An accomplished photographer or not, the best way to capture memories of your time in the Kruger is to bring a camera along for the ride. South Africa is one of the most photographed places in the world; the lighting, the scenes and the opportunities for great photo taking are endless.
Before planning, you need the equipment. Not everyone has the money or the need for a big, fancy camera. There are various places in South Africa that will allow you to hire certain equipment while you are in the vicinity of the rental company. Once your tour of the area is over, you can return the equipment and collect your images.
These companies stock the very best equipment on the market so you are guaranteed to always have access to high-quality, reliable cameras and lenses.
As a safari operator, we offer our guests 3 photographic tour packages. The 3 night, 4 night and 5-night photographic safaris are guided safaris. Each group will include one experienced wildlife photographer who will help you with your equipment while they will also give you great advice when it comes to what equipment you will need if you are hiring.
Under the guidance of an experienced wildlife photographer, you will learn about how to compose wildlife images, how to correctly capture what you are seeing and they can give you editing tips.
Not all Kruger Park safari outfitters offer this particular Kruger package. Experience is key when selecting an outfitter, so make sure that the company you choose is one that has photographic safari experience and can offer you help with your photography. This is why it is sometimes best to choose an outfitter who employs a wildlife photographer to accompany you on your tour.
To get the best shots, you don’t want to be a part of an overcrowded safari. With everyone trying to angle their cameras and cell phones to capture an image, it can be more than a little difficult to snap away. What you need is a more exclusive safari, with fewer people. This is why it is best to actually book a photographic tour as opposed to a regular safari.
Just like any other safari trip, you need to have the right stuff.
The right clothing, the right documentation and most importantly, the right equipment. Some companies deliver photographic equipment to the park, but if this isn’t the route you are taking, and you are bringing your own equipment, here is a list of things that will make your wildlife photographic safari worthwhile:
Comfort is key to the success of your safari. Have comfortable shoes as well as sun protection such as sunblock and a hat. In the Kruger, it is hot all throughout the year, so dressing appropriately is important. It is also important to be sure that you stay hydrated while you are on safari.