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Southern Africa Game Reserves - Travel Photography

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Picture a wildlife safari and you may well see yourself in an open game-viewing vehicle parked up close to a pride of lions. But there is an alternative: a walking safari. These are available in a limited number of locations in Southern Africa.

In this article, I recount my experiences of a few I have visited, and I reflect on the serious challenges for wildlife resulting from the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Walking is a wonderful way to appreciate the bush. Yes, for safety reasons you can approach fewer animals (no lion pics here!), but from a photographic perspective, there are distinct advantages over being in a game vehicle.

First, it brings you down to eye level. Here are two young cheetah brothers posing for me in the late afternoon sun. One apparently indifferent to my presence, and the other gazing directly into the lens.

Sanbona Game Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa
Sanbona Game Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa NIKON D800E + 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, ISO 200, 1/320, f/6.3