Capture Botswana - An Instructional Photographic Safari

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Highlights

  • Lead by specialist photographic guide, Wim Voster
  • A one off, small group departure
  • A range of stunning natural environments
  • Africa’s iconic wildlife at close range
  • Specially adapted vehicles and facilities

Key Facts

  •   Botswana

  •   Great for single travellers and photography enthusiasts

  •   12 days

 

Botswana is blessed with some of the best wildlife viewing on earth coupled with pristine natural environments, staggering diversity and some of the finest guides in Africa. This safari takes in the world famous Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, with access to top notch photographic facilities and instruction, all in the company of specialist photographic guide, Wim Vorster.

This itinerary begins at the iconic Victoria Falls where you will take a private walking tour of the Zimbabwean side of the falls and visit Livingstone Island perched on the edge of the thundering mass of water- the best vantage point! From the falls you’ll head to Chobe National Park, known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo which converge photogenically along the banks of the Chobe river, before heading to the Okavango Delta where you’ll glide silently through serene water channels capturing the birds and wildlife at close range. The watery environment here lends itself to some beautiful photography with intense colours of the vegetation, flowers, birdlife and blue sky. Away from the water, game drives will showcase Botswana’s huge diversity of wildlife including lions, leopards and critically endangered African wild dogs.

Throughout the safari you will be guided by renowned wildlife photographer and videographer Wim Vorster, who has produced work for the likes of National Geographic and Animal Planet. At the same time you will have full use of a range of multi-terrain vehicles, specially adapted photographic boats and state of the art photographic equipment and editing facilities.

Whether you are an avid photographer looking to hone your wildlife photography skills or a keen ametuer looking to learn in the field, this safari boasts the best instruction, facilities and guiding coupled with the world’s finest wildlife and natural habitats.

Read the blog: Is Botswana the best destination in the world for wildlife photography?

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Victoria Falls | 2 nights                

Welcome to Zimbabwe. You will be met at Victoria Falls airport and privately transferred to your luxury safari lodge where you will meet your guide, Wim Vorster.  As guests may arrive at different times, this afternoon will be at leisure to settle in, relax and rest after your travels. Should you wish to explore the area there is an extensive range of activities available including helicopter rides over the falls, bungee jumping, rafting,a tour of the historic tram and bridge or a boat ride to the beautiful Livingstone Island.

Day 2 | Victoria Falls                

Enjoy a private walking tour of Victoria Falls, guided by Wim, with plenty of opportunity for photography. In the afternoon spend some time in a specially designed hide by a waterhole to practise your photography without time constraint and capture wildlife up close as it comes to drink.

Days 3 - 5 | Chobe National Park | 3 nights

Transfer by road to the Botswana border, cross and travel to Chobe National Park. Check into Pangolin Chobe Lodge and spend the next three days photographing the area’s rich wildlife by boat, Landcruiser and Unimog vehicle, under the friendly instruction of Wim. You may to explore the area on foot with a guided bush walk or simply lay back and relax with a sundowner on a sunset river cruise.

Days 6 - 8 | Khwai | 3 nights

Take a quick flight from Kasane to the Okavango Delta where you will check in to Pangolin Khwai Camp on the north east fringes of the delta. Explore the waterways, lagoons and islands by mekoro (traditional dug out canoe), boat and 4x4 vehicle enjoying top guiding and photographic instruction from Wim.

Days 9 - 11 | Okavango Delta | 3 nights

Take a quick flight to the heart of the Okavango Delta and check in to Pom Pom camp which lies on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve and offers superb Okavango scenery. Spend your days game driving, boating and canoeing and enjoying spectacular sunsets with sundowners as you photograph your surroundings.

Day 12 | End of safari              

Today your safari will come to a close. Transfer the airstrip to begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements, armed with a new portfolio of photographic masterpieces.

Guiding & facilities

Throughout the safari you will enjoy a range of specially adapted boats and vehicles driven by guides who are astute in predicting animal behaviour and are highly trained in photographic positioning.

A maximum of four photographers on each game drive ensures everyone enjoys an unrestricted view and beanbags and mounts provide stability and support heavy lenses. Boats are fitted with rotating chairs, multi-directional lens mounts and plenty of space for extra lenses and gear. Seat configuration is carefully designed to limit any potential obstruction by the adjacent photographer and a high level roof provides necessary shade with impeding the ability to capture birds in flight. The Pangolin Unimog is a unique off road vehicle, able to tackle almost any terrain whatever the weather and guests can freely move around to photograph from either side of the vehicle at any particular sighting. Specialist photographic guides are on hand to assist and educate you and when you return to the lodges and camp, editing suites and presentation rooms are yours to use at leisure.

About Wim Vorster

After finishing school in Pretoria (South Africa), Wim undertook his national diploma in nature conservation at the Tshwane University of Technology. He did his “in-service” training in the Natal midlands, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. Keen to continue with his studies Wim then completed his B-tech degree in Nature conservation, chosing the social structurea and feeding ecology of the secretive brown hyaena as the topic for his research project. 

Starting work at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve bordering the world famous Kruger National Park as a field guide, Wim was further promoted as head ranger at Earth Lodge. During his time at Sabi Sabi Wim also completed his FGASA (Field Guides Association of southern Africa) level 1, 2 & 3 qualifications and discovered a true passion for predators & wildlife photography. His wife, Mags, joined him as a field guide at the world famous Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve where she fine-tuned her passion for nature, photography and also completed her FGASA level 1 guiding qualification. Together they continued to manage a range of top level safari camps whilst simultaneously building their photographic portfolios and completing a prestigious wildlife filmmaking course in Botswana.

As a well-qualified and experienced safari guide and wildlife photographer Wim started leading freelance photographic safaris to various wilderness destinations in southern Africa and soon became renowned for his relaxed style and expert instruction. He is now considered one of Botswana’s finest photographic guides.

Wim's work to date

You can see Wim’s impressive portfolio of photographic work here: Wim Vorster: Wild Web Africa

Work in videography to date includes ‘meerkats in 3D’ for WildEarth TV, “The Gang series” (Animal Planet) “Caught in the Act S6” (Nat Geo Wild) “Brothers in Blood: Lions of Sabi Sands” (Discovery International) and “African Rivers Wild” (Animal Planet). Wim and Maggs’ latest work ‘“Savage Kingdom 2” is currently being aired on Nat Geo Wild

Key facts

  • 1 June to 12 June 2019
  • 12 days
  • Price: USD $7,580 per person twin share (single supplements apply). Includes all photographic tuition; excludes international flights. 
  • Begins: Victoria Falls & ends: Okavango Delta
  • Maximum 8 guests
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
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