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Photography Tips For Travellers

What type of camera is suitable for an African safari?

As you are not always guaranteed to get extremely close to the wildlife, a typical ‘ point and shoot’ camera may not be sufficient. A 35mm SLR camera with an interchangeable lens is recommended. A 35mm – 70mm lens works well for landscapes; a zoom lens such as a 70-210mm is good for moving subjects, whilst a long lens such as an 80-200mm lens is good for wildlife photography. More serious photographers may choose telephoto lenses of 400-500mm, though any larger lens that might require a tripod may not be practical on a moving vehicle.

I can’t afford an SLR Camera, is there a cheaper option?

A very popular point and shoot camera for the cost conscious and compact traveller is the new Canon Powershot SX40 HS 12.1 Megapixel Digital camera.This camera has a 35 x optical zoom with fantastic clarity. Many of our guests have used this camera on safari and produced excellent pictures comparable to SLR cameras with 500mm telephoto lenses for a fraction of the price of an SLR.

Can I purchase extra film, digital cards and batteries for my camera?

Its always advisable to bring enough spare batteries, digital cards and film with you on your holiday as it can sometimes be difficult to locate in smaller towns whilst on safari. If you are using 35mm film, remember to bring an x-ray safe bag for your film to avoid losing your valued photos. All SafariHQ vehicles have 220V inverter plugs so you can recharge your cameras whilst on safari. Remember to bring the appropriate converter plugs with you. These can generally be purchased from your international airport or duty free shops.

Will dust effect damage my camera?

Many of the roads in the National Parks are not paved so it can get quite dusty when travelling on safari. With this in mind, its important to remember to pack some lens tissue and cleaner in your camera bag. A good suggestion is to have a plastic bag with you to cover your camera in between animal sightings to protect your expensive camera equipment.