For many, going on safari in Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If its your first time traveling to Africa you could also be unsure as to what to pack and what to leave behind.
It’s not easy traveling heavy half way around the globe; one has to be selective as to what you carry.
Given that this time in our lives will end, and we will be able to travel again, we thought it would be best to quickly run through some must-haves when packing.
A camera for one is an absolute essential!
I often get asked what camera gear is best for safari, but it’s a difficult question to answer as everyone’s taste in photography differs; some people love the wildlife aspect and might opt for a telephoto (zoom) lens, some would rather enjoy the African landscapes and prefer a wide angle lens. But camera gear is not cheap and it’s not light either especially if you are wanting to carry fixed or prime lenses, which can be tricky to travel with.
This is where the Londolozi Photographic Studio lends a hand with its wide range of lenses, saves you the hassle of lugging cumbersome equipment all the way to Africa.
In my experience living at Londolozi I have found that 300mm is a great focal length to use when on safari, may it be in the form of an 80-300mm lens or a 300mm prime. The focal length is what matters most to me; I’ve even found that when shooting with a 100-400mm, most of the time I’m somewhere between 250mm and 300mm when shooting. Keep in mind that this is if your focus is mainly wildlife.
The good news in this is that most standard entry level camera bundles you find have an option of a lens somewhere around this 80-300mm rang. Dependant on the brand focal lengths might vary slightly.
(As a side note if you are a birder, I would suggest nothing less than 400mm.)
Here is a checklist of items that should always be in your camera bag:
- Camera Body and lens
- Battery and Spare
- Battery Charger (this is vital, as your battery might vary in size and shape traveling to other countries, making it incompatible with other chargers, even if we had the exact same cameras)
- Memory Cards
- Microfibre Wipe (Keeping the Lens clean)
These items are crucial when going on safari.
If you don’t have a large zoom lens but would like to use one, you can easily pre-book through the Londolozi Website and we will reserve the lens for your stay, making it easy for you to travel light and also try out different focal lengths that suit you best on your safari.
The Londolozi Studio looks forward to welcoming visitors back after the travel ban is lifted…