. We are not exactly roughing it.

Sundowner-5245One evening we were driving along the Linyante River and drove around a bend to find that the camp staff had set up a Surprise Sundowner for us. They had chosen a great location to watch the sun setting over the river.

Chefs and Waiters at Chobe Game Lodge-7855Chefs that prepared our meals and waiters who cared for us at Chobe Game Lodge.

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In Chobe National Park an elephant had died of natural causes along the river. The body provided meals for many animals including a pride of twelve lions, a leopard, hyenas, jackals, vultures and many more.
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What Chu Lookin’ At?

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

 Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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 Adolescent Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture

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

 Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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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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  Elephant Reflection

Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

Copyright: Paul Renner, 2015

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Each of our safaris has been a tremendous photographic experience!  I can hardly wait to return next week to Tanzania and Kenya!  Why don’t you 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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Paul Renner

paulrenner3@cox.net

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