Lens recommendation for Kruger

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The Kruger National Park is a name that needs no introduction to Wildlife Photographers and enthusiasts.  Being one of the largest National Parks in Africa, this region teems with Fauna and Flora.

It is in the South Eastern section however, in a private concession called Shishangeni that we run our Kruger Photo Safaris.  This beautiful concession is surrounded by the Crocodile River and the Lebombo mountains where you get the best of both world, the great game viewing of the Kruger National Park and also the exclusivity one expects from a Private Concession.

The topography varies throughout the concession, but based on past experiences, these would be the lenses I would recommend.

Wide Angle ( Range from 17-70mm)

Although not my first choice focal length for this particular destination, I certainly won’t leave without it.  Big Elephant Bull are generally relaxed in this area and could often come very close to the vehicles, which makes a wide angle lens a must.  In summer months Cumulonimbus clouds build up, producing some dramatic skies and electric storms, which can make for some interesting photography.

Medium zoom lens (70-200mm)

Quite possibly again one of the most popular used lenses and especially handy on this safari.  With off roading being a possibility for high profile species, one generally gets pretty close to the animals, but you also have the opportunity to create “animal in their natural surroundings” type of images.  That combined with this lens’s low light capabilities make it a must for this safari.

Telephoto lens (300-400mm)

For this particular destination, from past experiences, 400mm is the maximum one would need here, unless bird photography is your interest in which case a 500-600mm lens would be more suitable.  More often than not 300mm was sufficient, unless portraits or deconstructing your subject is what you would like to create.

In Summary

  • A good wide angle lens like a 16-35, 17-40 or 24-70 is great for capturing moody skies, stars from the deck or Elephants in their environment.
  • 70-200mm a great lens for this destination, allowing to get both animal in environment and relative close up.
  • 300-500mm range for close up portraits, deconstructing animals or birds around the waterholes.



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Johan van Zyl


The opportunity of visiting some of the wildest, undisturbed areas and sharing my passion for wildlife, conservation and photography with like minded people is a privilege that I am forever grateful.

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