I got back from my 2 week trip to Southern Africa just a week ago! With my mother, and through the company Natural Habitat Adventures, we visited Zambia (Livingston), Botswana (Okavango Delta region in the north), and South Africa (though that was almost entirely the Jo’burg airport!). I learned an impressive amount of information about the ecosystems, animals, politics, and culture of the areas we visited. Our guide was amazing, and the whole experience was wonderful.
Be warned, this post will be very photo heavy, and may take a few moments to get them all uploaded. I practiced my amateur photography on this trip, and there were a few things I should have done differently. First, as much as I love my 50 mm lens (and love the uses I have for it), I should have rented at least a 300mm to take on this trip. It would have helped me to have clearer photos and I think given me more range in what I could have photographed fairly well. I am happy with what I got, though, and I enjoyed having so much time to learn and practice. I used my DSLR Nikon D3200 for most of these, though I also have a Canon Powershot SX260 point and shoot which has a zoom feature which I used for the first few days before the battery ran out (second thing I would do differently would be to take a universal camera battery charger, and not my extra lens that was no better than the 50 mm). It was nice to have a light, simple, high functioning point-and-shootcamera for some of these moments.
This was an amazing trip, and I am missing the landscape, the openness, the beauty, and the people.
I hope to get back someday – maybe with my whole family.