2011 – August – African Photo Safari Newsletter

Renner Safaris

Dream, Explore, Discover!

Newsletter Highlights:
Featuring Photos from our recent Tanzania and Kenya safari

Kenya and Tanzania for the Birthing Season with the Great Migration
January 28 – February 13, 2012. There are still spaces available on this amazing safari to witness the birthing season with the great migration in Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti National Park. Trip details. Don’t miss out!

2012 Kenya and Tanzania Safaris: See the tables in the newsletter below for information, itineraries and trip prices.

New Botswana and Zambia May 10 – 22, 2012: We had such a great time on this years trips we have added another safari in 2012. Don’t miss out! Trip details.

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We returned two weeks ago from another amazing photo safari in Tanzania and Kenya. Wildlife seemed to be everywhere! I can hardly wait to get back on another game drive. I leave next Monday to lead our Tanzania and Kenya safari and then go straight on to Rwanda for our 2011 Gorilla Trek.

Proud New Mama
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

Each afternoon, just minutes after leaving our lodge for our afternoon game drive in the Mara we were greeted by a large herd of Masai giraffe. Their grace and beauty can be mesmerizing. This herd was especially interesting because they had two very young babies that were just waaaaay to cute!

Baby Masai Giraffe
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

Standing Like Statues
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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A wildebeest can never be too careful! This particular morning the migration was moving deeper into the Mara toward the river when they noticed this lion. Fortunately for them, he had recently eaten so they just stared at each other for a few moments before the lion moved on to follow his girlfriend.

Staring Match
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Impala are antelope well known for their ability to jump10 feet high and reach
a distance of up to 36 feet in a single bound. One morning we saw a herd
with a number of babies that suddenly started running and jumping out of what
looked to be just sheer excitement and fun. They are beautiful to watch!

Four In The Air!
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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We were just about to reach the floor of Ngorongoro Crater when we spotted this Caracal. They are shy and extremely rare cats. In fact, this is the first one I have ever seen in the wild. It appeared to be stalking something because it was crouched low and remained motionless and looked ready to pounce. Finally I saw movement about 15 feet down hill from it. It was a big rat! We could hardly believe what happened next! The rat suddenly ran up the hill straight toward the caracal and almost right into it’s mouth! The cat barely had to move to catch the rat for a meal.

Caracal
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Young baboons are usually the most playful of the animals.

Okay, Try This!
Playful Baboons at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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African Photo Safaris In 2012

Even in this economy, in 2011 five out of six of our safaris were sold out! This speaks volumes for the quality of our trips. Reserve your spaces early.

Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days Birthing Season for Migration Jan. 28 – Feb.13, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana and Zambia 16 Days May 10 – 22, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 18 Days Season for Mara River Crossings July 18 Aug.4, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days Season for Mara River Crossings Aug. 27 – Sept. 12, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek Sept. 12 – 17, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing

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.

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 Somak Safaris (800) 757- 6625.

One of our vehicles on safari
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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

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This photo of a cheetah illustrates the problem with midday lighting. It was just before lunch when we came upon cheetah brothers in the Serengeti. Note the harsh lighting, the dark shadows under the animal and the deep, dark shadows in the animals eyes. I always love to photograph cheetahs, but it is much better either early or late in the day.

Cheetahs are often seen on the top of termite mounds. From there, they can see farther across the plains making it easier for them to spot their prey.

Hill With a View
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Right on schedule the great migration was moving into the Masai Mara. The tall red oat grass, not yet having been eaten, glistened as it swayed in the blowing wind.

Grazing and Moving Forward
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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We were watching three cheetah brothers in the Mara one afternoon when this family of elephants wandered past us. I always love the variety of what we see on safari!

Passing Through
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Our group was at the Hippo Pool in Ngorongoro Crater for a late breakfast when a good sized herd of wildebeest came to the water to drink. I enjoyed watching them make their way down to the water’s edge for a quick drink and then wheel around in panic running up the hill, only to return again in a few minutes and do the drill again. They had good reason to be cautious. There was a hungry lioness hiding in the bushes nearby!

Wildebeest Stampede
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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It is best to give rhinos the right of way on the road, or for that matter, any time they are encountered . They can be quite a formidable force.

Prehistoric Road Warrior
White Rhino-Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Important information about our African photo safaris:

Prices for our safaris to Kenya and Tanzania include airfare from LAX – most other companies do not include airfare.
• We have only three passengers per nine passenger 4X4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle. You will enjoy plenty of space for you and your equipment!
• We stay in luxury safari lodges or permanent 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.
I hope you will join me for an African Safari; your adventure of a lifetime! For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

To reserve your space on a safari, 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

 

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On our Safaris we stay in luxury lodges and permanent tented camps.
For information and photos of the lodges and accommodations click here.

 

More Important Safari Information:

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! With six great guides, you can 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 out 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 some great photos too!

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We don’t really rough it on our safaris. This was our room at Savute in Botswana. Elephants spent a lot of time in the watering hole just outside. I loved the location!

We also stayed in permanent tented camps which were a little more rustic, however still very nice accommodations.

Roughing It On Safari
Botswana
Canon EOS 7D, Lens:EF-S18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Yes, they are expensive, but a predawn balloon flight over the great migration is a memory of a lifetime. A large fan was used to fill balloons with air and then at the precise moment, the propane burners were fired up and the heat generated began raising the balloons skyward. The stars were still sparkling brightly but in moments the darkness gave way to the light of dawn and we were off.

Early Rising
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens:EF-S18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

In a few minutes the sun began peeking over the horizon lighting the landscape and creating long shadows in the early morning. While the large herds of wildebeest and zebra were moving beneath us a small band of zebra found a watering hole and stopped for a drink.

Zebras at Watering Hole
From Hot Air Balloon – Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 7D, Lens:EF-S18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Africa is well known for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Each day we begin our morning game drive before sunrise. On our afternoon game drives, we return to the lodge just after sunset. This gives us the best opportunities to photograph this breathtaking beauty.

Perfect Ending
Masai Mara, Kenya
Canon EOS 1D Mark lll, Lens: Canon EF100-400mm, f4.5-5.6 IS USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2011

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Our African photo safaris are the trip of a lifetime! I am so thankful to have been born and grown up in East Africa. Now that I am able to take people with me and share what I know about photography along with my personal experiences of Africa, I am thrilled so many clients return and say to me “that was the best trip I have ever been on” or “thank you for the vacation of a lifetime! I want to go again soon!”

I hope you will be able to join me on an African photo safari soon. It will be your trip of a lifetime! Why not in sign up now so you don’t miss out?

For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

Enjoy each day.
Paul

Paul Renner
paulrenner3@cox.net
www.rennersafaris.com

 

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