When planning a safari to Africa there are numerous things you may wish to take with you, from sun cream to khaki shorts. However, in our tech savvy world, the need to integrate technology with all that we do is a must. As such a safari experience can easily be enhanced by taking along the right gadgets for the ride. Read on to discover Mahlatini Luxury Safari’s top 5 suggestions.
One of the must have pieces of safari tech is a decent pair of binoculars. While at times your safari viewing experience will be spectacular, and you will find yourself just metres away from a pride of lion or a herd of elephant, there is always the chance your guide will spot an animal too far away to see clearly with the naked eye. It’s here that a good pair of binoculars can really make a difference. They also lend themselves well to birding and stargazing. A pair of compact binoculars is probably the best choice for a safari, owing to their smaller size and lighter weight.
While binoculars allow you to see some incredible safari moments a decent camera will allow you to capture them. When on safari there will be daily game drives that present the opportunity to take some beautiful wildlife shots. For practicality and especially when on a walking safari, a camera that is compact would be the best idea. While digital SLR’s will produce higher quality pictures, for the amateur photographer a lighter and cheaper bridge camera will serve you just as well.
Who doesn’t have a smart phone these days? They can come in very handy when abroad through their ability to cross language barriers. Thanks to apps such as Google Translate for an android phone or iTranslate for an iPhone you can make travelling a whole lot easier, something that could be particularly useful should there be any cultural interaction on your safari. The night sky in Africa is always a sight to behold, with a mass of stars and constellations to see. If your astronomy skills aren’t up to standard then apps like Google Sky Map for android and Star Walk for iPhone can help you understand what you’re looking at.
Night Vision Binoculars or Monoculars
While there is always plenty to see during the day, so much wildlife interaction in Africa takes place after dark. For night game drives investing in a pair of night vision binoculars or monoculars would be a good idea. Not only will you get a great view of the game you can do so without disturbing them with torch light.
If you want to know what’s happening while you’re away from camp or you would like to see which animals pass by during the night, a trail camera can provide the answers. Equipped with a motion sensor and capable of taking stills and video, a trail camera can capture the hidden wildlife interactions that would otherwise go unseen should humans be active in the area. This is the perfect gadget for tented safaris and a fantastic way of capturing some incredible wildlife shots.
While a safari is very much about getting back to nature, integrating a little bit of technology into the mix can add a fun new dimension that can truly enhance the safari experience.