Wildlife Photography and Conservation Storytelling

Wildlife Photography and Conservation Storytelling

Photographic workshop and safari adventure 

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Wildlife Photography and Storytelling Safari Itinerary Highlights

 

A safari tailor-made for the passionate indie creative in mind, you will take an authentic, unfettered and raw creative journey as you experience African wildlife with two well-seasoned individuals: world-renowned photographer Rachel Rebibo and African Conservationist James Mwenda, owner of Jemu Expeditions. 

 

We will visit renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home of the world’s last northern white rhinos where you will meet the rhinos, visit a chimpanzee sanctuary, participate in radio tracking of collared lions and learn about conservation efforts in Kenya. From there you will continue on to visit world famous Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, where you will learn about elephant conservation, meet orphaned baby elephants and observe feedings. Then you will travel off the beaten path to visit some of Kenya’s hidden gem parks and reserves, avoiding the typical crowds, and exploring Samburu National Reserve and Amboseli National Park.

 

Activities & Highlights include:

 

  • Daily game drives

  • Conservation visits: rhino and elephant

  • Round table discussions with local conservationists

  • Photography workflow, editing and post processing techniques

  • Small group atmosphere with individual attention

 

This workshop is ideal for:

 

  • Photography Enthusiasts

  • Amateur photographers looking to create a portfolio

  • Professional photographers looking to hone your skills, expand your portfolio and create visual essays

  • Animal lovers

  • Anyone interested in conservation

 

You will leave this workshop with:

 

  • A portfolio of at least 10 finished wildlife / conservation images

  • Your own story which you will develop and perfect throughout the workshop, and finish at home

  • A better understanding of the technical aspects of shooting wildlife

  • A better understanding of wildlife conservation and preserving wildlife areas

  • A solid workflow to process and edit your images

 

Recommended Gear:

 

  • An SLR or Mirrorless camera with a minimum of 24MP

  • A zoom lens which goes to at least 400mm

  • Extra memory cards

  • A LACIE rugged external hard drive

  • A laptop for editing images (this is not required but we will be learning editing and post processing techniques)

  • Neutral colored clothing: for walking safaris, and to reduce flies. Flies are particularly attracted to blue and black, we recommend that you do not wear these colors.  

DAY 0 / ARRIVAL

 

After touching down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and disembarking from the plane, you’ll clear customs upon which members of the team will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

 

Overnight stay at Wildebeest Eco Camp or Similar.

 

DAY 1 NAIROBI TO OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY.

 

This marks the beginning of your Kenyan safari! Our representatives from JM Expeditions will pick you up in Nairobi, either from the airport or your overnight accommodation depending on the arrival time of your flight.

 

  • 8:00 am: pick up in Nairobi, drive to Olpejeta Conservancy (about 3 1/2 hours) arriving just in time for lunch at Sweetwaters Serena Lodge.     

  • 11:30 am: Check-in and Lunch break. During lunch: review of ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

  • 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm afternoon game drive.

  • Evening Conservation Talk By James around the campfire  (focus on rhino poaching crisis)

  • Overnight stay and accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp or Similar 


 

DAY 2 FULL DAY GAME DRIVE AT OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

 

  • 5:30 am: Wake up call with coffee. Gear check and camera settings overview with Rachel before shooting.

  • 6:00 am:  Sunrise game drive to take advantage of optimal golden hour light and peak viewing of Mt. Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa. Opportunity to spot animals and morning activity at dawn.

  • 08:00 am - 9:30 am: Breakfast

  • 09:30 am - 12:30 pm: Game viewing / photoshoot  

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Photographic review and Q&A with Rachel. We will be importing what we shot for those who opt to bring a laptop.

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Meeting and photoshoot with the last two Northern White Rhinos.

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Sunset game drive with sundowners

  • 7:00 pm: Dinner

  • 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm:  Night Game Drive

  • Overnight Stay and accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp 


 

DAY 3  FULL DAY GAME DRIVE AT OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY 

 

  • 6:00 am - 08:00 am: Early rise for an intimate bush walk. Here you embark with armed rangers on the plains of Ol Pejeta. It’s time to get off the truck and experience a safari on foot! Recommended to wear long pants and neutral colors for this activity.

  • 8:00 am - 09:30 am: Breakfast

  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm: Meet the anti poaching K-9 Unit and learn about their instrumental role in conservation.

  • 12:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m Lunch and photo import.

  • 2:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m Afternoon Game Drive: focus on backlighting techniques

  • Overnight Stay and accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

 

DAY 4 OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY TO SAMBURU 

 

Depart from OL Pejeta Conservancy after breakfast and head North to Samburu, a 2 hour drive through flower farms and estates. As we descend from the Laikipia Plateau to Kenya's arid north, we also have the opportunity for wildlife viewing not available in the south, including: the reticulated giraffe, the rare Grevy's Zebra with its large furry ears, the gerenuk “giraffe” antelope which stands on its hind legs to feed and Somali Ostriches with their distinctive blue legs.

 

  • Arrive for lunch and check in at Elephant Bedroom Camp

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Afternoon game drive with sundowner

  • Watch Kifaru the Film. Q&A with James.

  • Dinner and Overnight at Elephant Bedroom Camp

 

DAY 5 FULL DAY AT SAMBURU GAME RESERVE 

 

  • 6:00 am - 11:30am Early Breakfast and start for sunrise safari, where we embark on the search for big cats!

  • 11:30 am - 3:00 pm Lunch and afternoon photo editing session with Rachel

  • 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm afternoon game drive with sundowners

  • Dinner and group photo critique

  • Overnight stay and accommodation at Elephant Bedroom Camp

 

DAY 6 FULL DAY AT RETETI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

 

  • 6:00 am: Early rise and after breakfast head out for Reteti Elephant sanctuary, which takes around 2 hours from Samburu Game Reserve,Arriving just in time for the 11:00 am baby elephants feeding time.

  • Spend time with keepers learning about the ellies

  • Lunch (Packed)

  • Head Back to Samburu in time for evening game drive and to catch the sunset.

  • Dinner and Overnight stay at Elephant Bedroom Camp 

 

DAY 7 SAMBURU TO AMBOSELI

 

Breakfast and morning activity depending on flight schedule, depart for Nanyuki Airstrip where we will catch a bush plane to Amboseli.

 

  • Arrival: Check-in and lunch.

  • Photography Workshop with Rachel: Finding Your Personal Style & Voice - we will begin to select participants’ strongest photos and look at style and editing techniques for color toning and personal touch.

  • Sunset Game Drive with sundowner

  • Dinner with discussion and Q&A: Ethical wildlife encounters

  • Overnight accomodation at Kibo Safari Camp


 

DAY 8 FULL DAY: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK 

 

  • Breakfast 


  • 6:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Game drive.

  • 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch, import photos and editing session

  • 3:00 p.m - 6:00 pm Afternoon game drive with sundowner.

  • Dinner

  • Evening Storytelling: Adventures in the Bush with James

  • Overnight and Accomodation at Kibo Safari Camp.

 

DAY 9 FULL DAY AT AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

 

  • 5:30 am: Coffee/Breakfast

  • 6:00 am - 11:30 am Morning game drive with visits to conservation initiatives in the Amboseli ecosystem.

  • 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Lunch break, import photos and review workflow

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Afternoon game drive.

  • Dinner and photo editing session: Rachel will review each participants’ images and provide feedback and insight for final edit.

  • Overnight accomodation at Kibo Safari Camp.

 

DAY 10 AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI

This marks the end of your safari.

 

  • Early breakfast

  • Depart for airstrip

  • Flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport.
Upon arrival, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport


ONE WEEK POST SAFARI:

 

You will have the opportunity to upload your portfolio from the workshop to a private gallery, where you can also review other participants’ work. This is an opportunity to give and receive valuable feedback, and to present your work as a fully finished product. Rachel will review and provide individual feedback, tips and insight for all images uploaded by participants.

 

Included:

  • All accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary.

  • Transportation in a chauffeur driven safari 4 x 4 Safari Land cruiser or a luxurious tour van with a pop- up roof for easy game viewing & photography.

  • Services of an English speaking driver-guides, unlimited game viewing drives and parks

  • Entrance fees to parks and reserves as indicated in the itinerary.

  • Unlimited mineral water per day in the safari vehicle.

  • All meet and greet services.

  • Air fare for local flights

  • 24 hour stand-by contact number.

  • On safari accessories in each vehicle: – First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of 
binoculars, Socket for charging your cameras/Laptops/Phones and fire extinguisher.

Not included: 

Alcoholic drinks other than sundowner mentioned in itinerary

All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.

Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s).

International flight and departure taxes.

 

Areas to visit:

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

World renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy remains a leading role model in wildlife conservation, and is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East and Central Africa. Ol Pejeta is home to rescued chimpanzees, confiscated from trafficking and the wildlife trade, making it the only place in Kenya to see these primates. It is also well known by many as the home to the last 2 northern white rhinos in the world. Ol Pejeta’s innovative approach to conservation and proper land management makes it home to over 100 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds. . A visit to the conservancy will give you the opportunity to see rare wildlife and close interaction with rhinos. Game drives and bush walks are included in activities.

 

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, home to injured and orphaned elephants, is the first community owned sanctuary in Kenya. Local community members run all aspects of the sanctuary, including caretakers who sleep with the elephants at night to make sure they are fed every three hours. A visit to the sanctuary will give you a chance to interact with the elephants, while also empowering the community’s conservation efforts.

 

Samburu National Reserve

Home to not one, but two famous lionesses, Samburu National Reserve is true undisturbed wilderness. Kamunyak, the lioness who adopted over 6 baby Oryx calves in the early aughts was featured on BBC for her unusual behavior. Samburu was also home to conservationists George and Joy Adamson, aka the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness. Their subsequent bestselling book, Born Free, also became an award-winning movie, turning Elsa into a superstar. Game drives around the reserve will give you a chance to spot a large variety of wildlife, including the gerenuk or “giraffe antelope,” Grevy's zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe. You can also expect to see lion, cheetah and leopard along with elephant, Cape buffalo and hippos galore.

 

Amboseli National Park

Home to massive herds of elephants and views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is the little sister to Masai Mara. This low rainfall swamp area is known for being some of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the world. Amboseli National Park is a unique ecosystem with 5 different, distinct habitats. Expect to see lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffe, blue wildebeest and lots of elephants.  The park is also home to the Masai and provides an opportunity to learn about Masai culture.

Wildlife Photography $ Conservation Storytelling

$6500

Ten Days Nine nights with Rachel Bibo and James Mwenda October 15, - 24 2021