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Kenya (Africa): Elephants

Amboseli National Park and Conservation Area

December 2 – 7, 2016

5 participants (ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT)

Off Road permit Unique vehicle layout for ground level viewing

What is unique about this African workshop?

The primary focus is on elephants, with off-road permit to gain access to locations not available to the general public and special vehicle layout for ground level viewing.

Our photo safari is designed to maximize wildlife viewing (aka minimize driving time and distance, choosing hotels at close proximity to the photoshoot locations), whether it is for serious photography or simply the thrill of observing animals in their natural habitat.

The safari is scheduled during an exciting time of the year, when many animals have their young. The landscape is green and lush, the air is fresh, and there are few tourists. This is the time of the year, where you will experience Africa in peace, without countless vehicles surrounding wildlife.

The places we'll visit are top notch for elephants. You'll travel in an all-terrain vehicle, with modified layouts so you have ground level viewing. With such layout and off-road permit, you’ll get very unique perspective.

You'll also benefit from group lectures (focus on image quality, workflow speed and accuracy) and one-on-one reviews where we discuss “what can you do next, how can you expand your comfort zone, make images that are not found thousand times on google”. The experience will enable you to enhance your photography, to work on personal projects, and to discover who you are as a photographer. Our style is to open your eyes, mind, and creativity to possibilities that you thought were not reachable. Bring your dreams to reality in this once in a lifetime workshop.

We’ll have exquisite nature and wildlife and the following added experience:

1. Oliver Klink's technical expertise covers the gamut from iPhone, to DSLR, to mirrorless camera, to digital medium format camera. You’ll receive first hand advices that he uses on a daily basis with his various cameras. He will build your confidence so you get ready for “the shot”.
2. Oliver teaches you how to photograph and find a vision for your photographic endeavor. There are no substitutes to nightly image reviews, one-on-one instructions, and guidelines to best capture these amazing scenes. You’ll be able to get creative day after day and get inspired by the wealth of knowledge he shares.
3. Our group is kept to 5 people maximum, which enables us to be nimble and find the best spots to experience wildlife.
4. Prime dates for the trip. The animals are healthy, have their young, and contrast with the background (lush green). We also avoid the tourist and holiday rush.
5. Come back home with images and experience you dreamed about. It is finally going to be real!
6. This is a true 6 days safari. The trip starts and ends in Arusha, Tanzania. No gimmicks about including traveling days from and to your home country.
7. We'll modify the seating arrangement in the all-terrain vehicle to have more space for ground level viewing and setting up tripods for special photoshoots.
8. Special off-road access to wildlife viewing, special setting in the vehicle, parks scouted for best wildlife opportunity, unique photoshoot opportunities - A safari workshop designed for photographers to make dreams come true!

Hope to see you in December at our Kenya Wildlife Experience.



Double Occupancy: $6,500
Single room supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$700 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Select Deposit


Oliver Klink has been photographing in Africa since 2006. His focus has been Kenya for the elephants and Tanzania for the African wildlife. His image, “The Great Migration” won the grand prize at PhotoCentral Gallery Spring Show in 2013, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “On my first trip to Tanzania, I wanted to see everything. I spent more time driving from famous locations to famous locations. After so many years, I have minimized the travel time to stop at parks that are unbelievable for specific species. This workshop is not a “zoo tour”. During our first review session, I will ask you: “Can this image be taken in a zoo?” Our local guides are passionate about wildlife and eager to be the first one out in the morning and last one in in the evening. Time spend in the field is key to embrace this one in a life time experience.”

Two local staff members (drivers and guides) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

Local Masaii when photographing in the Amboseli Conservation Area

Park Ranger when photographing with Off Road permit

- Photographing elephants from portraiture to environmental shots
- Getting sharp images with a concept attached to them
- Photographing with special access (Off road)
- Incorporating the grand landscape with wildlife
- Understanding light (what do you do middle of the day?)
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 6 days of guided photoshoot
- Off-road permit (available to all because of Oliver’s credentials)
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Entrance fees
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
- Transport from Kilimanjaro airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Arusha
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $6,500
Single room supplement: $800
Deposit (non-refundable):
$700 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by July 31, 2016 (payable by check)

Registration: $6,500
Deposit: $800

Terms and Conditions

- Patience is key as we’ll spend quality time at each location to observe the elephants, capture unique images and mood.
- As we’ll travel with special off-road permit, quietness is requested
- If you are interested in photographing African wildlife, I would recommend joining the Tanzania workshop, which is design to photograph “Big Cats” and The Great migration.
- We are traveling on highways and local unpaved bumpy roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

Where: Kenya
When: December 2 - 7, 2016
Who: Oliver Klink, two local staffs, Park Ranger, Local Masai
Airport: Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) – NOTE: You fly to Tanzania
Accommodations: Hotels (single and double occupancy)
Weather: 50 – 80F. Moody Sky
Cost: $6,500 ($800 single supplement)

Workshop details for the Elephants (Kenya)


6 days of guided photoshoot and reviews

December 2 - 7, 2016

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Day 0: (December 1) On your own arrival in Arusha. We can arrange airport transportation and hotel for you.

Day 1: Amboseli National Park - Early morning drive to Kenya (cross border at the Namanga gate – Get visa)
- Afternoon game drive
- Western Park of Amboseli

Day 2: Amboseli National Park
- Full day game drive
- North End of the Park

Day 3: Amboseli Conservation Area
- Full day game drive
- Local Masai guide
- Kilimanjaro as a backdrop

Day 4: Amboseli National Park
- Full day game drive
- South End of the Park
- Visit of the Elephant sanctuary

Day 5: Amboseli Conservation Area
- Full day game drive
- Local Masai guide
- Photograph from hill tops
- Elephant migration from Kilimanjaro Area

Day 6: (December 7) Amboseli
- Morning game drive
- Return to Namanga gate
- Drive to Arusha
- 6PM: Conclusion of workshop and drop off at International Airport or Arusha Hotel.

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.
Clothing: (temperature ranges from high 50's to low 80's)
- Comfortable layered clothes (need warm for the early morning)
- Sturdy shoes (protected toes)
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gear/windbreaker
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)
Camera Equipment:
- Digital or Film camera (bring your camera manual)
- If available... two camera bodies
- Recommended lenses
- Portrait and action shots: 50-400mm+
- Grand Landscape: 24-200mm

- Bean bag
- Tripod with gimbal head (and/or pano head)
- Additional memory cards (Average 2,000 images per day)
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)
- Extender (1.4x, 2x)

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop, memory card downloader
- Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop
- External Hard drive (for backup copies)

Equipment Rental and Purchase (if you need to rent lenses we recommend the following places):
- Keeble & Shuchat (290 S California Ave, Palo Alto - (650) 327-8996


This workshop includes:
- 6 days of guided photoshoot
- Off-road permit (available because of Oliver Klink credentials)
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Small group (maximum 5 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, two local guides, Local Masai guide for Amboseli Conservation Area

Not Included:
- Visa Application (Tanzania and Kenya)
- Transportation to and from Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
- Transport from Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Arusha
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Arusha no later than December 1. Your return flight can be booked on December 7 (after 9PM).
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Arusha (pre & post workshop) and airport transportation.

Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance Suggestions:

Here are a few recommendations but please browse around as services and prices vary.

- Travelex Travel Select (800) 228-9792
- Travel Guard or Travel Insurance Services
- Travel Insurance Services (Walnut Creek, CA) (800) 937-1387
- Atlas International Insurance (HCC Medical Insurance Services)
- TEN (Travelers Emergency Network) Emergency Evacuation Coverage
- Medjet Assist 1-800-527-7478

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