Rate From: $595 pps
Duration :3 Days
Highlights : Chobe River Sunset Cruise, Game Drive on the Unimog, Photo Safari on the Boat, Accommodation at Guesthouse.
4* Lodge option available at USD950
The Chobe National Park is one of the most game rich national parks in Africa. It does, in our opinion, offer the most picturesque photographic opportunities per game drive than anywhere else. The Chobe is also very accessible from Johannesburg. Airlines Air Botswana and SA Airlink have regular flights to Lasane in Botswana which take around two hours each way.
The Chobe, situated between the famous Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls, makes the Photo Weekender package an ideal platform for any traveller heading in either direction.
We use a variety of guesthouses and 4* lodges and s in the area- depending on availability and the requirements of the clients.
Upon arrival at Kasane airport, you will be met by a friendly Pangolin representative. The representative will transport you in our air conditioned minibus, the short distance, to the lodge or guesthouse of your choice on the banks of the impressive Chobe River.
After you have had enough time to check into your room and freshen up, it’s time for your adventure to begin! Grab your hat and sunscreen, its time for our first photo safari. Usually we will head out in the boat for the sunset cruise along the Chobe River. With the sun at our backs, we scour the banks for wild game coming out of the bush to drink from the river. Its not unusual for us to drift past large herds of elephant quenching their thirst, jostling for position with buffalo, zebra and giraffe. Make sure your cameras are ready, you do not want to miss out on the action!
Your first photographic cruise
On board, you will be shown how the Canon 80D camera fitted with a 150-600mm Sigma zoom lens functions. As you get more comfortable with the device, we will show you some expert techniques and tips to getting the best image at that moment. With the Chobe being such a game rich environment and the D7000 being such a great camera you will be taking superb images in no time!
The boat trip lasts for approximately 3 hours and refreshments (soft drinks, local beers and bottled water) will be served along the way.
We return to the lodge at sunset in ample time to get freshened up and have dinner.
Hidden Item +
Morning Game Drive+
We decided it was essential for us to be able to offer a land based photo safaris to our clients. The reason for this is because lions, leopards, hyenas and other predators rarely venture down to the river during daytime hours. We also decided that the vehicle we should use needs to be as photo friendly as possible. This is why we decided on the Unimog. This vehicle is truly amazing! It was originally designed for the German military and, in its many decades of service, the design has changed little- just to show how great of a machine it is. As it did to the Germans, the vehicle serves us very well as it allows for optimum game viewing scenery. On board there is room for eight clients to sit comfortably. Beanbags are positioned strategically to rest the cameras on when at a sighting. There is plenty of room on-board for equipment and, with its open sides and high vantage point, it is the perfect platform for land based photo safari activities.
The drive lasts approximately 3 hours and we leave early to maximise the chances of a predator encounter during optimum lighting conditions. As with the boat each seat is equipped with a Nikon D7000, this time with 120-400mm Sigma lenses. We found it to be the perfect combination of zoom and manoeuvrability for the Unimog. On board you will receive further help with the cameras and advice on picture composition from our expert staff.
Again, refreshments will be served (tee, coffee and soft drinks) during the course of the drive. After the drive you will be presented with your 8gb SD card containing all your images from the drive.
We return to the lodge or guesthouse in time for a delicious breakfast and then the rest of the day is yours to do with as you please. Most of our clients chose to find a quiet spot near the pool to relax with a good book before we reconvene for another game drive. We depart in the Unimog again at round 3pm in search of the predators as they get ready for their night of hunting. Refreshments will be served in the form of soft drinks, local beers and wines before returning to the lodge at sunset.
Final photo safari+
Our final photo safari on day three is an early one- this time on the boat at around 6am. With the sun rising over the Kasane Plateau and the hippos returning to the river from a night of foraging inland, this is a spectacular time of day to be on the river. It is a particularly great time for photos of crocodiles, hippos and the abundance of fish eagles that nest and hunt along the river.
We return to the lodge or guesthouse in time for your final brunch. However, there is still enough time for some rest and relaxation before we transfer you back to the airport after lunch. Flights generally leave in the early afternoon to O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg.
With four full photo safaris and the capacity to take over 800 pictures during each one, you will have some truly beautiful images to remember your time by. We can also assure you that you will leave feeling refreshed and exhilarated by your time with us.
We look forward to welcoming you on a Pangolin Photo Weekender soon.
What is included :
- Two nights’ accommodation at a guesthouse and lodge (4*) or on a Dinner Bed and Breakfast basis, or similar accommodation type.
- Four photographic game activities on either the vehicle or boat.
- Use of the Canon 80D and sigma zoom lenses (lenses used depends on vehicle) for the duration of the 4 photographic game activities only as mentioned above.
- One 8gb Sd card per activity containing the images captured in that session.
- Refreshments for the duration of the 4 photographic game activities.
- Tea and coffee in the morning and soft drinks and local beers in the afternoons.
- Transfers as per the above itinerary.
- Park fees.
What is excluded:
- Refreshments other than mentioned above.
- Items of a personal nature
- Flights ( can be arranged by us upon request )