Amboseli National Park - Wild and Exclusive
Amboseli lies close to the border between Kenya and Tanzania and is dominated by the continent’s highest mountain—Kilimanjaro. It has the greatest density of elephants per square mile in Africa, but numbers are not all-important; it is the quality of the viewing and photography here in Amboseli, which is exceptional.
Capped with snow and ascending into a blue abyss, Mt Kilimanjaro at a soaring 19,340 feet, provides a stunning backdrop for our safari, much of which is spent on our private land adjacent to Amboseli National Park, with only us and the wildlife. The area has a varied habitat with open plains, umbrella acacia woodland, and emerald green swamps and surrounding marshlands created from the melting snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The open plains of the dry lake-bed give a desert-like appearance, in stark contrast are the springs that rim its eastern margins and act as magnets for the game. Mirages create optical illusions; ostrich and oryx rear up out of the shimmering heat like reflections in a pool, allowing for some of the most fabulous wildlife viewing and photography in all of East Africa.
We'll lodge at Tortilis Safari Camp, with all the expected amenities: amazing food, luxurious accommodations with en-suite facilities, and hot & cold running water. Watch the animals from the terrace of the main lodge as they come to the watering hole, and the sky lights up above Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance. There's even a swimming pool to relax in after a long day of photography!
October 18–22, 2018
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General Information and Itinerary
October 18, 2018: Those who are with us in Madagascar will fly in the wee hours of the morning from Antananarivo to Nairobi, where we will be met straight away by our private charter that will fly us to Amboseli. After a short 45 minute flight and a quick drive, we'll be at our home for 4 nights—Tortilis Camp. On arrival here, one cannot help but appreciate the contrast and enormity of Africa. Dwarfed by the majestic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Tortilis camp is nestled in an acacia grove. Each tent leads from a bedroom with expansive king-size or generous twin beds, through a dressing area into modern bathrooms with pressured hot showers and flush toilets. Each tent is raised up on a wooden deck and sheltered by a makuti (thatched) roof overhanging a large verandah.
Every day we'll arise before dawn, and after a quick cup of coffee or tea, we'll head out on our morning game drive. We have our own private vehicle for this safari, with one row per guest, which means you will not miss the shot and you will have ample room for you and your gear. During this safari we not only will be photographing in Amboseli National Park, but on our private land as well, which is adjacent to the park. Here we have exclusive and unfettered access to the wildlife, we can go off-road and anywhere we like, and we can photograph from outside the vehicles as well.
The game viewing in Amboseli is superb; getting close to the animals on drives and walks is simple and affords great photographic opportunities. Nowhere else do elephant mothers allow such close, uninterrupted viewing of their babies, while heavy-ivoried bulls can be followed in their daily rounds from woodland to waterhole and swamp just as if one was an invisible herd member.
Watch a lion cub take its first brave steps away from its protected mother, walk amongst the baboons—it’s all here in Amboselli! We make a point of filling the vehicles with lots of drinks and snacks to allow for the inevitable delayed return. Sit by the vivid green swamps and enjoy watching hippos and spectacular birdlife.
The freedom to walk is a luxury afforded here outside of the National Park and our guides have a private concession adjacent to the National Park. We will take a guided walk and learn about the tracks and spoor of Amboseli game. Birdwatching is also often more rewarding while walking.
We'll return to camp during the midday for brunch or lunch, and a little downtime. We might do image reviews, or you can simply relax by the refreshing pool. In the mid-afternoon we're back in our private vehicles for another game drive until after sunset.
Back to camp for an amazing safari dinner at the lodge, and then we can choose to relax, or we can go out for night photography if desired.
October 18–22, 2018: Amboseli National Park, Tortilis Camp
October 22, 2018: After our morning game drive and breakfast, we'll pack up and then take a short drive to the airstrip where our private charter will take us to Nairobi airport for our flights home.
- Double occupancy lodging at our safari camp
- All meals including plenty of water and soft drinks
- Transportation during the safari (ground and air as needed)
- Photographic and safari guiding from two pros
- Image reviews, post-processing instruction
- Fun, inspiration and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
This photographic safari is strictly limited to 7 guests, so if photographing the amazing wildlife and landscapes of Amboseli with a small group and the best photographic guides is on your list, click the "Sign Me Up!" button now and we'll see you in Amboseli!