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, as well as the diversity of wildlife, 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've arranged for our own private camp to be set up, on our private land. You'll be in comfort, Muench-style, with all the expected amenities: amazing food, luxurious accommodations with en-suite facilities, and hot showers. Watch the animals from our main living and dining tent, or sit in comfort by the open fire and marvel at the sights of this special part of Africa.
October 18–22, 2018
General Information and Itinerary
October 18, 2018: From 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—our private camp, set up just for us. On arrival here, one cannot help but appreciate the contrast and enormity of Africa.
October 18–22, 2018: We are at Muench Workshops Private Camp. Our custom-made tents are very comfortable and consist of a bedroom, verandah and changing area with private shower and toilet. Each tent has plenty of room to move around and unpack your belongings. Your private shower is available anytime and you will find it piping hot and wonderfully relaxing. In the cool evenings, slip into your duvet-covered bed that has been warmed with hot water bottles. The insect-proof windows are extra large for superb ventilation and exquisite views of the surrounding wilderness. Our delectable food is well known throughout Africa, and our menus are custom-designed to suit your tastes. Breads, such as our scrumptious cinnamon rolls are baked fresh each day. Fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered as needed throughout the safari. Fine wines, sodas soft drinks, beer, liquor, coffee, tea and mineral water are provided in camp. Of course any special dietary needs can be accommodated!
Each 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 vehicles 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 will download and look at images, have one-on-one critiques, or you can simply relax. In the mid-afternoon after tea time (always with something sweet and something savory!) we're back in our private vehicles for another game drive until after sunset.
Back to camp for an amazing gourmet dinner, and then we can choose to relax, or we can go out for night photography if desired.
Aerial Photography: Everyone will have a unique opportunity to fly in a specially-designed four seat Cessna for "doors-off" aerial photography!
October 22, 2018: After a full day, we'll pack up in the late afternoon and take a short drive to the airstrip where our private charter will take us to Nairobi airport for our flights home.
Note: there is a 100% absolute ban on plastic bags in Kenya. Be sure you have none in your luggage or carry on bags.
- 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?
Your deposit of $4,000 will hold your place in this workshop. Final payment of $5,995 will be due by July 1, 2018. All payments for this workshop are non-refundable, which is why we recommend trip cancelation insurance. All of Muench Workshops' other Terms and Conditions apply.
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!