A safari in Africa means, to live intensely a trip to destinations where flora and fauna are sighted without equal. Preserving the memory of such extraordinary moments is crucial.

And despite the fact that no photograph will be able to represent the emotion and amazement of meeting a wild animal or the sensations experienced by looking at the natural landscapes of the African continent. Photographing wild animals could be an incredible experience for any amateur photographer.

In today’s post, from One Only, we want to offer you some tips to face a successful photographic safari.


The right team

Is it necessary to spend a lot of money on our camera and lens to take good pictures while on safari?

If you are going to take pictures of animals in the wild, they will usually be far from where you are, and they will be in constant motion. This requires having a good telephoto lens that allows you to zoom in on the image, and a camera that gives you the option of taking pictures at a fast speed.

You don’t want to fail when taking the photo because you are changing lenses just when the lion is going to go in for the kill.

But then, taking good photos requires not only a good camera, but also, and to a very important extent, having knowledge of photography, composition and a certain artistic sensitivity.


Light is the key to everything

No matter how expensive your equipment is, without good light your photos will be flat and boring. The right light makes a normal photo exceptional. The best times to photograph on safari is early in the morning or during sunset.



To get spectacular images, you have to spend time observing the animals. Over time, you will be able to better understand their behaviors and relationships.


Travel with a professional

Saving money and trying to organize a safari on your own sounds quite tempting, but it is worth spending a little more to be accompanied by professionals on your routes.

A good guide has the knowledge and experience with wildlife to ensure that you are in the right place at the right time for impressive images. Going on a trip alone or with an inexperienced operator can cause you to miss opportunities and take mediocre photos.


Useful accessories

  • Tripod or monopod: Have a compact tripod in your suitcase. This object must be in the suitcase that you check in, never in hand luggage. Honestly during a safari you might use it little. But it is always useful for photographic trips (you never know).
  • Memory cards: Many photographs are taken on this type of trip. Don’t run the risk of running out of memory space, take many cards of different sizes with you, for example: 8gb- 12gb- 16gb. Considerably that they could break. The greater its capacity, the more photos are lost in case of breaking.
  • Cleaning kit: Needless to say, you don’t have to go crazy over cleaning your camera on the go. It is essential to have a pair of microfiber cloths and an air knob.