The Best Places in Africa to Go on Photo Safari

Whether you’re a professional or an amateur photographer, a photo safari experience in Africa is unparalleled to anywhere else in the world. With Africa’s landscapes and wildlife as your subject, there’s something new to capture around every corner. 

There are several safari lodges in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia that offer specialist photo safaris for all levels of expertise. Take your Big 5 Safari to another level by capturing it on camera and take home some of your best African memories.

Boat Photo Safaris in Botswana

Botswana is arguably one of the best photo safari destinations in the world. One of the last remaining wildlife sanctuaries on earth, it’s rich in unspoiled landscapes and home to over 450 bird species and a wide variety of animals of which some are rare.

In the Okavango Delta, you can go on a photo safari in traditional dug-out canoes called mokoros. This allows you to glide silently through the water without disturbing the wildlife and the low angle of the boat is perfect for taking photos.

In the Chobe Region, photo safaris are offered on motorised boats and will give you prime views of the animals flocking to the water. The ‘elephant capital’ of the world, you will see herds of elephants as far as the eye can see. Other animals include the rest of the Big 5, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, the endangered African wild dog, civets, hyenas, baboons and puku antelopes, and the Chobe River teems with crocodiles and hippos. 

Many of these boats have built-in camera arms to stabilise equipment and take the weight off your arms. 

Photo Safaris on Specialised Vehicles 

Londolozi Private Game Reserve’s lodges located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa, offer photo safaris on their custom-built photography vehicles. 

As part of their conservation efforts, Londolozi has introduced their very own Zero Emissions Safari Vehicle. With a lower carbon footprint than the conventional 4x4, this new electric vehicle moves silently through the bush and is further modified and fitted with adjustable seats that can swivel 180 degrees, allowing for maximum flexibility and unusual camera angles.

Guests can hire all photography equipment from Londolozi and it will be ready for you upon arrival. Their photographic experience includes the private safari vehicle, a professional photographic tutor, a dedicated ranger and tracker team and full access to the Londolozi Photography Studio for post-processing and editing of your photos.

Bush Walk Photo Safaris 

One of the best ways to see Africa in all her glory is on foot. Located in Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is dubbed the ‘birthplace of the walking safari’. 

One of Africa’s finest wildlife retreats, it’s a paradise for safari enthusiasts and the park’s remote location with a fairly low visitor count allows for an exclusive safari experience. 

The highly skilled and experienced guides will lead you through the park and show you how they track game, point out all the smaller things you wouldn’t ordinarily notice, and give you insight into Africa and her creatures.

With over 400 bird species and 60 different animal species, you will never run out of scenes to capture in this magnificent game-rich park.

A photographic walking safari gives you an entirely different perspective and an understanding of how precious these animals and landscapes really are and why they should be protected. 

Photo Safari from a Hide 

Several lodges in Africa offer unobstructed views of the watering holes where animals gather. Even though you can often see them without even leaving the lodge, the best way to get the perfect photos of them from a hide, giving guests the perfect view of all the action.

Botswana is one of the best bird-watching destinations in Africa and there are many lodges that are tailored specifically for bird watchers. These include Duma Tau Camp, Xigera Camp and Jao Camp

Why Choose Africa for Your Photo Safari

  • Africa is home to several unique animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world

  • The sunsets are a photographer’s dream

  • Untouched, varied landscapes 

  • Several camps will provide all your photography equipment upon arrival

  • Guides and rangers are highly skilled in tracking as well as photography 

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