‘Tusky Treat’: Why Amboseli is a Great Place to Photograph Elephants

Amboseli Elephants

Some of the most interesting human experiences can hold you under their spell when external contradictions are internalised completely. In Amboseli, you will find one such ever-adorable contradiction you can live viscerally in Amboseli National Park in Kenya – the African elephant.

We say contradiction because although these mighty mammals in Amboseli are dauntingly giant-like, all they instill in a wildlife enthusiast is awe and love and not fear. They have charmed children and adults alike everywhere and have always been a part of human mythologies and stories, acquiring some fascinating connotations.

Treat yourself to this visual presentation of elephants in Amboseli, captured in some of the most redolent habitats and evocative perspectives.

 

Amboseli Elephants

© Santosh Saligram

 

All of the empty space in the sprawling expanses of Amboseli seems to be provoked to prove its existence (or non-existence?) when these elephants moving in big herds, flapping their huge ears almost all the time. And with the changing colours of the sky and of the vast grasslands, these towering mammals will offer you stunning photography opportunity by just being present!

 

Amboseli Elephants

© Santosh Saligram

 

A playful (not-so) little elephant calf in the plains of Amboseli is a thing of delight that will become a joy forever as a warm memory. Funny and endearing and hilarious, Amboseli is the perfect playground for these elephant calves. So, not only do you get to make images of beauty in solemn mood when you are there but also have great fun watching these little ones playing with their mother or their siblings.

 

Amboseli Elephants

© Santosh Saligram

 

The love and affection between a mother and a child of any species are always moving to see when displayed. This universal form of love in elephants can fill you with warmth when you get to see a mother and her calf in Amboseli. A touch of tenderness, while other parts of the National Park might be tensed with some wildlife action, the weak yielding to haunting rules of life, is something you would not want miss.

 

Amboseli - African Elephants

© Jayanth Sharma

 

Art is best created by moments that bring to you a volley of emotions that invade and stir within you. And what can beautifully haunt you can eventually end as an ever-haunting piece of art. In this case, such striking silhouettes are made in the best light for one, presented to an image-maker only in a place like Amboseli.

 

Amboseli Elephants

© Santosh Saligram

 

See how everything around blurs away like it was that easy when you focus on a detail like you had never seen it before. See how a massive tusker in Amboseli takes its fair share of your mental-and-emotional-scape and eventually your memoryscape. See how these elephants of Amboseli will etch themselves as elements of joy and peace on your mind – all too bright, ivory-white!

 

Amboseli Elephants

© Santosh Saligram

 

Nuances of mighty existences – still and moving – bring you surrealism in a faraway land. Excess of such daily visual in Amboseli, especially with Mount Kilimanjaro as the backdrop, will only make you want to visit it again and again. This is where the definition of ‘mundane’ transforms into ‘magic’. This is where nostalgia can present itself in present tense, and it never hurts but only brings bliss.

 

Amboseli Elephants

© Santosh Saligram

 

All great art is great imitation of nature or imagination. Perhaps it is about how sincere the artist is in recreating something similar to what his senses had grasped. Such an image of warmth and amber beauty is an attainable joy in Amboseli, especially when the elephants dot the plain landscape with their towering presence.

 

Amboseli - African Elephants

© Sachin Rai

 

This is how beauty can permeate into different layers of the landscape – the cloudless skies, the meditating grass and some straying mammals. This is how Amboseli can offer you as many canvases for you to paint your imagination as you want. This is how a mother and a baby elephant are the epitome of all things adorable in an otherwise overwhelming spread of the wilderness.

 

Amboseli - African Elephants

© Sachin Rai

 

The world is a painting in motion with its changing, merging, dispersing colours. In Amboseli, when a herd of elephants walk across the grasslands, it’s a majestic view you want to freeze into frames such as this. The females here have tusks, too, as you know, and the calves walking between the tusked giants is a cheering sight you don’t want to miss.

 

Amboseli - African Elephants

© Sachin Rai

 

Like all elephants, the ones in Amboseli too love playing in water. And if there is a calf somewhere in the scene, there’s nothing more amusing to watch than that. While they do so ward off insects on their ebony skin and keep themselves cool, it’s what you can call a fun sighting for us, for the joy on their faces is so infectious that it will leave you delighted whenever you recollect it.

Hurry up! Join us on our Kenya Wildlife Photography Tour to see and photograph the elephants of Amboseli.

 

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Sourabha Rao

Sourabha is a staff writer at Toehold who dexterously gives verbal form to the inexpressible, and with her passion for travel, weaves immersive stories that transcend space and dissolve time.

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