The opportunities to photograph wildlife on safari are exceptional. You do not need to be an expert to capture a quality picture.

For wildlife photography, a 200mm lens is the recommended minimum. With advances in technology, there are many options. I travel with a digital Canon or Nikon SLR, a telephoto zoom, and a wide angle zoom lens. Most new SLR and compact cameras have high quality HD video capabilities so you can leave those handheld video cameras at home.

New cameras referred to as “bridge cameras” offer compact size and an incredible zoom range with high end optics for great pictures.  It is also an ideal travel camera. It saves weight since you do not have to carry multiple lenses or camera bodies.  The new Sony RX10 III has a built in 24-600mm zoom lens with a large aperture to capture professional quality photographs.

Make sure to carry your expensive equipment in a well sealed bag to protect it from the elements. (No plastic bags during gorilla treks.)

Having appropriate storage for hundreds, if not thousands of pictures is essential. For still photography, I recommend an SD card with 32GB of storage. If taking video, I would recommend SD cards of at least 64GB.

Have at least one spare, rechargeable battery for your camera. Most camps and lodges have the capability to recharge your electronics, usually at one specific charging station. With that in mind, at the end of the day, everyone in camp will want to charge their batteries, tablets, laptops, etc.

With so many opportunities for picture taking, it is easy to get caught up in experiencing your safari through a camera lens. Take the time to put down the camera and simply enjoy the world around you. Allow your senses to imprint a picture into memory where it is guaranteed to last a lifetime.