South Africa: Photo safaris teach travelers to take better wildlife shots
Photo safaris at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa pair travelers with professional photographers to help them learn to take better shots. Owner Bronwyn Varty says via email that the most common mistakes in snapping animals involve accidentally cutting off a tail, ear or foot; shooting down onto the animal instead of at eye level; and forgetting to use bean bags. Bean bags? Yes, to stabilize the camera and avoid blurry, out-of-focus pictures.
Why does Londolozi care? Because travelers come to the Relais & Chateaux reserve to stay in a luxurious setting and to photograph elephants, buffalo, white rhinos, leopards and other wildlife. The lodge operator even created an interactive e-book available on iTunes titled "A Guide to Wildlife Photography" by in-house photographer Richard Laburn (about $19.95).
Londolozi's half-day photo safaris come with a professional photographer to help with everything from camera settings to processing images. And visitors are driven out to see game in a vehicle tricked out especially for photographers.
Price: $866 per person. It includes the photographer and vehicle but no camera gear (you can bring your own or rent high-end cameras and equipment).
Info: Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Mpumalanga, South Africa