BEST OF BOTSWANA PHOTO SAFARI | JUNE/JULY 2022
US$ 13,300 Sharing
US$ 13,900 Single
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 photographic safari
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Stu Porter
This 13-day wildlife photography 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 wildlife photography 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 photographic safari will end with a flight from Kasane back to Johannesburg.
This is an exclusive small-group photographic 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.
I found Wild4 through an article in Popular Photography magazine about how to choose a photo safari. They were one of five recommended in the article. After checking them all out, I saw that Stu and Wild4 offered the kind of experience that I wanted: 1) Small groups of dedicated photographers 2) Variety in wildlife viewing 3) Tuition on photography and wildlife behavior 4) Good communication and organisation. I can say that Wild4 met and exceeded all expectations on all points (and then some). 1) We used one vehicle for three photographers. Stu is a trained photographer himself, so his goal was always to get us into the best position with the best light. Having only three on the tour meant plenty of room for equipment and the ability to shoot from either side of the vehicle when surrounded by a herd of elephants! It also gave us the flexibility to be patient and wait for the shot. 2) The three places we visited each provided a unique experience and wonderful variety in scenery and wildlife viewing. 3) Stu's tuition was excellent. It was there if we needed it but never pushed. Tips, reminders, anecdotes on wildlife behavior. All given with patience and good humor. 4) From the first email, the communication was timely & clear. Justyna was a joy to work with and handled the back-office part of the tour seamlessly. It can't be as easy as she makes it seem. Wild4 didn't provide the wildlife or the spectacular sunsets that we experienced, but they put us in position to enjoy and capture a little piece of it in our cameras and in our memories. Our Safari was amazing and I would not have changed a thing...well, maybe I would have eaten a little less. If you're looking for a Photo Safari, there is nothing to consider. Just go ahead and contact Wild4 Photographic Safaris. You will not be sorry.
Doug Croft, USA
This was the best photo adventure I have ever experienced. My travel partners were great, the food and lodging were wonderful and most of all I learned a tremendous amount about a variety of photography techinques from the amazing Stu Porter. www.imagesbyaggie.com
Aggie Pagnillo, USA