Photographic opportunities that arise on safari are frequent and impressive.
If you are a photographer, familiar with your equipment; just double check your kit and accessories.
We also recommend you read a few blogs on wildlife and landscape photography to better prepare yourself for what to expect and how to make the most of your photography on safari.
For those who are less experienced, or not considering coming on safari with your own camera, maybe re-consider.
For some, just experiencing a safari and viewing the remarkable wildlife and scenery is perfect. However, it is not uncommon for guests to regret not bringing a camera, or not bringing a certain kind of camera or lens.
Others have some great kit, but have not become familiar with it. This means that time on safari is spent reading through manuals, and missing photo opportunities. Taking the time at home to learn about your kit, and at least a few principles of photography goes a long way. For example, practice taking some images with your camera on a tripod at night with no flash. Play around with the aperture and shutter speed, or the Night setting.
Modern SLR amateur and semi-pro cameras such as the Canon 600D (amateur), and Canon 60D (semi pro) are highly advanced cameras with heaps of built in settings. Get to know your camera, especially features such as HD video, so you can combine your digital photos with some video clips or a short HD movie.
Safari is all about immersing yourself in the wilderness, which is always enhanced with a good pair of binoculars, and for some, composing images and video gives a richer experience.
We believe there is a balance, and you won't want to spend your whole time on safari looking though a lens, however if you are prepared and know your kit before you arrive, the time you do spend behind a camera will not be a learning process.
We have listed out some cameras, lenses, and accessories below that you may want to consider, or jog your memory about what to bring out on safari. Spare memory cards and batteries are a must as long days out in vehicles and limited re-charging opportunities can mean spares are very useful. Good value, small 'point and shoot' cameras are also great to bring along.
To learn more about buying kit, learning how to use it, and many other aspects of photography, Digital Photography School is a great place to start with many tips and links.