This "Botswana Explorer" photographic safari will take you to the two major attractions in Botswana, the Okavango Delta in Khwai Concession and the mighty Chobe River in the Chobe National Park. The delta is the ultimate wildlife Eden offering amazing photo opportunities that include wild dog, lion, leopard, and incredible bird photography. Botswana is also a host to one-quarter of Africa’s entire elephant population, so continuous encounters with large herds are not uncommon.
The first night upon your arrival will be spent in Maun at Thamalakane River Lodge or Royal Tree Lodge. The following morning after breakfast, you will be transferred via air charter to Machaba Camp or Sable Alley, Camp where you will spend the next four nights. Another air transfer then will take you to Kasane where the remaining four nights will be spent onboard the Ichobezi Safari Boat deep in the Chobe National Park.
Upon your arrival at Maun Airport (MUB), you will be met and transferred to the selected lodge, located just outside Maun. Mario Moreno, your safari leader, will be expecting you and will join you for dinner during which he will give you a pre-trip briefing.
After breakfast, a short 35-minute light aircraft charter flight will take you to the designated airstrip in the heart of the Okavango Delta for your four nights' stay. After settling in at the camp, you will have time to take in the stunning views of the lush surroundings or prepare your photographic gear before lunch.
From here, you will explore the private concession in search of photographic opportunities of species adapted to an aquatic life like the red lechwes and sitatungas. Wild dogs, lions, and leopards are some of the predators you will be looking out for. General games will be plentiful and some of the bird species to look out for are the African skimmer, Goliath heron, saddle-billed storks, tawny eagles, and the fish eagle that will add the soundtrack to your days at the camp.
A total of eight game drives and optional motorized boat sessions (perfect for bird and hippo photography) will be enjoyed at the camp. The duration of each game drive will be three to four hours.
Off-road driving is permitted during this leg of the trip since you are in Private Concessions. There will be plenty of time for casual photo talks and workshops during the relaxed hours of the day for those interested.
Each day will start with a wake-up call before sunrise with coffee or tea in preparation for the morning photo session. At around 09:30, you will be back for brunch followed by a free time that will be used to relax or join Mario for a casual photo workshop where images will be reviewed and processed.
Some snacks, drinks, coffee, and tea will be served just before you leave on your evening game drive around 15:30 which will go on until the sun sets. After that, you will return back to camp for drinks by the campfire before dinner is served, putting an end to a fantastic day in the Delta.
After an early morning photo session, you will return to the camp for a well-deserved breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip for a flight to Kasane for the second part of this safari. You will go to the northern section of Chobe National Park where you will spend four nights on-board the Ichobezi Safari Boat that will dock along the Chobe River in different locations right where the action is.
This boat trip will guarantee plenty photo opportunities that will include large herds of elephant by the Chobe River which we will try to capture at sunset for a memorable African landscape. The puku is a rare antelope that occurs only in this area and that you will try to find. For bird photography, amazing colonies of southern carmine bee-eater in season and fish eagles which are abundant will present great photo opportunities.
After being transferred to the safari boat and settling in, you will have some time to unwind from your journey. Lunch will be served while slowly cruising deep into Chobe.
After lunch, you will have some time to prepare your photographic gear for the first afternoon session on the ohotographic motorized boat at around 15:00. You will be looking out for herds of elephants that usually come down to the river every afternoon and will be pursuing amazing close up and low angle shots of these giants from the water.
All water sessions will take approximately three - four hours, but will depend on sightings so times are flexible. Right after sunset, you will be heading back to the accommodation for drinks before dinner is served at 20:00, putting an end to the first day in Chobe.
During the following days the safari boat will change locations in search of different opportunities. A total of eight photo sessions will be enjoyed.
After your last early morning photo session on the photographic boat, you will return to the safari boat for a hearty breakfast before being transferred to Kasane Airport (BBK) for a chartered flight back to Maun to connect with your flights back home.
Note: Non-photographers are welcome to this safari.
Mario has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to explore the African continent with an intense passion. From the great plains of the Serengeti, the floodplains of the Okavango, the harsh lands of the Kalahari, and to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
You will explore two main attractions in Botswana during this safari, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
The delta is produced by seasonal flooding. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times of its permanent size, it attracts animals from kilometers around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. Chief’s Island is the largest island in the delta. Historically, it was reserved as an exclusive hunting area for the chief. It now provides the core area for much of the resident wildlife when the waters rise.
The park is located in northern Botswana and has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. It is the most diverse and, by size, is the third largest park in the country after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park. It is also the country's first national park and has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. Approximately 70,000 roam freely in Chobe. There are three distinct areas in Chobe which are Serondela, the Savute Marsh, and the Linyanti Marsh.
All meals which include breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be served per day during your safari trip. Selected beverages such as mineral water, tea, and coffee will also be prepared for you. South Cape Images can cater for special medical dietary requirements, please let them know at the time of booking. A small surcharge may be necessary depending on your requirements.
There are spa treatments available at Machaba Camp.
Please book your flight to arrive at Maun Airport (MUB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. South Cape Images will pick you up from the airport.
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