Amboseli Trip Report

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Amboseli is famously known for its herds of big tusked elephants and its incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro which is located in its neighbouring country Tanzania.

Earlier in March of 2023, Panthera Photo Safaris had our first photography workshop in this incredible destination.

huge elephant tusker
huge elephant tusker

We started the safari in Nairobi, boarding a small plan from Wilson Airport. After an easy 1 hour flight we arrived at the Amboseli Airstrip. We then checked into Ol Tukai where we would be staying for three nights. The lodge’s chalets offer an amazing view of the wilderness and views of Mount Kilimanjaro right outside your door. You also have the chance of spotting wildlife metres away from you, and often have the Yellow Baboons and Vervet Monkeys playing on the large open lawn in front of the camp.

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Amboseli-elephant-wildlife-panthera-photo-safaris-photography-workshop

After lunch we departed on our first afternoon drive with our guests in search of wildlife. We drove along the salt marshes which are bright green and stand out in contrast in the arid and dusty plain of the park. The marshes are a vital source of water for all animals living around Amboseli National Park and we noticed it was a great habitat for water bird species.

We saw herons, kingfishers, egrets and plenty of black-winged stilts.

One of the sightings that stood out for us in the marsh area was a female elephant who had beautiful long tusks on her. These tusks were not your usual long tusks to the ground, but ones that were growing towards each other. The female elephant put on an amazing show for us, drinking and eating in the beautiful greenery, before finally walking a few feet past the vehicles, which showed off the incredible size of her tusks.

Image of a greater flamingo flying
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huge elephant tusker
huge elephant tusker

Once she had moved off we continued our game drive enjoying the variety of different landscapes and colours. It is amazing how the scenery can change within a matter of a few kilometres, moving from waterlogged greenery to an absolute desolate dry endless plain of dust.

While driving it was getting closer to every photographer’s dream “Golden Light” and luckily for our guests, we came across a sighting of four cheetahs who were on the move in the dusty open landscape.

cheetah sitting in the scenery
cheetah sitting in the scenery

It was an unusual sighting as a troop of yellow baboons decided they would chase the cheetahs around to try and make them move to a different area.

cheetah chasing baboons
cheetah chasing baboons
cheetah in back light
cheetah in back light
cheetah in back light
cheetah in back light

The next morning we all woke up early and grabbed a quick cup of coffee before setting out for the game drive. The early mornings are not to be missed, as overnight the dust settles you get a clearer view of the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Our mission was to try and find animals in front of the mountain before it disappeared in the haze.

Our first sighting of the morning was a spectacular one. A serval who was on her way home, walking through open plains for about twenty minutes and even crossed a small stream Infront of us. She was also the first animal we photographed in front of the mountain, albeit at very slow shutter speeds and very far away!

serval crossing water-swimming
serval crossing water-swimming
serval in front of mount kilimanjaro amboseli

As we continued on we checked out the local hyena den. There was a bit of activity going on with the pups out and about exploring while the parents relaxed. We didn’t spend to much time here however, as we wanted to get into the heart of the reserve to explore.

baby hyena pup
baby hyena pup

As we travelled we came across a number of beautiful sights. Gazelles sparing in the beautiful back light as the sun was rising, ostriches around every corner, crowned cranes, a beautiful martial eagle and even a herd of buffalo.

gazelles play fighting in morning light
gazelles play fighting in morning light
ostrich eagle in amboseli
Martial eagle in amboseli
Martial eagle in amboseli
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Amboseli,Elephants,Kenya,Photography,Safari
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