Unique Landscape Photography Locations in Kenya
Most people think of Kenya as a flat savannah with a few lions, wildebeest, and elephants, but it has so much more to offer—endemic vegetation, majestic views, and spectacular scenery. This mountain safari is designed to visit two unique locations in very wild regions of Kenya: Mt Kenya and the sacred mountain in Samburu, Ololokwe. With helicopters and porters, we will get you up in the high places where very few ever go. We will capture unique imagery from serene locations during the magic hours and at night under the light of the Milky Way.
You’ll be guided by both Marc Muench and Kenyan-born Pro and Guide Sean Dundas. Sean has led numerous groups into the wilds of the African bush and created a reputation for providing luxury camping in unusual locations. Marc has visited the slopes of Mt Kenya and Ololokwe, where his love for unique places inspired him to work with Sean on this photographic adventure.
We will take advantage of the topography, allowing everyone to enjoy the scenery. You’ll be amazed as we ascend the slopes of Mt Kenya, fly from camp to camp, and explore remote regions with the luxury of a fully outfitted camp. The landscape photography will include endemic plants, alpine ponds reflecting the night skies, elephants in Samburu, and rock cliffs over a thousand feet high bathed in sunset light.
From the moment you land in Nairobi until the time you fly home, everything is included. The itinerary and the opportunities are subject to local conditions and the helicopter’s capabilities. We’ve chosen the optimal time of year to provide the best chance to fly up high on Mt Kenya and experience some of the darkest skies on the continent.
February 5–13, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
February 5, 2021: Fly into Nairobi (NBO) on a specific flight reviled way before the workshop, and be picked up as a group and taken to our first nights accommodations in the Ngong Hills adjacent to Karen.
February 6–9, 2021: Pack your gear and load it into our safari vehicles to make the scenic drive up to Mt Kenya. This drive allows everyone to experience the change of vegetation as gain elevation all the way up to 9,000 feet. We’ll be spending the night at our first camp in thick evergreen forests and many endemic plants. The following morning we’ll be met by our pilot and flown up to our second camp at 14,000 feet where we’ll spend two nights. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the local region and even hike up higher onto the slopes of Mt Kenya. The final morning we’ll pack up and again be met by our pilot, who will fly us directly to Elephant Watch Lodge.
February 9–11, 2021: After arriving at the Elephant Watch Lodge, everyone will have time to unpack in their tents and enjoy a gourmet lunch in the shade of the Acacia trees along the river banks. We’ll spend the afternoon charging batteries and maybe a nap. We’ll head out for an afternoon and evening game drive to look for gerenuk, elephant, leopard, and other wildlife. Depending on the weather, we’ll photograph landscapes from one of the many rocky hills in the region before heading back to camp for dinner. The following day we’ll have an early morning game drive to photograph the elephants in the river and look for more wildlife. We’ll plan on spending the better part of the morning in the field with breakfast served in the bush before heading back to camp for a rest and lunch. We’ll have an early dinner before we head out to photograph wildlife in the late afternoon light, then visit another local hilltop for some astrophotography. On our final morning, after a much-needed sleep in and breakfast, we’ll load up into the helicopter and fly directly to the summit of Ololokwe.
February 11–13, 2021: Our helicopter will pick us up in front of the lodge and fly us to the summit of Ololokwe. Ololokwe, meaning Sacred Mountain, is a pillar of cultural significance to the Samburu tribe. Nestled in the heart of the Northern Frontier District of Kenya, it has a distinctive flat-topped shape with sheer cliff drops. This is an excellent opportunity to photograph incredible landscapes, magical views, fascinating forests, and beautiful sunsets. Over two nights, we will explore the views from the rim of this magnificent mountain during the day and locate compositions to take full advantage of both the sunset light and night skies. On our last morning, we’ll fly back to a local airstrip to transfer from our helicopter to a bush plane, which will take us to Willson airport in Nairobi. Everyone will have a day room at our hotel in Karen before catching flights back home anytime after 8:00 PM that day. If you wish to spend another night, just let us know, and we can arrange it.
Double occupancy lodging, single tents are included. (single lodging available, just ask)
All meals and transportation during the workshop
Internal flights during the workshop - including both fixed wing and helicopter.
All bedding and supplies for camping
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Your transportation to and from Nairobi, Kenya (NBO airport code), and any lodging before or after the workshop dates (we can assist, just ask). Medical evacuation insurance (required), travel medical and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Premium alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.
Your deposit of $7,000 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. A second payment of $10,000 will be due July 1, 2020. The balance of $8,000 will be due November 1, 2020. All payments are non-refundable and this is why you should have trip cancelation insurance. If you are registering after that date, please make your payment in full. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.
This expedition will require everyone to have experience at altitude prior to the trip. Marc Muench will contact you with specific requirements regarding your abilities and experience. Please feel free to reach Marc by email with any questions.