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.
North of the Yatta Plateu and the Galana river in Tsavo East NP is Ithumba, where orphan elephants raised by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are gradually released into the wild.
Orphan elephants aged six years and above experience encounters with the wild elephants, spend time out in the bush, enjoy their mud-bath, and we will join them in their daily activities.
We will have a chance to photograph the elephants on foot, while their lives go on, in a stunning scenery of bush and rocky outcrops. An unfortgettable experience.
For more information and a preview of the experience, please visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust . Please keep in mind that all visitors participating in the tour should be foster parents of at least one Elephant with the SWT.
We will head south across the Galana river into the heart of Tsavo East NP, where large families of Elephants gather around the dry river beds and waterholes. We will visit the waterholes and wait for the herds to come to drink, and we will watch them cross the beautiful stark landscape of this true African wilderness. Our main target here will be trying to find and photograph some of the last remaining big tuskers in the world. Tsavo also hosts most other wildlife species, including good populations of Lions and Cheetahs.
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.
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.
At Ithumba we will sleep at the beautiful Ithumba Hills Camp, owned by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The camp is beautifully perched on a rocky hill with a great view, close to the Ithumba rehabilitation facilities.
In Tsavo East NP, south of the Galana river, we will sleep at a beautiful luxury camp located in the heart of Elephant country, near a waterhole that attracts large herds of Elephants and other animals day and night.
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.
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.
Elephants are one of Federico’s main photographic subjects. He has spent countless hours observing Elephants’ behavior in these parks. He will share his experience to ensure that you live an unforgettable experience and take extraordinary images.