Safari 101 : Adventures Around the Migration
Did you know that you can experience a multitude of cultures and their food, try many different activities suited for both romantic getaways and adrenaline-junkies, and taste some of the best food and wine in the world?
Each lodge or camp you stay at offers up to two safari activities per day, which are generally day game drives in national parks or day and night safaris in private reserves.
Hot air ballooning
The expansive landscapes of both Tanzania and Kenya are truly best observed from a hot air balloon.
This activity generally begins in the early morning while the weather is cool and offers you the opportunity to observe an African sunrise.
You’ll enjoy one hour in the air, with a champagne breakfast upon landing.
For the more adventurous at heart, a horseback safari is a truly magical experience.
This activity is offered in both Tanzania and Kenya, with the Kenyan experience slightly better value-for-money.
You need very basic horse-riding experience, such as mounting, dismounting and stopping as well as turning a horse.
For less experienced riders, a short, hour-long horseback safari is perfect for you.
This activity is a great way to explore the bushveld on foot where you can see wildlife and birds from a unique vantage point.
The best part about a new experience or wildlife spotting is the ability to turn to someone and say, “Did you see that?”.
A walking safari allows for just that; a shared experience that you can discuss with others around the campfire at night and memories you’ll keep for a lifetime.
Taking photos like a pro
Photographing on safari is a little different from snapping in the urban jungle. There are a few tips we recommend to travelers to make the most of their African safari photos:
Take a long lens: Animals aren’t always up close, and a longer lens will give you a better chance to capture and focus on animals that are smaller or very far away.
Remember the rule of thirds: Divide each capture up into three columns and three rows. The intersection of each line—the point of interest—is where you should aim to put your subject. It helps to draw the eye and makes for a more pleasing photo.
Your position counts: The most arresting shots are those where the animal appears to look directly into the camera. That’s achieved by the photographer adjusting their position to be at the eye-level of the animal (and the luck of them looking in the right direction, of course!)
Shutter speed is key: Animals move more quickly than you can imagine. A fast shutter speed can make the difference between capturing a fleeing springbok and getting a great shot of the tall grass. I usually opt for 1/1000 of a second or higher.
Capture the action: If you get the chance, take a series of shots of any action you might spot. Antelope fighting, lion cubs tumbling, or a crocodile going for a zebra. Some of the best shots aren’t necessarily planned but are action shots caught on the fly!
There’s so much to get excited about when you’re planning a trip to see the Migration. From the incredible safari experiences, we’ve talked about to these mind-blowing adventures.
If you want to read more about the types of holiday you can look forward to—and hear from the people who’ve loved them—check out some of our sample trips here.
These are a great way to get an idea of what to expect from your Migration Safari.