How to choose your African photographic safari destination

It can be experienced as overwhelming when trying to find out where to go for the best African photographic safari. There are so many destinations to choose from and each of them has its qualities. First ask yourself what animals you really want to see, as if this would be your only chance to get to Africa. Then investigate which areas are the best to see them, ideally all of them to avoid a travel heavy itinerary, resulting in high transfer costs. But that is not all you should think about. The light is a very important factor. Perhaps the Okavango Delta in Botswana has the best light resulting in crisp, clear and rich colors. The Masai Mara has excellent warm and rich light during the golden hour, but challenging light during the rest of the day, what can lead to flat washed out colors. These two safari destinations have probably the most distinctive light for wildlife photography.

Keep the photographic aspects in mind when choosing the destination and plan your game drive activities accordingly. The ideal situation of clear sky and sun in the early morning or late afternoon makes great golden hours everywhere, but there are some places, that add a bit extra.

Happy wildlife photography travel!

Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa