The Untamed Beauty: A Photographic Safari Adventure in Africa

January 22, 2021
Impala on a Photographic Safari with Pure Photography

A Photographic safari in Africa is a journey into the heart of the wild, where nature reveals its most spectacular and untamed wonders. For us, photography enthusiasts, presents an unparalleled opportunity to capture the raw beauty of the African wilderness.  From majestic creatures roaming freely across vast landscapes to the breathtaking sunsets that paint the horizon. Whether you are an amateur, professional or have a click and shoot camera.

A Safari photography experience in Africa is nothing short of magical.

Without a question, being on safari is one of my top experiences EVER! And I adore and love photography.  Luckily, I have a day job, as both of those activities are expensive.  Therefore, I think I have real firsthand experiences of making sure you are ready to rock and roll with your camera on Safari.  I have made a million mistakes and urge you to remember to put the camera away and enjoy your sighting.  Or else you will be a robot throughout such a humbling experience. Worrying about ISO, aperture and composition!

Safari photography is not just about taking pictures; it’s about storytelling through visuals. It involves capturing the essence of the African safari experience – the thrill of tracking wildlife, the connection with nature, and the awe-inspiring moments that unfold in the blink of an eye. The key is to convey the emotion and spirit of the safari through your lens.


Here are my tips to get the best photographic experience on Safari:

Gear Essentials:

  • Before embarking on your safari adventure, it’s crucial to ensure you have the right gear.
  • A high-quality camera with a versatile zoom lens is essential for capturing both close-up shots of wildlife and expansive landscapes.
  • Additionally, a sturdy tripod can be invaluable for stabilizing your camera during long shots or capturing the vibrant hues of the African sunset.
  • Make sure you have 6 fully charged batteries at all times no matter what. We came across a Female Leopard and her teeny-weeny baby. the affection and love between the two would have won me awards.  But my battery was flat and my 2 standbys’ where no on me. Rookie mistake.
  • Carry your camera, lens and all your gear safely, it’s very dusty and during all the excitement.  You can find yourself being quite hard on your gear.
  • SD cards, oh my word, I cannot stress this enough. When you are in the bush you take many photographs, especially to get that perfect shot. So, you need at least 6 SD Drives, making sure you have enough space to really play.

Timing is Everything:

The success of safari photography often hinges on being at the right place at the right time. Early mornings and late afternoons offer the best lighting conditions, known as the golden hours. When the sun casts a warm glow over the landscape. This is when wildlife is most active. Giving you many optimal opportunities to capture animals in their natural habitats.

Wildlife Photography:

African safaris are renowned for their diverse wildlife, from the iconic “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros – to the myriad of other fascinating species. Patience is key when photographing wildlife, as it may take time to spot and observe animals in their natural behaviors. The use of a telephoto lens allows you to capture intimate moments without disturbing the subjects.

Landscape Photography:

Of course, beyond the incredible wildlife, Africa’s landscapes are equally captivating. Vast savannas, dense jungles, and expansive deserts offer a diverse canvas for photographers. Another key point, use your wide-angle lenses to capture the sweeping panoramas and emphasize the grandeur of the scenery. Don’t forget to experiment with different compositions and focal points to add depth to your landscape shots.

Impala on a Photographic Safari with Pure Photography

People Photography:

In reality, a safari in Africa often provides opportunities to interact with local communities. Experience their unique cultures. Including shots of indigenous people. Beautiful bright traditional attire, and daily life can add a human element to your safari photography portfolio. Remember, to tell your story through your lens.

Ultimately, a safari photography adventure in Africa is a thrilling and rewarding experience. That truly allows you capture the natural beauty of the continent’s wildlife and landscapes. It’s an incredible journey, as you navigate the untamed terrains.  In short, please remember to immerse yourself in the moment.

Finally, savor the magic of the wild, and let your lens tell the extraordinary stories unfolding in the heart of Africa.


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