Land Of The Giants Photographic Safari
13th – 21st October 2018 – Fully Booked
Group Size: 12
Tour Leaders: Tom Way and Ellie Rothnie On Behalf Of Natures Images
Amboseli National Park is arguably the best place in the world to photograph Elephant. It provides a stunning canvas for African photography with large open vistas and a dusty terrain to take evocative and powerful imagery. Primarily concentrating on Amboseli’s elephant herds, we will be based at the luxury Tortilis camp, which has a unique location in the quieter west of the park and places us in the very best position for our daily game drives. Having exclusive use of the camp’s specially adapted vehicles and local guides, we will be assured of getting the very best photographic opportunities. This will be a photographic safari to remember, every day is capable of delivering something totally different and equally special in the Land of the Giants.
Day 1: We will arrive in Nairobi in the early evening after our international flights and will transfer to the comfortable Ole Sereni hotel for our overnight stay.
Day 2: In the morning after breakfast, we will be picked up from our hotel for a road transfer to our camp in Amboseli National Park. Travelling by road means that we will not have the weight restrictions that apply on the internal flight. We will be met at the luxury Tortilis Camp which will be our base for the next six days, have chance to settle in and meet our local drivers and guides. We will relax, enjoy lovely food under the stars and discuss our game drives for the next five days.
Days 3-7: We will look to make the most out of each of these full days in Amboseli. This is an unrivalled location that is famous having some of the largest elephants in Africa and for its dramatic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent.
Amboseli is famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss and documented in Echo of the Elephants by the BBC & Sir David Attenborough. The local guides that we will work with know the individual elephants, their family history, and are able to get very close to the herds.
Each morning, we will embark on our game drive at 6.15am and will continue until around 11am with a short break for a light breakfast which we will take with us. We will have exclusive use of specially fitted game drive vehicles, specifically enhanced for photography. The Landcruisers are open sided with three rows of seats, photographic equipment stands and charging sockets. Every photographer will have a seat row to themselves, ensuring ample space and flexibility for photography. We will then have some down time over lunch and early afternoon, and we will use this time productively with presentations, talks and image reviews. Within the lush, green gardens at the camp, there is also a swimming pool for relaxation, and the trees are a haven for tropical birds.
We will have a second game drive at 4pm where we will make the most of the beautiful golden light and African sunsets. After returning to camp, we can freshen up and enjoy a delicious evening meal under the stars.
Day 8: After breakfast, we will depart for Nairobi by road and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our departure flights in the evening.
Day 9: Arrive home in the morning after our overnight flights.
Our accommodation consists of the luxury tents typical of African safari lodges and it is clean and very comfortable with all bedding and towels provided so you simply need to bring yourself. If you have any special dietary requirements we can sort that out when we get to camp but if there is anything very unusual in that respect do please let us know in advance. Bottled water is provided at all times in the camp. The daytime temperature is typically around 20 – 28 degrees Celsius so in terms of clothing you’ll obviously need lightweight and potentially shower- proof clothing with a fleece or warm outer layer for the early morning drives and evenings around the camp re. Footwear needs to be just of the sensible outdoor variety. Sun cream, a hat, lip moisturiser and sunglasses are also recommended, as we will be exposed to the sun for long periods as the vehicles have an open hatch. Malaria tablets are recommended, and please liaise with your doctor as to which to take and bring. Insect repellent is useful as they can occasionally be a nuisance and other items like aspirin and the like are good for peace of mind. Laundry is provided free of charge daily at camp but they will not cater for women’s underwear.
Finally in terms of tips for our drivers and camp staff then the preferred denomination for this (and any expenditure generally) is US$ and as a rough guideline $10 – $15 per day for the driver is advised: there is also a camp tip box for the camp staff which you can optionally contribute to on the last day. Other than this there should be no need to pay anything in the camp as all food, water, soft drinks and local alcohol is included in the price; the only extra charge would be for non-local alcohol like foreign wines and spirits.
In terms of camera kit it very much depends on your style of photography. Lenses of up to 400mm (assuming a full frame body) will su ce for 90% of your needs as the animals can get quite close: if you want to work on your bird photography while
you are here a longer lens will be required though. Supplementary lenses for other opportunities such as a 24-70mm for wide angle opportunities and definitely an intermediate zoom (70-200 or 100-400) so that you don’t miss the chance for some images that put subjects in more of a setting are also recommended. Tripods are not necessary really as they are not vehicle compatible so we will not be taking them, especially given their weight. If you want to use a tripod head then it is possible to attach it to the vehicles but you will need to have a clamp attachment to do so. If you have and wish to use a monopod then this is a further option. Bring plenty of compact ash cards with you as well because if you get a good drive you will take a lot of images!
During the mid-day rests and evenings we will have a chance to critique and look at individuals’ work if you so wish so feel free to bring anything you’d like to share on either a laptop or memory pen/CD. If you have any questions or concerns during the trip please ask, we are here to help. There is power in the camp (although the generators are turned o overnight), 3G phone reception, and Wi- is available throughout the camp (although of the speed you would expect of a remote satellite based system), so a laptop for storing/reviewing images is ne as a method of storing images as you go. Plugs are British conformation.
All transport, accommodation, meals, soft drinks, beer & house wine, park entrance & conservancy fees, game drives, limited laundry, all known Government taxes and AMREF Flying Doctors’ cover.
Cost excludes: International flights, Kenya visa, sundry items, non-local alcohol (ie spirits) in camp and all alcohol in Nairobi, and tips/gratuities for camp staff and drivers.
If you have any questions at all about this trip please do not hesitate to get in contact with either Tom (07876 333787) or the team at Natures Images (01952 411436). You are able to book this trip directly through this link: http://www.natures-images.co.uk/holiday/land-of-the-giants-africa-2018/