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The facility of images – Aardvark Safaris

Africa is understood for its evocative landscapes, unimaginable wildlife, and wealthy cultural heritage. It’s not onerous to see why it’s successful with photographers and artists alike.

{photograph} will seize the temper, emotion, and emotions, it is going to inform a narrative. Via images, we are able to protect these valuable vacation reminiscences.

We requested some purchasers who’re photographers to share their data and experience on tips on how to seize the proper safari shot.

Titch Tetley images
Since childhood, Titch has been passionately recording particulars of her personal life and has now been an expert photographer for over ten years. She travelled to Kenya along with her household and to Namibia on the group journey with Alice.

Giraffe and oxpeckers

Giraffe, Masai Mara

“This picture was taken within the Masai Mara utilizing a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 70 – 200mm lens. Giraffes are actually onerous to {photograph} as they are typically very shy and rapidly stroll away when a car engine turns off or a car will get too shut.

Giraffes are my favorite animal, so I needed an image of this teenager, particularly with the oxpeckers on him.  We needed to work out tips on how to get near him with out scaring him and with out spooking him.  The sunshine was fading so we needed to be pretty fast, and I didn’t need a again view!

Elephant being fed, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Child elephant, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

This picture was taken on the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi utilizing my Canon 5D Mark IV with a 70 – 200mm lens.

It was pretty crowded, scorching and sunny so it was onerous to get the pictures I needed. I needed to wait till the infant elephant was on the proper angle to me and never blocked by others. They arrive out into the pen actually rapidly and know that it’s feeding time, so these bottles go down fairly quick. I modified the pictures into black and white as I really feel it simplifies the picture and there may be much less distraction for the observer. I needed to seize the drips of milk!

Horse sunset in Namib

Sundown, Namib Desert

This picture was taken within the night sundown while driving within the Namib Desert utilizing a Canon 5D Mark IV 24 – 70mm lens.

I used to be mendacity flat on the bottom and ready for the second when the horse ears have been pricked, and the profile of the cowboy hat was proper! The sunsets are so highly effective and vibrant however over so rapidly.

Horse in Namib desert

Horse driving, Namib Desert

This {photograph} was taken on horseback in Namibia utilizing a Canon Powershot G5 X Mark II which is a compact digicam. The {photograph} is of the lengthy linear dolerite ridges within the Swamp River Valley and is just about my favorite picture of the entire safari as I simply couldn’t consider the view and I used to be so determined to seize it. The picture was taken in a rush as we had briefly stopped to have a drink of water and I seen the unfastened horses standing nonetheless and looking out. I scrambled to get my digicam out of the saddle bag and take the shot earlier than they moved.”

Susie Boissier
Susie has travelled with Aardvark Safaris on quite a few events and is a eager photographer. Her leopard picture appeared on the entrance cowl of our newest Drumbeat publication.

Lazy leopard

Leopard, Zambia

“We have been driving to one of many ‘islands’ on Busanga Plains, Zambia when my husband Paul noticed this younger male leopard quietly mendacity on the department. We inched the Landcruiser nearer and nearer and the leopard simply lay there watching us, utterly unperturbed. We have been so fortunate to have the night gentle proper behind us for this shot. The next morning we witnessed one of many native lionesses looking this leopard however fortunately he managed to cover himself and he obtained again to a secure tree. I used to be utilizing a Canon R6 with a EF100-400mm lens and a Canon Mount Adaptor.

Half collard kingfisher

Half-collared kingfisher, Zambia

We have been staying at Musekese camp in Kafue Nationwide Park, Zambia and have been in a ship on the Kafue River after we noticed this vibrant kingfisher staring intently on the water, hoping to catch his supper. We watched him for a superb half hour, with the low night solar exhibiting up his superb colors as he posed very gracefully on the department. Once more I used to be utilizing the Canon R6 with a EF100-400mm lens and a Canon Mount Adaptor.


Crocodile, Zambia

On one other journey on the Kafue River we noticed this juvenile crocodile basking within the solar. He was so nicely camouflaged that he was fairly tough to identify – I simply cherished that glinting eye and people merciless tooth!
I used to be utilizing the Canon R6 with a EF100-400mm lens and a Canon Mount Adaptor.”

Catherine Ingleby
Catherine Ingleby is a famend wildlife and equine artist primarily based in Berkshire. Her work, with its distinctive use of vivid color and a way of motion, bridges each the modern and conventional.

“I exploit a small Sony Alpha Digital camera, about eight years outdated with a 200mm. It’s not the fanciest piece of equipment however was the smallest and lightest I may discover and was purchased earlier than a driving trek within the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan as it may well simply be tucked down the entrance of my jacket whereas on a horse.

My intention on safari is to report compositions, motion and lightweight as a reminiscence support for when I’m again portray within the studio, the technical aspect of images isn’t as essential, and though my little digicam has its limitations it’s good for my necessities.

Hyena, Kenya

Hyena, Kenya

This was taken whereas staying at Offbeat Mara, with our information David. Heading again to camp within the morning on what had been fairly a gray day we got here throughout this very relaxed hyena asleep on what was clearly a snug and heat rock. David edged the truck slowly across the pool till the hyena lined up along with his reflection and I may get the shot. We waited some time till he barely opened his eyes, so the impact was a dozing hyena, not a useless hyena!


Giraffe, Kenya

This {photograph} was taken at Sosian lodge with our information David. These two younger giraffes had been messing round, play combating and tussling with one another. I at all times love this kind of behaviour as a result of if you happen to wait lengthy sufficient you nearly at all times get an attention-grabbing composition. Positive sufficient, after about half an hour, and with the beginnings of mutiny from my youngsters within the again, the giraffes aligned completely to cross their necks into the body.

Mother & Baby elephant

Mom and child elephant, Kenya

This picture of a tiny child elephant was taken after we have been leaving Sosian Lodge, that is but once more proof that you’ll at all times see essentially the most sport and get the most effective lighting circumstances when operating barely late for a flight!”

Victoria Younger

My love of images began in 2008 with the acquisition of a digital SLR for a safari vacation to Kenya. Coming residence with reminiscence playing cards crammed to the brim, I realised that my digicam was the means to maintain these valuable reminiscences alive.

Lion Cubs

Lion cubs, Kenya

“This picture was taken in December whereas staying at Offbeat Ndoto, on the Mara North Conservancy after a day of fairly heavy rain I knew that puddles may show irresistible to lion cubs so we caught it out till the rain stopped and certain sufficient the cubs got here to life. It’s at all times value going out within the rain! It’s when the magic can occur. The opposite autos had given up.

The cubs have been operating up and down chasing one another and protecting a comparatively giant space. I’d taken some pictures the place there was a small stream hoping we’d get some leaping pictures, however we moved to this termite mound which I believed can be a superb backdrop and hoped can be engaging to the cubs.

This was taken on my Canon 1dx mkii with a 400mm lens. My shutter pace was 1/1000 as I knew I needed to freeze the motion. This digicam has a extremely excessive shot per second functionality which was necessary as a result of I needed to keep away from any “crossover” between the cubs (a giant no-no to photographers), so I wanted to get as many as attainable even simply to get one I favored.

Ultimately, I had a couple of dozen or so pictures from this brief sequence. If I’m being crucial, I’d have most well-liked to have been just a little extra to the left to get extra of the opposite cub’s face however that’s wildlife images for you!”

Obtained images to share? 

You probably have travelled with us earlier than and want to share your photos please e-mail You by no means know your picture may make the quilt of our subsequent Drumbeat publication.

What subsequent?

We might be delighted that will help you plan a safari encompassing any of the locations talked about right here (or any of the numerous others from our little black books that we’ve constructed up since 1999). Our group of specialists has travelled broadly all through Africa and may supply knowledgeable recommendation on each kind of safari from household and seaside holidays to driving and primate safaris.

Do get in contact – chatting to individuals by telephone or electronic mail is what we do finest. We hear, we clarify, we reply all kinds of questions even these you didn’t know to ask, and eventually we make solutions. If that is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we’ve a group standing by to assist make the planning simple and the journey the most effective ever. Please get in contact no matter stage you’re at.



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