Anne M Ohio
As part of a safari with another company, we were booked for a late afternoon/sunset "cruise" on the Chobe River. Cameras were provided with a very long telephoto lens (600 mm). The young woman (sorry, forgot her name) who helped us operate the camera also gave us wonderful tips for the best photos you can imagine. Shaw, the guide, was able to spot birds and wildlife from so far away, guide the boat to just the right spot, and keep it still so we could take photos. This ranks as one of the highlights of my 10 day safari. If you shoot raw, bring additional memory cards. I can't say enough good things about this!
a traveler Illinois, USA
In the world of nature the Pangolin is a rare animal, and in the world of photography Pangolin Photo Safaris is that rare company that delivers at the highest level in every capacity. Their equipment, from boats to seats/mounts to cameras/lenses (if you choose to use theirs) is unequaled. Their reservation staff and guides are the best. We have been on multiple day tours and will do so again, and we highly recommend them to family and friends. The best part is that it's not necessary to know much about photography to have a great time and take great photos. We have taken friends who aren't into photography, and they came away raving about their experience. But if you are a photographer, then you can count on having many brilliant photo opportunities. So if you're staying near Kasane or Victoria Falls, this is something you should seriously consider.
Johan Croukamp Zambia
What an experience!!! The overall safari was magnificanet and exceeded all expectations. Pangolin's arrangmeents for minitial reservation email exchanges, to seeing us off at Nairobi Airport at the end of the trip was above expectations. Our game viewing / sighting in the Mara was unbleeievalbe and everything one could have expected to see we ticked. Guts is BRILLIANT coach and MENTOR, making sure everybody got the shot and provided full time guidance as to the use of your own camera nad what you shoot expect to see and do taking the scene. BRILLIANT!! We stayed at The Mara Bush Camp, tucked away in the centre of all the Mara migration activities, which allowed us early access to all possible sightings. This mobile tented camp has everything one can reasonable expect for a tented safari, hundreds kilometres away from infrastructure. I will have no hesitation recommending Pangolin, Guts, Andreas, Maasai Mara & the Mara Bush Camp to any proposed visitor to the area or using the services of Pangolin in any of their activities.
a traveler Washington, USA
We don't personally carry fancy cameras and are amateur photographers at best. But this tour was booked for us as part of our stay at Beyond Chobe Under Canvas, and I am so glad we were able to experience this. We received great instruction on what to do, and expertly maneuvered around the river for maximum light and animal exposure. The pictures come out stunning, even for an inexperienced photographer like me. The mounts make it easy to move around with such heavy equipment, and the swivel chairs help you mostly stay out of each other's way to get great viewing from any part of the boat. This was our first visit to Botswana and we've never done a photo safari before, but if we return to Chobe National Park I'd definitely do this tour again. The only thing I'd change is that next time perhaps sit farther from my partner; perhaps we'd get less similar shots if we had different viewing angles.
Joe R Georgia, USA
Each boat seats eight passengers. Everyone is provided a long lens camera and instruction and tips for taking great wildlife shots. You will learn how to zoom, frame, and take action shots like birds in flight. The plentiful wildlife gives you lots of photos ops. At the end of the tour each person is provided with the memory card from the camera so they can have all the shots they took.