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This Is What Happens When You Set Up a Remote Control Camera on Safari

Kenya Wildlife Photo + Video + Film
by Matador Creators Feb 6, 2023

Wildlife photographer Yarin Klein recently experimented with operating a camera remotely while on safari in Kenya. The result? A series of extraordinary shots of a herd of elephants.

Klein originally posted a video on Instagram outlining the photographic endeavor. He placed his camera on a small stand low to the ground of the dusty savannah, waited a safe distance away in a safari vehicle, and watched as a group of elephants crossed in front of the lens. He snapped his photographs remotely and then collected his camera once the elephants had passed, undisturbed by his presence. It’s impossible to say how aware of the camera’s presence the elephants were, but if the intimate eye contact Klein captured is any indication, these particular elephants were ready for their closeups.

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Where to see African elephants on safari in Kenya

If you want to improve your own nature photography, any professional photographer will tell you that capturing award-winning wildlife photos starts with a decent camera. (Matador’s Outdoor Editor Suzie Dundas swears that the Sony Alpha 7 IV is worth the hefty price tag.) Brushing up on tips for self-taught travel photographers is always a good idea, too. But if there’s specific wildlife you’d like to see — say, African elephants like the one Klein shot — nothing is more important than knowing where to go. Here are three places to see African elephants in Kenya.

Masai Mara National Reserve

This sprawling wildlife sanctuary sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. One of the most popular safari destinations in the world, it covers over 580 square miles and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and, of course, elephants. When you’re not cruising around the reserve in a jeep, you can fly overhead in a hot-air balloon or take a guided bush walk with an experienced Maasai guide.

Amboseli National Park

Located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is renowned for its large elephant herds and stunning views of Africa’s highest mountain. Travelers can observe elephants up close as they wander through the park’s savannas and swamps. Other animals that inhabit this park include hippos, cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles, impalas, and more. There are also several lodges available in the park where visitors can spend the night.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is one of Kenya’s largest parks, spanning more than 5,000 square miles. Its clear lakes, abundant grasslands, and savannahs help to explain its thriving African elephant population, which Tsavo East has made great strides to protect from poaching. Visitors have the best chance of seeing baby elephants during the dry season. Other than elephants, Tsavo East National Park is also home to various other species of wildlife such as rhinos, gazelles and lions.

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