Safari Photography Tips For Safari holiday in Tanzania

If you are planning on taking a Tanzania Photographic Safari, Wildlife photography is quite exciting and challenging safari activity. It does not matter whether you want to engage in photography as a hobby or as profession, we can assure you that will find plenty photo opportunities to match your every requirement.

It is a fact that the camera equipment has a lot to do with the quality of the final product. You can use the point-and-shoot for casual photos around the camp or similar settings; however, it takes a much more sophisticated camera and lens to capture that “just perfect” wildlife image.

All Active Klitop and Safaris guides have photography as a hobby and have worked with many professional photographers. Due to this they should be able to offer you good advice about safari photography.

Cameras suitable for wildlife safari photography

For guaranteed good wildlife shots while on safari we recommend a 35mm SLR with two zoom lenses (28-80mm or more importantly 75-300mm or similar) is essential, as are spare camera batteries, memory cards and cleaning tissue.
We suggest the following for your Tanzania photographic safaris:

  • Africa is hard on equipment, we recommend two camera bodies
  • Consider wide angle lens of either – 20, 24, or 28mm or zoom lens to cover 24-80mm
  • Telephoto lens of 300mm or above or zoom lens to cover 75-300mm
  • A good quality 1.4x converter matched to your telephoto lens (you only lose one stop with a 1.4x)
  • A fast 200mm F2.8 (Nikon make a brilliant 80-200mm F2.8) that is very useful in low light.
  • A flash for fun in the camp after dark or a happy snapper with flash
  • Bring dust protection for your equipment: trash bags, blanket, ziplock bags.

Our custom made 4 x4 Safari Land Cruisers are well prepared for photography with great vantage points high and low and plenty of positions to rest cameras. We provide bean bags in all our vehicles to help support your cameras.
Make sure that you protect your camera equipment after taking game animal photos (!)

Please note that the sand and dust that you have while on safari can damage your photographic equipment as a result we advise Digital SLR users to make sure that they bring enough cleaning materials to able to clean your cameras whilst on safari.

You should also be extra protective of your equipment and film. Big zip lock bags are highly recommended so that you can keep your camera equipments away from sand, dust and water. We also recommend a scurf or other dust cover to protect the camera while driving.

Electricity: In Tanzania British type plugs are used. The Voltage is 220-240 volts.We suggest you bring a 12-volt car adapter for charging your video batteries, as it is often a lot easier than getting batteries charged at lodges.