The Joys of Photographing Wildlife

Whether you’re an amateur or professional, the joys of capturing our natural world are unsurpassed

From endless landscapes, to up-close portraits and breath-taking scenes that unfold before you, photographing wild animals can leave you in awe of the daily life that is our natural world.

We’ve all come through an horrendous couple of years dealing with the pandemic, so it can be a little daunting to look through these difficulties towards something brighter on the horizon. But make no mistake, bright horizons exist in our world, you just need to know where to find them.

Many people enjoy taking photos of just about anything they see on their travels, on their walk to work, their worldly adventures and visits to local parks and nature areas. When you book one of our safaris, not only are you enjoying a sustainable option that supports conservation and environmentally friendly practices (such as solar powered safari camps and local community involvement), you open yourself up to the beautiful world in front of you; think huge black maned lions, vast elephant herds, vibrant coloured species of birds, stunning horizons and those epic sunrises & sunsets.

The best thing? You don’t need expensive camera gear to photograph wildlife. Use your mobile photo camera, small compact or higher end DSLR camera. Of course the better the camera lens the better the image quality and ability to photograph further away subjects, or the smallest of details.

We have an opportunity on safari to appreciate life IN THE MOMENT, before our eyes, but we also have the opportunity to capture it for prosperity, for Instagram and for those beautiful prints to mount at home or for sale for others to enjoy your photographs. “I myself have photographed Africa’s great wildlife (see my Instagram here) and I’m an avid supporter of ensuring that what I photograph is being protected for others to enjoy as ethically and sustainably as possible.” ~ Better Safaris CEO, Paul Tully

View a selection of Paul’s images below;

What kind of photographer are you?

Wildlife photography is increasing in popularity and working on our techniques and abilities is a fantastic way to captures beautiful images, yes, but improving our camera skills helps us become immersed in our subjects and environments, it also helps us appreciate the places we visit and ultimately protect them. Landscape and night sky photography also allow us to become one with our environment,. Africa for example has some of the most dramatic landscapes and safari areas are so remote, that star lit, galaxy laden skies are a joy to photograph with no light pollution.

What do Better Safaris offer photographers like you?

We create the majority of our safaris on a tailor-made basis, to suit our clients. We also create photographic safaris, either for our clients to book for themselves, or we use a professional photographer to lead a photographic specific safari group, ie a custom package. Whatever you would prefer, we can arrange and at fantastic prices.

Photographic equipped vehicles are available at a variety of safari camps we use for our clients. They offer multiple advantages over standard game drive vehicles to help take your photography and experience on safari to the next level.

Benefits of a photographic vehicle;

  • Limited guest numbers, typically 3, with each photographer having a full row to themselves
  • Swivel seats that allow for photographing either side of an open sided vehicle
  • Bean bags for camera support
  • Low side vehicles for gaining dramatic eye-level shots
  • Dedicated, knowledgeable guides who assists in positioning your vehicle for best photo opportunities
  • Excellent wildlife viewing areas
  • Pro photographers choice; many of the camps/locations we use, are regularly used by pro photographers

Note: Photographic vehicles are available at a supplementary cost, typically between US$250-650 per day, per group.

A small selection safari camps with a photographic vehicle available;

  • Kicheche Mara Camp, Mara North Conservancy | KENYA from US$ 570 per person per night
  • Olakira Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park | TANZANIA from US$ 790 per person per night
  • Mala Mala Game Reserve, Sabi Sands | SOUTH AFRICA from US$ 995 per person per night
  • Kuyenda Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park | ZAMBIA from US$ 470 per person per night

Note: Additionally, photographic hides are available at a number of safari camps. We can also book photographic boats on the Chobe River, Botswana. Please contact us for further information and options for your photographic safari.

Better Safaris can assist with photographic equipment rental for safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe (when travelling through Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport).

Plan a sustainable photo-safari

Take your photography to the next level. Contact us using the below contact form, or you can email us here

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