Photographic safaris in South Africa | Discover Africa Safaris

In the southern periphery of Africa is a country so beautiful that it's almost impossible not to take a photo or hundreds of them for that matter. Few other countries are as colourful as South Africa. From sun-soaked beaches, spectacular savannah and wildlife, to delightful cities. South Africa is the perfect definition of urban meets wild and is an excellent destination for an adventurous photographic safari.

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South Africa is a large country with so much to offer avid travellers. But one of the most loved tourist attractions are the safari experiences. From budget options to the more luxurious, South African game reserves offer a bird's eye view of some of the world's most prolific animal life.

Being the third most diverse country in the world makes the options to explore a wide array of natural landscapes, wildlife and climate that much more accessible. The top game reserves in the country are equipped for the most discerning of tastes and in most instances no expense has been spared to ensure an authentic luxury safari in South Africa.

Know before you go

For starters, it is important to note that most game animals are active during the night or very early in the morning. If you want the best wildlife experience, you should consider waking up very early for the first game drives around the parks which start at around 5:30 or 6:00. Also, remember a park is a natural setting, and therefore game drives are unpredictable and vary from one drive to another. Seeing all your favourite animals is therefore not guaranteed for all drives. However, this makes the safari drives all the more exciting, with plenty of surprises and twists.

When to go

The dry winter months between May and August are best for game viewing. It largely depends on what you want to photograph or what your interest of photography is.

What to pack

Warm clothing for the cold afternoons and evenings.

High powered optics like binoculars or spotting lenses for better viewing of the wildlife.

Mosquito jacket or insect repellent.

Sunscreen lotion to prevent you from getting sun burns.

Trainers or good hiking boots.

A great camera for the perfect shots.

A book - preferably on South African wildlife.

Weather and Climate

South Africa’s winter months mark periods of hot,sunny mornings and mid-mornings with afternoons of little rain and thunderstorms that clear quickly. The nights are usually cold and windy, with occasional instances of rain. This weather is perfect for morning drives when most animals tend to be most active.

Safari / Holiday Styles

​A safari holiday with loads of photographic opportunities.

Where to stay

Kruger National Park



Karoo National Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Tankwa National Park

Pilanseberg National Park

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Perfectly tailormade tour taking all lour wishes and requests into consideration. Best presentation seen and all expectations fulfilled or beyond.

Henrik Wetterstrand

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