Duration : 10 Days
Highlights : Improve your wildlife photography on safari
Location : Chobe and Okavango Delta
Types of Photography : Wildlife, Birding,Landscapes
Group size : Max 8
There is no better way to improve your wildlife photography than in the best classroom in the world – The African Bush. This package will appeal to photographers of all levels of experience and ability who want a more immersive safari experience at some of the best photo locations in Botswana. No matter how much you think you know there is always something more to learn when it comes to wildlife photography and our guides will be on hand throughout this safari to help you do just that.
|Shoulder Season 2018||Hight Season 2018|
|1 April - 14 June||15 June - 30 September|
|$ 4175 pps||$ 4 725 pps|
|$ 5 240 single||$ 6 075 single|
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Itinerary+The Better Wildlife Photography Safari will help you to master your photographic skills whils spending time in two of the best photographic destinations in Botswana – the Chobe and The Okavango Delta.
Each safari is hosted by one of our resident photographic guides who will be on hand to not only go through the basics but help you with some more advanced techniques to take your photography to the next level. If you don’t have a camera then you are welcome to use one of ours for the duration of the safari, free of charge. We will even supply you with all the memory cards that you will be filling each day!
In between the morning and afternoon game activities there will be time to spend with the guides doing post-production so we advise you to bring a laptop with you to edit and review your images in the group sessions.
The course will take you from shooting on the auto/green setting to using the other modes controlling shutter speeds, apertures and ISO to maximise your creativity. the guides are there to not only help with the technical aspects but also to advise on how best to compose your image and to anticipate the movement and behavioural quirks of the subjects you encounter.
Skills that we will teach in the course include:
- Composition – the rules and when to break them
- Panning and Counter Panning
- Focus Pull & Zoom Pull
- Creative Statics
- Birds in Flight
Day 1-4+On the first day, you will be met at either Kasane airport or the border (if you have started your safari in Victora Falls for example) by your photographic host who will be with you for the first leg of this safari. The photographic hosts are permanent Pangolin staff and are all expert photographic guides with years of wildlife photography experience under their belts.
You will then make your way to either the Pangolin Chobe Lodge or to The Pangolin Mobile Camp depending on which option you have chosen.
When you arrive you will be issued with your camera. If you have chosen to use your own camera then this will be an opportunity to show it to the guide so that he or she are aware of the brand and model to adapt to your specific needs during the safari.
Option #1 – Camping
We like to say that “if you are going to the bush BE in the bush” and that’s exactly where this safari starts at the Pangolin Mobile Camp deep in the Chobe National Park. The accommodation in the camo is in well appointed large ensuite tents with private toilets and showers at the rear. There are proper beds with quality linen and plenty for space for luggage and storage.
In front of the tent is a covered area with a couple of chairs to relax in with a good book in-between game drives. All the activities at the Pangolin Mobile Camp will be done in our custom built long wheelbase land Cruiser with four rows allowing everyone to have a window seat.
Option #2 – The Pangolin Chobe Lodge
Our 14 room lodge on the hill overlooking the Chobe Floodplains is opening in July 2018 and will be the regions first lodge dedicated to the needs of today’s modern wildlife photographer. Each of the rooms has a view over the floodplains with a private balcony and ensuite shower and toilets. The rooms are all air-conditioned with plenty of plug points and storage space.
At the Chobe Llodge we will be doing a mixture or water and land-based activities in either the photo boats or the Unimog.
All meals and drinks are included at both the Mobile Camp and the Chobe Lodge.
Day 4 – 7+On the fourth day, you will travel with your guide across to the Namibian side of the Chobe River to meet up with our floating lodge – The Pangolin Voyager.
The Voyager has four guest cabins and one for the guide all of which are ensuite and air-conditioned. The beds in the cabins can be configured as either doubles or two singles. The beds all have top quality linen and there are plenty of plug points.
On the middle deck of The Voyager is a lounge and dining room which doubles as an editing table for mid-afternoon post-production sessions with the guide.
On the upper level is a wonderful sun deck with loungers where you can relax with a good book in between drives.
All the activities on The Pangolin Voyager are on one of our custom built 8-seater photo boats and your guide will be on hand to continue improving your photo skills during the cruises.
Day 7 - 10+On the seventh day, you will check out of Namibia after brunch and headback over to the Botswana side and on to Kasane Airport where you willboard your private charter flight to The Okavango Delta which is wherethe Pangolin Khwai Camp is situated.The flight takes just over an hour.At this point, you will bid farewell to your Chobe photo guide who willhand over the reigns to your new guide and instructor who resides inThe Delta. All of the guides rotate through our various properties sothey will have first-hand knowledge of what you would have already seenand photographed and what you have been taught so far.
By the time you arrive in The Delta you should be shooting withconfidence on one of the manual modes and off the Auto setting.
The Camp is situated on the 200,000ha Khwai Private Reserve which is aconcession bordering the Khwai River. You will land at the airstrip onthe reserve and met by your guides who will take you on to the camp incustom-built game viewers which each seat a maximum of fourphotographers.
The accommodation at the Camp is in large permanent tents with ensuitetoilets and showers as well as electricity and a ceiling fan. the bedscan be configured as doubles or singles and there is plenty of room forluggage and storage.
The central area of the camp features a dining area, bar, camerastorage and charging station, an editing table as well as an outdoorsunken lounge and fire. The camp takes a maximum of twelve people atany one time and all the meals and drinks are included.
The beauty of being on a private concession is the fact that we canspend plenty of time at sightings as well as being able to“off-road” for special subjects like the big catsand wild dogs which are certainly prevalent in the area.
While at the Khwai Camp you will also be able to experience that mostquintessential Delta seasonal activity which is in a traditionaldug-out canoe called a Mokoro. Being punted through the water channelsby an experience poler in the Delta is a wonderful experience andcertainly a big tick off the bucket list for most safari enthusiasts.
Night drives on the reserve are also another highlight and another wayof challenging you photographically. We do not use flash on our nightdrives but rather adapt our settings on the camera to utilise lightfrom the vehicles’ headlights or flashlight bounced off theground or the nearby vegetation.
With the private concession being so big and with so few other vehiclesyou will spend the last few days of your safari exploring the area andrarely seeing anyone else. There will also be an opportunity to get offthe vehicles and take a walk through the bush with a specialist guide.
During the day the resident photo guide will be able to assist you withfurther post-production around the editing table which has views outover the open grassy wetlands in front of the camp.
Day 10+On the last day you will set off from the Camp after a hearty breakfast to meet up with your charter flight to the airstrip for your flight onwards to Maun which is known as the gateway to The Delta.
Your adventure need not end here however as there are daily flights onwards to Madikwe and our amazing Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Tree Lodge or even slightly further to Cape Town where we offer comprehensive itineraries involving private day tours with our sister company Cape Town Photo Tours. Cape Town is a perfect contrast to the bush but still offers plenty of photo opportunities and all our guides are also photographers.
We believe this is the most comprehensive and varied photo safari itinerary for anyone with even the slightest interest in photography. By the end not only will you have a healthy set of photographic skills but you will have enjoyed some of the best safari destinations in the region all under the dedicated care of one company – Pangolin Photo Safaris.
What is included:
- 3 nights’ full board at The Chobe Mobile camp/Pangolin Chobe Lodge
- 3 nights’ full board accommodation on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
- 3 nights’ full board accommodation at the Pangolin Khwai Camp
- Chobe park fees included
- Pangolin cameras and photo tuition from accompanying photo guide
- All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits
- Use of the photo boat and other tenders on The Pangolin Voyager
- Twice daily Game Drives (window seat guaranteed) in Chobe and Khwai as well as one seasonal Mokoro activity during the stay in Khwai
- Night drives
- All airport transfers in Khwai and Kasane
What is excluded:
- Visa fees if applicable
- Laundry and items of a personal nature
- Excludes regional charter flights to and from Khwai (approx. $600pp)