The Best Places to Go on an African Photography Safaris

Whether you're a professional or amateur photographer, a photography safari experience in Africa is unlike anywhere else in the world. With Africa's iconic splendour as your subject, there's something new to capture around every corner.  

What makes photography safaris in Africa so special is not only the wildly diverse landscapes, wildlife, and sunsets that will leave you swooning, but also the luxury lodges. At many of these safari lodges, you get access to high-end photography equipment. So, you can travel light and get everything you need when you arrive. Many also have photography studios where you can admire and edit your incredible moments captured on safari.

Several safari lodges in South AfricaBotswana, and Zambia offer specialist photography safaris in Africa for all levels of expertise. Take your Big 5 safari and Great Migration adventure to another level by capturing it on camera and take home some of your best African memories. We can't wait to see what you capture! 

Why choose Africa for your photography safari tour?

  • Africa is home to several unique animals that you cannot find anywhere else in the world

  • The sunsets are a photographer's dream

  • Untouched, varied landscapes 

  • Several lodges and 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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What can you expect from an African photography safari? 

Africa welcomes everyone to a photography safari, from complete newbies who've never heard of the rule of thirds to seasoned safari photographers who can seamlessly change lenses on even the bumpiest game drive. Here are some of our favourite African destinations, lodges and experiences that will turn anyone into a professional photographer! 

Boat Photography Safaris in Botswana

Botswana is arguably one of the best photography 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.

You can go on a photography safari in traditional dug-out canoes called mokoros in the Okavango Delta. 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, photography 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, 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. 

Photography Safari Tours on Specialised Vehicles

Londolozi Private Game Reserve's lodges in the Sabi Sand Private Game ReserveSouth Africa, offer photography 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. It's further modified and fitted with adjustable seats that can swivel 180 degrees, allowing 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 Photography 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 reasonably 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. 

Photography 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 many lodges are tailored specifically for bird watchers. Examples include Duma Tau CampXigera Camp and Jao Camp

Book your African photography safari with Rhino Africa

Sounds good? Well, how about taking it up another notch by booking with the best? As the World's Best Safari Company, we'll ensure every little detail is taken care of, so that you can just focus on enjoying every second!  

It's time to start planning your African photographic safari. Contact one of our Travel Experts, and they'll create a tailor-made tour to suit your specific needs and wants. See you in Africa!

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