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  • 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

2018 $450

Introduction
In mid 2015 we became the very proud owners of what we consider to be by far the best houseboat in Africa – The Zambezi Voyager. Considering the fact that the houseboat cruises both The Chobe and The Zambezi River systems we decided to rename the boat to The Pangolin Voyager and bring it in line with our brand.

Location

The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat journeys along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers throughout the year hosting guests in one of the most game rich environments in Africa. The boat itself is registered on the Namibian side of the river which is the natural border between Botswana and Namibia. Although you will travel through Botswana to get to the houseboat please be aware that a few nationalities will require a Namibian visa in advance.

Rooms
The Voyager is spread over three levels affording plenty of space for up to 10 guests at any one time.

On the lower level the houseboat has five well appointed en-suite cabins with double or twin beds available depending on the required configuration. The beds are fitted with the finest linen and specialist mattresses. The cabins have built-in cupboards, a cooling fan and the windows are fitted with a mosquito net to allow the gentle breeze from the river and the nightime sounds of the Chobe National Park to permeate the rooms.

Communal Areas
The middle level is occupied by the lounge and dining area along with a deck at the rear which accommodates the Braai (barbeque). The comfortable lounge area is stocked with reference books and binoculars which are yours to use as we drift between our private moorning points. Meals are served on the large dining table and the menu varies depending on what ingredients can be locally sourced throughout the seasons. There is a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy throughout the day from the bar.

The upper level hosts a viewing deck equipped with chairs, sun loungers and a table perfect for topping up those tans in between activities and for witnessing the majestic African sunsets that grace us every evening.

Activities
During the day there is a multitude of activities on offer. We have 1 eight-seater custom built photo boat with fully rotating chairs and fitted with state of the art camera mounts moored alongside. Generally, we take this boat out at first light and again in the late afternoon for up to three hours each time. The Chobe river offers excellent photographic and game viewing opportunities throughout the year from the famous Chobe elephants to smaller inhabitants like tiny Malachite Kingfishers that flit along the banks.

During the day we will be happy to organise a visit to a local village or a guided walk on Impalila island to see the magnificent Baobab trees. Alternatively, there is no better place to relax and unwind with a good book than the sun deck on the upper level of the houseboat.

All of the guides on the Voyager are highly trained with an encyclopedic knowledge of the river and its inhabitants and are only too happy to help seek out specific photographic subjects for our guests.

Please note: Unless you have booked a special photographic workshop with us, there will not be a photographic host, tuition or equipment during your stay. We recommend you check Visa requirements before travelling as you will be crossing over to the Namibian side from the Botswana side.

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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  
PRIVATE HIRE OF A
PHOTO BOAT
(Mid-Morning slot only from
1st July)
  • 3 hours exclusive use of the Photo boat for up to 8 pax (plus one host) per activity
  • Refreshments supplied during activity (AM, MM - tea, coffee and water. PM water soft drinks and local beers)
  • PLEASE NOTE NO PANGOLIN CAMERA EQUIPMENT WILL BE SUPPLIED FOR THESE ACTIVITIES
  • Excludes park fees payable per individual
USD 670 n/a  
PANGOLIN VOYAGER
HOUSEBOAT
High Season
1st April to 31st October 2018
Low Season
1st January to March 31st
and
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 38 0  
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
 
PANGOLIN
CHOBE LODGE
(General 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 game activities on standard boats and vehicles (no camera mounts or swivel chairs).
  • No cameras or lenses supplied.
  • Park fees and bed levies
  • Airport transfers
High
USD 285
High
USD 380
 
Low
USD 185
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.

INCLUSIONS on Single Photo Safaris (3hr activity duration. Morning, Mid-Morning or Afternoon).

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.

  •  Refreshments for the duration of the photographic game activities. Tea and coffee in the morning and mid-morning, and soft drinks and local beers in the afternoons.
  • Use of a Canon DSLR camera with a Sigma 150 – 600mm zoom lens for the duration of the activity.
  • On board assistance with camera operation and picture composition.
  • 1 SD card per person of images captured per activity.

EXCLUSIONS on Pangolin Activities (excluding Houseboat)

  • 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
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Air transfers other than mentioned under inclusions

SPECIFIC EXCLUSIONS:
Single PHOTO ACTIVITIES Exclusions:

  •  Accommodation
  •  Park Fees
  •  Air transfers

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.

Departure times
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. 10h00
  • 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 onlyPrivate Hire of the Photo Boats:

Private Hire of the Photo Boats:
Both Pangolin Photo boats are available for private hire but it is important to note that no Pangolin cameras or lenses are included in this rental. The boats each take a maximum of eight people plus one host. The activity is supervised by a Pangolin driver/guide and is inclusive of fuel and refreshments (tea and coffee in the morning and water, soft drinks and local beers in the afternoon). Applicable park fees per individual per activity will be added to the private hire rental amount in advance. Please note that the private boat hire is designed for groups of photographers who do not require any tuition and who just want to use the stability and functionality of the photo boat for their wildlife photography. Clients will require a lens collar on their cameras to mount the lenses. Base plates, which attach to the lens collar, will be provided.

Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
Transfers: Return transfers from Kasane and Impalila immigrations are 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 and fishing.
During their stay clients can chose their own itinerary of activities including boat trips, walks, cultural visits and fishing. Fishing licenses are included but all broken or lost fishing tackle will be charged for onboard.

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 Camps

  •  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

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 Banoka 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.
  • The flight time from Kasane is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with Maun around 45minutes away. We will collect and drop off at either Banoka Airstrip or Khwai should Banoka not be available.
  • At the camp, there will be cameras available to use for clients booked on the “photo safari” packages above.

Private Photo Guides

We work with some incredibly talented wildlife photography guides who are available top 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.

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.

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.

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 on the rooming list.
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 welcomed as part of the normal group on PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS and standard adult rates will apply. If either the Pangolin Voyager or Pangolin Mobile Camp are booked on an exclusive basis then the minimum age will reduce to 7.

ROAD TRANSFERS
Are available, contact reservations for rates.

BANKING DETAILS
Monies owed to PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS should preferably be paid by direct bank deposit into the bank account as stipulated on the invoice. All charges need to set to be for the senders’ account. Proof of payment must be communicated to our accounts department.

RECIPROCAL CONFIDENTIALITY UNDERTAKING
The parties undertake that neither of them will disclose the terms of this agreement or any other information of a confidential nature as to the business affairs of each other to any third party other than as may be required by law.

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  
 
PAYMENT

  •  50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation
  •  Balance payable 45 days prior to arrival

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

Please note that all cancellations are only effective once confirmed in writing by our sales office. Please note that all refunds are subject to commission and/or bank charges.
Should the deposit/pre---payment not be received within the time frame specified, PANGOLIN PHOTO SAFARIS reserves the right to cancel the reservation.

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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