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Hire photographic equipment while on safari

One of the many joys of a safari is photographing the incredible wildlife. In fact, many of our visitors travel exclusively for the chance to photograph the magnificent animals on our doorstep. But what happens if you don’t have the right camera equipment to capture the lions, elephants, leopards and more of the Kruger National Park? That’s where we come in. Our guests can hire camera equipment to allow them the chance to take amazing action shots and close ups of our famous inhabitants.

The photographic equipment available for hire is:

  • Nikon D3x Body for R550 per day
  • Nikkor Lens AF-S Nikkor 400m F2.8E for R700 per day
  • Nikkor Lens VR Zoom 80mm - 400mm F4.5 - 5.6D ED for R500 per day

We also have the following kits:

  • Nikon D5300 with 18 - 55mm Nikkor AF-P and Nikkor 55mm - 200mm AF-S both for R600 a day
  • Nikon D3x with 80 - 400mm Nikkor F4.5 - 5.6 D for R900 per day.

Using the right equipment will give you the best chance of taking high quality photographs. Our guides will ensure you get as close as you can to the wildlife and then it’s in your hands to capture the magic. Even if you’re an amateur with a brand-new camera, you can bring home some truly special shots.

Here are a few top photographic tips for game drives:

Size matters  -  For wildlife photography you generally need a longer lens if you hope to capture the action. Anything over 200mm is good, preferably with an image stabiliser. Some point-and-shoot digital cameras also have good zoom ranges.

Be ready - When a lion is sauntering in front of you you shouldn’t be scrambling for your lens, bean bag or camera. By the time you get everything together, the lion will probably be gone. Get yourself organised before you go on a game drive.

Automatic fanatic - Unless you really know your stuff, it’s much easier to go automatic and let the camera do the thinking for you. In fact, some of the best wildlife photographers will tell you it’s the only way to go. With wild animals, there’s seldom enough time to fiddle with settings. Rather just get the shot.

Prepare with a spare - Take along spare batteries and an extra memory card for your camera. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t and you run out at the crucial moment.

Bean there, done that - Try to keep as still as possible or your pictures will be blurred. You can do this by using a bean bag on the window of the car as a rest for your camera lens.

Remember where you are - Keep the animals in mind. There are times when you can get close to animals, and times when you cannot. Be respectful and listen to your guide.

Golden hour - The best light is early in the morning and late in the afternoon, exactly when you will be on the game drives. Shoot with the sun behind you, unless you’re specifically looking for a silhouette or a backlit effect.

Hurry up and wait - Be patient with your subjects. They won’t always be doing something interesting as you arrive. Learn to anticipate what the animals might do.

Dust is bust - Try not to change lenses while on a game drive. Dust is the enemy when it comes to sensitive digital camera innards.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge received a Best Value Award for Kruger National Park Accommodation.

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