Best Photographic Experiences in Africa
Africa is arguably one of the most photogenic continents in the world.
Blessed with diverse landscapes (everything from gorgeous, sun-kissed coastlines to stark, otherworldly deserts and lush tropical paradises), impressive wildlife and birdlife and some truly unique natural (and man-made) wonders – it is no wonder that Africa is favoured by so many world-class- and budding-photographers alike.
In this post, we look at four of the best photographic experiences to enjoy in amazing Africa:
Take a (Photographic) Walk on the Wild Side at Sabi Sabi, South Africa
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve lies in sunny South Africa. Since its opening in 1979, this incredible private game reserve has played host to visitors from around the globe.
Not only is Sabi Sabi one of the most incredible, popular reserves in southern Africa – but it is also a wonderful place to embark on a photo safari. Whether you are a pro photographer or an amateur, keen to try out your new DSLR, Sabi Sabi, found within Sabie Game Reserve, is the perfect place for you.
Here, you can see and photograph amazing wildlife – everything from majestic lions to leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, wild dogs and much more.
The reserve offers both day and night safaris, led by trained, professional guides who can help you get the most out of your photographic experiences, as they lead you carefully and safely deep into the vibrant heart of the African bush.
For the past few decades, this game reserve has hosted many top wildlife photographers, as few places can offer the same kind of up close-and-personal encounters as Sabi Sabi. Join their ranks by heading on your own photographic journey in the African wild.
Better still, why not enjoy a stunning holiday while you’re at it? After all, Sabi Sabi offers four world-class, luxurious lodges, each with their own distinct offerings and atmospheres.
If you can’t stay in the private reserve directly, then simply book one of the equally beautiful, luxurious accommodation offerings nearby.
See beautiful Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, through Your Lens
For travellers to Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the place to go for a special photography experience.
This amazing reserve is one of Kenya’s famous gems and affords visitors the wonderful opportunity to see the incredible wildlife, stunning vistas and vast, expansive plains for themselves.
Situated in southwest Kenya, Masai Mara is truly colossal in size, covering some 1510 square kilometres.
One of the best ways to see this reserve, and to get some amazing shots in the process, is by heading on a Masai Mara safari.
As the reserve has a great, rich concentration of game year-round, you are guaranteed truly spectacular photo ops no matter when you visit.
The reserve is home to some two million wildebeest, antelopes and zebra that make up the world-famous Great Migration, as well as leopards, elephants, lions, cheetahs and giraffe, just to name some of the other amazing game that call this special reserve home.
When you visit, enjoy staying at one of the many amazing accommodation offerings found close at hand.
Get Trigger Happy with Your Camera in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
If you find yourself journeying through Botswana, then you are surely going to be blessed with abundant photographic opportunities.
However, one of the best places to enjoy a photographic experience in Botswana has to be the vast, spectacular Okavango Delta.
Otherwise known as the Delta, this unique region in Northern Botswana, is one of the country’s most diverse, breathtaking natural wonders.
Here, visitors can photograph a wealth of varied birdlife and wildlife, as well as the beautiful expansive grasslands themselves that make this wetland region so famous and densely populated by wildlife.
Some highlights include African bush elephants, Lechwe antelope, lions, cheetahs, spotted- and brown-hyenas, Sable antelope, giraffe and blue wildebeest to name only a few. And that is before you even get to the incredible birdlife and other amazing species who reside in this inland river delta region.
The Okavango Delta also offers some lovely bush camps and villas that can make your photographic trip even more memorable and of course, blissfully comfortable.
Snap Pics at a Forgotten Ghost Town, Kolmanskop, Namibia
We have perhaps saved the best for last because Kolmanskop, a forgotten ghost town in the diverse land of Namibia, is one of the most unique, amazing places in the world to photograph.
Where once there was a famous diamond town – today, visitors to this unusual town in the Namib Desert find desolate, eerie buildings that have been reclaimed, first by the desert and then, some years thereafter, by Namibia as a quirky tourist destination.
This is because most of the abandoned town is rundown and filled with the sands of time… literally!
Situated in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz, this famously forgotten town was once one of the richest towns in Africa, yet, over time, its inhabitants abandoned it, leaving it to the charge of the unforgiving landscape.
In the 1980s, it saw a revival of a kind when the ghost town – and some of its houses – were rediscovered and restored, making it ideal for visitors to marvel at and explore.
Today, you can enjoy guided tours and in the process, witness this photogenic forgotten place for yourself.
The photos taken in this town are truly iconic so be sure to add your own to the mix, as you enjoy photographing one of the world’s most well-known ghost towns in Kolmanskop.
While you are visiting Namibia, some other photographic highlights include Sossusvlei (especially Dead Vlei), Fish River Canyon and Etosha National Park to name only a few.
These are just four of the most incredible photographic experiences you can enjoy in Africa –although they are surely just the tip of the iceberg in what is, by all accounts, one of the best continents in the world for nature- and wildlife-photography.
Which destination are you keen to photograph first?