Capture picture-perfect wildlife

2012-07-02 07:52

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The African continent is a Mecca for wildlife photographers. In Southern and East Africa the floodplains and savannahs are filled with fierce and beautiful creatures. Of course there is no recipe to get the perfect image. Patience, experience and a bit of luck are essential and can’t be bought.

However, Africa has a few photographic hotspots that will give you the best chances of capturing that perfect shot. Specialized photographic safaris allow you to improve your technical skills, while immersing yourself in some of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas.

Northern Safari Circuit

The Serengeti Eco-System is the best place to witness nature’s drama of hunters and the hunted. An unmatched density of predators and big cats, which roam the open plains make for spectacular sightings. The big draw of northern Tanzania, however, is the Great Migration. The thunder of millions of hooves moves continually through northern Tanzania as countless wildebeest along with gazelle and zebra look for new pastures.

The classic route of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit is not only the best way to witness the wildebeest migration; you will also get the opportunity to see and photograph the Big Five as well as threatened predators like the African wild dog or the cheetah.

South Luangwa Valley

The South Luangwa Valley in Zambia is a beautiful wildlife haven. The shy leopard is so abundant in these parts that almost all guests to the South Luangwa National Park manage to get a glimpse of this incredibly graceful feline. Due to the exceptional wildlife density the riverbanks and floodplains of the 9 000 km² park South Luangwa offers some of Africa’s best game viewing.

Based in the midst of this bustling wilderness Shenton Safaris specializes on photographic safaris. Customized vehicles, photographic hides, passionate guides and day and night-time safaris give you all the opportunity you need to get the perfect African wildlife image.

Chobe River

Flowing through northern Botswana the Chobe River attracts large numbers of the world’s biggest land mammals. The 11 000 km² park is home to an abundance of 50 000 elephants. Boat trips in Chobe National Park give you an excellent perspective of elephants, hippos, buffalos and rare antelope. Away from the river you will find predators including lion, leopard and even cheetah.

Based in the Chobe National Park Pangolin Photo Safaris offer photographic workshops for all levels of skill. A combination of river-based photography, game drives and technical workshops is the tried and tested approach to hone your photographic skills and provide you with impressive wildlife images.


It is not always about the Big Five. Sometimes the scenery is so beautiful that just one animal is enough to create a perfect image. Sossusvlei in Namibia is such a place. In the early morning the red Namib dunes have a rich golden colour that contrasts with black shadows and blue skies. A lone Oryx antelope walking the barren ground below the dunes can be the icing on the cake. Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park can be combined into a single Namibian safari. Namibia Travel Connection is a local operator that offers a great variety of Safaris in Namibia.

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