Hwange is one of Africa’s wildest safari destinations. The conditions here during the dry season are absolutely brutal and animals trek many kilometers during the hot daytime hours in search of both food & water.
The habitat we spend most of hour time within is open & presents you with the opportunity of good “clean” photography. There’s very little vegetation that could get in your way, and predators really enjoy lying up in the open or right on top of bare termite mounds.
The waterholes in Hwange are also powerful attraction points & will offer fantastic photography of elephants enjoying the water & mud.
16 – 70 mm (wide angle)
A wide-angle lens can be your best friend in Hwange and will open up creative photo opportunities.
There’s often large herds of elephants at the waterholes, and the dramatic open skies add beautifully to the overall scene.
The images above was taken right from our camp in Hwange. Elephant can be found at the camp waterhole at just about any time of day, and will give you great photographic opportunities after dark.
70 – 200mm (medium zoom lens)
The 70 – 200mm lens focal range is something I would not leave home without. It’s such a versatile lens and can be used in just about any photographic situation. It always captures your subject stunningly, and adds a touch of environment to most scene’s, something you’ll want to include when you are in Hwange.
There’s often predators active during the lowly-lit hours of the day, and the f2.8 factor will play a big role then.
200 – 400mm (telephoto lens)
Hwange is filled with fantastic photographic opportunities, as can be seen above.
You no doubt want a good quality telephoto lens in your hand at all the times.
A 500mm lens range could also work, but I do feel you might have a little too much glass at times. We tend to get pretty close to some of the animals (or them to us) as they are well habituated and not afraid of the vehicles. Anything larger than 600mm would be excessive and a waste.
I do always carry an extended for the telephoto lens, just in case I need a little more reach.
If possible, it’s great to bring along one of the lenses that can handle low-light very well. F2,8 or f4 are good examples and you’ll put this to good use with Hwange’s predators.
The lions hunting the elephant above was captured at 10 000 ISO, and at f4.