Amboseli NP in southern Kenya is one of world’s best places to see and photograph African Elephants. We will follow the Elephants crossing majestic sceneries on their walk from the woodlands to the marshes. We will have many opportunities to photograph the Elephants’ behavior, calves playing alongside their mothers, bulls fighting, families feeding and spraying dust. All in the amazing habitat of flat and dusty plains with scattered acacias and the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is also home to some of the last big tuskers in Africa, so we will try to find them.
The Masai Mara NR supports one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. In particular, it is the number of predators and the high chances of seeing them that make the Mara so unique and attractive for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts.
Here we will photograph the famous big cats, Leopards, Cheetahs and Lions, but we shall also seek opportunities to photograph the equally fascinating small cats, Caracals and Servals. In this period migrating Wildebeests have gone, but the predators remain. It is a great time to be in the Mara as it is much quieter than the migration time but game and activity are still abundant. We’ll follow the lives of the big cats, spending entire days sometimes with them, watching their lives unfold before our eyes.
This safari is for only a maximum of 8 guests on two vehicles. Federico will share the time equally between the two. Federico will be able to offer each guest a very personalized photographic support. Each guest will have plenty of space on the vehicles. Federico will constantly communicate to all guests via hand-held radio between the two vehicles.
We believe it is crucial that every photographer on the tour has a full row of seats on the vehicle to him/herself. This provides ample space for the equipment, but most of all, allows everyone to photograph on both sides of the vehicle without overlapping with other guests. Couples can request to share a row of seats on the vehicle if one of the two members is not a keen photographer, for a maximum of one couple per vehicle.
Our vehicles are fully customised to satisfy the needs of photographers. They have fully open sides for an interrupted field of view and supports at the right height to lean the big lenses on. We provide bean bags in plenty but we also supply supports to mount your tripod head on. Vehicles also have pop-up roof for photography from a higher angle when required.
In Amboseli NP we will be based in one of two lodges located inside the park, in a perfect central position to reach the swamps, the plains and the dry lake at the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. All rooms are en-suite and equipped with sockets for charging equipment.
In Masai Mara NR we will stay at a small luxury camp on the banks of the Olare Orok river in the heart of the Mara. From here we will easily reach the most productive areas of the wildlife-richest areas of the reserve. The camp is in the heart of leopard country and different prides of lions live around it.
All accommodation is 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.
Amboseli and Masai Mara are Federico Veronesi’s two favourite parks in Kenya. He lived in the Mara for approximately six months per-year for many years and has spent months in Amboseli. He intimately knows the animals of these parks and their behavior. He will share his experience photographing them to ensure that you live an unforgettable experience and take extraordinary images.