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7 Days Chobe Wildlife Photography Safari

  • Chobe National Park, South Africa

7 Days Chobe Wildlife Photography Safari

  • Chobe National Park, South Africa

Chobe National Park Photography Safari Holiday

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.

Highlights

  • 2 game drives per day
  • Cultural visits and walks
  • Daily cruises on The Chobe River
  • Expert photo guidance from a professional instructor and host
  • 7 breakfasts, seven lunches, six dinners, and drinks
  • Park fees, fishing licenses, and tourism levies
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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Pangolin tented camp

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 houseboat

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2 and 3

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.

Day 4, 5, and 6

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.

Day 7

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.

  • Game viewing and photography at Chobe National Park
  • Game viewing and photography at Chobe River
  • Janine

    With the skills and experiences that Janine has, she'll guide you to get your best safari photos.

  • Charl

    Charl will guide you on the photography activities in the wild.

  • Sabine

    Sabine is a photo guide in Pangolin. She'll help you to get the best photo shoot in your safari.

  • Liza

    Liza is the head guide in Pangolin. You'll met her in Cape Town photo tours.

Chobe National Park

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.

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.

  • 2 game drives per day
  • 3 nights accommodation at Pangolin tented camp in Chobe National Park
  • 3 nights accommodation at Pangolin voyager houseboat
  • 7 breakfasts, seven lunches, six dinners, and drinks
  • Airport transfers to Kasane International Airport (BBK)
  • Cultural visits and walks
  • Daily cruises on The Chobe River in our photo boats
  • Expert photo guidance from a Pangolin photo host
  • Fishing licences
  • Park fees
  • Tourism levies
  • Camera equipment
  • Gratuities, laundry, and items of a personal nature
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa fees if applicable

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Anne M from Ohio
    9 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Illinois, USA
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Johan Croukamp from Zambia
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from Washington, USA
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Joe R from Georgia, USA
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from California
    9 out of 10

    "Staff were friendly and very helpful with photo tips. Would help us take the camera on / off the mounts if desired. Chobe was an amazing place to photograph, especially on the river with the many animals coming down for a drink. We saw hippos, giraffes, crocs, a lion, elephants, monkeys and water buffalo. Along with too many birds to name!"

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