South Africa Game Reserve Safari - Minimalist Gear

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JayBee123 New Member • Posts: 2
South Africa Game Reserve Safari - Minimalist Gear

Hi all -

Wanted a bit of advice on a well-traveled question - safari gear.

Headed on a 3 week trip to SA in a month or so, with two 3-day safaris in Kruger Private Game Reserves (Sabi Sand and Thornybush). I'm a pretty experienced action photographer (used to do a fair amount of paid newspaper photojournalism, primarily sports work), but haven't done too much wildlife/animal shooting

I'm also generally very minimalist traveler photo gear wise, as I hate lugging heavy stuff around. Typically I travel with just a GX-type body and a 17mm 1.8 prime. Sometimes will bring a 45mm 1.8 too. Haven't brought more than that on a trip in years.

I've settled on a Panasonic 100-300 4-5.6 as my big-gun telephoto. But trying to sort out the rest of the gear. Could use some advice on how useful a second body, and a 35-100 2.8 would be. Will the 100-300 be too long for the private game reserves?

I own the following: GX9, GX7, 100-300, 17mm, 45mm
(and lots of extra batteries and memory cards)

I'm considering the following kits:
1. True minimalist - GX9, 100-300, 17mm
2. Slightly heavier - GX9, GX7, 100-300, 17mm, 45mm
3. Heavier still - GX9, GX7, 100-300, 35-100, 17mm, 45mm

Thanks all!

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
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