Planning your photographic safari?

No matter what your level of photographic prowess, an African photo safari will provide you with countless chances to take the perfect shot. There are many safari lodges in South Africa and Botswana that offer specialist photo safaris for amateurs and professionals alike. Whether you have a few questions about shutter speeds or you want to make photography the focus of your holiday, Rhino Africa can plan the perfect experience, tailored just for you! 

Specialised Safari Vehicles: Londolozi Private Game Reserve has custom-built a completely unique, specialised photography vehicle. A standard Land Rover was modified and fitted with comfortable adjustable seats that can swivel 180 degrees, allowing two guests maximum flexibility for unusual camera angles and to capture exceptional images. Equipment for guests includes stills and a video camera, night vision goggles, individual scorpion torches, an e-reference book (loaded with over six reference books including birds, trees, mammals and stars), a star laser pointer, and “sound safari” equipment designed to amplify the sounds of the African bush. This is a complete, immersive experience, backed up by highly trained rangers and some of the best Big 5 viewing in Africa.

The Waiting Game: Many lodges throughout Africa have magnificent waterholes where animals congregate. These are often viewable from your private deck, or even from your plunge pool! Quite a few establishments have gone the extra step and built hidden hides where guests can comfortably sit and wait for all the action to happen right before their eyes. In South Africa’s Sabi Sand region, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve has several hides where photographers can get up close to the wildlife. In Botswana, the bird watching and photographing opportunities are plentiful and no less impressive. There are many lodges here that are particularly tailored for bird watchers, such as Duma Tau CampXigera Camp and Jao Camp. Duma Tau has an amazing hide particularly known for its close-up elephant sightings.

On the Water: In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, traditional dug-out canoes called mokoros allow travellers to silently glide close to animals on the bank and in the water. Bird watching from the mokoro is particularly good and the slow, steady movement of the boat is conducive to taking great photographs. In Chobe National Park on the Chobe River, motorised boats are the preferred method of travel and allows visitors to get up close to elephants, hippos, crocodiles and more. Many of these boats have built-in camera arms to stabilise equipment and take the weight off a photographer's arms.

Use Your Feet: Zambia is one of the best destinations to go on a walking safari and no place is better suited to this activity than its birthplace: South Luangwa National Park. Here you can spend nights in luxury at five-star lodges and in the day travel by foot to the next lodge for the following evening's rest. Along the way, expect close-up encounters with elephant, giraffe, and other African wildlife. Your camera will be clicking away at every opportunity!

The best way to get started is to speak to one of our African safari experts for free, no-obligation advice. Who knows, you might be the next Africa's Photographer of the Year!

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