20/06/2020 – 01/07/2020
This safari will focus on African Elephants. We will visit three outstanding locations where these amazing creatures thrive. We will follow them throughout their day, watching their interactions and trying to capture their spirit and their personalities in photographs.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East is Kenya’s biggest national park, and together with Tsavo West, it hosts Kenya’s biggest population of Elephants. Here Elephants take on a characteristic red colouring from the soil of the area. We will begin from Ithumba, in the northeast of Tsavo East NP. Ithunba is one of the David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust’s rehabilitation centre, where orphan elephants found throughout the country are raised and reintroduced into the wild. We will have a chance to see the Elephants’ daily activities, follow them at the mud-baths and walk with them in the bush. A truly unique experience, and exclusive to our group.
We will then move to the south-east of the park, where we will search for some of the great tuskers that inhabit this ecosystem.
Amboseli NP is one of the best places in the world to observe and photograph African Elephants. We’ll spend a long time with them, photographing their daily activities, their social interactions and behaviors. Their lives will unfold before our eyes and cameras, with the amazing backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and the bare and dusty plains of this amazing area of Africa.
This safari will be for a maximum of 8 guests on two vehicles. Each guest will have a full row of seats available to photograph comfortably on both sides. Couples may request to share a row of seats, for a maximum of 1 couple per vehicle. Minimum of 5 guests are required for the safari to take place.
We use extended Land Cruiser specifically configured for wildlife photography. Each Land Cruiser seats 7 guests on three rows of seats, but we give each photographer a full row. Vehicles have ample side openings, supports for tripod heads, open roof and ample space and loads of bean bags on board. The whole trip will be by road.
In Ithumba we will sleep at the beautiful Ithumba Hill Camp, owned and managed by the David Sheldrick Trust. In the south of Tsavo East we will stay at Satao Camp. In Amboseli NP we will be based in one of the two lodges located inside the park in a perfect central position to reach the swamps, the plains and the lake. All rooms are en-suite and equipped with sockets for charging equipment.
All accommodation will be on full-board basis, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will always have packed breakfast during our game drive, and depending on the situation, also lunch.
Federico Veronesi will be your guide for the whole safari. He will share his time equally between the two vehicles. Throughout the safari he will share his knowledge on the wildlife and parks of Kenya. Through the years he learned to understand and predict animals’ behaviour, ensuring you’ll often be in the best spot for photography, all without running from one place to the other and most importantly without disturbing them or destroying their environment. Federico will provide assistance to participants on all aspects of wildlife photography, from composition and light in the field, to processing of images in the evening in camp.
The second vehicle will be driven by a local guide certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and with extensive knowledge of the parks visited.
The cost for this safari will be 5,975 USD p/person on sharing basis (single supplement USD 300), including:
- Full board accommodation for 2 nights in Ithumba Hill, 3 in Satao Camp in Tsavo East, and 4 nights at Amboseli Ol Tukai Lodge;
- Park Fees;
- Guiding by Federico Veronesi sharing between two vehicles;
- Full row on Land Cruiser 4×4 with unlimited game drives from before sunrise to after sunset;
- Flying Doctors emergency evacuation insurance;
- 2 airport transfers.