5 Photo Tips for Safari to Capture the Best Photos

If you are traveling to Africa to go on safari, odds are good you want to capture some incredible photos.

We would be suspect if you did not.

Capturing an amazing shot while on safari can help you remember all the fun you had and the dozens upon dozens of animals you are sure to see.

But I have to make a confession- getting great photos on safari is hard. So hard, in fact, that even after visiting half a dozen of countries for safari experiences, I have still missed out on many shots due to various issues like not having the best equipment, poor timing, or other issues altogether.

So in this one, I wanted to share some of my most important tips when it comes to taking photos on safari and help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made in the past!

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Tanzania Journeys Review – An Incredible High-End Safari

We always struggle with hiring a small company for private safaris in Africa because you simply never know what you may be getting yourself into even with a robust review of their website, customer reviews, and more.

Generally speaking, we have almost always found our private tour companies via word of mouth- either from friends or other travel bloggers who have had a positive experience with a particular company.

This is how we stumbled upon Tanzania Journeys for our luxury safari in the country (via our friends Green Global Travel), and after speaking with them about their tour options, we knew we were in the best hands for our tour and booked right away.

To put it bluntly, this may have been the most luxurious safari we've been on (most expensive too), and we'd do it again in a heartbeat given the chance.

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How to Pick Where to Stay in Zanzibar – Location Matters a Lot

Normally when we visit islands, particularly islands known for their beaches, figuring out where to stay is rather easy. We often find a property we like and can afford on the best beach and go from there.

But Zanzibar is a little bit different. On the beach side, there is no standout winner of “best beach” to us if only because every beach we visited was stunning. Likewise, you'll be enjoying the island for far more than the beaches with options like exploring the spice farms and historical Stone Town to name a few. As this island is small enough to be explored in day trips but large enough that those trips will take the bulk of an entire day, figuring out a prime location takes on a few more layers than you would otherwise think.

In another post, we discussed how many days in Zanzibar are really needed (and whether to visit the island before or after a safari). So in this one, we wanted to take a different look and discuss the top locations for visitors outright.

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What to Expect During a Great Migration River Crossing

When we decided to go on safari in Tanzania, we realized we would be visiting during prime river crossing times during the Great Migration (with best times to view the migration typically being mid-July to early-September).

While the mass wildebeest migration is an on-going event year round as the herds follow the rains in a never-ending loop (primarily throughout Tanzania), the Mara River crossing event occurs at a limited window when the herds head north to Kenya during the dry season and then return a few months later when the rains move south.

This event is exciting for visitors (particularly photographers) as river crossings are incredibly dangerous and chaotic. The water is rushing, rocks underneath the surface can cause the animals to break limbs, and the large volume of crossing wildebeests (think thousands if not tens of thousands at a time) make for targets for predators including crocodiles, lions, and more. If there is any experience that illustrates the raw beauty of Africa of life and death, it would be a river crossing- and we really wanted to see one.

As we successfully witnessed a river crossing migration event during our trip to the northern Serengeti, we thought we'd share a bit more about what you can expect!

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