The animals in the Sabi Sands are extremely relaxed. Decades of eco-tourism have made most of the lions, leopards and other predators (not to mention the rest of the Big Five) very habituated to human presence, especially when you’re in an open game drive vehicle, and you can often pull up right beside them. As a result, you’ll use your shorter lenses, like a 70-200 mm very often.
Don’t leave your longer zoom- or prime lenses at home, though. There are many great portrait shots to take between 300 and 500 mm. I have found, however, that 600 mm is just too long for this reserve and clients who bring them seldom use them.
If you have one, bring your external flash, preferably with a flash bracket because we do a lot of night-time photography. Having your external flash on a flash bracket helps you not to wash out the animals’ pupils completely, allowing you to convert them to a natural, darker colour in a processing program like Lightroom.
It’s important to bring camera support as well, so don’t forget your beanbag and monopod.