As a Professional Hunter there is certain tools of the trade that I just cannot do without, and a good pair of binoculars is one of them.
I would feel completely lost and inadequate without my binoculars when hunting with clients. Apart from the obvious of being able to see far distances, their other uses are almost endless. I have used my binoculars to steady my rifle on a rock before taking the shot and taken pictures of animals or specific areas with my phone through my binoculars.
Scanning the African bush not only looking for animals to hunt but rather the right animal to hunt, a good set of binoculars is invaluable. My binoculars help me to judge an animal’s characteristics, does it meet the criteria my client is looking for? Binoculars can take a situation from “I don’t see anything out there, all the animals must be gone.” To “Right there behind that bush, I just saw a tail flick and it could be a Kudu.”
The years of guiding and having the privilege to hunt alongside many different people, has given me the opportunity to see and test out various brands, types and quality binoculars. I wanted this brief but to the point blog, to highlight my Top 5 Binoculars For An African Hunting Safari. The choice of these five binoculars is purely my own, I don’t receive any form of sponsorship from these companies, and draw my review from chatting with my clients that brought them to Africa and physically seeing them “perform” under African hunting conditions.
For the magnification and objective lens diameter I am sticking with 10x42s. You may have your preference and I have mine. For me there really isn’t much need for a higher magnification, unless you’re into long range shooting, especially on a hunting safari and I’ll leave it at that. (That’s a topic for another blog).
Each of the binoculars mentioned in this blog have met all the criteria I use when purchasing binoculars. It’s a simple list, but an effective one.
- Lightweight, yet durable and tough
- Waterproof, nitrogen purged and well sealed against condensation
- Scratch resistant lenses
- Excellent glass quality producing a crisp view that can be easily focused
- Reasonable price range. Not cheap, but an amount I am to happy to pay knowing I will get at least 5-7 years use out of this product
- Good grip and feel to the binoculars. Fairly compact and streamlined.
- Does the manufacturer have a good reputation, offering quality customer and after-sales service?
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Vortex Diamondback 10x42s - $389.99
Carson 3D Series HD 10x42s - $323.98
Maven C1 Series ED 10x42s - $350.00
Zeiss Terra ED 10x42s - $499.99
Bushnell Trophy Roof Prism 10x42s - $130.11