There is nothing called a good or bad camera. There are only photos that you like or dont.
When you head to destinations like Kruger National Park in South Africa, you would stumble upon SLRs and camera lenses the length of your hand. In such situations, your point n shoot is a clear giveaway that you don’t care about capturing every whisker in the lions face which you anyway consider quite exotic on the whole.
To save myself the embarrassment of not having proper wildlife photography equipment, I decided I’d shoot with the iPhone in many sightings. I don’t think I can ever claim to be a good photographer…. I capture things the way I like them. And that’s all that matters to me.
Enjoy my journey below… Self driving in Kruger from Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie …. Skukuza and many dirt roads…. And out with Rangers in Timbavati and Klaserie private reserves….
Below are also some tips on organising your time in Kruger.
Lion kill @ Timbavati
Wild Buffaloes @ Timbavati
Herd of elephants @ Lower Sabie dirt roads
Giraffe near shindzela camp in Timbavati
Zebra crossing @ dirt roads near Skukuza
Elephant near Lower Sabie dirt roads
Bumped into these rhinos driving towards Satara
Elephants @ Klaserie reserve
Lions @ Klaserie reserve
- Ensure you spend minimum 3 days to be able to spot the big 5 (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos & Buffaloes) and other wild animals (hyenas and such….. )
- Balance it with self driving in the park and game drives. If you can manage 5 to 6 days, split it between 2 days self driving and 4 days in game drives. We spent two days in crocodile bridge camp area and self drove. Then, we spent 4 nights in two private reserves in Timbavati and Klaserie.
- A little bit of luxury is enough in Africa. Enjoy the basics, sleeping in the wild, early morning wake up calls and barbecues. The sundowners are icing on the cake. The pool is luxury.
- Don’t worry if you don’t have an expensive camera … See things for real and cherish them. The Internet is full of safari pics anyway.
- Drink loads of water if you are there during summer.
- Carry earthy coloured clothes. Don’t wear bright stuff.
- Carry hat, hiking shoes, flip flops, sunglasses, ponchos, light jacket…. Binoculars nice to have. Don’t forget mosquito repellant.
- Be conservative with electricity and charging.
- And last but not the least, reflect and listen to the sounds of nature….. It’s definitely better than human voices.