Apps For Your Next Safari

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The number of safari field guides that are now available for smartphones and tablets is constantly on the rise. I haven’t been able to try all of them out, but I wanted to share with you some of what’s available. Some highly rated apps:

  • The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals – iTunes or Android
  • Audubon African Wildlife – iTunes
  • African Birds Wildlife Guide – iTunes
  • E-guide to Birds of East Africa – Android
  • eGuide to Mammals of South Africa iTunes or Android

Not rated but look fun:

  • Tracks of Central & East African MammalsiTunes
  • Safari List – East AfricaAndroid
  • African Mammals HDiTunes

Of course, field guides aren’t the only apps that come in handy during a safari. Other useful apps include currency converters, photo editing apps, and translation apps.

Are there any apps that you’ve found indispensable on safari? Share them with us in the comments or on Facebook!

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(Note: Several safari apps you’ll find for iTunes and Android include the option to log sightings. With some apps, the GPS coordinates get uploaded to the internet to be viewed by other app users. Some conservation groups recommend against logging and sharing sightings on such apps, because they can be used by poachers to track wildlife.)