Wich Lens for What Camera in What Weather?

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An African safari vacation is a once in a lifetime trip, especially for photographers. The landscape and gorgeous scenery cannot be beat. Nowhere else on earth will you find the diverse ecosystems, thriving wildlife or unique cultures than in Africa. There is no doubt: you will want to capture every moment through the lens of your camera.

Since this will be such a special trip, you want to make sure that your photography set-up is perfect and that you have all of the equipment that you might need while on safari. Lenses are perhaps the single most important component of a camera. Since they can make or break the quality of images that are produced by your camera, it is important to invest in good lenses. Many people never buy additional lenses or use another lens besides the original one that came with their kit. Since you are going to Africa, you want to have the perfect equipment at the ready. You will need specific lenses for certain cameras to get great shots in specific weather. Here is a brief guide to camera lenses.

While on Safari

While you are traveling along the route of your safari, you will not want to be lugging around multiple cameras and lenses, so it is a good idea to pick a set-up that will capture beautiful picture on the go. You will need a quality, all day, travel friendly lens that gives you the ability to photograph everything from the landscape to portraits of the people. Keep in mind that you will also need to be capable of zooming in on animals or objects that are distant. Some lens options include the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140 mm f/3.5-5.6 or an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II.

A Quick Camera

Since the animals can be very quick and unpredictable, you will want a camera and lens that can keep up. Some basic kits will struggle with focus range and aperture in fast situations. This can be an issue if you are trying to capture the creatures of Africa in motion. Invest in a rig that includes a zoom lens and perhaps something that gives you added reach, such as an EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS II. If you need more speed, the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L USM will do the trick.

Landscaping

You will need to slow things down and use a different lens for landscaping. Pack your wide-angle lens, zoom or prime, depending on your preference. Try the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED or a similar lens if you are not using a Nikon camera.

All Weather Protection

Be sure to invest in the proper protection kits to keep your camera safe in different weather conditions. If you are nervous about the rugged terrain or unpredictable weather, consider investing in a backup solution such as an action camera.

Book Your Safari Vacation

If you would like more information about African safari vacations, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Group Outings on a Safari

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If you are searching for the perfect getaway, look no further than an African safari vacation. There is no other trip like one to Africa. This continent is the most diverse that the world has to offer, featuring some of the most beautiful landscape, friendly people and, hands-down, the greatest amount of wild creatures. This is one of the few raw places left in the modern day world, making a trip to Africa a once in a life-time experience. The entire experience will have you in awe from the moment you arrive to the moment that you are reluctantly leaving. Those who go on a safari vacation find a new-found love for the planet, animals and their fellow human inhabitants. This comes from the exciting group outings that you will have the opportunity to be a part of on your own safari vacation. Here is what you can expect when you go on a group outing during a safari.

Make Connections

One of the most amazing things about Africa is that it is a place that draws people from all over the world. You will have the unique opportunity to make friends and connect with people who live in places that are very different from your own home. If you like to travel often, this is a great chance to learn new information about other areas across the globe that you might want to visit in the future. These fellow safari goers will allow you to learn about other cultures while you are simultaneously experiencing everything that Africa has to offer. Networking with people who share your like interests will help you to reach new levels of personal growth and development. You might even make life-long friends that you keep in touch with even after you both leave Africa.

Experience Africa in a Group

Being in a group gives each person a heightened sense of confidence. Though you might have been hesitant to try a new food or drink or see a native animal up close on your own, being with a group and experiencing these things with others could give you the confidence that you need to try all that you can while on your safari vacation. Many tours and features are only available to groups.

Bring Your Own Group

Africa is a great place to have your own group outing. Bring your office, organization, team, friends or your family on an African safari to have a unique outing that nobody will ever forget. As a group, you can tour the landscape, eat and drink the excellent cuisine that is available in Africa and see the beautiful creatures in their natural habitats. No other group outing could come close to topping a trip to Africa as far as experience—this is the experience of a lifetime.

Book Your Group Outing

If you would like more information on going to Africa as a group or group outings while on a safari, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Take an African Safari for Valentine’s Day

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There is no shortage of romantic settings and trips that you could take for Valentine’s Day. There’s that fancy new resort on the coast, skiing, scuba diving, mountain climbing—the list goes on and on. But one trip on that list is truly the trip of a lifetime and the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway: an African safari. Africa is a continent that radiates adventure, but it is also a very romantic place. There are intimate luxury camps, excellent dining experiences and perfect activities to bring you and the love of your life closer together. South Africa boasts one of the most attractive resort destinations on the planet. The only problem that you might run into when booking an African safari vacation for Valentine’s Day is that you will have a very hard time topping this one next year. Here are some reasons why.

The Perfect Scenery

Africa has some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world. There are majestic, snowcapped mountains which tower over rolling plains, and Africa is also home to thick, thriving tropical forests, wetlands and the largest body of falling water in the world—Victoria Falls. The scenery that you will see in Africa is truly breathtaking. These are unforgettable places that can make the perfect backdrop for your most memorable Valentine’s Day trip: an African safari vacation.

The Animals

If you and your significant other love animals, you will certainly love Africa. An African safari allows you to get up close and personal with some of the world’s greatest wild animals in their natural habitats. You will have the opportunity to see lions, elephants, cheetahs, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and many more of Africa’s most recognizable wildlife. You will even meet new creatures that you might not have ever heard of before. If the landscape does not capture your heart, the animals certainly will.

New Experiences

Going on an African safari is not just a trip; it is an experience. You and your loved one will share some of the most unique experiences imaginable together as you go through your safari vacation. You will meet the friendly locals, eat exotic and delicious cuisine, see the beauty of the continent and experience a wide range of emotions and feelings. You will not want to travel through this journey with anyone else besides your significant other.

Take a Flight or Road Trip

There are so many different ways that you can see Africa. By road, a guide will take you through a safari trip in a vehicle that is well-suited for the terrain. This route allows you to see the animals and scenery closely. You will also be able to make stops at multiple sites and camps. Going by air is very romantic and allows you to see a large area in a single trip. This is considered one of the most efficient ways to experience a safari.

Book Your Valentine’s Day Safari

An African Safari is the perfect trip for Valentine’s Day. If you would like more information, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Camera Upkeep in the Wild

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For photographers on an African safari, a camera might as well be their own version of Excalibur. This is the tool with which they capture the landscape and all that Africa has to show off, immortalizing the memories that are made through the lens of a digital camera. Most photographers who travel to Africa take hundreds, even thousands of pictures, getting great use out of there camera.

Though taking your pictures is important, the landscape is not exactly camera friendly. The small dirt particles are prone to working their way into even the smallest of places, and your camera will quickly get dirty. Cleaning your camera and going through the proper upkeep procedures is absolutely critical if you want your camera working to the best of its ability through your entire trip. Here is how to properly go about your camera upkeep in the wild.

Clean the Lenses

Taking great care so that you do not break the glass, use a small brush to clean the front and back of the optic lenses. These lenses are what makes the camera such an expensive piece of equipment. Be sure to only use tissues and solutions that have been designed for the optics of cameras. If you do not clean your lenses, dirt can quickly build up in the dry African landscape, damaging the quality of your pictures. Replace your brush or clean it thoroughly afterwards so that you are not smearing grease onto your lens the next time that you clean.

Care for Your Sensor

The sensor of a digital camera is a very expensive piece. Because of this, it is not recommended to clean the sensor unless you know how to get the job done without damaging the camera. Set your camera to a 30-second exposure, and clean out the open shutter with your brush. If your camera gets really dirty while on your African safari, see the help of a professional to help you to clean it properly.

Clean the Focusing Screen

Though this is not a part of regular, daily maintenance, you should clean the focusing screen if it gets very dirty. Avoid the risk of transferring dust to the sensor of your camera. The mirror is easily scratched and also very sensitive, so be very cautious. Use your brush to clean this part while in the field.

The Outer Casing

Your external workings might just be for looks, but it is very important to keep them clean. Dirt that is on the outside of your camera can easily work itself into the small, inward parts. Brush it over quickly, then clean with a soft lens-cloth.

Clean Your Accessories

Do not forget to clean your accessories while you are traveling on your safari. You will want them to be ready to go at a moment’s notice so that you can capture the best of the county’s landscape.

Book Your Safari

If you are interested in going on the trip of a lifetime and want more information about African safari vacations, visit our African tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa