ES­SEN­TIAL GEAR YOUR HANDS-FREE SA­FARI KIT LIST

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01 Mono­pod

In or­der to lower the cam­era to the ground a light­weight mono­pod, like the Man­frotto here, is ideal, but if you don’t have a mono­pod then sim­ply ex­tend one leg of your tri­pod in­stead.

02 dslr with wi-fi

A cam­era with Wi-fi built in, like the 5D Mark IV, is es­sen­tial. It also of­fers 30.4Mp and ex­cep­tional low-light per­for­mance, which is in­valu­able in the beau­ti­ful but dim light of dawn and dusk.

03 phone

You need an Ap­ple or An­droid phone with the free-to-down­load Canon Cam­era Con­nect app. Be­sides op­er­at­ing the cam­era, the app can trans­fer im­ages and add GPS tags.

04 spare bat­ter­ies

The Wi-fi func­tion will drain your bat­ter­ies much quicker than nor­mal cam­era op­er­a­tion, so bring along spares. Re­mote shoot­ing also drains your phone bat­tery, so keep a car charger to hand.

05 long lens

You need a tele­photo lens to frame dis­tant an­i­mals. We used 70-200mm and 100-400mm lenses, plus a 1.4x tele­con­verter, which gave us a max­i­mum reach of 560mm on the 100-400mm lens.

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