safari photograpy at night

Old Jan 29th, 2008, 07:03 PM
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safari photograpy at night

Going on a private safari just the 2 of us.just wondered whats the likelihood of doing a night game drive especially as the cats are more active then.I dont see mention of anyone doing this but have seen photographs obviously taken at night.Is this something we might negotiate with our driver?has anyone experience of taking photos at night and is a flash unit on the camera powerful enough to be effective?
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Old Jan 29th, 2008, 08:25 PM
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It depends on where you are going on safari. Typically inside of National Parks there are no night drives but within private concession areas they are farily standard. If you list your itinerary someone will probably know what is allowable in those areas.

The real photographers can give you better details on flash but when you are in close proximity to the subject you can capture decent photos with a standard flash and the spotlight of the guide.
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Old Jan 29th, 2008, 10:15 PM
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We are staying at Boundary hill lodgeTarangire,SerenaLake Manyara,Serena Ngorongoro,serena serengeti,Mbuze mawe camp northern Serengeti and possibly Ndutu lodge over a 12 day period in february.Ithink we can plan whatever we want to do with our driver as long as we can stick to our lodge itinerary so hopefully he will be up to doing some night drives.obviously there will be an extra charge but it looks worth it.Any other fodorites taken night drives and would recommend them?
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You should be able to arrange a night drive while at the Serena Lake Manyara. I highly recommed doing a night drive as there are many species that are almost never seen during the day. Some night drives end up being quiet but others are outstanding, it is definitely worth pursuing to open a different world and increase the diversity of species that you may see.

On a different note definitely stay at Ndutu if you have the opportunity as that will typically be the best location during February to see the migration and all the predators that come along with calving season.
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Ron, when we were at Lake Manyara this past May we wanted very much to have night drive. Such was avaialble (I believe at the Serena Lodge) but when we got there in afternoon to make arrangements, seats were all taken. If you can, make arrangement well in advance.
As to taking photos at night have only limited experience. In 2004 while staying outside of Masa Mari we had two night drives. Got reasonable shots of jackals and springhares using flash on Olympus 740. Came out guite a bit underexposed (I used auto setting w/flash) but with editing software was able to come up with okay shots). Wish you the best safari and please post a report and pics for us. Dick
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