Most of you may not know that besides landscape photography, my other greatest passion is wildlife photography! In fact wildlife photography is what got me into photography in the first place. After graduating my B.Sc in Biology I traveled for a few months in Africa. I can definitely say I have yet seen a place with such mind blowing and pristine nature and wildlife.
In less than two weeks I’ll be leading a Safari and photography trip to Tanzania with Wild Travel (my nature and photography expedition company). It will be 9 days of absolutely raw nature, to the best parks in the northern circuit including Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Tanzania is amazing all year long, but one of the seasons I love the most is mid April to May. In this short period of time many of the parks are just after the rainy season and everything is green and blooming. Besides lush and green vegetation, the huge wildebeest and zebra heards of the great migration are usually found in the central part of the Serengeti and it is a spectacular event to behold.
So what do I pack when I go to a Safari photography trip?
1. Canon 5DIII (upgraded to 5D IV during 2017).
2. Canon 6D.
I have two full frame cameras for most of my trips. I pack two cameras mostly because it allows me to shoot time lapse and stills at the same time. It is also important to have a backup camera in case something happens to one of them.
My primary lens for this trip is the Sigma 150-600mm Sport. Tele lenses are the natural selection for wildlife photography and the huge range of the Sigma is absolutely fantastic from medium to super tele. I have three other lenses I’m taking with me – Canon EF 16-35 F/2.8, Canon EF 17-40 F/4 and Samyang 14mm F/2.8. All of them are mostly for landscape photography and this combination allows me to shoot both stills and timelapse duringday and night.
I use several ND filters for long exposure and sky-foreground light balance including: rectangular Lee 0.9 ND (3 stops), rectangular Haida NDx64 (6 stops), round Hoya NDx32 (5 stops), Lee 0.9 soft graduated ND, Singh Ray 0.9 reverse graduated ND, Hitech 0.9 soft graduated ND.
Tripods are usually not very necessary on a safari trip when you photograph mostly from a jeep, but there is always the chance you might be able to use it from a viewpoint in the lodge or places you’re outside of the jeep. My main tripod is a Slik Pro 500 with SH-736 head and I also take a Slik sprint pro II.
Time Lapse accessories:
I have a 50cm slider for automated motion time-lapse and a pan/tilt device called “Radian”.
There is a long list of accessories I take with me to this kind of trips, these include: light lapotop + external hard drive for backup, card reader, backup batteries, camera remote intervalometers (mostly for timelapse), head torch, microfiber cloths.
Last but not least I need a backpack to contain all of this equipment – the mighty 70 liter F-Stop Sukha with XL pro ICU system (currently still waiting for the shipment). It is large enough to contain everything I need, It has a back support system like a hiking backpack so carrying everything is bearable, it has a comfortable back open and it is very sturdy and waterproof.
That’s about it, not a short list but it all serves me well for what I need.If you have any questions about the equipment I use you’re welcome to contact me, also feel free to read more in my articles section. Where ever you go, be sure to pack all you need and enjoy nature!