Pangolin Photographic Safari, Botswana

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Highlights

  • A range of stunning natural environments
  • Africa’s iconic wildlife at close range
  • Expert photographic guiding
  • Specially adapted vehicles and facilities

Key Facts

  •   Botswana

  •   Great for photography enthusiasts & single travellers

  •   12 days

 

Botswana is blessed with some of the best wildlife viewing on earth coupled with pristine natural water and desert environments, staggering diversity and some of the best guides in Africa. A range of luxurious photographic lodges with top notch facilities and equipment are at your disposal, making Botswana an obvious choice for photographers.

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 Victoria Falls which offers the best vantage point for witnessing and photographing the thundering mass of water. The light here is spectacular and, if timed correctly, you may even be lucky enough to winess a lunar rainbow.

From the Falls you’ll head to Chobe, known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo which converge photogenically along the banks of the pretty Chobe river, before heading to the Okavango Delta where you’ll glide silently through serene water channels capturing the bird 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.

Whether you are looking to expand existing photography skills, study a new subject matter or simply capture a fantastic safari holiday, this photographic safari offers the best photo equipment and guiding in a stunning wilderness environment.

See the instructors' portfolios here: Janine Krayer | Charl Stols | Sabine Stols

 

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. Enjoy the extensive range of optional activities available in the area 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 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. 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, photographic instruction and facilities.

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.

Day 12 | End of safari              

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

Photographic 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.

Key facts

  • 12 days
  • Indicative cost: USD $7,580 per person. Includes all photographic tuition; excludes international flights. 
  • Begins: Victoria Falls & ends: Okavango Delta
  • All itineraries are tailor made to suit your requirements
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
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