Amboseli is one of Kenya’s smaller national parks but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in topography and wildlife sightings. In fact, you could argue that its diminutive stature is a blessing when it comes to game viewing: the animals are fairly contained, there are plenty of natural water sources and the roads are extensive, a bonus because off-roading is not allowed except in the few private concessions.
What kind of plug adaptors do I need for Africa? What kind of lenses are best for shooting wildlife? It’s time for your African photo safari and you’ve got questions! These handy infographics should help you with your camera bag checklist, and below you’ll find our top tips on preparing for a photographic safari, including a list of recommended camera gear.
2016 at Go2Africa was a year full of exciting changes, new ventures and, of course, plenty of once-in-a-lifetime safari experiences enjoyed by clients and Go2Africans alike. In keeping with our personal motto - We know because we go - it was another year of sending our African Safari Experts out to rediscover best-selling destinations like the Okavango Delta, Serengeti and Masai Mara. We also visited new regions in countries like Rwanda and Mozambique for the first time and are excited to be able to share even more of Africa with all our travellers.
Capturing great photographs of animals on the move while on a photographic safari is surprisingly difficult. Here are a few fundamentals to improve your chances of capturing that one great shot.
The iconic images of African wildlife are typically of large, leopard-studded trees in rolling savannahs, sweeping vistas with wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon, silhouettes of baobabs and dramatic heart-wrenching depictions of animals battling it out against the elements in the continent’s harshest environments. Photographs of these scenes abound in the pages of magazines and coffee table books, and are spread thick and wide across the Internet. But there’s another part of Africa, a wild eden, which offers a different safari experience where fresh images can be found, even for experienced photographers and safari goers. That place is the Eastern Cape, in South Africa.
Everybody wants to snap one of those National Geographic-style images when they go on a photographic safari, an iconic picture that captures the moment and its subject perfectly. Apart from the fact that National Geographic photographers spend months in the field and you have a few days at most to attempt to lock down your perfect image, it is possible with some preparation and a good dose of luck, of course.
'Photography' essentially means ‘painting with light’. This is easy enough to understand - it is the process that occurs when light strikes a film or a sensor, producing an image that exhibits the interplay between light and shadow. What then, if you wish to take a photograph when there is no light or light that is so low that it's hard for your camera to discern? This is where photography gets interesting - and challenging! It's where photography becomes about exercising creative possibilities, not just taking the obvious shot.
Long Street is one of Cape Town’s most improbable and yet exciting streets, where prim Victorian architecture festooned with wrought-iron decorative ‘lace’ stands cheek-by-jowl with pumping nightclubs and some of the city’s oldest and most-revered places of worship. Starting near the harbour, it forms a rich backbone to the inner city and is truly the street that never sleeps: from office and court workers on weekdays to ultra-hip students and night owls who haunt the late-night restaurants on weekend, it has pep, zest and life in all its weird and wonderful incarnations.
In the early days of African safaris, the 'Big 5' sadly referred to the five most dangerous and challenging animals that a trophy hunter could hunt. Thankfully, photographic safaris have transformed the way people encounter wildlife. Today, we use our digital cameras to 'shoot' elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, taking nothing but their images for our trophies.
South Africa’s Western Cape welcomes spring in a colourful riot of blooming wild flowers. At the height of flower season, between August and September, the west coast abandons its normally somber semi-arid attire and dresses up for the homecoming queen’s welcome parade.