Our Zimanga Photography Holiday includes two sessions in the overnight hides. These state of the art hides provide you with the opportunity to photograph mammals at close quarters at night.
The modus operandi is to enter the hide in the afternoon & have lots of fun photographing the colourful birds & mammals that come to the watering hole to feed & bathe.
This Cape Glossy Starling earned itself the nickname of the Kate Mossy Starling as it liked to pose like a model. Alan joked that it was “rocking the London look” for us.
I love Alan’s images of the tiny praying mantis & the giant cape buffalo because they give us a tiny glimpse into the mysterious world of Zimanga at night. The recommended lens for photographing visitors to the watering hole at night is a wide angle lens such as the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
with a remote release cable. The buffalo are large mammals anyway, but when you are sat only 1 metre from where they are standing, they are massive even when using a wide angle lens!
As the sun rose, the little birds returned for their morning photocall. I also loved these red-billed oxpeckers
. They were such little characters with striking eyes. As you can see, there were plenty of opportunities to get reflection shots.
One of the highlights of our Zimanga photography holiday
was an evening of astrophotography
. There is something truly magical about being out in the bush at night. Everyone enjoyed themselves so much that we will be doing it again next year!
If you missed part one
of this series of blog posts showcasing Alan’s stunning photos from his Zimanga photography holiday,
you can read it here