In August 2018, Andy will lead a private group of friends and photographers to Kenya's famed Amboseli ecosystem. We have selected this area to watch and photograph the large elephant herds, which come out of the forest at the base of Mount Kilimajaro in search of water. We often see processessions of elephants that fill our camera frames. It isn't all about elephants, though, as we have wonderful sightings of giraffe, cheetah and lions. We have access to community Maasai land, enabling us to drive off road to position our vehicle for the best shooting angles.
Is This Safari For You?
Here are some key points to help you decide:
1. We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
2. We are BIG on photographing in the field. We spend most our time and effort on safari activity and making images. We do meet daily to review images and discuss technique, but this is not a “classroom-intensive” trip. Our "classroom sessions" are optional (although the review sessions are valuable and there is not a more beautiful classroom).
3. Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. We have specialist guides leading all safari activities and optional activities (boating, walks, etc.) are also available at any time.
August 4 - Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
On your arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you across the terminal and to check in at Hemingways Hotel for the night.
This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of our 80m² suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar.
August 5-10 - Amboseli National Park
We will be staying at Tortilis Camp for 5 straight nights, in order to take our time and enjoy the process of watching and photograph the largest tusks and elephant herds in east Africa. Tortilis Camp as access to local Maasai land, which is outside of Amboseli National Park, allowing us to have freedom to drive where we want to and to position our vehicles for the best photographs.
With the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Tortilis Camp is widely regarded as the prime location for witnessing the majesty of snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree that surrounds the camp, the Acacia Tortilis.
Amboseli is also known for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1500 elephants, and some of Africa’s largest, reside in the park’s unique eco-system. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals all take place both inside the Amboseli National Park and within a private 30,000 acre game concession, offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.
The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.
Typically we rise just before dawn, have a quick bite to eat, and head out at first light to see what has happened overnight. We often drive to the top of a hill to see where the elephants are and where they are going. We have ample time to sit and drink coffee or tea, look through our binoculars and enjoy the sunrise from a beautiful location. When the time is right we drive down the hill to intercept elephants that are leaving the forest at the base of Mount Kilimajaro, as they head towards natural springs that come up from the ground that are found on the dry and open plains.
In the afternoon, as the sun wanes, we are off again in search of wildlife. Sometimes we drive into Amboseli National Park to watch lions or cheetahs or maybe we stay on private land for elephants and giraffes. It’s a time to savor the African sunset with refreshing sundowner drinks and snacks before continuing our drive as nocturnal animals become more active with dusk. A hearty dinner awaits us back at camp whenever its time to return. We share stories of the day around the campfire and under the stars. So goes another blissful day in Africa.
August 10 - Amboseli to Nairobi
Today we will enjoy an game drive en route to the Amboseli airstrip in order to make our 9am flight back to Nairobi. You will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International airport in time for your evening flight. If your flight isn't until the late evening, we can easily arrange for a hotel day room for you so you can freshen up, grab a nice dinner and relax until your departure.
NOTE: If you are interested in combining this safari with an additional week in the Masai Mara at our private camp, the following itinerary can be added:
The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $6,990 per person. The same rate applies for each participant regardless of whether they are doing photography and participating in the workshop, or not. This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals.
Due to the limited number of spaces available, if a solo guest is willing to share a room and we can match with another guest of the same gender, we will do so. If a solo guest is unwilling to share, then a single supplement will be charged $1,900 (please contact us if you would like to have your own accommodation as we have a very limited number of single slots available).
Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.
What Do I Do Next?
This group will be super small so space is limited. If this exciting trip has your name on it; if you're excited by the thought of becoming a member of this trip, then now is the time to register. Remember, there will be limited space available for this workshop. When they're spoken for, that's it. If you have any questions before registering, send us an e-mail with any inquiries to email@example.com.
Safari Leader: Andy Biggs
Dates: August 4-10, 2018
Cost: $6,990 (sharing)
Single Supplement: $1,900
• Accommodation on a single basis (single rooms in Nairobi)
• Private safari vehicles
• All safari activities and transfers to/from the airports and the hotels
• Daily laundry
• All appropriate Game Reserve fees
• Meet & Assist service on arrival in Nairobi
• All meals and drinks at camp
• Round trip private air charter
• The current Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax or Government Sales Tax
What is Not Included?
• International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Nairobi.
• Dinner / Drinks in Nairobi on August 4, due to late arrivals (except at breakfast).
• Travel Insurance
• Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
• Gratuities for guides and hotel staff (assume $25-40 per day)
• Pre- and post- safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari