As a basic guide we suggest that each person have their own camera, a 35mm or 5+ mega pixel digital camera. Interchangeable lenses are recommended, with a normal lens and a telephoto of at least 200 mm, although a 400 mm or more is preferable for close-ups and for photographing birds. Other lenses e.g. wide angle, macro etc., may be brought. Cumbersome flash units and tripods are not generally recommended. Try to ensure that at least one member of the party has a video camera.
Film: With long focal length lenses, we suggest that you choose a film speed of 400 ASA. In the early mornings and late afternoons and in other low light conditions, you may wish to have some ASA/ISO 200, 400, or even faster film (bring some rolls of 1000 ASA for late evening and poor light conditions), but for good daylight conditions ASA/ISO 50 and 100 speed film is fine. Be sure to bring adequate quantities of film with you as it is more expensive here and you may not be able to find the film you normally use. For still photography, we suggest that you allow one or two rolls of 36-exposure film per day, per camera. For video cameras you should expect to shoot about 30 minutes of tape per day. You should bring several spare batteries for all your photographic equipment, especially video cameras. You should also carry a charger for the video batteries and a lead to operate the video from the vehicle cigar lighter when required.
Bring camera and lens cleaning equipment for the dust (a blower brush and a soft chamois cloth work well). Another useful item is a small compressed air canister to blow dust off your equipment.
It is strongly recommended that each person has his/her own pair of binoculars. These need not be of an expensive make, but on safari they are essential for seeing birds and animals in the distance. The ideal size is 7 x 42. Bird watchers will want to bring a Spotting Scope.
Please make sure that you are thoroughly familiar with all your equipment before starting your safari. If the equipment is new, please give yourself time to shoot at least one roll of film and have it developed before departure.
- Camera (with extra batteries)
- Camera Bag
- Telephoto Lenses (200 -400 mm)
- Lens Cleaning Equip.
- Film (double the amount you think you need)
- Extra Camera Batteries
- Lead Bag for Film
- Battery Charger (12V or 220A for video cameras)
- Zip Lock Bags
- A notebook or journal to record your day's adventures while they are still fresh in your mind!