Guide Report and Photos for April 2016

Hi all again! This is Russell Temu, an ADS professional guide based in Tanzania, East Africa. I just finished my most recent safari with a group of five guests from the USA. The end of the green season including March, April and May is one of my favorite seasons to be out on safari in the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Ecosystems. The wildlife viewing is usually amazing during this time of year and this safari certainly did not disappoint.

(Lioness and cubs at Gorigor Swamp in the Ngorongoro Crater)

I guided five guests from the USA named Ann (this was her fourth safari to Tanzania), Julia, Diane, Mary and Sandy. We had two nights at the Serengeti Serena lodge in the Central Serengeti, three nights at Lake Masek Tented Lodge in the South Serengeti and one night at Ngorongoro Serena lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. For seven days in the bush we had a chance to cover some very remote and beautiful areas including Seronera valley, Moru kopjes, Maasai kopjes, Utafiti kopjes, Makoma plains, Gol Kopjes, the Triangle plains, Ndutu, Matiti plains, Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Crater. I hope you enjoy my pictures below!

Male leopard in an Acacia Tree near Moru Kopjes, Central Serengeti

Mother Black Rhino with her calf near Rumbe Hills in the Ngorongoro Crater.

A lion from the Masek pride decided to climb an Acacia Tree

Breakfast with my guests at the Retina picnic site, Central Serengeti

Long crested eagle along Seronera Valley, Central Serengeti

Female cheetah in Gol Kopjes, East Serengeti

Male zebras fighting close to Retina Hippo Pool, Central Serengeti

Surrounded by a huge herd of the wildebeest migration in the Matiti Plains, South Serengeti

More of great migration in Gol Kopjes, East Serengeti

Another large migratory herd of wildebeest in the marsh area of Ndutu, South Serengeti

A herd of about 200 African elephants around Simba Kopjes, Central Serengeti

We waited for the herd of elephants to cross the road in front of our vehicle

Lions in the Ndutu area of the South Serengeti with a wildebeest kill

Male leopard at Moru Kopjes, Central Serengeti

A rare Serval cat on the Ndutu plains, South Serengeti

Bat-eared Fox on the Ndutu plains, South Serengeti

Saddle billed stork in the Maasai Kopjes water holes, Central Serengeti

The dominant male of the Lake Masek lion pride, South Serengeti

Cheetah with wildebeest calf around the marsh area of Ndutu, South Serengeti

A full rainbow down on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater

One of the lions of the Lake Masek pride

The Lake Masek pride

Male Kori bustard in courtship, Ngorongoro Crater

Umbrella Acacia tree in the Matiti plains, South Serengeti

Black rhinos, Ngorongoro Crater

Zebras drinking in the Ndutu area, South Serengeti

Cheetahs climbing a tree in the Matiti woodlands, South Serengeti

The Moru kopjes lion pride, Central Serengeti


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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  1. Your safari experience account brought back many wonderful memories and has pushed us to return hopefully soon sgain
    We have never seen the great migration and the crossings of the Mara river
    When do you expect the crossings in the. Masa this year ?
    It seems as season in the South has been prolonged and will delay this event this year?

  2. Russell, your photos make us want to be back on safari with you! Your skills as a guide and photographer are superior. We think of you often and wish you and your family well. The kindness and patience you showed us on our safari were greatly appreciated and we hope to someday be back on safari with you!

    Your friends from Pennsylvania, USA
    Scott, Michelle, Janelle, Kristie, Tim, Eugene, and Mary

  3. Hey Russel!

    Thanks for an amazing trip!! We had so many great sightings – love your pictures! Know that we really enjoyed spending time with you and have nothing but great things to say about our experience. Wishing you and your family well!!!


  4. I have so much admire your pictures russell, they are so great and you are simply a great photographer.

    1. Hi all,
      Ann and Anglebert, thank you very much for your compliments and encouragements.
      Ahsante sana,
      Karibu tena.

  5. Russell, thank you so much for an incredible trip. It couldn’t have happened without your eagle eyes and expertise!!! You pictures are beautiful!!

    All the best to you and your family.


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