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This safari will be hosted by one of the Pangolin photo hosts who will be on hand throughout to help you make the most of each photo opportunity and your post production editing in between drives and cruises. This offers probably the most varied photo and game viewing opportunities in Chobe spectacular park with excellent guides whose knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and positioning for photography are without compare.
Pangolin's tented camp is located in the western reaches of Chobe National Park. This camp comprises five large walk in tents each with their own private en-suite toilet and shower facilities. There are real beds with linen, blankets, and pillows and plenty of room for luggage and camera gear. In front of the tent is a shaded stoop with a wash basin and a couple of chairs. This is not your average camping experience, but rather a comfortable rustic tented lodge deep in the African bush.
Pangolin voyager is five cabin houseboat, which voyages along the magnificent Chobe River. The Pangolin voyager changes mooring points every night as Pangolin moves along the river so you will always sleep in a different location on-board Pangolin floating lodge.
You will start your safari by being collected from Kasane International Airport (BBK), the gateway to Chobe National Park, and being driven through to Pangolin's tented camp in the western reaches of park.
During the day, the photo host will conduct editing sessions around the dining table under the awning. There is a solar powered inverter for charging both laptop and camera batteries.
During the day you will do game drives around the hills and floodplains leading to the river surrounding the camp. Pangolin has a rule of a maximum of six clients per game viewing vehicle (two per row) and each seat is equipped with custom swing arm on which to rest your camera. Each person will have a window seat.The area is fantastic for sightings of plains game like zebra and giraffe along with regular sightings of large herds of elephants, buffaloes, and prides of lions. The area is also excellent for leopard and wild dog viewing.
At this point you should point out that this is a wilderness experience and there are no fences around the camp but Pangolin believes that if you are going to the bush you should be in the bush. The animals are not interested in coming into the camp and if they do you will be made aware by the staff as to what to do allowing you to thoroughly enjoy this natural encounter.
Pangolin will transport you through to the eastern side of Chobe National Park where you will be collected by the guides from The Pangolin Voyager, Pangolin's five cabin houseboat, which voyages along the magnificent Chobe River.
From the houseboat, you will have a very different wildlife experience as you literally look back onto the land you have spent the last four days exploring. The game viewing on the houseboat is done on small photo boats with four custom built photo chairs on each. The chairs are equipped with camera mounts and are able to rotate 360 degrees.
From the river, you can expect to see plenty of elephants coming to drink, as well as large populations of hippos, antelopes, and multiple species of birds including fish eagles, jacanas, pygmy geese, and kingfishers. Game viewing and photography on the river is spectacular but should you wish you can also try your hand at some tiger fishing or even go and visit a local village to meet the inhabitants and learn about their way of life. When you are on The Pangolin Voyager the itinerary is yours to design. You are just as welcome to enjoy the sun deck with a good book or do other activities.
On the final day Pangolin bid you farewell and wish you a wonderful onward journey whether it be back to your home or onward to The Okavango Delta for some more time in the bush perhaps or even the wine lands and coastline of Cape Town in South Africa.
With the skills and experiences that Janine has, she'll guide you to get your best safari photos.
Charl will guide you on the photography activities in the wild.
Sabine is a photo guide in Pangolin. She'll help you to get the best photo shoot in your safari.
Liza is the head guide in Pangolin. You'll met her in Cape Town photo tours.
Chobe National Park, put simply, is a photographer’s paradise. The park itself covers a staggering 11,700 square kilometers but the greatest concentration of game is to be found along its northern borders on The Chobe River. Chobe National Park is home to a variety of habitats including floodplains, baobab trees, mopane trees, acacia woodlands, and verdant flood grasslands next to the Chobe River.
This magnificent river runs along the northern border of the Chobe National Park in Botswana. On a game drive exploring the water’s edge you may encounter a number of animals at any time including puka, lechwe, and waterbuck, which can only be found in this part of Botswana. A river cruise allows a different vantage point as onlookers get the chance to see crocodile, hippo, and other aquatic animals up close. There is also a large array of aquatic birds to be found.
The camp staff are on hand to prepare three meals a day, enough ice in your drinks, and to ensure that you have hot water whenever you need it for the shower at your tent. Meals are taken around a long table set up under an awning which doubles as a media center for mid afternoon photo editing. In the evenings you are invited to spend time around the camp fire with your favorite tipple and enjoy the sense of being immersed in nature.
Pangolin's superb chefs will keep you well fed throughout your stay with snacks and meals produced in the galley. There are plenty of drinks on-board and these are included in the package as they are at the tented camp too.
On day four you may walk on a local baobab covered island.
Please book your flights to Kasane International Airport (BBK). Transfers from and to the airport are included in the price. Pangolin will have the driver / guide send to pick you up from the airport.