Taking Kruger National Park Pictures to Capture your Safari

There are lots of opportunities for taking Kruger National Park pictures. Use your photos to show your friends all the things you saw in the park. Each photo is a memory and will help you recall your travels for years to come.

Kruger National Park pictures - photography from the carHere are our photo tips: when doing wildlife photography, don’t wait for the perfect shot because it might never come. When we see an animal, we take a photograph at once. All it takes is an instant for an animal to disappear and you might not have a chance at the second shot.

If we still have the chance, we’ll take more time to move a little closer, position the camera a little better and adjust the zoom to take a second, better picture.

With a digital camera, we could take several photos of the same animal and then delete any that don’t come out well. You might need the space on your memory card! If you have a film camera, you’ll probably be more conservative with your photos though.

A photo could be no good if it’s blurred or has missed the animal altogether! These things happen more readily in low light and when birds flit away in the blink of an eye.

When we come across rare or hard to find animals, like those in the list below, we tend to take a lot of photos because we don’t know if we’ll see them again. It could be the only opportunity!

When you’re going on safariremember to get all your camera gear accessible and ready to use in your car at the point where you enter Kruger National Park. You’ll have the chance to repack your car and get organised at the entrance gates.

Once you’re inside the park, you generally won’t be able to get out of your car to get anything you might have left in the boot. In fact, you’re only allowed out of the car at specially sign-posted places, such as rest camps, picnic spots and lookouts.

If you have a camera with a big lens, steady the lens on the side mirror or window sill of the car (of course the window must be open) and turn the engine off. This will help eliminate any blurriness in your photos and especially those taken on high zoom. You might also want to put some padding between the window sill and the lens, such as a jumper, to protect the items and to give the lens a less slippery surface to rest on.

If you don’t have a huge zooming lens on your camera, there are still many opportunities to take good photos. There are plenty of animals which come up close to the car, plus beautiful landscapes, candid pics round the camp fire at night or happy snaps from a guided game walk or drive.

There are even some animals inside rest camps, so you can walk around with your camera and get good photos of animals, such as:

  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Small buck
  • Vervet monkeys

If you’ve been inspired by the idea of taking photos, see our gallery of original Kruger National Park shots.