When I went to Botswana and South Africa last year I only brought an LX-5 and assumed my brother-in-law with the DSLR and big lens would get the animal shots and I would be content with landscape photos. I discovered when traveling in the open vehicles we got close enough to all of the animals to get great shots with the LX-5 and I would see my brother-in-law frantically changing lenses because he wanted to get a shot of more than just the eyeball of the lion, cape buffalo, hippo, leopard or elephant. Where his long lenses paid off was for bird photos. I have a FZ-150 now and I think that would have been an ideal camera for Safari use. I could get the bird shots and the landscape photos, and movies with stereo sound with one piece of hardware.