Evolution of Photographic Safaris
Photography has played such a vital role in human history. Before photography, information was relayed by written word, word of mouth, or by illustrations and paintings. The advent of photography heralded the first and only way to fully replicate something a person saw with no error, no exaggeration to the story and no tampering. It was one of the greatest breakthroughs in human technology. Photographs can also tell stories and provide evidence at the same time.
Rapid advancements in camera and mobile phone technology have created a whole new world of opportunity for both safari-goers and operators, as photographic safaris continue to be one of Africa's top tourist attractions.
Even just going on a safari to look for Africa's large, potentially dangerous animals is exciting. It's one thing to witness exciting interactions, but it's incredibly satisfying to capture them with the incredible detail and timing that modern cameras allow.
Few visitors went on safaris in the early years of wildlife tourism with the express purpose of taking pictures. The advancement of camera technology made it simpler to take good pictures, and this, combined with the popularity of coffee table books, encouraged more photographers to go on safari in an effort to duplicate the breath-taking images taken in Africa.
By taking novice photographers on safaris to show them how to take better pictures, professional photographers created an entirely new sector of wildlife tourism. Today's digital cameras have a variety of auto features, such as astonishingly quick auto-focus and the ability to view photos right away after taking them, which has led to a huge number of photographers taking excellent photos.
There has been a sharp rise in interest in photographic safaris, with both amateur and expert photographers seeking that sense of place and time, supported by the complete flexibility of the safari itinerary.
We frequently see specialized groups, experienced photographers traveling alone, and couples where one partner may be a seasoned photographer and the other is just starting out. Therefore, there are opportunities for visitors of all photographic skill levels to improve their abilities on a photographic safari and take some amazing photos.
Wildlife hides are another big drawcard for photographic safari enthusiasts. with advances in mobile phone technology, we are seeing more ‘amateur’ photographers simply using their phones to capture exceptional shots and footage. The hides are designed to target various elements of the ecosystem. Mobile and fixed hides can be used to take advantage of special wildlife opportunities without alerting the animal to your presence, which in turn allows you to get in closer for that magical camera shot.
To meet the demands of guests, safari companies have started to retrofit their vehicles specifically for photography. A maximum of four guests (more on request) share custom-built, open game viewers.
Photographers of all levels will appreciate the camera rests, super-clamp stabilisers, dust covers and guide expertise in positioning, timing and helping guests make the most of all photo opportunities.
A rotating swivel seat allows for an uninterrupted, 270-degree arc and can be locked into position. The seat is fitted with a stabilising arm and platform for taking sharp, steady images, even with a long lens. There are also brackets, slings and bean bags to assist with stability and sharpness. Hatches that cut into the sides of the vehicle allow the photographer to lie flat on a firm mattress to photograph animals at eye level.
Photography in Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is legendary, known throughout the world for its diversity of species and dramatic landscapes, and the park has been depicted in many photographic coffee table books and image collections. With easy access to the park and a vast selection of accommodations and regions to choose from the Kruger Park is a photographer’s dream.
The diversity of habitats in the park, from open savannas to lush riverine forests, allows photographers the benefit of selecting preferred landscapes for their photographs. The animals in the park have adapted to the presence of vehicles which gives photographers many opportunities to get that special shot. There are a number of dramatic places in the park to stop and take photographs, including some where alighting from the vehicle is allowed. This adds to the attraction of the Kruger National Park as a great photographic destination.
A network of roads, known as drives, traverse the park and all provide something special for the photographer. Wooded savannahs open into grassland and scenic forest roads lead to rivers, with new delights at every turn. On guided game drives, your safari guide will stop at scenic spots for you to take photos. You will also get a chance to take some amazing wildlife photos.
Join Nhongo Safaris on a dream photographic adventure through the wilds of Africa, where you will have the opportunity to capture breath-taking images of iconic wildlife and stunning landscapes. Our experienced guides will take you to the best locations at the perfect times, ensuring that you have the best chance to capture those once-in-a-lifetime shots.