An Afircan photo safari? You may want the Big Five,
but I'll show you huindreds of more special critters to shoot.
African Safari in Kruger National Park - African Safari Photography at its best.
Every African safari that I lead into the bush offers unlimited African safari photographic opportunities... but, there are South African photo safaris, and there are PHOTO SAFARIS! It all depends upon what type of photo safari you are seeking. The difference? A typical African wildlife safari will stop along the road to view a herd of wildebeest and zebra grazing 20 meters away; we'll sit for 1 or 5 or 7 minutes, or until we decide to move on. You'll raise your Nikon to your eye and zoom in on the striped face of a zebra, shoot a frame or two, then you might zoom out and catch the entire herd. You'll have wonderful shots; perhaps even one that could be the National Geographic cover.
Then, we'll move on up the road to the next sight of impala or kudu. On "hardcore" African photo safaris, we might decide to sit for an hour ...you might see a potential shot when the herd moves closer to the water hole; that calf might just begin to feed from its mother; that oxpecker is almost totally inside the ear of that impala. You change f-stops, change lenses, wait for the sun to come out from a cloud... In a photo safari, the concentration is on photography. It is a time of wonderful shooting; a time of sharing photographic skills with other photographers. Our South African photo safaris are not just for highly skilled photographers. It is a perfect atmosphere for learning and teaching and the sharing of the wildlife safari experience.
I'm a wildlife and travel photographer, and I've toured in all types of vehicles and with any number of people. I've found myself diving into the back seat of a Honda to get to the window behind the driver for that perfect shot of the cheetah lying in the shade. How about climbing 3/4 of the way out the window to get a shot, only to look behind and see the lioness walk by, close enough to touch... not the most ideal adventure travel nor a good way to photograph wildlife...and not real smart, either. In short, African photo safaris concentrate on providing the best opportunities for those perfect African safari shots, and in a normal touring vehicle with six people, the opportunities are great, but not perfect. This means that my African photo safaris will have limited numbers of photographers, assuring that there is a window for everyone.... the perfect African safari.
I choose the best possible vehicle for the terrain. Many think that a safari has to be in the back of an open game viewer....but it ain't so. An open game viewer filled with up to 10 people is not great for photography. First, the suspension is very stiff and if someone even coughs, it will ruin your photo. You have to hand hold every shot and you will have people on the right climbing over you to shoot on the left.
My perfect vehicle is a Volkswagen Microbus. It is high off the ground. It is quiet and has little engine vibration. This means that I can often keep the engine running in case we have to move forward or back a few feet to get a better shot. There is also a lot of room. I supply a window pod that helps stabilize your camera.
Best of all...I'm a wildlife photographer and I can see a perfect shot for you to snap.
Elephants - Cape Buffalo - Cheetah
South Africa's motto is "A world in one country," and it certainly
is that. It offers an endless variety of exotic adventure travel
possibilities from whale watching to an African lion safari.
It is sure to fulfill your dreams and desires.
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