What I Learned on African Safaris

Photo of a Cheetah Cub. A large percentage of cheetah cubs don’t make adulthood. They can be taken by lion and even eagles. Nikon D500, 1/1250 seconds, f/5.6, ISO1000 750mm © Donna Brok
Cheetah Cub. A large percentage of cheetah cubs don’t make adulthood. They can be taken by lion and even eagles. Nikon D500, 1/1250 seconds, f/5.6, ISO1000 750mm © Donna Brok

By Donna Brok

Going on safari in Africa is on many photographers’ bucket list. It is an unforgettable experience, and very different from other photo tours or workshops you might have attended. What should you expect? What do you need to know? Here are a few of the key things I learned on photography trips in South Africa and Botswana.

You will see things that literally astound you. Just sit back for the adventure of a lifetime. Take my word for it, you may want to stay longer or not even want to board the plane for home. You might even feel a kinship, after all, it is the Cradle of Civilization. If you go once, you will be going again and again, as it is a life altering experience. I plan to be back in Africa this October, assuming pandemic travel restrictions are lifted.

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Out of Africa or Worse for Wear

Here I am in the Land Rover during a morning coffee break in the Masai Mara
Here I am in the Land Rover during a morning coffee break in the Masai Mara.

Story & photos by June Jacobsen

This is one fairly savvy traveler’s take on safaris–what to look for, what it’s like. Safaris are now big business and there are many things to think about as you plan your trip if you want (a) things to go smoothly and (b) an amazing experience.

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