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Okavango Delta, Savuti & Chobe River - June 2019

Botswana Photo Safari

Posted on 11th October, 2021

Stu Porter

Cape Hunting Dog, Botswana Photo Safari with WILD4 African photographic tours

The weather was just as clear as the May trip but a bit cooler in the evenings and early mornings.
We flew from Maun into the Okavango Delta to be met by our guides.  Our camp was all set up for our late afternoon arrival and dinner was enjoyed whilst listening to the sounds of the African bush.

Some of the photo highlights in Moremi Game Reserve were, a leopard with a small cub, Cape Hunting Dogs at a den site, male lions on a giraffe kill, a leopard hunting impala, a pair of Side Striped Jackals, the endangered Wattled Cranes and other great birdlife.

Our mobile camp moved on to a site along the river in the Khwai Concession.  Here we were fortunate to see more Cape Hunting Dogs, Leopard, Lion, Sable Antelope, Giraffe, Zebra and a very special night sighting of the rarely seen Pel's Fishing Owl - thanks Amy :).  We also got to see two Cape Honey Badgers foraging in the daylight.

Our third camping location was in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park.  Marabou Pan continued to provide a lot of activity with lots of elephants, Blue Wildebeest and lions from the "Marsh Pride".  We also saw Roan Antelope, Yellow Mongoose, and all 4 species of Hornbill.

Camping over, the final section began with a 40-minute flight on MacAir from Savuti to Kasane.  Here we spent 3 nights at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel with exclusive use of one of their amazing photo boats.  This mobile "hide" allows you to get very close to both birds and mammals.  Some highlights from the Chobe River were Chacma Baboons, Malachite Kingfishers, the rare Half Collared Kingfisher and a juvenile White Backed Night Heron (my first sighting of one).  Sunsets on the water were awesome and a full moon setting over the river early one morning was spectacular.  Top highlight was photographing a herd of around 50 elephants swimming across a wide channel to the Namibian side of the river.  What a wonderful end to a fantastic Botswana photo safari!

MASSIVE thanks to the Letaka Camp Staff Team.  To chef KK for the amazing food and to Names, July and Wilfred for looking after us so well in camp!!  Without excellent guides, we would not have been in the right places at the right time to get some great photos. Thank you “Shado” and Lucas, for your wonderful skills and for being so patient with us.  To our Boat Captain, Smart - thanks again Smart for an excellent 3 days, it's always a pleasure working with you.  Thank you to all the staff at the new Pangolin Chobe Hotel, we had another brilliant stay with you.

To our fantastic clients, Bruce, Sheldon, Linda, Amy and Meg and  especially Don, who put in a lot of hard work to get a great group of friends together, it was great to share some of Africa's special treats with you all.

Enjoy some photos from the trip!   Best wishes , Stu

Leopard Cub Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Leopard Cub Moremi Game Reserve
Female Leopard Khwai Concession, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Female Leopard in Moremi Game Reserve
Lilac Breasted Roller Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Lilac Breasted Roller Moremi Game Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Cape Hunting Dog Moremi Game Reserve
Dead Tree Island Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Panorama
Dead Tree Island Moremi Game Reserve
Male Leopard. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Wildlife Panorama
Male Leopard at the Khwai River
An endangered Wattled Crane Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
An endangered Wattled Crane Moremi Game Reserve
Bateleur Eagle Khwai Concession, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Bateleur Eagle Khwai River
Elephants fighting Khwai Concession, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Elephants meeting at the Khwai River
Cape Buffalo Khwai Concession, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Cape Buffalo Northern Moremi Game Reserve
Barred Owlet Khwai Concession, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Barred Owlet in Northern Moremi Game Reserve
Pel's Fishing Owl, Leopard Lagoon Khwai Concession, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Pel's Fishing Owl at Leopard lagoon in Northern Moremi
Lionesses playing Khwai Concession, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Lionesses playing
Cape Honey Badger Khwai Concession, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Cape Honey Badger Northern Moremi
Fiery-necked Nightjar Khwai Concession, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Cape Scrub Hare Khwai Concession, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Cape Scrub Hare
Sable Antelope Khwai Concession, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Sable Antelope
Sunset at Leopard Lagoon Khwai Concession, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Panorama
Sunset at Leopard Lagoon
Side Striped Jackal Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Side Striped Jackal Moremi Game Reserve
Baobab Trees Savuti, Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Panorama
Baobab Trees Savuti, Botswana
Red Lechwe Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Red Lechwe Moremi Game Reserve
Young Zebra Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Young Zebra Moremi Game Reserve
Swallow Tailed Bee-eater Khwai Concession, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Swallow Tailed Bee-eater
Lioness and Elephant at Marabou Pan Savuti, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Lioness and Elephant at Marabou Pan Savuti
Yellow Billed Hornbill Savuti, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Yellow Billed Hornbill Savuti
Bull Elephant Savuti, Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Bull Elephant Savuti, Botswana
Lioness and cubs Savuti, Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Lioness and cubs Savuti
Leopard drinking Savuti, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Leopard drinking Savuti
Safari Vehicle Savuti, Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Photographer at work in Savuti
A herd of Blue Wildebeest Savuti, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
A herd of Blue Wildebeest Savuti
Elephants Savuti, Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Elephants Savuti, Botswana
Roan Antelope Savuti, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Roan Antelope Savuti
White Crowned Lapwing Chobe River, Botswana. African Photographic Safari
White Crowned Lapwing Chobe River, Botswana
Half Collared Kingfisher Chobe River, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Half Collared Kingfisher Chobe River
Reed Cormorant Chobe River, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Reed Cormorant Chobe River
Pied Kingfisher Chobe River, Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Pied Kingfisher Chobe River, Botswana
Water Thick Knee Chobe River, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
ater Thick Knee Chobe River
Moon over the Chobe River, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Panorama
Moon over the Chobe River
Bull Elephant Chobe River, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Bull Elephant Chobe River
Elephant herd crossing the Chobe River, Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Elephant herd crossing the Chobe River,
Kudu running Chobe River, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama & Composite Image
Kudu running Chobe River, Botswana
Little Bee-eaters Chobe River, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Little Bee-eaters Chobe River
African Fish Eagle Chobe River, Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
African Fish Eagle Chobe River
Young Bull Elephant Chobe River, Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Young Bull Elephant Chobe River