Okavango Delta's Khwai River
"The best camera is the one in your hand".
PACKING & PREPARING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI
Packing and preparing your camera gear is indeed an exciting part of your photographic safaris with us. Of course there are limitations set by the various airlines, however, SA Airline and Air Botswana are reasonably understanding towards photographers travelling into the country.
Below, we have listed some essentials and non essentials for a photographic safari in Botswana.
Essential gear required:
* 2 x DSLR Bodies - preferably with full frame sensor
* At least two batteries per camera (one spare at all times)
* 1 x wide angle lens for landscapes
* 1 x zoom lens - 70 - 200 mm (preferably F2.8)
* 1 x zoom lens - 100 - 400mm or 80 to 400mm F 4.5 - 5.6
* Memory cards - bring plenty or a hard drive and laptop for downloading
* Sturdy camera bag & cleaning equipment
* Tripod/ monopod
* A good pair of binoculars (essential)
Note: Earth Ark Photo Safaris provide beanbags and camera supports.
Most photography takes place from the vehicles. Now and then, there may be opportunity to get out of the vehicle for a low angle shot. This however, is uncommon due to restrictions in the National Parks and Game Reserves of Botswana.
If you would like more freedom for shooting outside of a vehicle, it is advised to travel to lodges in private concessions rather. Photographers can enjoy further freedom by not being restricted to park closing times. See lodge based safaris for this.
Optional gear as needed:
* Laptop and 2 hard drives for dual back up and freeing memory space
* Camera mounted flash
* Rain/ dust coat to protect your gear
* Telephoto lens 500mm F4 or 600mm F4
Note: Our vehicles on the expedition style safaris are equipped with inverters for charging your cameras and equipment in camp. It is advised to keep all your batteries and laptops full charged at all times during a photographic safari with us.