Photography holidays in Africa

Photography holidays in Africa

Africa can be the venue for a magical photography holiday: many of our destinations are very photogenic. We can help you get the best out of your trip – and to plan a trip with lots of great photographic opportunities in it.

In many ways, the value of this section, and our advice, is as much about how and when to travel, as it is about where to go. We can organise specialist photography holidays in Africa, led by well-known photographers, but the vast majority of our travellers who are keen photographers prefer to take their own trips.

Most safari camps and lodges will include guided activities, which often give superb opportunities for photography. However, you will often have to share such activities with other guests, and this isn’t always conducive to you getting the very best shots. As possible strategies for getting around this limitation, we’d always suggest that you consider:

  • Including at least some lodges / camps which have ‘game hides’ where you can wait for animals to photograph.
  • Travelling in the quieter months, when the lodges and camps are less full.
  • Organising in advance a private vehicle and guide, so that you can direct where and how long you stop.
  • Considering a self-drive itinerary, perhaps in Namibia, where you set your own driving schedule, stopping for as long as you wish to take photographs.
Several of the Expert Africa team are keen photographers, and we’re proud to have taken all of the pictures in our brochure, and many of those on this website. Ask for one of our keen photographers to advise you; they're very aware of when and where you're likely to get the best shots.

Below are notes for photography holidays in individual countries in Africa; click through for more information and recommendations for camps and lodges. Better still: look through and then call to speak to one of our team!

Photography holidays with Wild about Africa

If you prefer to travel in a small group of like-minded adventures and would you like to combine a photography holiday with a simple or luxury camping safari, then see Wild about Africa's ideas for photography holidays in Namibia and Botswana.

Photography holidays in Botswana

Photography holidays in Botswana

Botswana is one of Africa's top safari destinations - and also one of our top recommendations for photography holidays in Africa. Few of our holidays are group trips led by photographers; most are great safaris shared with others who love wildlife, and love to capture it on film.

Ideas for photography holidays in Botswana

Photography holidays in Kenya

Photography holidays in Kenya

Kenya is a delight for keen photographers, with many camps offering great photo opportunities and driver/guides who know exactly how to position the vehicle so you'll get the best shot.

Ideas for photography holidays in Kenya

Photography holidays in Mozambique

Photography holidays in Mozambique

Mozambique offers marine national parks, hundreds of pristine islands and coral reefs - some of the loveliest scenery in Africa for the keen photographer. We don't offer any purely photography holidays in Mozambique; but we offer plenty of trips, which provide photographers with a varied array of enticing subjects.

Ideas for photography holidays in Mozambique

Photography holidays in Namibia

Photography holidays in Namibia

Namibia is a great choice to photograph varied landscapes, geological features and wildlife. Many lodges and camps offer opportunities to photograph stunning places, such as the mountainous terrain, high yellow grass, the huge apricot dunes and the camelthorn trees, along with many species of animals and birds.

Ideas for photography holidays in Namibia

Photography holidays in South Africa

Photography holidays in South Africa

South Africa is a good country for a photography holiday; it offers scenic environments, varied birds and animals in its many national parks and reserves, and a real variety of cultures - excellent for keen photographers! Here we don't offer any photographer-led trips, but self-drive holidays here are flexible and ideal for DIY photographers.

Ideas for photography holidays in South Africa

Photography holidays in Tanzania

Photography holidays in Tanzania

Tanzania offers some spectacular locations and wildlife for photography holidays in Africa, even if it's not always easy to get the perfect photo! Photographers often come to Tanzania with the wildlife in mind - and for that the most famous locations are in the north: the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Here keen photographers will usually request one of our private 4WD vehicles and guides, for maximum flexibility in setting their own schedules.

Ideas for photography holidays in Tanzania

Photography holidays in Zambia

Photography holidays in Zambia

Few of our ideas for photography holidays in Africa are led by professional photographers, but we do have a few such trips in Zambia. In addition, we can organise great safaris led by a guide who is a semi-pro photographer, plus trips using game hides for excellent vantage points.

Ideas for photography holidays in Zambia

Photography holidays in Zimbabwe

Photography holidays in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a great spot for photography, providing myriad opportunities to keen photographers. Boat trips, walking and canoe safaris as well as game drives can all be utilised to get some varied and different landscapes. Keen photographers can take pictures of many species of mammal, such as kudu, zebra, impala, eland, waterbuck, antelope, lion, leopard, black and white rhino and elephant. The birdlife throughout the country is also diverse, especially in the wetter summer months when many migrants arrive.

Ideas for photography holidays in Zimbabwe