Each person is recommended to have their own 35mm or 5+ mega pixel digital camera. It is best to have a variety of lenses to accompany the camera; a normal lens and a telephoto of 200mm minimum. If you prefer close ups or for the best images of birds, a 400mm or more lens is suggested, although not necessary and other lenses can also be brought, such as wide angle or macro. We do not advise on bringing cumbersome flash units or tripods but we do advise that at least one member of your group has a video camera available.
Film: for the best results filming, we suggest using film speed 400 ASA. In any low light conditions, including early mornings and late afternoons, we recommend a faster film of ASA/ISO 200, 400 or even 1000. For good light conditions, film speeds ASA/ISO 50-100 are suited.
Film is more expensive here and there is not as much variety, so you may not be able to get the film you usually use. For this reason we urge you to bring as much as you can to avoid running out! As a general guide allow one or two rolls of 36-exposure film for still photography and expect to shoot around 30 minutes of video a day. Our vehicles have cigarette lighters so remember to bring lead that can link your video equipment to the car when needed. Bring plenty of batteries and charger so you don’t run out!
Cameras get dirty when out filming for a day so ensure you have the correct cleaning equipment. A blower brush and soft chamois will clean well but there is small compressed air canister to blow dust off cameras now available.
Each person needs their own pair of binoculars as they are essential to see the birds and animals in the distance. The best size is 7 x 42 and they don’t need to be expensive but bird watchers should bring a Spotting Scope.
If you buy a new camera for your safari, make sure you are familiar with it before departure. Practise at home to ensure you’re comfortable with all the various settings and techniques.
Equipment List for Safaris