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Capture amazing wildlife and landscapes on a photographic safari


No matter what your level of photographic prowess, a luxury safari to Africa will provide you with countless chances to take the perfect photograph. There are many luxury lodges 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 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 cat viewing in Africa.

Cheetah Plains in the Sabi Sand Region has also created a specially-designed vehicle featuring photographic seats and control arms which have been custom-built into a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser. In addition, guests are accompanied by an on-site professional photographer to give all the instruction and help you might need.

Highly Trained Guides

Private game reserves and safari lodges such as Londolozi, Singita in Kruger Park, Lion Sands, and Royal Malewane employ some of the most highly skilled rangers and trackers in the world. Many of the rangers take a special interest in photography and their skills are of invaluable assistance on any photographic safari. A ranger who knows how to get the best shot will be able to place guests in the perfect position to get that back-lit portrait of a leopard - the perfect one for framing and impressing the family! 

Sir Richard Branson's private game lodges, Ulusaba Cliff Lodge and Ulusaba Rock Lodge, offer Photographic Safari packages that also include a professional photographer’s assistance and guidance.

The Waiting Game

Often the best way to get the photograph you’re looking for is to wait for it. 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 Camp, Xigera 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

Sometimes the best way to get close to an animal is on foot. Many lodges in Africa allow safari-goers to get out of the vehicle and walk right up to wildlife. At Sanbona Game Reserve in the Western Cape, visitors can get spine-tinglingly near to cheetah and rhino. At most of the private game lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, rangers can take guests on bush walks. While on foot, prepare to be presented with entirely different photographic opportunities and see things you wouldn’t be able to see from the back of a vehicle.

Zambia is one of the best countries 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 wildlife photographer of the year!

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