Kruger Park photo safaris, and Africa photo safaris in general, offer a unique approach to the safari experience and they focus predominantly on providing those on tour with an unforgettable journey primarily focused on taking fantastic photos.
But before we get into the topic, understand that we know not everyone has the money to splurge on equipment they might only use once.
And if you are an amateur, don’t feel pressured to buy gear. Instead, if you want the benefits of the equipment we mention, without paying out the money, we suggest renting the equipment you will need. There are a few places close to the Kruger National Park where you can rent equipment, and a quick Google search will lead you in the right direction.
There are all types of cameras on today’s market. Mirrorless, Point and Shoot, and DSLR are about the most popular at the moment, and each differs in terms of price and capability. Point and Shoot is generally compact and light, and will have its lens attached to it. The Mirrorless and DSLR cameras can also be compact but they allow the photographer to attach various lenses.
So which is best?
Hands down, the DSLR. The image quality, even from a distance is quite outstanding, and its capabilities, including manual functions which will give you full control over the shutter, the aperture and the ISO.
DSLR cameras are also quite affordable these days, so if you are a keen photographer, this is well worth the investment.
If you go for the Point and Shoot you will not need a lens, simply because your camera will not be able to accommodate one. So buying the right camera is important if you want to make use of the best lenses.
A super-telephoto lens, preferably with a 300mm focal length are ideal for safaris as they allow you to take full photos from quite the distance away. You should also consider shorter lenses, as well as having a macro lens. There will be times when what you want to photograph is a lot closer than your telephoto lens will accommodate, in this case, a more appropriate lens will be the best option.
Tripods are a must, although depending on the type you choose, you are unlikely to use a massive tripod while in the vehicle. Tripods are ideal for removing shake from your photos and they are a must for those evening star photos. You can also bring along a beanbag which you can use to lean your lens on for support. This is especially helpful if the lens is rather heavy.
Wild Photo Africa offers a unique photographic experience for all kinds of photographers. Taking our guests deep into the heart of the Kruger National Park, our guests can look forward to a truly rewarding experience.