How Close Will I Get?

I put this section right behind "What lenses should I take?" because they relate to one another. It's everyone's question before they go on safari "How close will we get?" It's not something the safari companies advertise or promote but the short answer is "VERY". The second part of that sentence is "but not always". Yes, the ADS guides can get you very close to animals, sometimes within a few meters. But typically the animals are not right next to the truck. Pro photographers often have two cameras with them all the time. One has a telephoto lens on it, the other has a relatively wide angle lens on it. That way if the animal is far away or right next to the Land Rover, they're covered. This complicates the question of what lenses to take. But I stand by what I wrote in last section. Some people may want to exchange their wide angle lens for a mid range lens (like something around a 24-105 zoom) and it's hard to argue with that. A lot of lens companies offer a lens in that range and if there were no weight restrictions in Africa... I'd say take both. But there are some weight restrictions.

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