Lenses for an South African Safari

Started Aug 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Cugh Junior Member • Posts: 26
Lenses for an South African Safari


I need some help in selecting lenses for an upcoming safari in South Africa.

It's a guide tour with a small group.

Kruger Park, Pilanesberg, Marakele, Mapungubwe, Hluhluwe  and some other places. Focused mostly on animals spotting but not exclusively.

I have  several Olympus lenses for my E5.

- 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD, 150F2, 9-18, 35mm

- EC14, EC20 and the EX macro extention tube.

- And finaly the Sigma 50-500 aka Bigma.

So i need some help in selecting the right lenses as i don't want to drag 10 kg of hardware

all the time.  And there is a luggage restriction during the trip anyway.

What's more important ?  Long lenses during the day or fast lenses at dusk or dawn ?

Is it allowed for jeeps to leave the roads in those parks so they can be close to the animals ?

It makes a big difference in lens requirements.

Feel free to advice,


Olympus E-5 Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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