Are you searching for an African photo safari? ORYX Photographic Expeditions surely has one of the most outstanding destinations available. Visit the best known protected areas on Botswana photo safari. Expose yourself to some of the most exceptional wildlife animals on the planet. You have to make this photographer’s playground not to be missed. Leave your incredible safari images of Botswana!
During your 5-day safari vacation, you will stay at Tubu Tree Camp. Located on Hunda Island and nestled amongst a canopy of trees overlooking a seasonal riverbed, Little Tubu offers an exceptional and intimate bush experience. The style of the camp and the setting create an authentic sense of being in a remote wilderness and truly on safari in comfort and style, but unquestionably in a wild place among the prolific wildlife.
On the first day of your Botswana photo safari, you will depart for Maun on a scheduled flight to your isolated camp in the world famous place, The Okavango Delta. Traversing the delta by air will be spectacular as the largest river on earth that does not flow into the sea spills out onto the sands of the Kalahari, creating a green mosaic of waterways and islands that are both visually appealing and filled with game. After check in and having lunch, you will set off on your first afternoon game drive in search of The Okavango Delta’s famous residents. Your safari vacation will be guided by Penny Robartes.
In the central region of Jao Concession, vast open floodplains provide some of the most stunning scenery of the region with beautiful islands fringed with riverine vegetation. Further west, the area gets progressively drier. It is Hunda Island. The island is known as the tip of a large sand tongue and the largest area of dry land in the vicinity during the flood season. Hunda Island has sandveld vegetation supporting many species of nutritious acacia and grewia shrubs which will provide an excellent browsing for the game on your Botswana photo safari.
Jao Concession boasts healthy numbers of sitatunga and red lechwe. However, the former species is shy and rarely seen. Hippos and Nile crocodiles are regularly sighted on Botswana photo safaris to this area. In the drier parts of the concession, tsessebes, elephants, blue wildebeests, and plains zebras occur while lions are regularly sighted as well. Sightings of the cheetah are occasional. However, what elevates this area with regards its photographic opportunities is the leopard viewing which is rightly regarded as some of the best views in the whole of The Okavango Delta. The general game viewing, the pristine Okavango Delta scenery, and the leopards of Tubu Tree Camp will make this a photo safari not to be missed.
After your final morning safari and breakfast, you will depart from Tubu Tree Camp on a light aircraft back to Maun where your Botswana photo safari will sadly come to an end.
Penny holds a degree in film and media and attended a photo school in Cape Town where she has created extensive portfolios. Her passion for wildlife leads her to the wildlife photographic industry where one of her avenues was in marketing and head of sales. Having recently joined ORYX Photographic Expeditions, she is now responsible for marketing and strategy as well as being a junior tour guide for ORYX Photographic Expeditions.
Botswana is globally renowned as an African photographic safari destination that offers a true wilderness and arguably some of the finest landscapes as well as wildlife for discerning professional and amateur photographers alike. As if this wasn’t enough, aside from its pristine wilderness and a huge variety of iconic African birds and wildlife, the country is also one of the safest and most stable nations in Africa.
The Okavango Delta has an area known for its photographic opportunities. The area is Jao Concession which is rightly regarded as some of the best areas in the whole of The Okavango Delta for its leopard viewing. Lying in a particularly scenic part of the delta, Jao Concession embodies all the magic and mystique of The Okavango Delta. Narrow water channels cut their way through the papyrus and reed beds in the permanent delta to the north and east of the concession providing the perfect environment for the elusive sitatunga and the rare Pel’s Fishing-Owl. Beautiful lush palm islands dot the water begging to be explored.
Jao Concession is a wildlife paradise and birding is exceptional with large concentrations of endangered wattled crane as well as the sought after slaty egrets, rosy-throated longclaws, Pel’s fishing-owls, and lesser jacanas. The drier western areas are ideal for crimson-breasted shrikes, Dickinson’s kestrels, and Meyer’s parrots.
Close to the panhandle in The Okavango Delta’s north-west, the revered 60.000 hectares of Jao Concession’s vegetation varies from east to west from the magical Jao Flats (the picturesque floodplains with lush islands and riparian forest) to the drier Hunda Island which is the largest area of dry land locally during the annual inundation and covered in Acacia and Mopane woodlands.