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Top 10 Safari Tips

safari tips

1. Make sure you pack wisely!

Too many people going on safari often pack far too much and bring clothes, shoes and accessories that get lugged halfway around the world without ever being used. This becomes particularly problematic on the internal flights, as these have strict weight restrictions for luggage due to the smaller size of the planes.


2. Take advantage of your guide’s expertise!

During the booking process, make as much use as possible of your safari specialist’s knowledge of the areas, camps and lodges you are looking to visit, to ensure that you get the trip that is most suited to what you want to see and experience.


3. Don’t try to do too much in one safari

A lot of people want to cram as many wildlife areas as possible into one trip, but all this does is make a trip hectic, with lots of time spent flying or driving between one destination and the other. Rather, focus on one specific area, which ensures that you will have a well-balanced, enjoyable safari.


4. Keep an eye out for the smaller creatures!

Temper your expectations! Unlike what many wildlife documentaries pertain to show, you won’t see lions and elephants around every corner. As a result, it is important that you look at the bigger picture. It is often the smaller animals, birds and insects that bring vibrancy and colour into your bush experience.

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04/18/2017     0 Comments  

10 top tips for taking the best safari photos

Luxury safaris offer incredible photo opportunities to capture great wildlife shots with surprisingly close access to iconic and awe inspiring safari animals. Many safari goers hope to return home with great photos to commemorate their trip, wow their friends, and perhaps hang as art in their homes. But how do you go from vacation snap shot to great safari photo?

Here are 10 tips to get you there:


Your cell phone camera isn’t going to cut it for good wildlife photography. You need the right equipment for the job. For the best chances of capturing great wildlife shots and critical action, grab a Canon or Nikon DSLR (such as the Canon 5D Mark III or 80D or Nikon’s D810). You can also consider trying a mirrorless camera (such as the Sony A7r II) for a more compact, but slower, package with some significant compromises in the wildlife arena. Buy the best lenses you can and try to cover focal lengths from wide angle (about 24mm) to telephoto (at least 300mm), preferably with a wide maximum aperture such as f 4 or f2.8. Wider apertures allow you to shoot in low light and create pleasing effects for animal portraits. Pros use huge and expensive but amazing lenses like the Canon or 500mm or the Nikon 300mm or 500mm. A great option for enthusiasts is the cheaper, more versatile, and more portable Canon 100-400mm or its cousin, the Nikon 80-400mm. Some luxury lodges cater especially for photographers and have top-class wildlife lenses available to rent—that’s a great option because besides being expensive, wildlife lenses are a pain to carry on planes.



Whether you buy or rent your equipment, the most important tip for good photography is to understand your camera’s settings, their effect on your pictures, and how to change them quickly.



Always consider composition. The rule of thirds is your friend. Don’t compose with subjects or the horizon slap bang in the middle. Instead, break your frame into thirds horizontally and vertically, and place subjects near those lines.

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12/12/2016     0 Comments  


memorable safari

We have often said that what distinguishes Camp Jabulani from other safari lodges is not the presence of the Big 5, nor the thousands of hectares of African wilderness that surround it in the Kapama Private Game Reserve. For us, what has and continues to make Camp Jabulani stand out is its compassion. You’ll find evidence of this compassion in their history – how they came to be – and in their conservation efforts to this day. You’ll discover it in the passion that owner, Lente Roode shares in her innkeeper video.

But, to make it all about you, the safarigoer, for a second, this compassion is evident in the camp’s care for their guests. It is vital to them that you have an indelible safari experience. To help this along, we gathered these top tips from Camp Jabulani Ranger, Ruan Reynek, a man who harboured a wealth of safari wisdom, a man who passed away too soon this month. In honour of Ruan, we bring you…


1. Look after yourself.

Wear sunblock and drink plenty of water. Do not underestimate the power of the African sun! You will not be able to enjoy your adventure if you’re suffering from sunstroke.

2. Bring along your binoculars.

Many of the interesting things on safari are not as obvious to the naked eye – such as colourful birds in their nests, or animals that are further away.

3. Make sure you wear the right clothing.

When participating on bush walks, consider wearing lightweight long pants so you are not exposed to ticks and sharp branches, and wear comfortable closed shoes. Dress in layers to ensure that you don’t get too hot or too cold, and always consider comfort first.

4. Pay attention.

Bring along a notebook if you are interested in learning about your surroundings. Rangers can teach you a lot of fascinating things about the animals, trees, birds, and even insects.

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08/21/2016     0 Comments  

10 top tips for taking kids on safari

Bringing the children along on a Botswana safari can create some unforgettable family memories. However there are a few things you may wish to take into account before booking your safari.


1. Make sure that children are able take part in the game drive or any other activities you may have planned, some places have age restrictions.

Most lodges have strict minimum age requirements so check to make sure all of the lodges cater for your children. Also, if your children are under 12 years old you may be asked to upgrade to a private safari vehicle. This can work out to be extremely expensive.

2. Don’t be afraid to do a camping safari,

camping in the outdoors gives a better connection with the wilderness and wildlife than being cosseted in a large lodge. A private camping safari is best. The last thing you want is to be on a vehicle with a photography fanatic who insists on long stops which test your children’s patience.

3. Anticipate the African safari.

Anticipation is a massive part of the magic of safari, get your kids to watch some wildlife films like The Last Lions by Derek and Beverly Joubert. Family safaris are typically planned well in advance, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and get excited for this family adventure.

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04/25/2016     0 Comments