Wildlife Photography Chobe and Delta Botswana
Chobe and Delta Botswana-(7 Days/6 Nights)
01 October 2019 – 31 December 2020.
This safari visits two of the most iconic and abundant rivers in the region – The Chobe and The Okavango Delta. You will spend the first half of the safari onboard the houseboat The Pangolin Voyager followed by a stay at the fantastic Bushman Plains Camp deep in The Okavango Delta. This package is designed for a small group of guests (up to eight) wanting to have the houseboat and the camp exclusively to themselves.
Botswana has given over a huge proportion of its land mass to nature conservation and the beating heart has to be the Okavango Delta. This UNESCO world heritage site is fed by flood waters from the Angolan highlands and is some of the most pristine and unspoiled bushveld in the world. The network of islands and channels is ever changing depending on the season and the water levels and is home to every photographic subject you could hope to capture.
We have hand-picked properties and operators who we work with, and trust, to offer our guests the best wildlife photography experience possible.
More and more we have noticed a trend in families and groups of friends with common interests, such as wildlife photography, seeking out an exclusive safari experience where they can have the lodge or camp (or as in this case houseboat) all to themselves.
In response to this we have teamed up with Bushman Plains in the Okavango Delta which not only offers the most fantastic and intimate bush experience but also has the same number of tents as we have cabins on the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat.
We suggest that to make the most of both destinations then a minimum of three nights needs to be spent in each and is really suitable for groups of four to eight guests with any children ideally aged nine and above.
The itinerary can be in either order but here is what you can expect at each location:
Our floating lodge is moored on the Namibian side of the Chobe river and ranges between The Kasai channel to the East and Serondela in the West. We have three mooring points where you will spend each night. The houseboat has five cabins and can sleep up to ten people, but we normally suggest a maximum of eight. This allows a couple of members of the family or group who might require their own cabin to be accommodated. Alternatively, this allows for the addition of a private photo guide or pilot to also be accommodated onboard too. Each of the ensuite and airconditioned cabins can be made up as double or twin beds.
During the day you will have access to an eight-seater photographic boat as well as another tender boat for general game viewing. Each of the seats on the photo boat rotates 360 degrees and is fitted with a camera mount which can easily be removed for accompanying non-photographers. When you go out on the photo boat and for how long is entirely up to you. This is your private charter and the schedule of activities is yours to decide upon. The guides will be on hand to head out at a moment’s notice – with a freshly filled cooler box!
The beauty of having a private charter is that you will immediately feel at home and should you just want to relax on the sundeck with a good book and a cold drink then that is entirely your prerogative too. The chefs onboard will keep you well fed throughout the day and you will have access to the well-stocked bar either to help yourself or have one of the crew fix you a drink. We can cater for most dietary requirements and if you are celebrating a special occasion a cake and a tray of bubbly can miraculously appear from the galley right on queue if desired!
Your professional photographer is there to assist you with numerous ideas and hints in making your pictures creative and assisting in getting more out of your camera. From:
-Freezing the action with the right shutter speed
-Getting creative with Depth of Field and a crocodile
-Mastering Sunset Silhouettes in The Chobe.
– High Key Wildlife Photography – getting it right first time.
-Using Manual Focus – when an object is in front of your subject.
-How to shoot an African Fish Eagle.
-High Key Image Capture and Lightroom Editing.
-Kingfisher on a kill – Using the “bokeh” (soft blurring) effect.
Included in package:
Airport meet and greet in Kasane
Transfer to The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
3 nights on the houseboat on a full board basis
Use of the Pangolin photo boats and all other activities
Transfer to Kasane International
3 nights Bushman Plains
Twice daily game drives (4 per vehicle)
Seasonal Mokoro cruise
All meals and drinks
Charter flights: Kasane – Kadizora – Maun
All park and conservancy fees
Day 1-3: Chobe Voyager Houseboat
DAY 4-6: Delta-Bushman Plains
The Chobe one of the best wildlife photography destinations in Southern Africa – if not the whole continent.