The Best Cameras & Binoculars To Bring On Your African Safari

The question that every tourist asks when they are preparing for a safari in Africa is ‘ do I really need binoculars’. And the answer is yes. You will need binoculars on your safari even if you are not going to do Bird watching. Binoculars help you see all those animals like the big five that don’t normally walk to the road sides of the different parks and for those who want to do birding, it is a necessity for you to carry binoculars as they help you see all those birds that have camouflaged within the surrounding areas.

And as you head for your safari in Africa besides binoculars, you also need cameras on this wonderful journey in order to capture the best photos of the different animals that you get to see and the birds. You should however note that it is a bit hard to take clear photos as the animals are always on the move. We are going to look at the best cameras one can use on their safaris and what to consider when purchasing them.

Now before we look at the different binoculars you need and the factors that you need to know before purchasing them, we need to look at what the different parts of the binoculars mean and why they are important in the purchase of binoculars.

binoculars on safari

A prism

A prism acts like a lens as it helps in magnifying images instead of carrying different lens types for one camera. These also help in reducing the weight of the binoculars and enabling them to be carried around during the safari.

A prism is in two forms that is the roof prism and porro prism and it is said that the best prism is the roof prism since it is streamlined and makes the binoculars easy to carry although they are a bit expensive but if you are less on your binoculars budget, you can carry the porro prism although these are always heavy to carry around.

Binoculars have numbers but what do they mean?

The numbers represent magnification and size of the lens of those specific binoculars that you want to buy for example a 10×50 figure means that the animals you will be viewing be ten times bigger with your binoculars and the size of the lens is 50mm. And you should note that more light will be let in of you are using a bigger lens.

What do you need to consider when purchasing binoculars for your safari.

  • The eye relief factor

The eye relief refers to the distance that is between the eye piece and the eyes. If you put on spectacles the best is 16mm and if you do not put on spectacles, then 12mm is good for you and note that the more eye relief, the less the strain.

The lens coating

The lens coating helps to keep them durable and the best would be multi coated lenses although they are expensive but worth the money.


Magnification depends on the size of the lens but that does not mean that the bigger the magnification, the better the view you will get. The best magnifications 10 or 8 because if the magnification is high mostly 12and above, you will need to narrow the field of viewing.

The size and weight of the binoculars

You will need to get binoculars that you are able to carry around on your safari.

The size of the lens

It is important to let light into the binoculars and high lens sizes are always better for low light binoculars. Most game is best watched at dawn and dusk and therefore if you get lenses that small size lenses, you will not be able to see the animals properly and therefore, you need high lens sized binoculars.

Fog proof and water proof

You should get binoculars that have a less splash and can withstand the morning fog experienced in most of the African countries.

The Best binoculars for an African safari

We have looked at what you need to consider when choosing the best binoculars for a safari and it is time to look at the binoculars themselves. The best binoculars to travel with when it comes to safaris in Africa for bird watching and game watching include the following listed below.

The Bunshell H20 Waterproof 10×42

These are known to be the most durable binoculars for a safari. They are known to be waterproof and are of high quality. They have a Bak-4 prism which ensures clear and crisp viewing. They are very ideal for Bird watching and they are very good especially during low light conditions because of their 42mm lens diameter. They so have a soft grip texture which will help you hold them even when they are wet in your hands and very light to carry. Considered as one of the most top binoculars on the market at almost 100 dollars, this is the right pair to own on an African safari.

The Celestron 72347 Outlandx 10×25

These are pocket friendly compact lens binoculars which are water and fog proof. They have a Bak-4 prism and have a 25mm lens. They are also protected with an armor which is rubber in nature and this protects it from any harm to it. It is easily carried in your pocket and very light to be carried around.

The Prostaff 3s binoculars 8x 42

The Prostaff 3s binoculars are extremely good when it comes to low light areas. They have a lens of 42mm which let in plenty of light and when using them will not let in any glare or reflections and this is due to the multi coated optics that comes with the Prostaff. They are light and compact and can easily be carried around the necks when one is on their safari but note that they cannot be carried in pockets.

The Wingspan Optics Spectator 8×32

These are very good for Bird watching and are small although known to be strong and powerful binoculars. They have the following that makes them good for a safari in Africa

  • They have a 14.8mm which reduces relief to the eyes because when you use them, you do not strain.

  • They are very good for distance viewing and they are very light to carry with just 15.2 ounces around on a safari.

  • They have a non sling grip which makes them easy to carry for abrupt and surprise game viewing.

The BRY&BVL Bingo 8×22

These are very good if you are taking your children along for the safari. They are extremely strong and we’re designed to fit into small hands of children and with their 8×22 magnification, children are able to view third favorite animals from a distance but feel as if they are right next to them. They are also not as expensive as the rest of the binoculars so grab them for your children and safari with them for good family bonding.

Cameras for your African safari

The tips you should follow when choosing cameras

You will need to get a camera that is portable enough for you to carry without it feeling like a burden.

Follow your budget when getting a camera. Good ones come in at an expensive price but you can still get one that can work for you cheaply.

You need to get a camera that takes photos the instant you press the shutter and focuses fast. This way you will be able to get more photos of the wild life in Africa and the best is the digital SRL.

The best lens camera to get is the telephoto zoom lens which will easily enable you to take photos of the wild life that is a bit far away from you and make it seem like they are near you.

Get a camera that has wider lens allowing you to take photos for landscapes since they also have some fascinating animals to see.

The best cameras for safaris

There are a variety of cameras that one can get for your safaris but I have listed down the ones that I feel are better than the rest below:

The Sony RX10 IV

The Sony RX10 IV is considered to be the best camera to take eon your safari. It is weather sealed in that even if you change your lens, the photos turn out to still be a good and has a 25xzoom camera which means you get to take clear pictures. They are a bit expensive but they are worth the money.

The bridge cameras

Bridge cameras are quite heavy but they work best for those who do not want to carry extra equipment like extra lenses and a camera body. These have longer lenses and different shooting modes all in one body smaller than the DSLR and if you don’t mind the weight, these can do for you on your safari.

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