Equipment

Finding the Right Binocular

We suggest purchasing a good pair of binoculars for your safari trip in order to be able to better see the wildlife. A good pair of binoculars will enhance your experience even in an intimate safaris.

The majority of tour vehicles will provide cheap binoculars to share, but you will want a good view so you will want to buy your own to bring. However, you do not need to buy an expensive pair- a mid-priced and mid-sized pair of binoculars will work great.

Magnification

8x or 10x works best. Wider fields of views works more accurately, as zooming in too much will cause the image to be unstable.

Lens Size

A larger lens allows you to view landscapes better in low light. At early morning and dusk, 32 mm to 42 mm lenses will work best.

Additional Features

Due to the terrain, you will want to think of features like weatherproof or eye relief. If you wear glasses or sunglasses and still want to use your binoculars, this feature means you can hold the pair a little farther away from your eyes and still see clearly.

Recommendations from Around the Web

Avalon 8×32 Mini HD $ – waterproof, fog-proof, smaller, lighter
Avalon 10×42 Pro HD $$ – excellent image quality, fog-proof, good in low light
Nikon Prostaff 10×42 $$$ – sharper, vivid quality, waterproof, fog-proof, durable, good in low light

Finding the Right Camera

When comparing cameras, you can look at the cost, sensor quality, lens, and body. As it is a great investment, it’s important to make the right decision for what you want to gain from your documentation.

We would recommend leaving your drone at home for this trip, as they are not allowed in national parks and frighten the wildlife.

Here are some basics to get you started with your search:

Frames Per Second (FPS): How quickly a camera can shoot photos or how many photos a camera can take in one second.
Sensor: light sensitive part in digital camera that takes in light to create the image. The bigger the sensor, the bigger the frame has.
Lens: Wide angle lenses are great for landscape shots, and zooming focal length is important for close-up wildlife shots. (Highly recommended are the Tamron 150-600 G2 and Canon 70-200mm)
Camera body: Feel the camera and see if it’s heavy or light. Since you’ll be on different terrains, it’s crucial to see if the camera can handle the dust and rain. Look for a good grip as well.

Recommendations from Around the Web

Sony A7 III

This camera is around $2,000 and has positive reviews for its price points. It’s cheaper than its competitors, but flaunts a solid sensor, ranges and focusing speeds.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ1000

This is a mix between the traditional point-and-shoot and a DSLR. Its quality is due to its fixed lens with both optical and digital zoom capabilities. The sensor is larger than competitors, as it is one of the best in the market with almost 1”. The Panasonic is a good pick for a novice photographer.

Fuji X-T20

Overall, this is a great camera with tracking autofocus and wifi. Although it does not offer more lenses, it’s a retro-looking camera for someone who is looking for an overall good camera.

Canon 80D

This weatherproof camera has a cropped sensor, as well as a wifi connection. It has a high processing capability, resulting in great pictures.

Sony Alpha a5100

This Sony camera is compact and has a great range of interchangeable lenses available. And it’s also under $500!