Africa Trip - September 2010
South Africa - Botswana - Zambia
of 2010 Linda and I realized a dream of ours when we traveled to
southern Africa for photo safaris in
In South Africa we stayed four days at the
Plains lodge in the Sabi Sands area adjacent to
Kruger National park. In Botswana we joined a mobile photo safari
and spent 15 days traveling through the
Okavango Delta and
Chobe National Park photographing wildlife. We ended our photo
Victoria Falls in Zambia. Traveling to Africa and going out into the
bush for a couple of weeks is a bit of an undertaking, but our trip met
all out expectations and more. We were so thrilled with it that we
returned to Africa in 2012 to do a similar
safari in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
East Africa is geographically much different than southern
Africa and we really enjoyed the great migration of
animals across the Serengeti.
This web journal chronicles our trip as we traveled to different locations, from our arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa, to our departure from Livingstone, Zambia. It discusses our activities at each location as well as providing photo slideshows and galleries of the area and its wildlife. Just click the links below for each location.
Photo Galleries for our time in each country are available online
Thankyou for visiting our site.
Elephant Plains Lodge in Sabi Sands area (click on map for interactive Google map)
Mobile photo safari route through Botswana and Zambia (click on map for interactive Google map)
The focus of this trip was photography of the African wildlife and for the photographers reading this, I thought I'd speak to some of the photographic considerations of the trip. In order to maximize the images, it was important to take the right gear. For this trip, I took the following gear:
When photographing wildlife in Africa it is important to have the ability to cover the entire range of lens focal lengths, from wide angel for landscapes to super telephoto to capture wildlife at a distance. With a mobile safari in the bush there is a lot of dust which means it is preferable to minimize changing lenses to prevent dirt getting on the sensor of a digital SLR camera. The best way to do this is to use multiple camera body-lens combination to cover wide angle, medium telephoto and super telephoto. Using all of this gear presents some real logistical problems and it is really important to have a good quality bag that can accommodate all the equipment and protect it from the elements. On this trip we traveled through the bush in specialized 4 wheel drive vehicles that either were open on top or had roof hatches that made it possible to shoot out of. With three separate camera-lens combinations, it was important to keep them at hand to catch every opportunity, but also protect them from jostling in the vehicle while traversing the rough bush tracks and also the dust. For that I used soft padded pouches. Photographic opportunities varied from animals at a distance requiring the supertelephoto lens (used the bean bag to support that), to animals rubbing up against the vehicles requiring very wide angle focal lengths. Mobile safari challenges all of your photographic skills and equipment, but the images it allows you to capture are fantastic. Over the three weeks we were in Africa I shot over 12,000 images. I shoot everything in Nikon raw format which requires processing every image individually. It took approxiamtely 9 months for me to get all the images processed and culled with a final count of 5300 keepers. Alot of work, but worth it to this photographer.