Lens Recommendations For the Okavango Delta

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The Okavanago Delta is a photographers paradise and the range of lenses I would recommend when travelling here are about as diverse as the photographic opportunities and region itself.

Nonetheless, knowing what to expect and what types of photographic opportunities are on offer will always help you make an informed decision with regards to the gear that you will want to have with you!

Wide Angle (24 -70mm)

This is an essential piece of gear for this safari as you’ll want to capture both the scenery but also document the various experiences you’ll be enjoying along the way. With activities ranging from scenic flights, game drives, mokoro’s, boat cruises and optional helicopter flips trust me, you’ll use this lens a lot!

With so much water around, regardless of the time of year you visit, you’ll want make sure you have a circular polariser for this wide angle lens. A polarising filter will darken skies, manage reflections, and suppress glare from the surface of the water in the region.

Medium Zoom Lens (70-200mm)

This is always a good lens to have on safari and will help you capture more of the animal in environment type scenes and, with the incredibly diversity of the delta, you’ll want to pull back every now and then.

This lens/focal range will help you to convey a sense of place and ensure that you don’t end up with tight portraits of animals which could have been taken anywhere in the world.

Telephoto Lens (200mm to 400mm Range)

This will undoubtedly be your most frequently used lens in this region. The private concessions used in our Botswana Wilderness Safari itinerary allow off-roading which means that you will very rarely find yourself wanting more than 400mm, unless of course you’re wanting to work on something a bit more abstract in which case a 1.4x converter will come in handy.

A maximum aperture of F2.8 will come in handy for the low light scenes but is not essential. Again,, most of the private concessions where night drives are conducted, will make use of a red filter when viewing wildlife at night which makes night time photography challenging and really only leaves you with the option of converting into B&W.

In Summary

  • A good wide angle lesn such as a 24-70mm
  • A Circular polarising filter is essential
  • 70-200mm for the mid range
  • a maximum focal length of between 300mm and 400mm is perfect given that we venture off-road in the private camps
  • 1.4x or 2x converters will come in handy too.

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Very few people can tell you what their passion in life is. Even fewer will be able to tell you that what they do for a living is in fact their passion. My love for the bush and conservation took me on journey which would not only allow me to explore the continent which fascinates me so much, but to share my passion for photography and conservation with others. Be sure to check out my my website and instagram account.

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  1. Callum Evans

    That’s perfect advice for my trip!! I have an 18-55mm for landscape shots (will also use it for star scapes and if we see a lighting storm), and a 70-300mm lens for wildlife and bird photography, which should give me both wildlife in landscape shots and closer more intimate images. I think I should be sorted camera wise and it should also work for Makgadigadi and Central Kalahari, what do you think?

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