You get so close to the wildlife at Sabi Sabi that even with a good compact camera you’ll achieve fantastic shots. However, if you’re looking to take print-worthy shots, you’re going to need the flexibility of a good quality DSLR or mirrorless camera body.
Since you’re going to get so close to the wildlife, it’s not necessary to pack a huge lens. A zoom lens is your best option and offers a lot of flexibility. Fast lenses with an aperture of f/4 through to f/2.8 are best. Great all-purpose lenses in this range are the 70-200mm f/2.8, 200-400 f/4 and 100-400 f/5.6 lenses. With any one of these lenses, you’ll have enough speed to capture your subject beautifully sharp. Most camera kits come with a standard lens, but other than that, a lens with a 24-70mm range would be ideal to take landscape shots and general travel/people shots.
You can also look at prime lenses starting from 300mm and going up to 600mm. These lenses work wonderfully in low light conditions, are fast and offer shallow depth of field, giving your wildlife shot that sharp, focussed look with a beautifully blurred background.
It’s worth having a 1.4 or 2x converter. This gives your lens a little more zoom when you need it – especially when it comes to bird photography.