Amboseli National Park - Wild and Exclusive
This safari is intended as an add-on to our Madagascar workshop.
Amboseli lies close to the border between Kenya and Tanzania and is dominated by the continent’s highest mountain—Kilimanjaro. It has Africa’s highest density of elephants per square mile, as well as the exceptional diversity of wildlife.
Capped with snow and ascending into a blue abyss, Mt. Kilimanjaro soars to 19,340 feet and provides a stunning backdrop for our safari on private land adjacent to Amboseli National Park. The area has 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. But it is the springs that rim its eastern margins that act as magnets for the game we seek. Here, 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’re staying in comfort Muench-style at one of the best camps in the area, with all the expected amenities: amazing food, luxurious accommodations with en-suite facilities, and hot showers. Expect to be immersed in photography and safari from before sunup until after sunset. Everyone can expect to learn the finer points of wildlife photography and to refine “the art of seeing,” where you will work on improving your compositions. In the evenings and during downtimes, we will be working with you on image reviews and post-processing. Join us after our Madagascar workshop, read on…
October 21–26, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
October 21, 2021: 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—Tortilis Camp in Amboseli. On arrival here, one cannot help but appreciate the contrast and enormity of Africa.
October 21–25, 2021: We are on safari in Amboseli. 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 we 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 work on our images.
October 26, 2021: We won’t waste this last day! We’ll be out on a game drive first thing in the morning, and again in the afternoon. 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.
Safari Camp Life—What to expect
In short, you’ll feel like you’re in a luxury hotel! We’ve hand picked our camps for comfort, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great food and convenience to our main objective, the wildlife. We also place a huge value on isolation and exclusivity. You won't find us in areas where there are dozens of other vehicles at a sighting—rather, you'll feel like you own the land, and the animals are there just for you! Typical tented accommodations feature twin beds or queen bed, high thread-count linens, storage for clothing, sitting area, verandah, and of course en suite bathrooms, with toilets, hot water and showers. They are enormous in size, bright, open, and airy.
Our days start early, before sunrise. We’ll have a quick coffee or tea, maybe a cookie, and off on our first game drive of the day. The animals are just starting to stir as the day starts, and we want to be there, and in the best light. We’ll stay out for a few to several hours, depending on the sightings. After a mid-drive coffee break, we’ll continue on until mid to late morning. We typically have breakfast in the field, so as to maximize our game-viewing and photographing time. Back in camp, it’s time for offloading cards, one-on-one instruction, or just taking time to relax and do nothing. Read a book, take a walk, or take a nap and recharge. Of course there will be lunch, and then In the mid to late afternoon, we’ll again head out for another game drive, chasing the best sightings. Enjoying your favorite drink while watching and photographing the sunset is a popular activity. Arrive back at camp after sundown, enjoy a hot shower if you like, and then join us by the campfire or in the living area for cocktails followed by dinner.
Food in our camps is superb—you’ll be served foods that you know as well as local specialties—and of course any dietary needs can be accommodated.
We’ve arranged for the best safari vehicles—custom Land Cruisers which feature ample room for you and your gear, and great visibility. And only one photographer per row of seats (note that front seat next to driver counts as a row). All of our camps feature optional daily laundry service (but not on days we travel in between camps).
Why a Muench Workshops Safari?
We know you have choices, and yes, you can spend less on another Safari. Our aim is to give you the best possible experience, maximizing your time and minimizing the hassle, while providing the best photographic experience and instruction available anywhere.
Photography and Safari Guiding: We’ve personally chosen only the best local safari guides for this photographic safari.
Details Matter: Our itinerary is carefully set to bring you the best game viewing and all that the region offers. We arrange things so that we're in areas that are not overly crowded with many other safari vehicles, and we get off-road when possible so we can get close to the action and our subjects.
Photography Instruction: This is a workshop, not just a tour. We will work hard on this safari, with instruction in the field and in camp. Many evenings feature critiques and post-processing instruction after dinner, and during the daytime we offer one-on-one instruction as needed. You’ll come away with a wealth of new knowledge not only on how to create great imagery but how best to process those images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Years of Experience—Happy Repeat Customers: We’ve been leading, guiding and teaching photographers for a long time—and we have thrilled customers who come back on our workshops again and again to prove it. If you’d like to speak to someone who has been with us on a workshop or safari, just let us know, we’d be happy to arrange a phone call.
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?
International air travel. Passport and visa fees, if any. Travel medical and evacuation insurance (required). Travel and trip cancellation insurance (recommended). Alcoholic beverages. Tips for guides and camp staff. Anything not listed specifically as included. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.
Your non-refundable deposit of $3,995 will hold your space in this workshop. A second payment of $3,000 is due by March 1, 2021. The balance of $3,000 will be due not later than June 1, 2021. For this workshop, deposits and all payments are non-refundable, which is why you should have Trip Cancelation Insurance. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.
This photographic safari fits perfectly an add-on to our Madagascar workshop, is strictly limited to 8 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!