The Ultimate Wildlife Photography Tips For Amateur To Pro Photographers On Your Africa Trip

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The Ultimate Wildlife Photography Tips For Amateur To Pro Photographers On Your Africa Trip

Are you a photography enthusiast or an aspiring photographer looking for capturing some best wildlife and nature shots? Are you a travel photographer in search of a great destination to click some memorable photos? Well, we are here to help you to explore some beautiful destinations in your African Safari tour that will take you to some of the best photographic spots of the continent.     

The Best destinations of Africa 

Africa is one of the best creations of God with unbelievable natural heritage. It offers many countries that are magical to discover. If you are looking for some of such places you can plan a Kenya safari or Rwanda safari or Ethiopia safari or you can go for Uganda safaris to explore the beauty of Africa. 

Plan your best photographic safaris to these countries; here are some of the places of the continents and their most attractive spots; 

Best of Kenya

Bordered by South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Uganda; Kenya is one of the dreamiest destinations for nature lovers. The country showcases 54 national parks that are filled with the untamed game view. With many sanctuaries, private conservancies, and national parks with spectacular views offers a great opportunity to click some stunning pictures. 

Here are few places to be explored during your Kenya Safari trip; we are presenting the list here; 

Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara

 

Merged with Serengeti national park the Maasai Mara is one of the iconic game reserves of Kenya. The game reserve is famous worldwide for being part of the great migration that starts from Serengeti. The game reserve hosts more than 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds. July to Oct is the appropriate time for planning a Kenya safari that will take you to 

Explore the Maasai Mara reserve. 

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

Lying on the foot of Kilimanjaro Amboseli national park is one of the best national parks in Kenya. The national park is blessed with various spectacular views that can be witnessed anytime in the park. July to Sept. is the best time to visit this iconic national park. The best attractions of the national park are Elephant Research Camp, Lake Amboseli, Sinet Delta.

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park

Explore Tasvo national park during your Kenya Safari, which is the oldest and largest national park in Kenya. June to October as well January and February is the best time to visit the national park to capture some stunning photos. 

Aberdare National Park

 

Aberdare National Park

The national park is lying at the cliff of the Aberdare mountain range. The national park was mainly created to give the slopes and moorland of the mountain protection. The national park’s best attractions are the large herds of endangered black rhinos. 

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Take a close look at this breath-taking national park. It offers a great view of the bird watchers. The flock of flamingos and other endemic birds offers a great view during the wet season. Best time to visit this national park is in between June to March 

Best of Tanzania

Officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania, the country is the safari heart of Africa. Plan your Tanzania safari to explore the roiling savannah, grasslands, dreamy range of mountains, and magical beaches. Explore some of the best spots of Tanzania;

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

The national park is one of the largest national parks in the country. The national park has got its name from the Maasai word Seringit which means the never-ending land. Due to its long rolling savannah plains, the national park is named so. The national park is a great place to capture some dusty sunsets, resting lioness, and some captures of the plain games from a hot air balloon. 

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Well known as the roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro is one of the highest peaks of the continent. Standing proudly at the heart of Tanzania the mountain is one of the prime summits of the world. The mountain offers 5 different climatic zones with 5 prime routes that lead to the Uhuru peak. If you don’t have the intention of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro then also you can explore the foothill that covered with Kilimanjaro National Park. 

Ngorongoro National Park

Ngorongoro National Park

The conservation area is one of the most visited places of Tanzania. While planning for Tanzania safari, don’t miss Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The conservation area is voted as one of the 7 natural wonders of Africa. The conservation area hosts a wide range of wildlife. Ngorongoro Conservation Area has a great natural unbroken caldera. The caldera is the world’s deepest and largest natural caldera occurred after a great explosion of a volcano.  

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

The national park is a unique place to spend some of the tranquil moments with a great natural setup.  Covering 325 km2 land area in the Manyara region the national park is a great place for the bird watchers. The national park is truly known for its birdlife. The alkaline lake is famous worldwide for the pink flamingo flocks around it. You can spot more than 400 bird species. Apart from birds, the national park offers a unique view of tree climbing lions. This unusual behavior of the lions can only be spotted in a few national parks of Tanzania.   

Beaches of Zanzibar

Zanzibar archipelago which is officially known as Unguja holds many stunning beaches together. The breath-taking sandy beaches will allow you to experience and capture some of the stunning sun-rises and sun-sets of your life. Along with the sunrise and beaches, the tiny but mesmerizing beaches offer a great range of luxurious accommodations. Exploring some fresh and delicious sea-food should not be missed in a Zanzibar Beach Holiday trip.   

Best of Uganda

Uganda with its lush greenery, beautiful rust mountain chains, and great springs is one of the best places for nature photography. Going for a Uganda Safari is the dream of many nature photographers. Here are presenting 5 best places suitable for planning your best photographic safaris in Uganda’s beautiful landscapes. 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The national park is home to the world’s half gorilla population. The gorilla families residing in the impenetrable national park offers a great opportunity for the photographers to click some fabulous expression of them. The lush mountain forest gives the perfect background to click them.  

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

Explore the strongest waterfall in the world that flows through the narrow cliffs adding spice to the beauty of Uganda. Click some iconic water birds, the flow of water crashing the rocks, crocodiles, and hippos in your lenses. 

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The only national park in Uganda offers a great opportunity to spot some tree-climbing lions. Apart from lions, there are a lot of other mammals that can be spotted inside the national park to click on your camera. The birdlife is enormous too. Plan your Uganda Safari to this iconic national park to click some amazing pictures.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park

 

Explore this isolated national park of Uganda to take some fabulous captures. This magnificent park holds 77 mammal species and 400 bird species. 10 hours drive from Kampala city will take you to the national park. Capture excellent birds, best game drives, great landscapes, and nature photography in this iconic national park. 

Kampala City 

Kampala City

Kampala is the heart of Uganda and the capital city of the country. The city offers a great combination of modernity and old culture. Click some pictures of Kampala downtown, Gadaffi mosque, old Kampala mosque, The Bahai Temple, Buganda kingdom palace, and more.  

Best of Rwanda

Rwanda, best known as the land of thousand hills offers a great view consisting range of hills, waterfalls, and lush mountain forests. Plan a Rwanda Safari trip if you are looking for a peaceful photographic destination. Here are few best photographic safaris spots in Rwanda;   

Volcano National Park

Volcano National Park

The enthralling national park is situated on the scenic location of Virunga mountains. In recent times the country has improved its travel system, roads condition a lot to allow the visitors to have a smooth journey. Exploring the dramatic scenery and lush vegetation on the mountain slopes along with 300 gorillas offers a great view to capture.  

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park

If you want to discover Africa’s last remaining high altitude tropical rainforests then Nyungwe Forest is the appropriate place for you. It has the most stunning bio-diverse forest in the world with 1080 plant species. The national park is also home to many rift valley endemic birds.  

The Congo-Nile Trail

The Congo-Nile Trail

If you want some extra-ordinary picture to capture in your camera then explores Rwanda through hiking. The land is filled with many hills and offers a great trekking trail to the travelers. Click some of the muddy roads with lush greenery both of the roadside, dramatic vistas, and fantastic mountains range in your camera. 

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

Having some replica scenery from the Lion King, the stunning national park is a great place to discover during Rwanda safari and to click some stunning pictures. The national park is home to elephants, zebras, buffalos, baboons, leopards, and hyenas. Visit the national park and click some awe-inspiring photographs in this national park. 

Gishwati Forest

 Stretching over 250,000 acres, Gishwati Forest is a stunning national park and one of the impressive spots of Rwanda. Having the views of Lake Kivu as well as over 1450 types of bird the destination can be your best spot to capture some stunning pictures. 

Best of Ethiopia  

The magical land of Ethiopia, known as the land of thirteen months, is one of the catchiest places in Africa. The land of rich culture with deep-rooted tradition and history offers a great opportunity to have an Ethiopia Safari and to click some stunning postcards. 

 

Here are few of them; 

Simien Mountains

Simien Mountains

Lying in the highlands of Northern Ethiopia, Simien Mountains is considered as the jewel of the country. Hand-shaped by nature this stunning mountain range offers some of the breath-taking sceneries to capture. Also capture some unusual and rare animals like Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and Ethiopian wolf.

Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

11 medieval churches can be spotted near the small town of Lalibela. It’s estimated that around the 12th century the churches were made by King Lalibela. This popular pilgrim site is a world heritage site protected by UNESCO. While coming for Rwanda Safari, don’t miss to take some capture of this historic place. 

The Holy City of Harar

The Holy City of Harar

It’s a walled city in Northeast Ethiopia near the Somalia border. This is more often considered as Africa’s Mecca. The city is home to 100 mosques and considered the 4th holy city of Islam. Harar has a long history; it was made in the 16th century to escape the city from the religious invaders. 

City of Gondar

Gondar, the “Camelot of Africa” is another finest places to explore in Rwanda Safari that is nestled n the highlands of Northern Ethiopia. The castle was home to medieval Ethiopian princesses who ruled the country for nearly 1000 years.   

Before go for photographic safaris make sure you practice some photographic ideas near your natural surroundings. It prepares you well for the trip and allows you to use your skill properly. Here are a few photography tips for you to practice; 

Practice some photographic tricks & tips before your photographic safari to Africa

Learn not to harm your subject during capturing them. First, understand your subject. Most wildlife will get afraid with a human presence so make sure to be as quiet as possible and don’t stress them by making a lot of noise. 

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Focus On The Best Part

 While capturing your subject make sure to focus on the best part of your subject. No matter you are capturing natural scenery or any animal or bird just focus on its best part that is enhancing its beauty. For example, if you are going to click a lion just try to focus on its face and eyes that show its furiousness. If you are going to capture a bird try to capture its best part it maybe its eyes or colorful feathers. 

Follow The Rule of Thirds

Follow The Rule of Thirds

Looking for a great picture to post in your social accounts? Apply the rule of thirds. This is a compositional rule which allows the photographer to present its photo in a catchy way. Creating a 3 by 3 grade divide your image into thirds both horizontally and vertically.  

Learn The Art of Stalking

Stalking; is what will make you a great wildlife photographer. If you want to capture the best shot of your subject then have patience and learn to stalk. Get close to your subject quietly.   

 

Don’t Hesitate To Get Yourself Dirty

We suggest wearing such clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty. Don’t think about getting dirty. To get some great captures you may get dirty. While stalking your subject you need to go low and maybe you need to get down on your knees or stomach to get some ideal capture. Don’t hesitate about it. 

Don’t Afraid of Bad Weather

Are you looking for some interesting and unusual photographs? Don’t think much about the bad weather. Get yourself prepare for shooting in the bad weather as well. Sometimes it allows the photographers clicking some of the dramatic captures.  

Research About Animals and Their Behavior

If you are intended to capture some stunning image of a specific animal or bird during your Tanzania photographic safari or African Photography Safaris learn more about the subject. Know where they are spotted the most, what they eat, when they sleep, and when they are in action. Accordingly, you can get prepared on the perfect spot to click them. 

Calm and Patience

One thing that is the most important while clicking wildlife pictures is your patience. If you need some stunning and unique pictures you need to wait. Wait for the right time and the right movement of your subject. Be calm while waiting for a perfect shot. Good pictures of the wild creatures or birds are not easy to capture. Waiting silently and watching their rhythm will help you get some sharp, focused, and inaction images.  

 Safety Precautions

Always remember whose photo you are taking? They are wild and deadly; they can charge you or attack you at any point of time. Many photographers adapt techniques that are inappropriate or dangerous. Going too close to a lion or buffalo to capture in action can be dangerous. 

The Must Take Requirements 

Octopus Tripods

Octopus Tripods

Get more optimized and focused pictures with octopus tripod. Choose a tripod that has a stable and flexible stand with lightweight. It will help to keep your camera in a still position while trying to click wildlife. 

 Extra Memory Card

Don’t forget to keep some extra memory cards. You need to capture many shots at once. Suppose a bird is trying to fly you need to set your camera in position and click various times to get your perfect shot. It will fill your memory card, so keep an extra memory card as a backup plan. 

Batteries and Power Bank

Want to capture some of the perfect captures during your Tanzania Photo-safari - Kenya safari - Rwanda safari - Uganda safari - Ethiopia safari, just be prepared well. Always remember to keep extra batteries and power bank. During your African safari, you may have to stay in mobile camps and tents where you might have a problem to charge your camera or during your shot your charge will get drain. At this point, your extra battery and power bank can save you. 

Camera Cleaning Equipment

Having dirty lenses is very common while clicking the pictures in the dusty roads and sloppy mountains. Keeps your camera cleaning equipment ready with you to clean and make it ready to capture the perfect shots.  

Here are few things that you can include in your cleaning kit;

  • A Sensor Scope Inspection Device,
  • A SensorBulb Air Blower,
  • 1 0.25 oz. Bottle of Sensor Solution,
  • 15 16mm Sensor Safe Wands,
  • 1 Cleaning Cloth,
  • 1 Cleaning Guide
  • Travel Bag

Telephoto lens- Use a telephoto lens during your African Safari as you might find your object not much nearer to you. While clicking a big cat or some furious animals you may not get real closure to it. The Telephoto lens will magnify the distant object helping you getting a nearer and clearer view. A telephoto lens has a focal length longer than 60mm. 

 

The Bonus Tip

Camera Settings

Camera Settings

Learn some photography tips to capture some stunning pictures during your photography safari; 

Learn proper camera modes, set it to capture the best images in all kinds of light and background. Burst mode is the most important mode as it allows the photographer to take continuous images as long as the shutter button is pressed. However, it all depends on your camera’s buffer capability and memory of how long you can do that. Autofocus is another important mode as it’s not possible to edit a photo that is out of focus. Adjust the autofocus mode wisely. You can try out some settings like; AE/AF button for back button focus, Aperture priority, ISO: 400, Burst mode, Matrix metering, etc.   

There are a lot of rules for wildlife and nature photography. While planning for an African Safari makes sure to learn the dos and don’ts to have some great captures. However, we believe an African safari will take you to so many magical places that you will learn by yourself how to capture and what to capture. Have a little patience and learn your subject’s behavior to have some great pictures. Come and explore a great Tanzania Photographic Safari with us.

Just click @ https://tanganyikasafari.com/tanzania-photo-safari and get more ideas about a photographic safari.    

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