Whether you are an avid photographer with years of experience or you are just starting your journey into the wonderful world of wildlife photography, we have the perfect safari for you. If you want to spend time with a top wildlife guide on a specialist workshop, learn the basics or maybe just spend time with your camera in one of the best wildlife locations in the world then read on…….. The Chobe offers one of the best locations in the world to get up close and personal with wildlife which means ample opportunities to get the shot you’re after. The exceptional support from the staff, the vehicles, vessels and facilities on this safari will ensure your photography is taken to the next level.
We have put together the ultimate package for this location; however we can tailor a photographic safari to suit your requirements.
Arriving by air, the first glimpse of the Chobe River in the deep and dazzling sandy terrain is breath- taking. It appears as a swathe of brilliant, peacock blue ribbon, winding its way through the tiny town of Kasane, and ensuing wilderness – the Chobe National Park. The park covers approximately 11 7 00 sq. kilometres, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country.
The Chobe River rises in the northern Angolan highlands, travels enormous distances before it reaches Botswana at Ngoma. Like the Okavango and Zambezi rivers, the Chobe’s course is affected by fault lines that are extensions of the Great Rift Valley. These three mighty rivers carry more water than all other rivers in Southern Africa.
This camp comprises 5 large walk in tents each with their own private en-suite toilet and shower facilities. There are real beds with linen, blankets and pillows and plenty of room for luggage and camera gear. In front of the tent is a shaded “stoop” with a wash basin and a couple of chairs. This is not your average camping experience but rather a comfortable rustic tented lodge deep in the African bush. The staff is on hand to prepare three meals a day, enough ice in your drinks and to ensure that you have a hot shower. Meals are taken around a long table set up under an awning which doubles as a media centre for mid-afternoon photo editing. In the evenings you are invited to spend time around the camp fire with your favourite tipple and enjoy the sense of being immersed in nature.
The houseboat has 5 spacious luxury en-suite cabins sleeping up to 10 guests. The beds are large and made up with white 400 thread Egyptian cotton linen and can be configured as twin or double beds. The crew are on hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible with delicious home cooked food and local beers, soft drinks and wine to keep you cool as you drift along this beautiful river. Meals are taken around the large dining table which neatly seats all ten guests.
The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink.
During this season, on an afternoon game drive, you may see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may be surrounded by elephants, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross the main road to make their way to the river to drink bathe and play.
Driving the loops that hug the river’s edge, you may see up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive, including waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators of lion, leopard, hyena and jackal.
On the river, you’ll experience the park, and the animals, from another vantage point. Here you’ll get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds.
Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. Common species to be seen include the Sacred ibis, Egyptian Geese, the ubiquitous cormorants and darters, Spur-winged Geese, pel’s Fishing Owl, carmine Bee-eaters, most members of the kingfisher family, all the rollers, the unmistakable Fish Eagle, the Martial Eagle, and many members of the stork family.
Game drives of each day. A maximum of 6 guests per game viewing vehicle (two per row) with each seat being equipped with a custom swing arm on which to rest your camera.