Tourists on the plains of Maasai Mara

Wildlife Photography in Kenya

Camera, Lights, Action!-In the Bush

Wildlife and nature offers the most striking pictures. In Kenya, there are beautiful sceneries, exotic locations, thousands of plant and animal species. This country welcomes you for a photo safari that will take you to the snowcapped peak of Mount Kenya, the idyllic coastline of the Indian Ocean, the rolling plains of Laikipia Plateau and the scenic attractions of the Great Rift Valley.

Which is the Best Park for African Wildlife Photography?

Without a doubt, some national parks and reserves are more popular with photographers. However, choose a park based on the kind of animals and sceneries you want in your pictures.

Some photo safaris target a particular type or variety of wildlife and nature such as birding, the big cats, the rare five, the big five or the great wildebeest migration. This can also be a great way of selecting a specific photo safari package.

Amboseli National Park is one of the popular parks for photo safaris. It has several outstanding sceneries and numerous plant and animal species. For example, it will give you unrivaled images of Mount Kilimanjaro with herds of elephants in the foreground.

Maasai Mara is another popular option for photographers. This national reserve has endless plains with herds of wildebeests, giraffes browsing in the bushes, gazelles, zebras, lions etc. Additionally, there are hot air balloon safaris so you also get aerial shots of this magnificent landscape.

Other amazing locations are the Great Rift Valley View Point, Lake Nakuru, Mount Longonot, Lake Turkana, Lake Bogoria, Sheldrick Falls in Shimba Hills National Park, all marine parks and reserves and the coast, Hell’s Gate National Park. The list is endless.

Alternatively, instead of selecting one location, you join a team of wildlife photographers in Kenya and embark on a photography safari around the country. Such exciting safaris include a tour of popular attractions such as Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Wildlife Photography Tips

Nature and wildlife photography is a hobby for some and a career for others. For that reason, a customised photo safari might be the best choice for professional photographers while a traditional safari can offer great photography opportunities for amateur photographers.

Getting the best shots fast and with the greatest of ease is important. It might happen automatically more so for beginners, but with a passion, talent and the right skills, it is possible. If you want to improve your skills, you may have to consider wildlife photography courses before embarking on a photography safari.

Have the right equipment from cameras to a lens with a telephoto zoom and a monopod. Carry accessories such as dust protector, filters and image storage device. Find out whether there are battery-charging facilities in the lodge you will be staying, so you can be prepared for any eventually. Now, go get the best photos in Kenya.

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on Apr 07, 2014

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