We're going to Africa for Safari next month. We're amatures for sure, but want to be able to capture this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We'll probably only use this camera for this trip (we have a Digital Elf that we enjoy for everyday shooting) so we want the best quality we need but don't want to pay a bundle. Animals in the wild and at a distance will likely be the bulk of our shots. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
IMHO, get as familair with any camera you take with you as much as posssible. You may not want to go digital if you do not have a lot of extra batteries and electic access to charge them; there may also be an electric adapter/convertor issue to deal with in any foreign country.
To cover mammals and birds, you will probably need lenses in the 300-600mm range in order to fill the frame at a distance. It may be handy to remember that a 2 meter subject will fill the vertical frame at a distanc of 6 meters with a 105 mm lens, in 35 mm format.