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  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.
Bird gallery
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.

Red-and-yellow barbet in Tarangire, Tanzania. Yellow-billed storks in Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
Black-bellied bustard in Serengeti, Tanzania. Crowned eagle in Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
Silvery-cheeked hornbill in Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Pelicans, flamingos, black-winged stilts and a grey-headed gull in Lake Nakuru, Kenya.
Pygmy falcon in Serengeti, Tanzania. Egyptian goose in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
White-backed vulture in Tarangire, Tanzania. Variable sunbird  in a lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.
Lesser flamingos (and a few greater) and golden jackals in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. A herd of buffalos in the background. Speckled mousebird on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, Tanzania.
Female ostrich in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Sooty chat in Serengeti, Tanzania.
White-backed vultures and a few Rüppell's griffon vultures in Serengeti, Tanzania. Saddle-billed stork in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Goliath heron in Serengeti, Tanzania. Black-shouldered kite in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Male Kori bustard in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Red-billed oxpeckers in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Marabou stork at dusk in Serengeti, Tanzania. Marabou storks, white storks and Egyptian geeze in Lake Manyara. Flamingos and white pelicans in the far background.
Immature martial eagle with a prey in Serengeti, Tanzania. Grey crowned cranes and hippos in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Northern white-crowned shrike in Serengeti, Tanzania. Two-banded courser in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Southern ground-hornbill in Serengeti, Tanzania. Augur buzzard over Lake Manyara, Tanzania.
Red-necked spurfowl in Tarangire, Tanzania. Red-billed hornbill in Tarangire, Tanzania.
Lilac-breasted roller in Tarangire, Tanzania. Eagle (probably tawny eagle) in Tarangire, Tanzania.
Hildebrandt's starling in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Grey hornbill feeding in Tarangire, Tanzania.
Secretary bird and gazelles in Serengeti, Tanzania. Ashy starling in Tarangire, Tanzania.
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