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Gary Arndt on photographing Namibia

2014 Travel Photographer of the Year, Gary Arndt recently spent some time in Namibia and we managed to get him to sit still long enough to give us his top tips for capturing Namibia on film.

BeetleCopter captures the Serengeti

Will Burrad-Lucas launches an innovative contraption called the BeetleCopter. This device has incredible potential in wildlife filmmaking and photography; it is quieter and more manoeuvrable than a normal helicopter so it can get closer to animals with minimal disturbance.

Canon 1DX and 500mm lens review

Scott Ramsay invested in a Canon 1Dx DSLR camera and a 500mm lens and he couldn’t be happier with his choice of photography equipment.

Lion attacks eland

A nail-biting series of images of a lion launching an attack on an eland in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Hippo wars

During a morning game drive in the western part of the Moremi game reserve in Botswana this blogger happens upon some hippos acting strangely.

Wildebeest rescue!

Pictures tell the story as a wildebeest is rescued from a waterhole dam at Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness Reserve.

Introducing Kwando's photography competition winners

Kwando Safaris recently held their 5th annual photography competition, which received a fantastic number of quality entries! Here are the winners of each category. The grand prize was won by P. Dorchain, for capturing this amazing shot in the ‘Action’ category.

Two days in the Serengeti

When you visit the Serengeti, you don’t only view lions, leopards or thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and other game. But you observe an African wilderness that is far beyond the comprehension of one’s imagination.

Think before you click

Wildlife photography has never been so popular, so here are some tips to keep you ahead of the rest of the pack.

A sense of surreal in strange Solitaire

In the middle of nowhere in Namibia, somewhere between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay, lies the one petrol-station town of Solitaire – a photographers dream come true.

A word about composition

Chris Martin gives us some tips on how to take care in the initial composition when photographing a variety of subject matters…

A photographic safari at Kariega

Africa Geographic Travel recently hosted a 5 day photographic safari at the picturesque Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, here is feedback from the guests…

Top award for South African photographer

South African photographer Greg du Toit has been announced as Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 in an awards ceremony hosted by the prestigious annual competition.

Battle between impalas

Jay Ross had ringside seats to a vicious battle between two large, rutting male impalas on a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Shooting with a dinosaur

A wildlife photographer tells us how using old DSLR cameras can be just as rewarding as using modern cameras.

Leopard catches impala in mid-air

Photoblog and video of a leopard kill caught in Mala Mala, South Africa by Martha van Rensburg. Here a leopard leaps into air and catches an impala.

Lions and baboon play chicken

A photo series of a baboon playing chicken with a lion. The chacma baboon was stuck in a tree with the lions waiting for him at the bottom when he attempted his escape…

Mother and leopard cub get unwanted visitors

By the time we neared the sighting spot, the two leopards disappeared into some incredibly thick bush along the river. I asked Kevin what my best approach was and he said that I should try get down into the river.

Wildlife photography tips from Chad Wright

Firstly, your equipment is good enough despite what you think or have been told! I’ve seen some amazing images taken with an entry level DSLR and kit lens (regardless of the make). Even the most expensive equipment isn’t going to get you anywhere without passion and patience. Secondly, look for second hand equipment online or at your […]

On photographing people

I was recently given a wonderful compliment by a fellow travel writer and photographer: that I had a knack for photographing people. I responded by saying that I found one of the best ways to put people at ease in front the camera was to turn the tables: hand them the camera and let them […]

Photo Gallery: Island life in Zanzibar

Safari blog reader Francois van der Elst, recently returned from a trip to Zanzibar. Read what he has to say about his trip below and have a look through some of his breathtaking photographs to see what’s on offer on this beautiful island.  “This is a very interesting island, if you go here you have […]

Photo Gallery: The Beauty of Kenya

Photographer Diego Arroyo travels the world “in search of the subtle: a smile, a wink of complicity, that special look that reveals our true and intimate essence. His challenge is trying to catch the story behind the eyes of strangers, the underlying magic that deserves to be seen and usually remains unnoticeable. ” – See below for […]

Photo Gallery: Bazaruto and Vilianculos, Mozambique

Now, if anything’s going to get you itching for a beach holiday – it will be the following photographs, sent in by Francois van der Elst whilst holidaying in Bazaruto and Vilanculos, Mozambique. “This trip was amazing, the weather was good and it was a quiet time of year, which you couldn’t ask for more as a photographer… […]

Pelagic Magic: Trip Report

Six intrepid and excited Capetonians gathered at the Simon’s Town jetty on Saturday to board the Africa Geographic Travel Pelagic Charter and set-off into a spectacular “fiery” sunrise.  Blessed with clear skies, a light breeze and smooth waters we made our way out of the  bay, admiring the jagged contours of the Hottentots Holland against […]

13 Things I Have Learnt About Photography

It has been a while since I have been here to share my stories, but I hope that you are all at least enjoying my Khaki Fever page in Africa Geographic magazine each month. The months between my last blog post and now have kept me very busy watching leopard cubs grow up, watching my […]

A photographer's perspective: The Wild vs Captive debate

In this blog post I have decided to discuss the wild vs captive debate, as I feel this is somewhat a grey area that has been on photographers minds for a long time. So what is it really all about? Why are wildlife photographers so hung up on if the creature is wild or not? […]

Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana – A photo exploration continued

Below you will find the remainder of photographs taken whilst on safari in Ethiopia, Zambia and Botswana. If you missed the first part to this blog post, which contains a collection of portrait photographs, you can read it here. All photos © Dmitri Markine,

Aerial portfolio: Experience Africa from above

Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and the Seychelles: these are the magical places photographer Martin Harvey visited and immortalised in his aerial portfolio ‘Africa from Above’. Here’s an appetiser for what awaits you in the current issue of Africa Geographic. For Martin Harvey’s full portfolio and his tips for aerial wildlife photography get your special anniversary issue […]

Desert Elephants of Namibia

By: Scott Ramsay, For the past few weeks I have been travelling through Kaokoland and Damaraland in north-west Namibia. My first highlight of the trip was spending time in the massive conservancy of Puros, an area of incredible scenery and the desert elephants. One misty morning my Himba guide Robbin Uatokuja and I found them on […]

A Close Encounter With an Elephant

By Marsel van Oosten “Little over a year ago I was on a photo assignment in Zambia and stayed at an amazing bush camp. It was located right on the banks of the Zambezi river, unfenced and in the middle of the wilderness. Contrary to the more well-known safari destinations like Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and […]

Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana – A photo exploration

I’d like to share some pictures from my recent trip to Africa. It was an amazing experience. I had no phone or internet connection for most of the trip! At times I’d put down my camera and just immerse myself in their lives. That allowed me to learn more about the people and their traditions. […]

Cyclist hits a Buck during the Cape Epic

German born cyclist Robert Mennen was thrown off his bike when he collided with a buck during one of the world’s most extreme cycle races, the ABSA Cape Epic. The crash left Mennen with a broken collarbone and snapped handle bars. httpv:// Can you tell which buck this is? Let us know below. Cycling in Africa […]

10 things I learnt on safari with Chad Cocking

Original source: Who is Chad? Read the interview I did with him, on the Africa Geographic blog. 1. It’s about the person, not the camera. Chad: ’I’m not really that good [at photography] Rach, I just have a lot of opportunities and a great camera.’ me: ’Ya, whatever. I’ve used fancy cameras before and […]

2 lions, 1 cheetah – who wins?

Young lions learn the meaning of inter-species competition. It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day in the bush, my family arrived to visit me from England after one of my photographic safaris and we decided to make the most of the visit. Even though the weather resembled that of England rather than Africa, we […]