When you mention the word ‘safari’, everyone instantly thinks about being out and about either on foot or in a vehicle exploring a reserve or park. However, a different way to view wildlife, whether or not you’re an avid photographer, is just sitting in a hide near a source of water, watching whatever wildlife comes down to drink.
There is nothing better than spending your time on safari relaxing, while staying hidden from the wildlife and viewing passers-by from a unique angle. I am a keen photographer, a complete novice, but the privilege of going on many safaris has allowed me to explore other interests. As a result, I love a camp with a hide, as it supplies me with a completely different angle from which to view and capture wildlife. It also allows me to play around with my camera settings and improve my photography skills.
Outside the usual activity times on safari, there’s a lot of time for sitting back and enjoying your surroundings – and what better way to pass the time than watching what comes and go? Inspired by my new-found enjoyment of photography, this blog discusses some of the best hides in Africa for watching and taking photos of the local wildlife.
By no means are these the only hides out there – they’re just a few of YZ’s favourites…