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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

Highlights : Journey along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers throughout the year
Location : Chobe river, Zambezi river

Please Note: Rates are subject to change should there be an increase in  government taxes, levies or park fees

 
DETAILS PER PERSON SHARING SINGLE
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2018 $450
MINIMUM 3 NIGHTS
1 Jan to 31Mar 2019 $395 $495
1 Apr  to 31 Oct 2019 $545 $700
1 Nov to 31 Dec 2019 $395 $495
MINIMUM 3 NIGHTS, EXCLUSIE USE
1 Jan to 31Mar 2019 $3 160 N/A
1 Apr  to 31 Oct 2019 $4 360 N/A
1 Nov to 31 Dec 2019 $3 160 N/A

Pangolin Voyager Houseboat¹) 
(min 3 nights)

  •  Full board accommodation on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat (per person per night) 
  •  All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits 
  •  Morning and afternoon activities on the custom  8- seater boat with optional camera mounts 
  •  Transfers to and from Kasane airport or immigration 
  •  Bed Levies 
  •  USD5 per bed night contribution to Pangolin.Africa

Pangolin Voyager Houseboat¹) 
(min 3 nights, exclusive use)

  •  Full board accommodation on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat in 5 cabins 
  •  All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits
  •  Morning and afternoon activities on the custom  8- seater boat with optional camera mounts 
  •  Transfers to and from Kasane airport or immigration 
  •  Bed Levies 
  •  USD5 per bed night contribution to Pangolin.Africa

EXCLUSIONS on Pangolin Voyager and Chobe Mobile Camp Camera equipment and photo host except during hosted workshops. You are welcome to add this specialist activity at an additional flat rate of USD960 per night  ;  for exclusive use bookings only. 

Standard EXCLUSIONS for all Pangolin Photo Safaris products 

  •  All items not mentioned in the inclusions 
  •  Transfers other than mentioned 
  •  Laundry 
  •  Items of a personal nature  
  •  Gratuities

Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
Location
Operating on the Chobe River in Namibian waters, the natural border between Botswana and Namibia. Guests to ensure they are compliant with Namibian visa requirements.
Accommodation
5 air-conditioned cabins (twins or doubles).
Meal basis All meals, drinks including wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits.
Access All road transfers in Kasane.
Clientele Suitable for photographers with own gear, couples, parties of friends, families with older children (no kids under 11 years unless booked exclusively. For exclusive bookings, we can accept kids 6 years and older).  Exclusive bookings work particularly well for extended families
Activities Morning and afternoon activities on the custom 8-seater boat with optional camera mounts.  In addition to game viewing, we have the option to arrange cultural visits. No fishing. Please note that there is no camera equipment or tuition onboard the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat unless the clients are booked on a hosted photo package.  See notes in contract.  Cameras and photo host (on request; subject to availability) may be added at extra cost of USD 800 per day nett and non-commissionable; exclusive bookings only.

Notes 

1)  Please note, stays on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat will exclude camera equipment and photo host by default.  You are welcome to add this specialist activity at an additional flat rate of USD960 per night per group, exclusive use only.  

2)  Please note, stays at our mobile camps exclude camera equipment and photo host by default. You are welcome to add  this specialist activity at an additional flat rate of USD960 per night).

3)  Gallery Room (ground floor)


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1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018  
Tour Name Includes PP Sharing Single  
SINGLE PHOTO SAFARI
(Mid-Morning slot only from
1 st July)
  • 1 x 3 Hour PHOTO ACTIVITY IN CHOBE NAT PARK (excl. Park fees).
  • Activity on either the Photo Boat or Unimog
  • Pick up and drop offs from points detailed in itinerary.
  • Includes use of a camera and a free SD card as well as photo tuition.
  • Refreshments supplied during activity (AM, MM - tea, coffee and
    water. PM - water soft drinks and local beers.)
USD 125 n/a  
PANGOLIN VOYAGER
HOUSEBOAT
High Season
1st April to 31st October 2018
Low Season

1st Nov to Dec 31st 2018
  • Full board accommodation on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat (per person per night)
  • Minimum 3-night stay
  • All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits
  • Use of the 8 seater photo boat and other tenders for morning and afternoon activities
  • Transfers to and from Kasane airport or immigration
  • Bed Levies
USD 475 USD 665  
  • Full board accommodation on board the Pangolin
  • Voyager Houseboat (per person per night)
  • All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits
  • Use of the 8 seater photo boat and other tenders for morning and afternoon activities
  • Transfers to and from Kasane airport or immigration
  • Bed Levies
USD 285 USD 380  
PANGOLIN VOYAGER
HOUSEBOAT (Exclusive Use)
High Season Only
1st April to 31st
October 2018
  • Full board accommodation on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins.
  • Minimum 3-night stay 
  • All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits
  • Use of the 8 seater photo boat and other tenders for morning and afternoon activities
  • Transfers to and from Kasane airport or immigration
  • Bed Levies
USD 3 790 n/a  
NB: CAMERAS ONLY PROVIDED ON THE PANGOLIN VOYAGER DURING HOSTED WORKSHOPS.  
CHOBE MOBILE CAMP
(Set & Custom departures)
April to Sept only
  • Full board accommodation in walk-in tents with en-suite shower and toilet.
  • Drinks included.
  • Private campsite in North Western sector of Chobe National Park.
  • Min 3 nights, Min 4 pax per custom departure (max 8)
  • Twice daily game drives. Guaranteed window seat.
  • Transfers to and from Kasane airport, Kazangula or Kasane Lodge
  • Park Fees
USD 285 USD 380  
CHOBE MOBILE CAMP
April to Sept Only
  • Private Campsite in The Chobe National Park (NW Sector).
  • Minimum 3 nights.
  • Up to 5 walk in tents with en-suite facilities. (Max 8 guests)
  • Twice daily game drives. Guaranteed window seat
  • All meals and drinks included.
  • Transfers to and from Kasane Airport or Lodge and Kazangula.
  • Park Fees
USD 1 870 n/a  
BEST OF BOTSWANA
MOBILE CAMPS
  • Mobile Camps in Savute, Moremi & Nxai Pan.
  • Full board accommodation in walk-in tents with en-suite shower and toilet.
  • Drinks included.
  • Min 3 nights per location. Min 4 pax per departure (max 10).
  • Twice daily game drives (max 6 per vehicle)
  • Park Fees
USD 550 USD 830  
PANGOLIN
KHWAI CAMP
High Season
15th June – 31st October
Shoulder Season
1st April – 14th June
and
1st Nov – 31st Dec
Low Season
1st March – 31st March
  • Maximum 12 guest in permanent en-suite raised tents on a private concession.
  • Twice daily game activities. Four pax per game viewer. Night drives.
  • One included Mokoro activity during stay.
  • All meals and drinks included. (Brunch, High Tea and Dinner)
  • Pick up and drop off at Banoka Airstrip.
  • Cameras and lenses available.
  • SD Cards supplied.
High
USD 720
High
USD 910
 
Shoulder
USD 535
Shoulder
USD 635
 
Low
USD 380
Low
n/a
 
PANGOLIN
CHOBE LODGE
(Photo Safari Rate)
High Season
1st July – 31st Oct
Low Season
1st Nov – 31stDec
  • Full board and accommodation in en-suite, air conditioned rooms.
  • All meals and drinks included. (Brunch, High Tea and Dinner).
  • Twice daily photo safari activities on the Pangolin Photo boats and specialist vehicles, cameras and lenses supplied (if required).
  • Park fees and bed levies.
  • Airport transfers.
High
USD 380
High
USD 475
 
Low
USD 285
Low
n/a
 
1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018  
Package Standard Inclusions PP Sharing Single  
Extended Packages:  
TWO ICONIC
RIVERS
High Season
15th June – 31st October
Shoulder Season I
April 1st – June 14th
Shoulder Season II
Nov 1st – Dec 31st
Low Season
March 1st – 31st
  • 3 nights full board accommodation on board the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
  • 3 nights full board accommodation at the Pangolin Khwai Camp.
  • All drinks incl wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits
  • Use of the 8 Seater photo boat and other tenders on The Pangolin Voyager
  • Twice daily Game Drives (max 4 per vehicle) in Khwai as well as one Mokoro activity during the stay. Night drives.
  • All airport transfers in Khwai and Kasane.
  • Excludes regional charter flights to and from Khwai (approx. $600pp)
High
USD 3 585
High
USD 4 655
 
Shoulder I
USD 3 025
Shoulder I
USD 3 890 
 
Shoulder II
USD 2 450
Shoulder II
USD 3 025
 
Low
USD 1 985
Low
USD 2 275
 
7 DAY CHOBE
& DELTA
High Season
1st July – 31st October
Shoulder Season
1st Nov– 31st Dec
  • 3 nights full board accommodation at the Pangolin Chobe Lodge (opening July 2018).
  • 3 nights full board accommodation at the Pangolin Khwai Camp. 
  • All drinks incl. wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits.
  • Twice daily photo activities in Chobe (Boat and vehicle)
  • Twice daily Game Drives (max 4 per vehicle) in Khwai as well as one Mokoro activity during the stay. Night drives.
  • All airport transfers in Khwai and Kasane.
  • Excludes regional charter flights to and from Khwai (approx. $600pp)
  • Cameras, telephoto lenses and SD Cards supplied in Chobe & Khwai
High
USD 3 295
High
USD 4 160
 
Shoulder
USD 2 460
Shoulder
2 750
 
BETTER WILDLIFE
PHOTOGRAPHY
High Season
15th June – 30th Sept
Shoulder Season
1st April – 14th June
Set departures
(Please ask your account
manager for details)
  • 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 Mokoro activity during the stay in Khwai. Night drives.
  •  All airport transfers in Khwai and Kasane.
  • Excludes regional charter flights to and from Khwai (approx. $600pp)
High
USD 4 725
High
USD 6 075
 
Shoulder
USD 4 175
Shoulder
USD 5 240
 
 

NB: PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN DURING THE ABOVE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE.

If your clients are intending to do commercial wildlife photography they need to obtain the relevant permits from The Department of Wildlife in Gaborone.

NB: Photographs taken during the above activities are not for commercial use.
If your clients are intending to do commercial wildlife photography they need to obtain the relevant permits from The Department of Wildlife in Gaborone.

EXCLUSIONS on Pangolin Voyager and Mobile Camps
Camera equipment and photo host. You are welcome to add this specialist activity at an additional flat rate of USD800 per night (nett and non-commissionable).

EXCLUSIONS on Pangolin Activities (excluding Houseboat and Mobile Camps)
The following Standard Exclusions apply to all Pangolin Photographic activities and packages.
Standard exclusions – apply to all pangolin activities and packages
  •  Refreshments other than mentioned in the inclusions
  •  Transfers to and from the activity other than mentioned in the list of pick up points below.
  •  Laundry
  •  Park fees
  •  Items of a personal nature
  •  Gratuities
  •  Transfers other than mentioned under Standard Inclusions
  •  All other items not mentioned  
ITINERARIES
Please note these itineraries are subject to change without notice and are dependent on the seasons, flight times and the movement of animals

Timings for all photo activities in Kasane (excluding Pangolin Voyager houseboat)
NB: Please note there will be limited availability for morning and afternoon single photo safaris, from 1st July if clients are not staying at the Pangolin Chobe Lodge.

Winter (1st April to 31st August)
Morning Trip: Approx. 06h30
Mid-Morning Trip: Approx. 10h00
Afternoon Trip: Approx. 15h00
Summer (1st September to 31st March)
Morning Trip: Approx. 06h00
Mid-Morning Trip: Approx. 09h30
Afternoon Trip: Approx. 15h30 

NB: These times are a guideline and the earliest that clients will be collected. Depending on the number of collections before at other lodges there may be a short delay. Please ask your clients to be patient and wait at the appropriate collection point. They will be collected.

Guests will be collected from one of the following pick up points, for the mid-morning activities. Clients staying in the Pangolin Chobe Lodge will be informed of meeting times by the resident guides at the lodge. Transfers from the following pick up points for the boat and vehicle activity will be included:
  •  Safari Lodge
  •  Marina Lodge
  •  Kalahari Tours
  •  Mowana Lodge
  •  The Old House
  •  Sedudu Jetty (boat only)
  •  Other pick up points by arrangement only 
Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
Transfers: Return transfers from Kasane immigration points is included in the nightly and exclusive use rates as set out above. All additional transfers are available on request and subject to additional charges.
During their time on the houseboat they will have access to the 8-seater photo boat with custom camera mounts as well as one other tender boat for general game viewing.
During their stay clients can choose their own itinerary of activities including boat trips, walks and cultural visits. Typically, we have three mooring points along the Namibian side of the Chobe River. All activities are conducted on this side of the natural border, the Chobe River.
Guests to ensure that they are compliant with all visa, immigration and passport requirements due to our operating in Namibian waters.

NB: Please note that there is no camera equipment or tuition onboard the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat unless the clients are booked on a specific photo safari or hosted workshop that includes use of the Pangolin cameras and lenses. See above.
 
Pangolin Mobile Camps

INCLUSIONS in Pangolin Mobile Camps throughout Botswana:
 
  • All meals: Coffee and rusks are served before the morning drive followed by a hearty cooked breakfast upon return to camp. Lunch is either served in camp or as a packed lunch if the camp is moving to a new destination and the clients are on a full day game drive. Dinner is a two-course meal served in camp.
  • Drinks: We have a good selection of wines, beers, soft drinks and spirits at the camps.
  • These are included in the package.
  • Activities: At the mobile camps the clients will be doing land-based activities in the game viewers. We have a policy of every client having a window seat. The game viewers are fitted with beanbag camera mounts on the seats to stabilize large lenses and there is plenty of space to store camera gear. On non-moving days the clients will do a morning and afternoon game drive exploring the region around the camp. On moving days the clients will do a full day game drive between the regions and will be supplied with a packed lunch.
  • Park fees
  • Transfers: Included will be all road transfers from the following Kasane and Kazangula to the Chobe Mobile Camp (and reverse) Khwai or Moremi to Maun (and reverse) All other transfers should be done by air and will be for the clients account. We are happy to organize flight bookings and schedule 
EXCLUSIONS in Pangolin Mobile Camp:
  • Refreshments other than mentioned in the inclusions
  • Transfers to and from the mobile camps other than mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Air transfers other than mentioned under Inclusions 
Minimum/maximum Pax numbers for Excl. use of The Chobe Mobile Camp
The minimum number of clients need for a mobile camp to go ahead is 4 and the maximum is 8. If you have clients wanting a private camp set up for then please book using the exclusive camp rate as set out in the rate table above.
If you are not booking the camp exclusively and you have four clients paying the per person rate we will try and arrange a departure date subject to availability but we reserve the right to add other clients to the same departure up to the maximum of eight clients.

Pangolin Khwai Camp
Situated on the private 200,000ha (440,000 acre) Khwai Private Reserve the Pangolin Khwai Camp is a dedicated photo safari camp in Botswana. There are 7 en-suite raised tents accommodating a maximum of 12 guests at any one time. Adjoining each tent is an en-suite shower and toilet, and the beds in the room can be configured as either a double or two singles. There is a main dining/lounge area with plenty of plug points and room to set up laptops for post-production sessions. Being a photo safari camp it’s important that the client’s needs are met while on game drives which is why we have a policy of no more than four clients per vehicle allowing them all to shoot in the same direction unencumbered. On the Khwai Private Reserve we can off road to get into the best photographic positions at special sightings as well as conduct night drives.
The camp is booked on a fully inclusive basis. Before the morning drive there will be tea, coffee, rusks and cereals served in the main area as well as a tea/coffee break during the drive. After the morning drive a cooked brunch will be served followed by high tea just before the afternoon activity consisting of sweet and savoury dishes. At night, a full three course meal is served. All drinks are included at the camp including water, soft drinks, wine and spirits. The closest airstrip to The Pangolin Khwai Camp is Khwai Private Reserve which is serviced by most the local charter companies. We will be happy to book these flights for your clients and include it in the booking invoice (noncommissionable).

The flight time from Kasane is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with Maun around 35 minutes away. We will collect and drop off at either Khwai Private Reserve or Khwai should Khwai Private Reserve not be available. At the camp, there will be cameras, lenses and memory cards available for clients in camp. A resident photo host is on hand to offer guidance, tutoring and assistance. Due to the ratio of photo host to vehicles, it will be on an ad hoc basis.

Private Photo Guides

We work with some incredibly talented wildlife photography guides who are available to join your groups and offer tuition and advice on photography and post production techniques in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. These guides have been hand-picked for their guiding ability as well as their hosting skills. The photo guides are experienced with the functions and settings of all the major camera brands. The costs of accommodation and transport for the photo guide will be for the clients account and we suggest a minimum of 4 nights (5 days) to make it worthwhile.

Seasons

Please note that the Chobe mobile camp operates only from 1st April until 30th September.
The tents are designed with large mesh windows, which allow for plenty of ventilation in the tents. There are however no fans or air conditioners due to the lack of mains power. Provision can be made for CPAP machines to run overnight
Reservations
Must be made in writing and are subject to availability. Provisional bookings will be held for 7 days. Please enquire after groups/exclusive use booking policies.

Rooming Lists
The final rooming list should also be in PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS’ possession 14 days prior to arrival date. Added to the rooming lists should be dietary requirements as well as any important medical information pertaining to the health of the clients.
At the Pangolin properties we are able to cater for specific dietary requests such as vegetarianism or veganism but we cannot guarantee that any ingredients and preparation can be certified as Halaal or Kosher.

Child Policy

Children 11 years and older will be welcome and standard adult rates will apply. If either the Pangolin Voyager, Pangolin Khwai Camp or Pangolin Mobile Camp are booked on an exclusive basis then the minimum age will reduce to 6.

Insurance

It is highly recommended that guests have adequate travel insurance prior to travel. It is an operational requirement that guests sign a Pangolin Photo Safaris indemnity form when travelling to any of our properties or embarking on any of our activities.

Terms and Conditions
PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS reserves the right to amend the rates accordingly should the Government change the percentage level of VAT, if park entrance fees are increased, Airport taxes or air fares are increased during the duration of this agreement.
PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS reserves the right to amend its policies, terms and conditions for bookings, without prior notice. PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS Rack Rates are commissionable. STO rates are nett and non-commissionable.

Payment
  •  25% Deposit within 7 days of confirmation
  •  Balance due within 45 days of travel
  •  Bookings made within 45 days of travel require full payment within 7 days of confirmation
Cancellation Policy
  •  50% if cancelled 60 days prior to arrival
  •  80% of fee if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival
  •  100% of fee if cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival
  •  No Show: 100% of fee

ABOUT THE LODGE

  • Tours Walking Tours: -Walking ToursAsk your guide to take you for a walk on the floodplains, or on the nearby Impalila Island.For the more adventurous you can climb a giant baobab tree at the point where the four countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet.The walk is a gentle one among the giant baobabs with plenty of opportunity to see the forrest dwelling birds of the region.
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