Taking Photos on Your Kenya Walking Holiday - Top Tips

by Tony Maniscalco - Date: 2010-11-17 - Word Count: 546 Share This!

When you go on a guided walk on a Kenya walking holiday, one thing is for sure: you're going to want to take lots of photos. With all the incredible people, places and animals that you will encounter along the way, the photos that you take will provide you with valuable memories to take home with you, as well as a means to share all that you have experienced with your family and friends. But taking photos in Kenya is often not as simple as it seems, so read through this advice before you start snapping.

Photographing People

You'll encounter a whole range of fascinating people on your Kenya walking holiday, from exotic Maasai tribesmen to vibrantly dressed women. You may even be lucky enough to witness a Kenyan tribal ceremony during your guided walk, and the colours and costumes on display will be irresistible. However, always be careful before you take any photographs of people. Whenever it comes to taking photos of people in Kenya, you should exercise caution. Simply snapping away at anyone who looks interesting will not go down too well with the locals. You should always ask for permission before you take a photo. Some people will be happy for you to take their photo, but others will refuse outright and you will have to respect that. Some people might ask you for payment to take their photo, especially in areas with lots of tourists where local tribes have realised the business potential of charging for snaps. Whatever the situation, don't just go snapping away at anything you see and always ask first.

Photographing Animals

There's a chance that you might encounter some wild animals during your Kenya walking holiday, and if so it can be tempting to try and get even closer to capture that perfect photo. However, you should always remember that these are wild and potentially dangerous animals, so the advice is to keep your distance. Respect the fact that this is their natural environment and you are just a stranger passing through, and try instead to use a long-range zoom to capture great images whilst not encroaching on their space. If you are on foot you should also wear light colours that blend in with the surroundings, as this will draw less attention from the animals and help you to take photos without becoming too visible.

Photographing Buildings

If you are taking photos in more built-up areas on your Kenya walking holiday, such as in cities like Nairobi, then be very careful before you start snapping. There are strict rules surrounding taking photos of official buildings, including embassies, and if you are caught doing so then you could end up in a lot of trouble. If you are ever in doubt about what you can and cannot take photos of then it's always better not to take them in the first place.

Respect the Rules

You'll probably leave Kenya with hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on your digital camera following your Kenya walking experience, which you will be able to share with your friends and family to show them all of the amazing things that you have encountered. Just remember to respect the rules and customs surrounding taking photos of people, animals and buildings in Kenya, and you'll be sure to capture some amazing images.

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. They offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries. While in Kenya walking with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, you will see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices.n
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