We’ve partnered with outstanding photographers from around Australia to create Photographic African safaris. Here’s some tips of the trade to get you inspired plus the upcoming trips you can join if you’re interested!
Tips of the Trade
Guests of Encompass Africa have access to our online Safari Concierge where there are extensive notes and a photography guide to help you prepare for the trip. We also have a few top tips shared by our professionals and guests that are worthy of sharing here – some seem obvious but you’d be amazed at how many people ignore them.
The African bush is wild, dusty and so we always recommend you have a camera bag that is waterproof and seals well whilst you are on the road. Don’t change lenses if you can help it whilst on safari – reduces risk of dust and dirt getting in. Last thing you want is a digital sensor ruined from dirt!
Remember memory cards – you can never have enough, that’s our tip. Bring a lap top, hard drive or enough memory to last the full stay and of course we always say double what you anticipate needing… You won’t find many shops selling memory cards in the bush!
To take a tripod or not? A commonly asked question and best answered by explaining when you could and couldn’t use it. A tripod is not usable on game drives because there is not enough room to adjust the legs and stability is very poor. Having said that, for those landscape shots where you can station yourself on the ground and shots in and around camps and lodges we recommend a tripod.
Monopod Maybe? Ah yes, the monopod comes in handy and is gaining popularity because you can use it on the floor of the vehicles. Just remember to have a moveable head on the end of the mono.
Bean bags are an old favourite and work well in the vehicles because they offer support and buffer much of the vibrations from the engine. The downside is you have to lug around a heavy item. Our tip is to take a bag and get the camp or lodge to fill it with rice during your stay (or sand). Did you know bird seed also works well because it’s light and settles well!
On our family safari in May this year, I got carried away taking lots of close up photos of animals (and my son Aidan), but then I realised half way through the trip that I was missing the natural enivornment and surrounds. So make sure you get a mix of shots from close ups to landscapes.
Signature Photographic Safaris
- Trekabout South Africa & Madagascar: 3 seats remaining (double or twin room and 1 single room). [See more]
- Namibia with Pete Dobre: SOLD OUT
- Predators of Southern Africa with Pete Dobre: SOLD OUT
- Botswana & Zimbabwe with Pete Dobre: 5 seats remaining. [See more]
We are taking expressions of interest from people who wish to join either the Trekabout photographers or Pete Dobre on a Photographic Safari in 2017.
- June 2017: Best of Botswana & Zimbabwe with Pete Dobre (14 nights Botswana & Zimbabwe)
- June/July: Namibia with Pete Dobre (13 nights Namibia)
- July: Magical Madagascar with Pete Dobre (17 nights Madagascar)
- August: Gorillas, Great Migration with Pete Dobre: (19 nights Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania)
Trekabout are yet to confirm their dates, so if you would like to explore Africa with the lads in 2017 , please do let us know!