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Take a picture, not a trophy

Kwando Safaris is considered by many to be the safari operator of choice for the discerning wildlife photographer, due to our long experience in guiding and hosting professional photographers and filmmakers.

What we offer

Rugged custom safari vehicles with removable roofs ensure an unobstructed view in all directions.

The ability to drive off road in private concession areas guarantees you are always close to the action.

Private guides who are also passionate photographers and understand the needs of the wildlife photographer.

Charging points in all camps for re-charging of camera batteries, laptops etc.

Option to book a private vehicle – a must for specialist photographers who wish to spend time focusing on specific subjects at their own pace.

Flexible activity times – spend as much or as little time as you wish at your sighting. Meal times will be adjusted to suit your schedule!

A broad range of habitat and diverse flora and fauna throughout the Kwando Safaris portfolio – the best of Botswana.

A unique guide and tracker system, providing guests the benefit of two sets of searching eyes that miss nothing as you traverse the wilderness.

Basic Equipment

Many of today’s ‘all-in-one’ (no removable lens) point and shoot digital cameras will allow you to take excellent pictures, as the animals are often within close enough range of the vehicle. Although having one with you is great, it isn’t entirely recommended as your primary camera. A DSLR camera (digital single lens reflex) is highly recommended should you wish to take exceptional, quality wildlife images.

While not always practical, one should consider bringing two cameras even if the second is a smaller, less functional backup. If something happens to your ONLY camera on your safari, you will lose opportunities which may never be repeated.


It goes without saying that these are very important. You do not want to miss that ‘once in a lifetime’ sighting because your batteries have died. Ideally one should bring two sets of rechargeable batteries so you can swap them when one runs out. All Kwando Safaris camps have recharging stations.

The electrical voltage in Southern Africa is 220V (versus 110V in the U.S.). Remember to check the recharging device you have to make sure it accepts 220V. If not, you'll need the converter to avoid irreparably damaging your re-charger.


One can take excellent images of nearly all wildlife with wide-range zoom lenses such as a 200-300mm or 300-400mm, and a 600mm f/4 may being a better choice for bird photography enthusiasts. A 400mm lens with auto-focus capability will allow you to take advantage of virtually every photo opportunity from your vehicle.

Camera Support

Stabilising your camera becomes more pronounced when using longer focal-length lenses. We recommend bringing your own empty stabilising beanbags that you are accustomed to using with your photographic equipment. We are happy to provide dry rice grains to fill your beanbags (due to weight limit on the light aircraft flights). You are also welcome to use your tripod and gimbal (2 legs on the floor of the vehicle and the 3rd leg on the seat), should it not obstruct anyone else's view.


This is a great piece of equipment and will contribute hugely to your safari experience. A specialist birder would likely choose a 10x magnification, while for general wildlife viewing the smaller 8x magnification will be sufficient.