This post celebrates the incredible experiences that our Wild Eye guests enjoyed on a recent safari experience to the Serengeti, with Johan van Zyl & Marlon du Toit as their guides & safari hosts.
The safaris produced incredible sightings & encounters across a diverse range of landscapes.
Please enjoy all of the images below & stories below.
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Peter van der Kooij
After finishing the Big Cats in Kenia and an one night rest in Niarobi I started my third trip with WE and again it was one great experience after another. From the Kopjes to Ndutu to The Ngorongoro krater, from the Lion kills to the tiny Lion Cubs to the cheetah with her cubs, the white and black rhino’s and all the ellies it was truly a fantastic safari.
We were faced with a lot of photographic challenges during the trip from both low as harsh light to rain and panning, Marlon and Johan helped us with hits and tips in all those situations.
They did a fantastic job on game sightings and positioning our jeeps for the best possible photo opportunities. When back at camp, you guys were more than happy to help with LR.
The trip was well planned, all flights and transfers went smoothly and without a hitch, and the accommodation was amazing. I liked specially the tented camps where at night you can listen to the lions, buffalo and hyenas wandering in and around the camps.
Thanks for a wonderful trip and till next time !!
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I have just returned from 11 magical days in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater with Wild Eye. I am not sure I can describe such a phenomenal experience so I hope some of my pictures will do that for me. It’s not possible to list all the incredible sightings we had but every day was fantastic. When you start the morning of Day 1 with a pride of lions and cubs on the rocks of the Moru Kopjes you think ‘wow they are setting the bar high here how are they going to top this’ but somehow they did. In fact there was no morning or afternoon drive that was just ok, every outing provided incredible photographic opportunities.
What was particularly appealing about this trip was the different landscapes in the three areas that we visited and they didn’t disappoint. In both the Moru Kopjes and Ndutu we saw a huge diversity of animals and birds and the variety of the landscapes enabled us to capture and create really different pictures in each area. We were very lucky and saw lots of lions but each situation and background was different enabling me capture not just the character of the animal but also the particular environment in which it lives.
There were so many highlights on this trip but if I had to choose I would say lions leaping elegantly through the wet marshes at Ndutu, a cheetah and her four boisterous cubs playing tag, a super relaxed serval hunting around the marsh grasses, a lioness caught in a torrential rainstorm, the lions and cubs on the rocks at Moru Kopjes, two male giraffes practicing the art of neck fighting (it was like a beautiful swaying dance until the smaller one clambered up on the back of the other one!) and last but not least and one of the reasons I chose this trip, tree-climbing lions trees.
Wild Eye really does practice what is preaches with regards to helping guests get their images. Both Marlon and Johan were full of inspiration and tips and I learnt so much. I am very excited with the pictures I have taken and what they helped me achieve.
I also have to mention the other guests on the trip. I think it’s true to say that it’s not only the picture itself but also the situation in which it was taken that is key to how much you love the photograph. What a great group of people I was lucky enough to travel with. In fact I loved this trip so much whilst still in Africa a fellow guest and I booked our next one together – roll on 2018 and Mana Pools… let’s just hope I manage to finish editing this trip before I go.
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So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this collection of incredible wildlife images from our Wild Eye guests.
The success of any Wild Eye Safari will never be measured by what the guide comes home with. That’s not important to us. What matters is YOUR safari experience, and the memories you take home.
If you feel like joining Johan & Marlon in the Serengeti in 2018, then click on the link below for more information. It’s a safari experience that you will never forget!
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Till next time,