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So you have booked your safari holiday to Africa, but what should you take with you? In these guides I will go through some of the best safari equipment, what to look out for and what to avoid.Safari Binoculars
After your camera, a good pair of binoculars is crucial in getting the most out of your Safari Holiday, rather forget your passport than leave your binoculars at home! So what is a good pair of binoculars? Here is my binocular guide and recommendations >> more
Best Cameras for Safari
My guide to the best digital cameras for travel and wildlife photography. Including the best camera to take on Safari, bird photography and where you can buy cheap digital cameras >> more
Best Tripods for Travel & Safari
The Safari Guide to the best compact and lightweight tripods for travel & safaris. Includes sections on vehicle window mounts and hide clamps that are worth considering as an alternative to the standard travel tripod. >> more
African Travel, Safari & Wildlife Books
The Best Wildlife books, Travel books and Safari books to take with you on your holiday to Africa, depending on your needs and experience and where to buy them. >> more
Safari Clothing Advice
Advice on what clothing you should bring with you on your Safari adventure in Africa. Including clothing colours materials, safari hats and shoes. >> more
Night Vision Binoculars
During the day, we only see a fraction of what goes on in the bush on Safari - it is during the night when many animals, especially predators like lions, leopards and hyenas really come alive. Night Vision scopes, monoculars and binoculars amplify existing light allowing you to see what is going on, but without disturbing their natural behavior.
>> Night Vision Devices on Safaris
Safari & Travel Camera Bags
The safari & camera backpack is an important part of your equipment that often gets overlooked, with many people either just using what they already have lying about the house or just getting a bag at the last minute without any research. A good travel backpack that is designed to carry all your gear really can make a difference to your holiday as well as protecting your camera, binoculars and other gear properly:
- Vanguard Skyborne 45 Camera Backpack Review
- Vanguard Skyborne 51 Laptop and Camera Backpack Review
- Vanguard ICS Photography Harness & Belt System
- Vanguard ICS Vest Review
- Lowepro Field Station Belt Pack Review
What I Take on Safari (Equipment)
“What should I take on safari” is a common question that I get - Obviously everyone has slightly different needs, but I thought that with a upcoming trip in the planning, what equipment I actually take with me and why may be at least interesting to some people and hopefully a little useful as well.
Also look at: Bird Photography: Equipment used on Safari
Universal Battery Charger - This is a real space saver as the best ones can charge all your equipment (camera, camcorder, mobile phone, mp3 player and more) with one device.
For the one that I currently use and highly recommend, check out my review of the:
Braun 1-for-All-Switch (Universal Battery Charger)
Or take a look at the older version:
Braun 1-For-All-Plus Universal Battery Charger
Binocular Harness - Ideal for walking safaris, a harness to carry your binoculars is ideal if you want to take a full sized pair of binoculars with you on safari, but also want to be able to be able use both hands so that you can also carry and use your camera. Take a look at my review of the LockDown binocular harness from S4Gear, it is what I use believe is the best harness available.
|The Safari Companion: Guide to Watching African Mammals||African Safari Photography||Southern Africa
(Lonely Planet Multi Country Guide)
An excellent book to take out on safari with you. Once you get back to your lodge from your game drive, with nothing to do but relax by the pool and read a book. What better than to look up all the interesting bits of information on all the wildlife you have just seen.
|This book includes: how to plan your safari and what to take; photographic tips and techniques from a leading professional; advice on where and when to travel; in-depth guides to the best locations; and vital information on the behaviour patterns of animals.||Extensive information on some of the world's most luxurious safari lodges through to the best basic backpacker accommodation. It is one of very few guides to cover South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.|
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Due to their popularity, the amount of compact superzoom cameras on the market has dramatically increased of the past few years. Great news in that the competition has driven on innovations and improvements from camera manufacturers at an incredible rate. But it does make it harder to choose the right camera for your needs. To help I have included all the main features of all the best superzooms in an easy to compare format.
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How to become a Safari Guide
If you are looking for that dream job in the African bush, even if you live overseas it is possible to study and become a qualified safari guide (field guide) in South Africa. Follow the link for more information & for an enquiry form.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Review
The very powerful Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR with it's 42x optical zoom (1000mm equivalent), very high quality 16 MP image resolution, super fast auto focus and movie recording in full 1080p HD at 60fps. This camera has to be one of the very best safari holiday cameras on the market.
For more information read the full review of the Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR Bridge Camera >>
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After your camera, a good pair of binoculars is crucial in getting the most out of your Safari Holiday. So what is a good pair of binoculars? Here is my binocular guide and recommendations >> Binocular Reviews
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