Safari binoculars are one of the mostimportant items to take with you on your African safari because they enlarge the wildlife you are viewing and make them appear brighter in low light conditions.
Here's how to make sure you choose the best one to take with you.
Please note that most safari companies do supply one pair of binoculars to the
group but they are often of low quality and a little battered from
regular use and you will have to share them.
Missing something exciting like a cheetah running after an impala because
someone else has the binoculars can be frustrating as
can having to pass them to your travel mates when you actually still
want to watch that magnificent male lion disappearing into the distance.
How to Choose Your Best Safari Binoculars
When choosing binoculars it's best to determine what they are primarily
going to be used for because the characteristics necessary will differ
for each use.
So what are the essential characteristics that a binocular for safari use
It needs to have a high power of magnification
to be able to see the spots on a leopard but not too high
because there is no place for a tripod in a safari vehicle and a handheld
binocular with a very high magnification power is difficult
to keep still.
Because you will be out spotting wildlife in
the early morning and at dusk you need a binocular with a large outer diameter
and a decent exit pupil size to collect a lot of
light in these low light conditions
It needs to be light and
compact because you will be packing a lot of other things for your
safari and there are weight limitation considerations.
The roads in Africa can get rough and might cause you to drop your safari binoculars so they need to be tough to withstand accidental bumps and bashes.
The field of view needs
to be as wide as possible because you will be doing a lot of scanning
in areas enclosed by undergrowth, bushes and trees and the wider field
of view will help you spot the animals quickly in these conditions.
As this may be the first time you are going
to be seeing some of these wild animals you need to be able to see them
very clearly and therefore need the best quality prisms
and optical coatings to cut down on light
Eye relief is important
because you will probably be spending a lot of time on your safari
looking through your binoculars so it has to be comfortable especially
if you wear spectacles or sunglasses.
It mustn't cost the earth
because a safari is often a once in a lifetime experience and even
though you might use it on occasion back home it wont justify spending
the thousands which some of the best ones cost.
So based on all these factors this is the bestbinocular to take with you on an African safari:
8 x 42
Field of View: At least
330 ft at 1000 yards.
pupil size: 5.25 mm or more
relief: 18 or more
Prism and Coating: BAK-4
prism and Fully Multi-Coated surfaces
Not more than 30.1 oz. lbs.
Recommended Safari Binoculars Brands
following three brands conform well to all the specifications above and
I recommend them highly for an African safari...