We rate binoculars as the number one safari essential. Find out why and also get more information on binocular selection, setting up your binoculars, and understanding what all the names and numbers mean.
Without doubt, binoculars are the number one safari essential. A pair of high-quality binoculars are vitally important to the success of your safari - and also contribute towards your safety while on safari. We quite simply would not go on safari without a good pair of binoculars. Not only do good binoculars bring distant wildlife closer to you, vastly improving on the depth of your safari experience, but they also allow you to remain a safe distance away from the larger mammals - and potentially dangerous wildlife such as crocodiles and snakes - while still appreciating their natural behaviour and details of their species up close and personal, albeit through a lens. We recommend that you take at least one pair of good binoculars per couple, with one pair per person the ideal so that neither of you miss out when viewing the same hunt or nesting bird and when your guide is pointing out something you need binoculars to see. While this does depend on the quality of the optics, the general rule is that 10x42 binoculars are the ideal combination of magnification (10x) and aperture (42mm) for optimal wildlife viewing. This advice applies to just about any safari activity and we always take a high quality pair of 10x42 binoculars as standard on any safari. Some clients who are birders do prefer a smaller magnification of 8x for forest birding as it allows for a greater field of view. Again, however, we have never felt the need for a greater field of view even when forest birding and instead feel that ensuring that the lenses are of a very good standard and that the aperture is wide enough to let sufficient light in - especially in low-light situations - is more important.Shop Safari Binoculars >