Safari in Chobe, Botswana

In October last year (2018) I was lucky enough to spend a few days on Safari in the awesome Chobe national park. Having never photographed wildlife before I did a lot of reading up to prepare and it really paid off as you’ll see from the gallery below. From all the tips and advice I read, I can recommend:

  • A decent sized zoom lens, 300mm worked well for me. I hired a Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS for my NEX-5n
  • A few memory cards, rotate them on each safari drive so that is something happens to one card you don’t lose all your photos (you’ll also take a huge amount photos – I took about 3 and half / 4 thousand)
  • 3 or 4 batteries, so you’ve always got spares – you don’t want to keep turning the camera on and off as you’ll miss the photo opportunity
  • A lightweight bag that you can slip the lens into when you’re not taking photos – it keeps the sand and dust off the lens and saves you the hassle of having to use the lens cap
  • Burst mode is your friend and should be the default shoot mode – it’s easy to delete photos than not have the ones you wanted

I was incredibly lucky and got see some amazing wildlife. Chobe is famous for Elephants and it didn’t disappoint along with Leopards, Buffalo, Hippos, Zebras, Giraffes, Hyenas, Wild Dogs and a huge range of birds. I also saw plenty of lions and a once in a lifetime exclusive seat for a lion hunt and kill. Below are a few photos from the thousands I took that hopefully brings it to life.

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