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Tips For a Successful Self-Driving African Safari

Many photographers dream of the opportunity to photograph Africa’s famed wildlife in its natural surroundings. The ease with which you can find and photograph large mammals in some areas of the continent is incomparable and its landscapes are often striking beautiful. While the thought of traveling there may seem intimidating or unattainably expensive to some, in reality Africa is more accessible than it may feel from the comfort of your armchair. African Safaris come in two basic types: self-driving and guided. Guided safaris involve being driven by an experienced driver, often in a specialized vehicle and usually with other guests (private tours are often also available but can be quite pricey). While having an experienced guide can help you locate wildlife, self-driving gives you control over exactly where you go and how long you spend there and also means that you won’t be fighting with other guests for the best angles to photograph from. I also find that it provides a sense of adventure and discovery that doesn’t come from guided tours. In this article, I hope to provide a starting place for planning a photography-based self-driving African safari.

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Nikon D600 + Nikon 200-500mm F5.6 @ 500mm, ISO 320, 1/640, F5.6 NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia.