Wildlife Photography

Taking photos of wildlife is always a challenge as many nice wildlife moments happen very unexpected and pass in seconds. So you need to be well prepared and you need to make sure you know your camera well.

Our photographer, Vincent van 't Hof is a very experienced Wildlife Photographer. Vincent is happy to share his knowledge about Wildlife Photography. Ask any question to Vincent!

To see some more photos of Vincent go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincent-wildlife/

For our Dutch and Belgian clients it is possible to get your pictures on Canvas for a discounted rate: click here!

Tours

Tours Wildlife Photography

Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - RWANDA & UGANDA

Enjoy the exclusive experience of photographing Mountain Gorillas from up close. This trip is guided by BBC presenter and professional photographer Trai Anfield

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Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the highlights of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 13 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda (21 days) Best of Uganda (21 days) Best of Uganda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

BEST OF UGANDA (21 DAYS)

Our 21-day trip brings you the best of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days)
 Uganda

WESTERN UGANDA (10 DAYS)

Our 10-day trip brings you the highlights of Western Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day trip brings you the highlight of Uganda: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas!
Spend one hour with our very close relatives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Uganda Northern Circuit including Kidepo Valley (12 days) Uganda Northern Circuit including Kidepo Valley (12 days) Uganda Northern Circuit including Kidepo Valley (12 days)
 Uganda

UGANDA NORTHERN CIRCUIT INCLUDING KIDEPO VALLEY (12 DAYS)

Our 12-day trip brings you the Northern Circuit of Uganda: This remote area is seldom visited by tourists. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and, leopard) in a beautiful and unspoiled and unique landscape.

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Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days)
 Uganda

BIRDING THROUGH UGANDA (22 DAYS)

Our 22-day trip brings you the best of the birdlife in Uganda.
Uganda has a variety of landscapes and over 1000 bird species! This trip brings you to the most important birding sites in Uganda. Habitats to be seen: Forest, Lowland jungle, Swamps, Canals and Lakes, Mountains and Savannahs.

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Gorillas in the Mist (3 days) Gorillas in the Mist (3 days) Gorillas in the Mist (3 days)
 Rwanda

GORILLAS IN THE MIST (3 DAYS)

Our 3 day trip brings you the Gorillas in the Mist, the Mountain Gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is where Dian Fossey (16/12/1932 - 26/12/1985) studied her gorillas. The movie Gorilla`s in the mist (1988) with Sigourney Weaver was also filmed here.

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Primates of Rwanda (8 days) Primates of Rwanda (8 days) Primates of Rwanda (8 days)
 Rwanda

PRIMATES OF RWANDA (8 DAYS)

Our 8 day trip brings you the Primates of Rwanda: Expect to see up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!
This trip specifically includes the most important and well known Forested national parks of Rwanda: Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park

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Best of Rwanda (14 days) Best of Rwanda (14 days) Best of Rwanda (14 days)
 Group Tour Rwanda

BEST OF RWANDA (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day trip brings you the best of Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Highlights of the Northern Circuit (8 days) Highlights of the Northern Circuit (8 days) Highlights of the Northern Circuit (8 days)
 Group Tour Tanzania

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT (8 DAYS)

Our 8-day Africa wildlife safari specifically includes four national parks of the Northern Circuit: the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.

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Best of the Northern Circuit (10 days) Best of the Northern Circuit (10 days) Best of the Northern Circuit (10 days)
 Tanzania

BEST OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT (10 DAYS)

Our 10-day Africa wildlife safari brings you the best of Tanzania. Expect to see the animals of the savannah (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and leopard) and beautiful landscapes.

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Complete Northern Circuit (14 days) Complete Northern Circuit (14 days) Complete Northern Circuit (14 days)
 Tanzania

COMPLETE NORTHERN CIRCUIT (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day Africa wildlife safari includes the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National park, Arusha National Park, Mkomazi National Park and Lake Natron with Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano.

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Northern Circuit (7 days) Northern Circuit (7 days) Northern Circuit (7 days)
 Tanzania

NORTHERN CIRCUIT (7 DAYS)

Our 7-day Africa wildlife safari specifically includes the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

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Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days) Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days) Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days)
 Group Tour Tanzania

BEST OF THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day Southern Circuit safari includes all the national parks of the Southern Circuit: Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Saadani National Park.

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Safari Southern Circuit (7 days) Safari Southern Circuit (7 days) Safari Southern Circuit (7 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SOUTHERN CIRCUIT (7 DAYS)

Our 7-day Southern Circuit safari includes 3 national parks of the Southern Circuit: Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park and Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

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Safari Southern Circuit (6 days) Safari Southern Circuit (6 days) Safari Southern Circuit (6 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SOUTHERN CIRCUIT (6 DAYS)

Our 6-day Southern Circuit safari includes two national parks of the Southern Circuit: Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.
Tanzania`s Southern Circuit is still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists.

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Safari Selous Game Reserve (5 days) Safari Selous Game Reserve (5 days) Safari Selous Game Reserve (5 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SELOUS GAME RESERVE (5 DAYS)

Our 5-day Southern Circuit safari includes Selous Game Reserve, Selous is still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists.

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Safari Saadani (4 days) Safari Saadani (4 days) Safari Saadani (4 days)
 Tanzania

SAFARI SAADANI (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day Southern Circuit safari includes Saadani National Park.
During this trip you can relax on the beautiful
and private beaches of Saadani National Park,
go for game drives or do a magnificent boat trip.

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Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days)
 Uganda Rwanda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA & RWANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

BEST OF UGANDA & RWANDA (21 DAYS)

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

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Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda

PRIMATES OF EAST AFRICA (18  DAYS)

Our 18-day trip brings you the primates of Uganda and Rwanda: You can see up to 20 primate species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the rare golden monkeys, dent`s monkeys, black and white colobus, red colobus, mona monkey, and Angolan colobus monkeys.

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Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days)
 Uganda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA & TANZANIA (17 DAYS)

Our 17 days trip brings you the best of Uganda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the
big 5 and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 15
primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days) Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days) Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days)
 Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF RWANDA & TANZANIA (14 DAYS)

Our 14 days trip brings you the best of Rwanda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meet the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5
and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 14 primate species, including gorillas and chimpanzees!!!

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Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA, RWANDA & TANZANIA (18  DAYS)

Our 18 days trip brings the best of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania;
where savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5 and
the other big game on the savannahs and up to 17 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4 day Fly In brings you the highlight of Uganda: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas! Spend one hour with our very close relatives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (3 days) Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (3 days) Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (3 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (3 DAYS)

Our 3-day Fly In safari brings you Queen Elizabeth National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge.

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Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days) Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days) Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

BWINDI & QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (6 DAYS)

Our 6 day Fly In safari brings you the highlights of Uganda: Gorilla tracking, Chimp tracking, the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
This trip specifically includes 2 of the most well known national parks of Uganda: Bwindi National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days) Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days) Queen Elizabeth & Kibale Forest - Fly In (5 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

QUEEN ELIZABETH & KIBALE FOREST - FLY IN (5 DAYS)

Our 5-day Fly In safari brings you Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and chimpanzees and up to 12 primate species in Kibale Forest.

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Murchison Falls National Park - Fly In (4 days) Murchison Falls National Park - Fly In (4 days) Murchison Falls National Park - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day Fly In safari brings you the highlights of Murchison Falls National Park. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and primate species, including chimps!!!

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Kidepo Valley National Park - Fly In (4 days) Kidepo Valley National Park - Fly In (4 days) Kidepo Valley National Park - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4 day Fly In safari brings you the Kidepo Valley National Park: This remote area is seldom visited by tourists. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and, leopard) in a beautiful, unspoiled and unique landscape.

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Join our PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda & Uganda

Taking photos of wildlife is always a challenge as many nice wildlife moments happen very unexpected and pass in seconds. So you need to be well prepared and you need to make sure you know your camera well. It is also important your camera is ready at all times, including having enough battery power.

For the best results, it's important to have a good camera, with excellent long lenses. A 300mm lens is a good starting point, but longer lenses are even better, certainly for bird portraits.

All the photos on this website are made with a digital SLR camera from Canon, with lenses from 24 to 400mm. You will get the best results by using long lenses with image stabilizer, but they are also very expensive. When you have a tripod, or use a beanbag, I think also lenses without image stabilizer can do the job as well. Standard zoom lenses (75-300mm) from various manufactures are very affordable, and can do a good job too.

In many destinations Kazinga Tours visits, the wild animals are relatively used to vehicles and people, so exceptional chances of photography will arise. And of course our well trained guides will do their very best to show the wildlife and give you the best photo opportunities.

The animals you will get to see are wild animals, so composition is a big challenge as you cannot move your subject around or change the lightning conditions. So try different focal lengths and experiment with different apertures and shutter speeds. In general you need fast shutter speeds when you are using long lenses.

Be sure to bring enough memory cards or film, as it is very hard (if not impossible in most places) to buy these in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Apart from knowing your equipment and knowing how to compose a good photo, it's also important to know something about your subject. What is it's behavior, how does it move and when will it run off. And maybe above all, be patient when photographing wildlife. You never know what will happen the next moment……

This information helped me to make some of my best Wildlife shots, as you can see on this website.

If you have any questions about Wildlife Photography, please do not hesitate to contact me: vincent@kazingatours.com, I am always willing to help you!

Photo tips for good wildlife photography:

  • Bring 2 bodies with you to be sure one of them is always working
  • Bring at least 2 batteries for each camera because the possibilities of charging might be limited
  • Take enough memory cards with you, especially when you are taking photos of wildlife. We always tell our clients to estimate how much they need and multiply it by 2
  • Bring a hard disk or laptop with you to backup your photos
  • Think about the lenses to bring. You will need a tele lens for most wildlife photos, 200mm to 400mm or more
  • For landscapes you need lenses between 24mm and 50mm
  • For gorilla tracking and especially chimp tracking you need a bright lens (a lens which can work well in low light conditions)
  • From the car it is difficult to use a tripod or monopod. Use a beanbag instead

Photography from the Safari Vehicle

When you are in a car, it's very impractical to use a tripod. A good alternative is a bean bag, a small cloth bag filled with rice. This will give your camera the stability it needs to make superb shots.

Kazinga Tours´ custom made vehicles are ideal for using beanbags. Just open the roof and put your beanbag on it. Apart from 4 wheel drive, a roof that opens is one of the most important things on a good safari vehicle.

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