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Kenya: Wildlife Safari

Tsavo East/West - Amboseli/Conservation - Masai Mara

May 13 - 27, 2021

8 People


What is unique about this African Safari workshop?

We are going to visit 5 different locations. Tsavo East National Park, where we will find some of the largest herd of elephants in Kenya; Tsavo West National Park, where we will experience a myriad of species; Amboseli National Park, where we will photograph wildlife against Kilimanjaro as a backdrop; Amboseli Conservation Area, the largest corridor of elephant migration; Masai Mara National Reserve, where we will photograph wildlife in the African savannah.

We are going to have a private visit at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Rescue Center. This is amazing organization that rescue elephants to give them a future, protect wildlife against poachers, etc.

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 wildlife. You'll travel in 4x4 vehicle, with a full row seat assigned to you. With such layout, 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 8 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. We will photograph in three very diverse environments. Red clay at Tsavo, Kilimanjaro as a backdrop in Amboseli, African savannah at Masai Mara National Reserve.
6. Come back home with images and experience you dreamed about. It is finally going to be real!
7. This is a true 15 days safari. The trip starts and ends in Nairobi. No gimmicks about including traveling days from and to your home country.
8. We will photograph daily on safari game drives and from the lodges. Some lodges have amazing views of wildlife gathering around water holes.
9. 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 May at our Kenya Wildlife Safari.

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Registration (Kenya Wildlife Safari - May 13-27, 2021): $9,800
Single Supplement: $900

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Balance payment due:
January 10: $6,000 (payable by check or credit card (3% processing fee))
February 1: Final balance, will include the extras hotel nights, single rate (payable by check or credit card (3% processing fee))

Questions: email Oliver Klink

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Oliver Klink has been photographing in Africa since 2006. 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 Africa, 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.”
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 Masai when photographing in the Amboseli Conservation Area



- Photographing wildlife from portraiture to environmental shots
- Getting sharp images with a concept attached to them
- 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)



Included:
- 15 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Entrance fees
- Private visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Safaris at Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli National Park, Amboseli Conservation Area, Masai Mara National Reserve
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Nairobi International Airport (NBO)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Nairobi
- Tips to local staff



Double Occupancy: $9,800
Single room supplement: $900
Deposit (non-refundable):
$800 (Double Occupancy)
$1,700 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by February 1, 2021 (payable by check or credit card (3% processing fee))



Registration: $9,800
Deposit: $900

Terms and Conditions




- Patience is key as we’ll spend quality time at each location to observe wildlife, capture unique images and mood.
- 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: May 13-27, 2021
Who: Oliver Klink, local staffs, Local Masai
Airport: Nairobi International Airport (NBO)
Accommodations: Hotels, Tented Camps (single and double occupancy)
Weather: 50 – 80F. Moody Sky
Cost: $9,800 ($900 single supplement)


Workshop details for the Kenya: Wildlife Safari

Agenda

15 days of guided photoshoot and reviews

May 13 - 27, 2021

Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Day 0 (NMay 12): On your own arrival in Nairobi. We can arrange airport transportation and hotel for you.

Day 1 (May 13): Tsavo East National Park
- Early morning drive to Tsavo East
- Afternoon game drive

Day 2-3: Tsavo East National Park
- Full day game drive
- Tsavo East National Park is the largest park in Kenya and noted as one of the largest wildlife sanctuary on the planet!
- Some of Kenya’s largest elephant herds are in Tsavo East Park, so you will likely see these grey-skinned animals in several locations. What you may not expect, though, is the color of their skin being partly red. These elephants dust themselves with the red-brown Tsavo murram soil, so photographing them creates evocative images that are the envy of many visitors. Prides of mane-less lions, some sharing the DNA from the man-eater lions of Tsavo along with herds of buffalos are also been frequently seen in the park. Dispersed amongst these animals are giraffes, zebras, lesser kudus, coke’s hartebeests, grant’s gazelles, klipspringers, impalas, waterbucks, gerenuks, hunter’s hartebeests and many more sought-after fauna. In the rivers, you may see hippos enjoying the refreshing water that cools them throughout the day.

Day 4: Tsavo West National Park
- Drive to Tsavo West
From the lodge, we have an excellent view of the wildlife, sunsets and the vast Taita Hills Sanctuary. The entire lodge is elevated so you are right above all the action.
- Afternoon game drive

Day 5: Tsavo West National Park
- Full day game drive
- Photograph the natural behaviors of leopards, cheetahs, mane-less lions and other predators stalk impalas, gazelles, elands, zebras, fringe-eared oryx, dik-diks and other prey animals from the cover of dense bush and deep shadows. This immense action unfolds against a vigilant backdrop of grazing and foraging elephants, giraffes, buffalos, protected rhinos and other large herbivores. Walk under tree canopies filled with scampering vervet monkeys, baboons, galago and other tree dwellers.

Day 6: Amboseli National Park
- Drive to Amboseli National Park
- Afternoon game drive
- Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – and the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem.

Day 7-9: Amboseli National Park & Conservation Area
- Full day game drives
- Wildlife sighting with Kilimanjaro in the background
- Exploration of the elephant corridor conservancy

Day 10: Masai Mara National Reserve
- Morning game drive thru Amboseli National Park
- Afternoon game drive at Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 11-13: Masai Mara National Reserve
- Full day game drives
- Wildlife sighting with the African savannah as a backdrop
- The Masai Mara has wildlife in abundance: the reserve is home to the Big Five, and you're pretty much guaranteed to see lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant on any trip

Day 14: Masai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Drive to Nairobi
- Afternoon private visit at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage

Day 15 (May 27): Departure Day
- Transfer to Nairobi International Airport
- Conclusion of the workshop

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

Accessories:
- Bean bag
- Optional: Tripod for evening/night photography
- 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):
- borrowlenses.com

Logistics

This workshop includes:
- 15 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- All entrance fees
- Private visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, local guides, Local Masai guide for Amboseli Conservation Area


Not Included:
- Visa Application (Kenya)
- Transportation to and from Nairobi International Airport (NBO)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Nairobi
- Tips to local staff


Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Nairobi no later than May 12. Your return flight can be booked on May 27 (anytime).
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Nairobi (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 http://www.travelexinsurance.com (800) 228-9792
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- TEN (Travelers Emergency Network) Emergency Evacuation Coverage https://www.sevencorners.com/insurance/HW7C6YH
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