Rhinoceros’ are serious creatures. What do I mean? Well up close they look like that giant bully from 6th grade gym class that you never wanted to cross. In other words, intensely dangerous. Their skin looks impenetrable, and up close those horns are more intimidating than you’d think. Unlike hyenas or even zebras, Rhinoceros’ never appear to smile, I’m serious! In fact, to me they constantly look like they’re going to attack. Thankfully this one didn’t!
Wildlife Photography Tip: A zoom lens is a must for wildlife photography. Although some animals may allow you to get close, you’re better off keeping a bit of distance. For example, a rhino’s horn is lethal, do you really want a rhinoceros chasing you through the bush? They’re big but I’m sure they can run faster than you for 100 yards. On the upside, rhino’s won’t climb a tree to get you, they’ll just walk around below slamming into the tree truck until they get tired or you fall out. Consider that your life lesson for the day!
We took this photo in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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IF YOU GO: Check out our African Safari guide, which has great tips and advice for helping you plan a safari or wildlife adventure. South Africa is easily accessible from the United States, there are daily flights from NYC and DC to Johannesburg, from there you can easily catch an internal flight to Capetown. We wrote a guide to South Africa that you may find helpful. South Africa is a popular starting point or end point for overlanding Africa (Capetown to Cairo or vice versa). It’s a very popular tourist destination in and of itself.