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Mount Meru in Tanzania at dawn, seen from Tarangire National Park.
  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 6
The gallery below shows pictures from safaris in East Africa, shot during regular safari tours.

Click the miniatures below to show the pictures full-size in a new browser window.

Grevy's zebras in Samburu, Kenya. Elephant in Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Ground crew filling a safari balloon.
Male lion in Masai Mara, Kenya. Female cheetah with a cub in Masai Mara, Kenya.
Male waterbuck in Masai Mara, Kenya. Crocodile in Samburu, Kenya.
Spotted hyaena in Serengeti, Tanzania. Central Serengeti, Tanzania.
Leopard in a tree in Serengeti, Tanzania. Lion drinking from a puddle in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Zebras in central Serengeti, Tanzania. Herd of elephants in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Elephants in the rain in Tarangire, Tanzania. Dwarf mongoose in a termite mound in Tarangire, Tanzania.
Beisa oryx in Buffalo Springs, Kenya. Male reticulated giraffes in Buffalo Springs, Kenya.
Cheetah cub under a safari jeep. Weaver building a nest by the Talek River in Masai Mara, Kenya.
Hippo in wetland in Masai Mara, Kenya. White rhinos in Lake Nakuru, Kenya.
Flamingos and pelicans in Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Thomson's gazelles in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
Female ostrich in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Hippos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
Baboon in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. White-backed vulture.
Female and male gerenuk in Samburu, Kenya. Migrating wildebeest at sunrise in Serengeti, Tanzania.
African buffalo in Serengeti, Tanzania. Herd of zebras in Tarangire, Tanzania.
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