Lens Recommendations For The Kgalagadi

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael, Uncategorized 2 Comments

The Kgalagadi is one of Africa’s most unique safari destinations. The conditions here are very arid & during the dry season are absolutely brutal towards the animals who all trek many kilometers during the hot daytime hours in search of both food & water.

The habitat we be spending time in is vast open areas that will present you with the opportunity of good “clean” photography. There’s is not much vegetation that could get in your way, and predators really enjoy lying up in the red dunes or close to the waterhole along the Auob & Nossob Rivers.

These waterholes are powerful attraction points & will offer fantastic photography!

16-35 / 24-70 mm (wide angle)

The Kgalagadi is so much more than just the spectacular game viewing. We will be blessed with many breathtaking scenes, sunsets and star-filled night skies and for this a wide-angle lens can be of great use in the Kgalagadi. It will open up creative photo opportunities.

70 – 200mm (medium zoom lens)

It is always important to have some variation when it comes to ones portfolio. If you own a 70 – 200mm lens I would not recommend you leave it at home. Being in such a versatile environment you should pack in a versatile lens and I can assure you that this is the one. It does not only capture your subject stunningly but also adds a touch of environment to most scene’s, something you’ll want to include when you are in the Kgalagadi.

There are often predators active during the early mornings or late evenings, yes when the light is low and the f2.8 factor will play a big role then.

If you do not own a 70-200, the the 100-400mm/80-400mm will also do the job.

200 – 400mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm (telephoto lens)

In an area such as the Kgalagadi which offers guests fantastic photographic opportunities, as can be seen above, you would with no doubt need a good quality telephoto lens in your hand at all times.

In some circumstances he longer the glass the better for this one as off roading is a no go. I would suggest anywhere in the range of 400 – 600 mm. After reading a few reviews and chatting to a few people it seems like the lens to have for this particular safari is a 500mm.

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 animals active during the low lit periods.

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I do hope that this blog helps you when it comes to packing your camera bag for you Kgalagadi Safari.

Until the;

Happy Snapping!

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Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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  1. Charles Hopkins

    Having just enjoyed 16 days in the Kgalagadi I agree with the suggested glass. I had 24-105 f4, 70-200 f2.8, and 100-400 f4.5/5.6 on thee bodies (mindful of the dust). I also used X1.4 and X2 extenders. Don’t forget to take multiple portrait orientated shots for creating horizontal panoramas and multiple portrait shots for vertical panoramas – the openness often warrants these massive pictures especially herds of Springboks or blue wildebeests .

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      Michael Laubscher

      Hello Charles

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog! Your information is greatly appreciated!

      I do hope that you managed to bank some great images!

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