Photographic Safari Holidays
Hone your photography skills and capture all the magic from your game drives on a photographic safari — the ultimate tour for photography enthusiasts. These safari holiday packages are led by professional photographers, so whether you choose to explore the grassy plains of South Africa or the swampy inland of Botswana, you're guaranteed to come away with stunning images that will last a lifetime.
Best African photo safari tours
Photographic safari: what to consider
Size of the groupPhotographic safaris are limited to small group sizes, allowing you to better connect with your professional photographer guides and to ensure you make the most of every wildlife encounter. One-on-one attention is guaranteed on every trip, but if you’d prefer a more personalised and tailor-made experience, you may want to consider a private safari tour instead.
ExperienceYou don’t have to be a seasoned pro to join a photographic safari! Tour options are available for every skill level, from absolute beginners to experts and everyone in between. The only requirement is that you know the ins and outs of your camera and have an understanding of photography basics (including settings like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO).
TransportationWhether it’s an early morning game drive, an afternoon bush walk, or a sunset hot air balloon ride, every safari excursion offers endless opportunities for unique and spectacular wildlife photos.
Popular destinations for photography safaris
As far as safari tours go, it’s hard to beat Kenya’s dizzying array of wildlife and incredible natural beauty. South Africa’s Kruger National Park is a popular choice for those heading to Africa for the first time, while Botswana’s unique landscapes and dense concentrations of wildlife make it a haven for nature lovers. And we can’t mention safari holiday packages without mentioning Tanzania, home to Serengeti National Park. This park is the scene of Africa’s Great Migration, so it’s no surprise this country is known as one of the best photographic safari destinations in the world.
- Gaze over the vast plains of Tanzania from Mt. Kilimanjaro after hiking to its summit and feel like you’re on top of the world. Tour through Serengeti National Park on an early morning game drive and spot wildilife. Chill out on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar with its sandy white beaches.
- During your East African adventure to Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique or Rwanda, make sure you don’t forget about Kenya. With Kenya tour packages for many travel styles and cultural discovery tours, there is a trip to Kenya with your name on it: Wander through the Nairobi craft markets and see the Big 5 on a Kenyan safari.
- With the highest concentration of elephants in Africa, Botswana offers an incredible wilderness experience. Enjoy a “Sundowner’ while you take a sunset boat cruise in the Chobe National Park and marvel at the hippo, buffalo or elephants on a Botswana safari.
- Take your pick of the tour packages through South Africa, from a visit to Kruger National Park with the greatest variety of wildlife in Africa, to the historic battlefields of Zululand and to the Garden Route. A cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain is breathtaking, as is the world’s highest bungy jump at Bloukrans. Check here all the Africa tours.
Golden rules of wildlife photographers
Don't disturb the wildlife
One of the most important unspoken wildlife photography rules is: observe, don’t disturb. Wildlife should always come first, so ensure you’re taking every effort to minimise disturbances that may occur while you’re taking photos. This also means abiding by the Leave No Trace principles!
Keep your distance
The animals you’re photographing should never feel threatened by your presence. Tempting as it may be to get a great photo, it isn’t fair to the animal. Getting too close also puts you at greater risk of danger, so be sure to observe and take photos from a reasonable distance.
Don't feed the animals
Feeding animals is unethical for several reasons: it causes a disruption to their natural diet, it alters the way animals interact with humans, and it puts your personal safety at risk. Additionally, baiting wildlife is illegal in some countries and it can seriously harm the animal.
The key to getting that unforgettable image is patience. Wild animals are completely unpredictable, and you may have to spend hours (or even days!) with an individual or group of animals to get that perfect shot.
Remember that when you’re out photographing in the wild, you are in other species’ terrain — so, be slow, quiet, and try your best not to disturb wild animals as they go about their business. Become part of the landscape rather than an intrusion upon it.
Forget about selfies
Attempting to take a selfie with a wild animal is the ultimate no-no when it comes to wildlife photography! Not only can it cause the animals distress, but getting too close may provoke a violent protective response.
What gear should I take?
You should only bring gear and camera equipment that you are familiar with and know how to use, inside and out.
What's the difference between safari tour and photographic safari?
Photographic safaris are specially designed for best photo opportunities (for wildlife and light) and give enough time for photographers to take their best shot. Tours usually include a professional photographer as a guide.
Is photographic safari worth it?
When questioning whether a photographic safari is worth the expense, you need only ask yourself if you are passionate about photography and looking for the best scenery? If so, then definitely yes.
Will there be a professional photographer on the tour?
You can expect a professional photographer to be in attendance on most photographic safaris.
How fit do I have to be to take part in photographic safari?
Depending on the tour, the only physical requirements will be an ability or willingness to tolerate harsh weather conditions and to be able to carry your gear when required.
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