It finally happened! Something I had wanted to do for ten years. I had a chance to safari in South Africa. It was dream come true. I wasn’t going to let the wildlife get away with anything, so I rented a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens for my Nikon D750 camera. I went back and forth between a prime lens or a zoom, but ultimately decided on the zoom for versatility. Most of the time, I’m glad I did, as the wildlife came much closer to the jeep than I imagined! There were just a handful of times that I wished I had a 600mm prime. I also brought my 24-120mm for landscapes and everyday shooting. I wanted to choose just one or two pictures of each big animal I saw to share, which was a tough choice at times. (I may have broken that rule for a couple of animals!) I was interested in the bird life as well and decided to add a few of those pictures as well.
The safaris were amazing and I saw many more animals that I thought I would. I went on a total of five safaris in three parks throughout South Africa. I consider myself lucky to have been able to see the a few prides of lions, the elusive leopard and a couple of cheetahs!