Best of Botswana Photo Safari July 2023
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US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Moremi Game Reserve (Okavango Delta) / Savuti (Chobe National Park) / Chobe River
PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Stu Porter
This 13-day photographic safari begins in Johannesburg, South Africa with a flight into Maun, the safari capital of Botswana. From here we will set off on a 13-day photo adventure to explore some of Botswana's best photo locations—the Okavango Delta, Savuti, and the mighty Chobe River.
On arrival in Maun, we are met by our bush pilot, who will transfer us into the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. A bird’s-eye view of the Okavango Delta is a great way to grasp the immense scale of this wildlife paradise, one of the last intact wilderness areas left in the world, and a photographers playground.
The Okavango Delta begins in Southern Angola and crosses Namibia's Caprivi Strip. It then spreads out over the Kalahari sands, forming a 15 000-square kilometre alluvial fan. The formation of the delta dates back nearly two million years.
Based at our private campsite, which is set up for our group only, we will explore the Xini area of Moremi. Noted for its beautiful seasonal floodplains and many lagoons, this area is very remote and wild.
Our next stop will be near the Khwai River, the eastern-most river of the Okavango Delta. This area offers excellent wildlife concentrations. Elephants come from miles around to drink, pods of Hippos are common, and the semi-aquatic Red Lechwe occupy the river’s floodplains. Lion prides along the riverfront are regularly seen. It is also one of the best places to see and photograph Leopards and the African Wild Dog.
From the Khwai River, we move north and east away from the Delta and through the Mababe Depression to Savuti, a vast thirsty land known for its Lion and Hyaena densities and made famous by films such as “Eternal Enemies” and the BBC's “Planet Earth” series. Savuti is an area within the Chobe National Park and is famous for its dry Marsh and the Savuti Channel.
This is a good area for African Wild Dog and Cheetah. San art dating back 4000 years can be seen on one of the hills.
Our final destination on the photo tour is the great Chobe River, which we reach by plane. Here we spend our photographic time on a private boat specially designed for photographers. Morning and afternoon sessions of 3 hours each will provide many great photo opportunities of birds and animals that come down to the river to drink.
The photo safari will end with a flight from Kasane back to Johannesburg.
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 6 participants in 2 private vehicles (3 participants per vehicle). This will offer you plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
Stu Porter will lead the tour and will alternate between the vehicles each day to offer photo tuition and guidance.
You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:
Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Crocodile, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Red Lechwe, Sable Antelope, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Warthog, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
***NB: Luggage for this safari needs to be in soft duffel-type bags, NOT hard cases. This is necessary for the road travel between the different destinations, as well as the short internal charter flights. The dust and waterproof NORTH FACE-type duffel bags are ideal.
If you are serious about nature photography, you can't do better than booking with Wild 4. Wild 4's itinerary provides sun-up to sundown quality photo-ops, and you feel you are traveling with good friends who are showing you their favorite spots. This was our fourth African photo safari (three others in East Africa) and we could not believe what a difference it makes, when a professional photographer, who understands light and animal behavior, just happens to be your driver, in a photo vehicle he designed himself. There was super spotting work from Ann from a separate radio equipped vehicle. We were the first on a leopard / impala kill thanks to one of Ann's incredible sightings, resulting in a sensational series of images shot over 45 minutes of the leopard dragging her prey to her den. After an exciting, productive day in the field, we were treated to friendly conversation, sitting around a campfire, and wonderful feasts magically prepared by Ann. Wild 4 is a totally professional and very special company. Thanks Stu, Justyna and Ann for a sensational safari.
Lee & Doris Wiese, USA
Any aspiring photographer who has not yet been on a wildlife safari should join a WILD4 with Stu and Justyna Porter. You will be guided by a graduate professional photographer who is also a highly-qualified South African field guide. Stu's knowledge of photography and his understanding of African wildlife are exceptional. He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight. I often thought to myself, how on earth did he see that! As each day begins all these talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm to each photographer's needs. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration. On our tour there were times for laughter and many times when action and adrenalin ran high. Any successful safari is only as good as its backup team. This family company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation and all the logistics. Stu's mother, Ann Porter provides excellent food for the day in the park and around the campfire at night. Both are qualified field guides and their spotting abilities add greatly to each day's safari. This particular trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed. Sincere thanks to you all.
Slim & Barbara Callaghan, UK