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Top 5 Photographic Safari Destinations

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The magnificent wildlife, expansive landscapes and golden sunsets of Africa set it apart as a wonderful and special photographic safari destination.

It is a place full of special moments, and for both amateur and seasoned photographers, a photographic safari destination is the best way to create lifelong mementos of a life-changing place.

Here are our top five destinations in Southern Africa for a photographic safari:

1. Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

Kruger’s Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is renowned for its incredible density and diversity of wildlife. It is a firm favourite among professional wildlife photographers because of its up-close encounters with the wildlife. Especially known for incredible sightings of the ever-elusive leopard, Sabi Sands is a must on our list of photographic safari destinations.

2. Mashatu, Tuli Block

Another favourite among professional wildlife photographers, a photographic safari destination must, is Mashatu in Botswana’s Tuli Block. Mashatu Game Reserve is a safari secret, making it the ideal safari destination for photographers seeking an authentic African safari. A high density of diverse wildlife and fewer tourists, make it the perfect place to capture that winning shot. It is referred to as the ‘land of the giants’ due the uniquely adapted species calling it home. Some of these being the kori bustard (world’s largest flying bird), the elephant, the ancient baobab tree, the ostrich and the eland (the largest antelope).

3. Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta, the gem of Botswana, is the ideal destination if you’re looking for a new take on wildlife photography. The water-based Mokoros provide a new angle for taking photos of the magnificent wildlife and beautiful landscapes. The sunrises and sunsets are also something special to photograph. If you’re a birder with a passion for photography, this is the place for you. The Okavango Delta is home to over 400 species of bird, making our list of top photographic safari destinations. And with a bit of luck and patience you may be able to capture the lions who’ve learned to swim in order to hunt.

4. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

If you’re looking to capture a different side to the safari experience, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is the perfect place and another must on our list of top photographic safari destinations. Swopping out the traditional savannahs and golden skies for lush, green mountains, this is the home of the Mountain Gorilla. Anyone who has done it will tell you that gorilla trekking is a truly unforgettable, therapeutic and special experience. This is the place to visit if you want to photograph one of Africa’s most incredible wildlife experiences.

5. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

If you’re in search of up-close photography encounters, searching on foot is the way to go. And there’s no better place than South Luangwa National Park, who pioneered the walking safari. A walking safari is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the bush and stumble upon wildlife, birds and plants that would have been missed from a vehicle. This is the perfect place to get into the heart of taking wildlife photographs in Africa, making it a top photographic safari destination.


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