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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.

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Best African photo safari tours

Photographic safari: what to consider

  • Size of the group

    Photographic 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.
  • Experience

    You 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).
  • Transportation

    Whether 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.

Best national parks for photographic safaris

Boasting unbeatable vistas, an astounding amount of wildlife and spectacular big-game viewing, Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara are two of Africa’s top national parks for a photo safari. Kruger National Park is another fantastic destination for safari tours: this famous game reserve is home to the big five, as well as the cheetah and the endangered wild dog.

Golden rules of wildlife photographers

Wildlife photography tips for beginners

Wildlife photography is challenging, and producing great shots takes preparation, patience, and persistence. Here are a few beginner tips to help you get high-quality images every time.

Know your gear

This tip may sound obvious, but it’s absolutely crucial when it comes to wildlife photography. Some of the best sightings and action-packed moments often last for only a few fleeting seconds, and if you’re not familiar with the settings of your camera or the abilities of your chosen lens, you’ll end up missing out on fantastic photo opportunities.

Always be prepared  
 
When you’re photographing wildlife, you have to be ready at a moment’s notice. Always keep your lens attached to your camera, ensure your settings are already locked in, and keep your camera on your lap within easy reach at all times. The faster you can react, the more likely you’ll be able to capture an incredible moment.

Use the light to your advantage

One of the best ways to enhance your photos is to use spectacular light — the kind of light you get during dawn and dusk (also known as the golden hours in photography). This is when the sun is at its warmest hue and casts rich colours across the landscape — which provides the ideal lighting conditions and background for your subject.

Know your subject

Understanding your subject’s behaviour is key to being a good photographer, especially when your subjects are completely unpredictable. Before you head on safari, read up about the animals you’ll be photographing. What kind of habitat do they live in? Are they known for any specific or interesting behaviour? Knowing your subject will give you a greater chance of capturing that perfect moment rather than just simply snapping a photo.
 

FAQ

  • 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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