Frequently Asked Questions
What is a GID Photo Safari like?
Revealing Africa to you is what a GID Photos Safari is about using photography as the medium to express and share our love for nature.
When you travel with GID Photo Safaris and our guides you, enter into our world where we grew up. All of us have spent innumerable hours in Africa studying its whims and understanding its nature.
So when you join us on Safari, it is about sharing the large and scary but also the small and dainty of Africa with you.
We are serious about what we do, but we love some fun too.
Expect more than just a few laughs, a bit of relaxing at times, but mostly some beautiful moments that complement the brilliant photography while with us.
We welcome you to a safari like we would welcome you into our home.
When is the best time to visit South Africa?
The most simple decision will be which destinations in the country or combination of destinations to visit on your safari?
There is never a bad season to visit South Africa.
In South Africa, we have a summer and winter rainfall areas.
Our main destinations are located in the Summer Rainfall areas where you can expect warm summer and cold winters with snow not uncommon in the mountains.
Having lived in South Africa our entire lives, we use our local knowledge of the various destinations and ecosystems to ensure that our safaris run at the best times of year to facilitate excellent photography and adventures.
What if I am an amateur photographer?
We do not discriminate with regards to your camera ability.
Come with an open mind and you will walk away with amazing images.
Many non-photographers and also professional photographers join us on safari.
We foster a unique environment whereby each person’s skills will be catered for, and each person on a safari has an equal opportunity to learn and gain insight into taking better images.
What about medicine, vaccinations and travel insurance ?
- As we are not a medical institution, please check in with your local travel clinic or doctor for full and comprehensive advice.
- It is imperative that you take out your comprehensive travel insurance and travel with a copy of it.
- When traveling international we have found the following general items to pack:
- Antihistamine cream and tablets for any insect bites or allergic reactions
- Any medicine or ointments that you would usually take at home
- Mosquito repellent
- Re-hydrant sachets
- Disinfectant or antibiotic cream
- Lots of high (30+) factor sunblock
What amount of spending money should I bring along?
Our tours cover all travel, food and accommodation costs (unless otherwise stated).
Spending money for souvenirs, curios, and books.
You can budget roughly USD $50.00 – $75.00 per person per day.
What to bring on safari?
We will send a comprehensive packing list of what to bring on safari on the booking confirmation.
A handy checklist for your safari remembers to keep it simple.
– Anti-malaria prophylactics
– Comfortable, sturdy ankle length thick-soled walking boots
– Binoculars, camera, and accessories (remember spare batteries)
– Casual lightweight cotton, cargo pants, jeans, khaki, olive or neutral colored clothes for safari
– Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drive or cold evenings
– Shorts & cotton T-shirts
– Swimming costume
– Wide-brimmed hat
– Personal toiletries, high factor sunscreen and lip creams
Autumn and Winter months (May to September)
Warm clothes (thick jacket, scarf) will be needed for evening activities and high altitudes.
Light sweaters are sufficient for midday.
Spring and Summer months (October to April)
Neutral colored light cotton clothing, T-shirts, and shorts for everyday wear.
Jeans or safari trousers for evening wear.
Take a durable soft-sided duffle bag is the most practical for your safari.
IPAD/tablet – Make sure you bring your IPAD / tablet with apps for mammals, birds, trees on safaris. You will not need to pack reference books as most will be available as an app. Please contact us for references to these apps.
Binoculars – It is important to bring a quality pair of binoculars, we prefer 8 x 42 and 10 x 42 roof prism binoculars for game and bird viewing, binoculars will enhance your safari experience and its well worth the investment.