Kenya is one of the great photographer’s destinations. The great diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife and history make for unparalleled photo opportunities.
For the dedicated photographer, a trip to Kenya is the chance of a lifetime. Come fully prepared and equipped to take full advantage of the ideal photographic environment. Bring along even more film than you may think you need. Good quality film is available in Nairobi and other large towns, though you may not be able to purchase film while on safari or visiting remote areas.
For early mornings and late afternoons and in other low light conditions, it is best to have some ASA/ISO 200, 400, or even faster film, but for good daylight conditions ASA/ISO 50 and 100 speed film will suffice. A good 35mm SLR Camera with interchangeable lenses is highly recommended.
Bring a long lens (an 80mm-200mm zoom lens is best) for wildlife photography, while a 35mm-70mmlens is a good general lens for landscapes. For bright conditions a UV filter may be helpful. Those with an interest in flowers or insect life may wish to pack a macro.
Some safari companies provide rooftop camera mounts or bean bag camera rests . Bring a good solid camera and kit bag to cope with travel and handling. A lens cleaning cloth and a blower brush will be necessary to cope with dust. If you have a Digital or Hi8 Video camera bring plenty of tape and long life batteries and adaptors for their rechargers (the electricity supply is 220 Volt, 50 Hz with a square pin 13 amp plug). Most hotels have charging facilities.
A good pair of binoculars are very important both for everyday game viewing and for scoping good photo opportunities. Birders may wish to bring a spotter scope and tripod.