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Banded mongoose looking out of its burrow.
  Safari photography
What kind of camera do you need?
Most safari-goers bring some kind of camera for their safari, varying from disposable cameras to modern digital single lens reflex cameras with huge tele lenses. Some visitors take a few pictures only, while others take thousands.
We recommend that you bring a camera that you know how to use, and that corresponds to your interest in photography. That is, if you own a camera and are happy with it, don't get yourself a new one.
But if you have been thinking of getting a new one, this may be a good time.
If you usually don't bring a camera on holidays, you don't have to bring one just because you're going on a safari. If you want some nice pictures, you may buy a nice book to bring home.
Irrespective of what kind of camera you bring, you will get many good picture opportunities on your tour to East Africa. This page shows amateur pictures shot using 3X–15X compact or bridge cameras.
More about cameras
Taking pictures of people
Avoid taking pictures of people without first asking for their permission, or you may cause offence. Many Maasai will ask you to pay for taking pictures.
Safari gallery 2
The gallery below shows pictures from safaris in East Africa, shot during regular safari tours.

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Huge elephant bulls in the Ngorongoro Crater. Dikdik in Tarangire.
Giraffe. Lake Manyara view at dawn.
Blue monkey in Lake Manyara. Flamingo view in Lake Manyara.
Male impala protecting his harem of females. Balloon safari in central Serengeti.
Lioness in Serengeti. Leopard in central Serengeti.
Red-billed hornbill. Cheetah in Serengeti.
Zebra in the Ngorongoro Crater. Dawn by a hippo pool in Serengeti.
Banded mongoose on a termite mound in Serengeti. Pride of lions resting in the shade of a safari jeep in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Safari jeep travelling through Tarangire. Herd of elephants by the close to dry Tarangire River in Tarangire.
Leopard in Serengeti feeding in a tree just above a safari jeep. Maasai music rock in Moru Kopjes in Serengeti.
Baboons in Lake Manyara. Giraffe in Tarangire.
Wildebeest on the road in the Ngorongoro Crater. Tarangire is known for its many baobab trees, here seen by sunset.
Eagle in Tarangire. Thomson's gazelles in Serengeti.
Lion passing close in Serengeti. Tent interior in tented camp in Tarangire.
Nervous zebras by the Seronera River in Serengeti Elephant in Serengeti.
Pride of lions by a carcass in Tarangire. Safari airplane taking off from Seronera airstrip in Serengeti.
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