The Best of Chobe Guided Photo Safari – Small Group, Max 8 Pax - 7 Days
Travelling under the guidance of your dedicated Pangolin Photo Host, this special photography safari offers the perfect opportunity to discover one of the best wildlife photography destinations in Africa. Home to an incredibly impressive wealth of animal life including elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra and much more, the wonders of the Chobe National Park area and surrounding waterways are yours to explore. Whether you’re a photography expert or novice, throughout your itinerary your expert photography hosts and guides will offer insightful tips and hints for improving or honing your skills, with the stunning Chobe as your classroom. You will stay for 3 nights in the award-winning Pangolin Chobe Hotel, and 3 nights on the beautiful Pangolin Voyager Houseboat cruising from mooring to mooring and soaking up the unforgettable sights and sounds of this truly unique area. What’s more, if you don’t have access to a camera, you will even be provided with cameras and telephoto lenses free of charge!
Please note: Prices shown as per person based on 2 people sharing in low season. Single rates are available from $3,675 USD per person. Set departure dates are available throughout the year. Please enquire for exact dates.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Enjoy an in-depth photo safari in one of Africa’s best wildlife photography destinations
- Receive photography coaching and training from expert photographers who know the Chobe like no other
- Search for sightings of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, leopards, rhinos and much more
- Stay in an award-winning hotel overlooking The Chobe River
- Enjoy a stay on a beautiful floating lodge cruising up and down the Chobe River
- Guided game drives and photo cruises throughout
- Small group experience (maximum 8 guests)
- 3 nights on The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat with all meals and drinks included
- 3 nights at Pangolin Chobe Hotel with all meals and drinks included
- Photo workshops from a Pangolin Photo Host, including daily photo review sessions
- Twice daily game activities (game drives or photo cruises)
- Free use of cameras, lenses and memory cards
- Airport transfers and transfers between accommodation
- Park fees and tourism levies
ITINERARY6 Nights 7 Days
- Days 1 - 3 | Pangolin Voyager Houseboat, Chobe River
- Days 4 - 6 | Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Chobe NP
- Day 7 | Departure
Pangolin Voyager Houseboat, Chobe River
Arrive independently to Kasane airport where you will be greeted by your dedicated photo host. You will then take a short transfer across the Chobe River (to the Namibian side) where you will board your floating lodge and settle in for your 3 night stay.
Your itinerary over these 3 days will be relaxed and full of fantastic photo opportunities as your houseboat cruises up and down the river between its 3 set mooring points. A standard day will see you wake early and head out in the houseboat’s 8-seater photo boat for a guided cruise along the river in search of wildlife. Each seat rotates 360 degrees and has a camera mount built into the chair making it perfect for capturing those special shots and allowing for interaction with your photo tutor and fellow guests. You will return to the houseboat for a tasty brunch as we set sail for the next mooring point. Your afternoon can be spent relaxing on deck or joining your photo host for a review of the images you will have taken on your morning cruise.
In the late afternoon, a couple of hours before sunset, the houseboat will have reached the next mooring point and you can hop back into the photo boat to see what subjects can be found during the “golden hour” at the end of the day. Enjoy a refreshing sundowner as you soak up the sights and sounds of the river before returning to the houseboat for a delicious three-course meal surrounded by the sounds of the wildlife calling from the National Park on the opposite bank.
3 nights accommodation on the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat with all meals, beverages & activities included.
Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Chobe NP
On day 4, after a morning photo boat tour and brunch onboard, it will be time to disembark and transfer back to Botswana to The Pangolin Chobe Hotel where you will stay for your final 3 nights.
During your time at this beautiful lodge you will enjoy daily activities again focused on photographing the iconic wildlife and scenery of this remarkable area. The lodge boasts an idyllic location overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi Floodplains, just a few hundred meters away from the Chobe National Park boundary, meaning you can now enjoy a wonderful combination of Park game drives and boat tours. Your game drives in the National Park will again be guided by your dedicated photo host, and as we search for an abundance of wildlife including lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes and much more, there will be time to spend longer at each sighting in order to completely perfect your snaps.
In between the game drives and boat tours, you can enjoy some relaxation at your award-winning hotel, where you will find an eco-pool, a stunning photo gallery and editing suite and a delightful bar which serves the best cocktails in Kasane accompanied by spectacular views.
Evenings will be filled with image review sessions, delicious meals, and relaxation time around the sunken firepit with your new-found friends.
3 nights accommodation at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel with all meals, beverages & activities included.
As your photo safari comes to an end, by now you will have surely perfected the art of wildlife photography. With your suitcase filled with memory cards and your mind filled with unforgettable experiences, it will be time to head homewards or onwards. A transfer to Kasane airport is included today. Should you wish to extend your time in Africa, we have multiple options for further adventures so please let us know should you wish to spend more time in this incredible country and we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Pangolin Chobe Hotel
Operated by renowned photo safari providers Pangolin, the Pangolin Chobe Hotel sits on the plateau overlooking The Chobe River and Namibia’s Caprivi floodplains which stretch out to the far horizon. Located just a few hundred meters away from the Chobe National Park boundary, guests to this beautiful and innovative hotel will likely be the first through the gates each morning. Activities here are predominantly based around photographing the incredible wildlife and beautiful scenery here, with daily game drives and photographic boat cruises included in all stays.
The hotel offers 14 welcoming guest bedrooms which have been finished to a very high standard and have been designed with photographers in mind, including lots of counter space and charging points for cameras and equipment. Each room features an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, and a private furnished balcony.
Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served with impeccable service, with dinners usually enjoyed out on the beautiful pool deck under the African night sky. Drinks are included during your stay and can be enjoyed around the sunken fire pit, by the pool or in the cosy Pangolin bar which stocks a wide range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks and serves refreshing cocktails overlooking one of the best views of the Chobe River and Caprivi Floodplains in the region. The centrepiece of the building is the stunning wildlife photography gallery and a fantastic editing suite for post-production sessions.
Pangolin Voyager Houseboat, Chobe
This magnificent “floating lodge” is owned and operated by the renowned photography safari company Pangolin and offers a marvellous way to discover the delights of the Chobe River. The Pangolin Voyager is based on the Namibian side of the river with the Chobe National Park as the opposite bank. There are five beautiful cabins on the houseboat, each offering great space, a double bed or twin beds, en-suite shower room and air conditioning.
There is a welcoming lounge/living area for relaxing with friends, a lovely dining area where delicious breakfasts, brunches, high teas and three-course dinners are served, and a well-stocked bar. The partially shaded upper deck is perfect for a relaxing cocktail or soaking up the views as the boat cruises between its three moorings. Alongside the Pangolin Voyager there is also an eight-seater photo boat along with another tender boat for general game viewing and transfers. Each of the seats on the photo boat have a detachable arm and camera gimbal and can rotate 360 degrees. Most activities are based around photography and game viewing, with boat rides at first light and before sunset, and there are also opportunities to visit a local village where most of the crew come from.
What Our Customers
Botswana was everything we wanted it to be....spectacular wildlife everywhere and couldn’t believe how close we were! Thank you to your team for all your help in making it possible.
I just want to say a massive thank you for organising our trip to Botswana. From our very first conversation, I knew we were in safe hands, you were so knowledgeable and super-efficient that I had no doubt this was going to be the holiday of a lifetime and it was! Our two children loved every minute, especially the meerkats at Jack’s Camp so thanks for the recommendation and who can forget the bungee jump at Vic Falls!!!! We can’t wait to start planning our next family adventure with you, thank you so much.
There were so many highlights, where to start! Seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, the hot air balloon ride over the delta, watching wild dogs chase a leopard at Selinda, quad biking over the Salt Flats, the list goes on. This really was a trip that will stay close to our hearts for a very long time. The whole Wildfoot Team went the extra mile for us from beginning to end and we can’t thank you enough, we will happily recommend you to friends and family in the future.
The tented camps worked well and the bathrooms were more civilised than expected so feel we made the right choice after all. Really enjoyed the range of activities offered at each of the camps, the mokoro ride and walking safaris being particular good. Got lucky and saw a pride of lions take down a buffalo at Savuti and a wild dog kill at Mfuwe. No lucky with cheetah unfortunately, but now we have a reason to go back!
As expected, I have fallen in love with Botswana, without a doubt head and shoulders above any other safari experience. I was so lucky with wildlife with big cat sightings most days, several packs of wild dog and even a pangolin! There is nothing I would have wanted to change, a fantastic holiday from beginning to end, thank you so much for all your help and guidance thorough out.
It was a real privilege to have such an outstanding and knowledgeable guide - he was excellent company. The tents and camps were first-rate in terms of comfort, service and location.
We have recently returned from a holiday to Botswana that you organised for us and we just want to say thanks for all the work that you put into it. The holiday was fantastic - hotels/lodges were great, wildlife spectacular, people friendly, guides flexible and knowledgeable and the variety of locations perfect. The time of year was ideal for seeing the beginning of the change in the landscape at the start of the rainy season. All the arrangements ran like clockwork and there was even somebody there at Maun airport at the end of our trip to ensure all had gone well. We will certainly consider using Wildfoot again for our future travel plans.Thank you again.
Fabulous knowledge and customer service. Only back a week and already planning our next trip with them - surely that says it all
How WILDFOOT creates your holiday Adventure
Talk to someone who knows. Our specialist consultants are here to help you every step of the way – here’s how..
Talk to a specialist
Visit the wildfoot website for inspiration on your choice of adventures and destinations, then call us and speak to one of our specialists for first hand advice. We can start the planning process straight away, if you are ready.
Create your personal
Your specialist consultant will set the ball rolling and work with you to choose the right itinerary (and the right ship, if you are going to the arctic or antarctic) just for you, to suit your requirements and budget.
Help right up
We will answer any questions about your trip that may arise and, when you have paid your balance (12-15 weeks prior to departure), we will send you your detailed itinerary and go through it with you.
We are still there for you even when you have left home – our partners overseas are there to assist, especially for emergencies and you can contact us at any time in the uk by e-mail or telephone.