BOTSWANA – LAND OF GIANTS
12 Days / 11 Night
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 19
THIS PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI IS PART OF THE 'PHOTO VOYAGES' SERIES PRESENTED IN 2021, IN CONJUNCTION WITH AUSTRALIA'S LEADING AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALISTS, ENCOMPASS AFRICA
Nothing beats the magic of sitting around the campfire of your private mobile camp, listening to the far-off grunt of a solitary lion and the soft incessant call of a Scops owl. Each night after an epic day of photographing, you'll fall asleep under a sky filled with a million stars.
Join us for an epic 11-night adventure through Botswana, enjoying private mobile camping to get you away from the crowds and closer to action, plus time on both land and water for stellar wildlife and wilderness shots.
We'll start the adventure with a doors-off scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta for 45 unforgettable minutes. Then you'll be off on the adventure of a lifetime, on a private mobile safari through Botswana's Moremi National Park, Khwai Concession and Savute National Park.
The finale to your photo voyage in Botswana will be Chobe National Park, where you'll stay at a safari lodge with superb facilities for editing and presenting photos – all part of the workshopping component of this exceptional voyage.
- VIP meet and greet on arrival into Johannesburg and assistance to connecting flight (flights not included)
- Fully accompanied tour with professional photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic
- All road transfers
- 1-night accommodation in a standard room at Thamalakane River Lodge with dinner and breakfast
- Welcome night briefing and Elephants for Africa presentation
- Scenic 'doors off' helicopter flight (45 minutes) over the Okavango Delta
- Fixed-wing light aircraft flight into the Delta
- 8 nights mobile camping safari with professional guide, camp crew and tented accommodation with ensuite facilities, all meals and local drinks provided
- 2 nights Chobe Pangolin Hotel with meals included and local drinks
- Safari activities as per itinerary
- International and regional flights
- Meals and drinks not listed
- Items of a personal nature
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Day 1 : Maun
“Dumela / Hello! Welcome to Botswana!” We will be there to give you a warm Botswana welcome when you land at Maun Airport.
There will be a welcome night briefing with Michael Snedic and possibly meeting researchers from Elephants for Africa (pending availability)
Spend 1 night at Thamalakane River Lodge in a standard room with dinner and breakfast included. Tonight as a group you will catch up for a briefing and meet the wonderful team from Elephants for Africa, a local charity doing brilliant work with the giants of the bush.
Days 2 - 9 : Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area, Savuti - Chobe National Park
DAY 2: After an early breakfast, it's time to pack up and head to the helipad! You're off on a wonderful scenic adventure over the Okavango Delta. With the doors off, you get the ultimate aerial perspective of this water wonderland.
You'll return to Maun and then together head over to the airport.
You will meet your pilot for your stunning light aircraft scenic light aircraft flight over the Okavango Delta and Chief’s Island. This flight gives you a fish eagle’s eye view of this amazing ecosystem with the doors on this time!
When you land at your remote bush airstrip within the Moremi Game Reserve, your guide will provide you with a snack pack on arrival and will be waiting to transfer you to your mobile camp with a game drive en-route. The friendly, attentive staff will help you feel immediately at home and brief you on what to look forward to on your safari. The magic of a mobile camp becomes apparent as the sun sets and you enjoy drinks around the fire before a starlit dinner and a great night’s rest after falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush.
Spending our first two nights camping in the Xakanaxa / Third Bridge area, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. The Moremi Game Reserve protects around a third of the entire Okavango Delta ecosystem – some 5 000km2 (1 930 square miles).
DAY 4: Following an early breakfast, we pack up the camp and continue our journey to Khwai, stopping for a bush picnic lunch en route. The Khwai River forms the boundary between the reserve and the local Khwai Community Area. We spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in Khwai area of Moremi Game Reserve. You will also experience a 2½-hour mokoro trip (water level dependent), discovering channels and lagoons at a relaxed pace in a traditional dug-out canoe.
DAY 7: We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, where we spend the following three nights camping at a pristine bush campsite in the Savute region and exploring the dry landscape on game drives. Savute is an area that can change dramatically, with the character of the place changing completely depending on the flowing or drying up of the Savute Channel. In 2010, water from the Savute Channel reached the Marsh for the first time in three decades (after a long dry period during which resident lions learned to prey on elephants coming to drink at isolated waterholes). The presence of water can transform these dynamics and the only way to find out what will happen next is to visit Savute with us and see for yourself!
Days 10 - 11 : Kasane
Leaving this parched landscape, we continue our journey north to the contrasting Chobe region of the park. We spend the last two nights at the brilliant Chobe Pangolin Hotel. This place is geared for people like us - wildlife photographers and enthusiasts! We explore the Chobe River by custom built boat with awesome camera tripods and swivel chairs for 360 degree views. We will also have 1 game drive inside Chobe National Park - but the focus is the river!
Day 12 : End of Itinerary
After breakfast and morning safari activity, it's time to pack up and check out. We will transfer you to Kasane airport in time for your onward flight out.