Things I Wish I Had Known Before Going On Safari, Part 1

Before I went on safari to Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, I scoured the web and photo guide books for tips on how to prepare. I found quite a bit of good advice, but, once I got to my destination, I realized there were many things that I wish I had known.

In the hopes that these ideas will be useful to others who might be in a similar situation, I'll post some of those 'things I wish I knew.'

Here's the first: You don't have much control over your position or angle when you are out on game drive in an open jeep. Most of the time, you must stay in the safari vehicle for safety reasons. You are NEVER allowed to stand up, or even move around too much. This means that you don't have much say in your position relative to your photo subject. For people who are used to being able to walk around, consider a subject from many angles, and generally compose a photo, this is quite frustrating. My biggest tip here: Sit in the back of the vehicle when you can. This lets you shoot side to side, from the rear, and, if you have less tall people in front of you, straight ahead.

Photo credits: Charles Sichel-outcalt.

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October 22, 2008


Glad you had a good time! That part of Africa is so beautiful... I'm envious of your trip.

October 17, 2008


Thanks for the kind words. Really, it's so beautiful and interesting out there that I can't take much credit for the photos. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. :)

October 17, 2008


Good tip! Waiting for more... :) Your impala herd is lovely.

October 17, 2008


Great advice and great shots, but I doubt that I will ever get to go on a real safari. How very exciting, I hope you enjoyed it. I live near Orlando, so, the closest I will ever get is Disney's Animal Kingdom

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