Chobe, Okavango Delta & Kalahari Guided Photo Safari - Small Group, Max 8 Pax – 10 Days
Visiting three of Botswana’s most iconic wildlife destinations, this fantastic photo-workshop style safari will see you perfect and advance your photography skills under the guidance of a dedicated Pangolin Photo Host. 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, Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari as your classrooms. The goal will be to photograph an impressive wealth of animal life, including elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra and much more, as well as the magical landscapes and waterways.
This special photography itinerary will see you spend 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, before flying to the Okavango Delta to stay at the brilliant Pangolin Photo Camp for 3 nights under the canvas. Your itinerary will round off with a 3 night stay at the wonderful Dinaka camp in Central Kalahari where you will find some of Africa’s rarer and less photographed species.
Please note: Prices shown as per person based on 2 people sharing in low season. Single rates are available from $7995 USD per person. Set departure dates are available throughout April to November each 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 through 3 of Africa’s best wildlife photography destinations
- Experience the Chobe River, Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari in one excellent itinerary
- Receive photography coaching and tuition from expert photographers who know these areas like no other
- Search for sightings of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalos, zebras, springbok, giraffes, leopards, rhinos and much more
- Enjoy a stay on a beautiful floating lodge cruising up and down the Chobe River
- Camp out under canvas at the fantastic Pangolin Photo Camp in the Okavango Delta
- Explore further into Central Kalahari during your stay at the luxury Dinaka camp
- Guided game drives, photo cruises and star photography sessions
- Small group experience (maximum 8 guests)
- 3 nights on The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat with all meals and drinks included
- 3 nights at Pangolin Photo Camp with all meals and drinks included
- 3 nights at Dinaka Camp with all meals and selected drinks included
- Internal flights and transfers: Pangolin Voyager to Photo Camp / Photo Camp to Dinaka / Dinaka to Maun
- Photo workshops from a Pangolin Photo Host, including daily photo review sessions
- Twice daily game and photography activities (game drives, night drives, photo cruises, star photography, nature walks)
- Free use of cameras, lenses and memory cards
- Airport transfers and transfers between accommodation
- Park fees and tourism levies
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Days 1 - 3 | Pangolin Voyager Houseboat, Chobe River
- Days 4 - 6 | Pangolin Photo Camp, Okavango Delta
- Days 7 - 9 | Dinaka Camp, Central Kalahari
- Day 10 | 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 Photo Camp, Okavango Delta
On the morning of day 4 we will make our way back across to Botswana to board the included scenic charter flight over to the Okavango Delta. This one hour flight offers a wonderful view over the Delta, and upon arrival at the private airstrip you will hop into your waiting game drive vehicle to transfer to the Pangolin Photo Camp.
This very comfortable camp is located within its own 100,000ha private concession and offers an authentic, yet very comfortable, way of truly experiencing the delights of the Okavango Delta area. Being within its own private concession, we are afforded the freedom to explore at our leisure, including off-road, and to spend as much time at each sighting as needed. The camp is relocated every fortnight so as to be as close to seasonal sightings as possible, maximising the chances of some fantastic wildlife opportunities.
Daily activities will be centred around these opportunities, with twice daily game drives, night drives and bush walks bringing us close to the action. The game drive vehicles have been specially customised to allow for uninterrupted views from every seat and to enable full interaction with your photographic guide and fellow travellers. The concession is bisected by the Selinda spillway which is a significant water source and the open plains across the area lend themselves to large herds of herbivores and their pursuant predators – lions, wild dogs, leopards and cheetah – giving us an uncountable number of subjects to capture through the lens. Being the Okavango Delta, the birdlife is also prolific.
Special activities may include astrophotography sessions and the dates for this trip have been scheduled to coincide with the new moon, increasing the chances of having perfect conditions for nighttime photography. An underground waterhole hide will also offer excellent opportunities for unique shots.
With exclusive use of the camp, you and your group will be free to spend your day as you please, with flexible meal times to allow flexibility for game drives and sightings. Image review and editing sessions with your photo guide will take place in the afternoon, and in the evening you can spend some time relaxing around the fire with a refreshing drink, chatting about the experiences of the day, before enjoying the comforts of your spacious tent.
Dinaka Camp, Central Kalahari
On the morning of day 7, after breakfast you will hop into the game drive vehicle for a relaxing drive to the airstrip, stopping for our last Delta wildlife sightings along the way. After your included charter flight to The Central Kalahari, you will transfer to the fantastic Dinaka Camp for your final 3 days of photographic adventures. The Kalahari by its very nature tends to be a slightly more relaxed environment and the perfect third destination for this safari. Home to one of the most unique biodiversities in Southern Africa, on this portion of your trip you can hope to encounter some of the rarer and less-photographed species including Kalahari lion, brown hyena, cheetah, leopard, small mammals like the honey badger, bat eared fox and porcupine, and several species of antelope. Birding is also spectacular here, with over 200 different bird species recorded.
Although this luxurious camp is the perfect place to relax after a busy week of adventures, the photography fun will continue. Twice daily game drives, including night drives, will keep you entertained, along with walks through the bush with the resident bushman guides where you will learn about their traditional way of life, see a demonstration of traditional fire making techniques and enjoy some storytelling as the sun sets. The night sky of the Kalahari is breath-taking, especially at certain times of the month when there is a new moon, and if the conditions are right you will have the opportunity to practice some astro and star trails photography.
Image review and editing sessions will take place in the afternoons and there will be plenty of time to soak up your magical surroundings and relax in the comfort of your beautiful camp. Enjoy some chill-out time on your private deck or sip on a cocktail by the pool and enjoy a refreshing dip; but make sure to always have your camera on hand for the buzz of activity by the camp’s waterhole!
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 by light aircraft to Maun 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 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.
Dinaka, Central Kalahari
Dinaka is an exclusive private reserve on the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and is home to one of the most unique biodiversities in Southern Africa. Offering accommodation of a very high standard, there are seven spacious twin and double-bedded safari tents. All of the beautifully decorated and furnished tents feature comfortable beds and private en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The tents are raised on wooden decks with furnished patios to offer a wonderful vantage point over a permanent water hole.
The lodge offers sleepout decks for nights under the African skies, a refreshing swimming pool, partly covered lounge area, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a lookout deck and a sunken photographic hide. Activities including game drives and game walks are based around the remarkable wildlife that can be found here including Kalahari lion, springbok, Oryx and brown hyena.
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.
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