Safari: South Africa
They say that smell is the sense with the strongest ties to memory. So perhaps the smells of the African savannah at dusk—cool and green, thick with oxygen under a veil of stars, with a hint of dust and whiffs of the fauna that hides in the darkness—hark back to the shared ancestral memory of where it all began.
On safari, your days are inverted. The day is bookended by game drives, with a restful midday period that lends itself to taking it easy in the shade—following the example of the wild animals, which are most active at dawn and dusk. That’s good news for photographers on a quest not just for that close up or thrilling action shot, but the perfect light to shoot it in.
I’m glad to share some of my photography from a recent FROSCH trip to South Africa with Ker & Downey, where we explored the private concessions associated with Mateya Safari Lodge (Madikwe Game Reserve), Singita Lebombo (Kruger National Park), and Royal Malewane (Thornybush Game Reserve). In these private concessions, the rangers have permission to take the vehicles off-road to track game and get that perfect angle.
A lot of people have asked what camera I used on the trip—I shot with a Nikon D-40X camera and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. What’s important is that you are comfortable with your photo equipment. We were so close to the animals sometimes that a lot of our group got incredible shots with point-and-shoot digital cameras and even iPhones!
My first trip to Africa was all a learning experience, but it’s nothing new to our South Africa specialists, who work with our preferred vendors such as Ker & Downey to craft incredible safaris for our clients. Their years of first-hand experience and personal relationships with those on the ground in South Africa and beyond translate into an adventure that’s safe, memorable, and awe-inspiring.