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Okavango Delta, Savuti & Chobe River - May 2019

Botswana Photo Safari

Posted on 12th October, 2021

Stu Porter

Carmine Bee eater in flight, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari

The weather was perfect and the light in Botswana at this time of year was just amazing.  Our flight from Maun, was met by our safari guides, Gee and Bate, at the Xakanaxa airstrip.  Our Moremi camp had a great location and as we arrived, we were greeted by a herd of elephants.  Some of our many highlights in Moremi included Tsessebe Antelope, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, and large herds of Elephant and Red Lechwe.

Our next private campsite was on one of the river channels in the Khwai Concession.  We had amazing photo opportunities with the birdlife, including a pair of endangered Wattled Cranes.  We saw leopards and lions on a number of occasions, one, when lions had caught and injured a small baby hippo.  The mother hippo kept the lions at bay by charging them on a number of occasions.

Our final stop on the mobile camping section was the drier Savuti area of the Chobe National Park.  We enjoyed photographing Botswana’s gorgeous sunrises and sunsets on most days.  Savuti also gave us two male cheetahs, something not commonly seen in Botswana.   We found two brothers leaving the open area of the Savute Marsh and heading into the bordering Mopani Thickets.  Marabou Pan was dominated by lions and elephants and as the dry season approaches, this water hole is certain to become very busy indeed.  Other highlights in Savuti were Ostrich, Giraffe, Greater Kudu and small Lion cubs.

Next stop - the beautiful, newly finished, Pangolin Chobe Hotel with its added feature of the specially modified Photo Boats on the Chobe River.  We had the private use of a boat and explored different areas of the river right up to Elephant Bay.  Photographing birds from the boat gets one really close to many different species.  We scored a bonus by photographing a Carmine Bee-eater - one of the last to migrate north.  In the afternoons, we photographed many species that came to drink.  Elephant herds were abundant, but we also photographed Cape Buffalo, Chacma Baboons, Greater Kudu, Impala, Hippos and a serious fight between two fully grown male Giraffe.

The Camp Staff Team who looked after us so well for our first 10 nights is superb!!  It is a mystery how these guys manage to achieve what they do.  Thank you KK for the amazing food!!  To Names and July - every aspect of our camp life was taken care of so that we could enjoy our experience to the fullest!

Without the guiding skills of both of our guides, Gee and Bate, we would never have been able to photograph all the animals we encountered.  It was a great pleasure to work with both of you.  Positioning a land vehicle for good photography is tricky, doing it with a boat is an incredible skill!!  Boat Captain Smart, you are the best!!  Many thanks to all the amazing staff at the new Pangolin Chobe Hotel.  You made our stay so welcoming and enjoyable, the location is awesome and the food is out of this world!

Finally, a huge thank you to a wonderful group of clients who made this trip possible.  Robert, Kate, Al L, Kathy, Al P and Sharon - a great trip, filled with many memories,  It was a pleasure to travel with you all. Enjoy some photos from the trip!  

Best wishes, Stu.

Zebra running, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Zebra running, Moremi Game Reserve
Elephants drinking, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Elephants drinking, Moremi Game Reserve
Zebra on a flood plain, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Zebra on a flood plain, Moremi Game Reserve
Magpie Shrike, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Magpie Shrike, Moremi Game Reserve
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, Moremi Game Reserve
Giraffe and Hippo, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Giraffe and Hippo, Moremi Game Reserve
Herd of Elephants at Xini Lagoon, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panora
Herd of Elephants at Xini Lagoon, Moremi Game Reserve
A Chacma Baboon at the top of a Palm tree, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Sp
A Chacma Baboon at the top of a Palm tree, Moremi Game Reserve
Common Waterbuck Moremi Game Reserve. WILD4 Afrocan photo safaris
Common Waterbuck Moremi Game Reserve
A pair of endangered Wattled Cranes, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
A pair of endangered Wattled Cranes
A Verreaux's Eagle Owl at night, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
A Verreaux's Eagle Owl at night
Pearl Spotted Owlet, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Pearl Spotted Owlet
Sable Antelope, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Roan Antelope
Red Lechwe running at sunset, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Red Lechwe running at sunset
Male Red Lechwe Antelope using his horn to scratch himself, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Ph
Male Red Lechwe Antelope using his horn to scratch himself
Red Lechwe at Leopard Lagoon, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Red Lechwe at Leopard Lagoon
African Open Billed Stork, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Open Billed Stork, Lhwai River, Northern Moremi
Male Lion, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Male Lion, Northern Moremi Game Reserve
Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Leopard licking its lips, Moremi
Lions yawning, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Wildlife Panorama & composit
Two Lion yawning, Moremi game Reserve
Lions, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama, Composite image
Lions, near the Khwai River
Leopard in the shade, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
The amazing camouflage of a Leopard, Moremi
The female Hippo trying to keep the Lions away from her baby, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo
Lions trying to attack an injured Hippo Calf, but its mother defends
Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Greater Kudus, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Greater Kudus, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Young female Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Young female Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Cheetah running, Savuti Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Cheetah running, Savuti Botswana
African Monarch Butterflies, Savuti Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Monarch Butterflies, Savuti
Male Common Ostrich, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Male Common Ostrich, Savuti Botswana
Male Lion and sub adult, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Male Lion and sub adult, Savuti
Young Lions playing, Savuti Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Composite image
Young Lions playing, Savuti Botswana
Herd of Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Herd of Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana
Malachite Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Malachite Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana
Male Giraffe fighting, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Male Giraffe fighting, Chobe River Botswana
Male Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Male Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana
Pied Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Pied Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
White Faced Whistling Ducks, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
White Faced Whistling Ducks, Chobe River
White Faced Whistling Ducks in flight, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
White Faced Whistling Ducks in flight, Chobe River
White Crowned Lapwing, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
White Crowned Lapwing, Chobe River Botswana
Baby Chacma Baboon, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Baby Chacma Baboon, Chobe River Botswana
A Blacksmith Lapwing with a worm, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
A Blacksmith Lapwing with a worm
African Jacana, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
African Jacana, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
African Fish Eagle, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
African Fish Eagle, Chobe River Botswana
African Darter with a fish, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Darter with a fish, Chobe River Botswana
Baby Elephant running, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Baby Elephant running, Chobe River Botswana