Wild4 African Photographic Safaris

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari - May 2014

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 25th May 2014

Botswana - a name that has always brought to mind the romance of wild Africa.  This great trip certainly lived up to the Africa of old, in so many ways.
We were met at the Xakanaxa Airstrip in the Moremi Game Reserve by our guide Nkosi and expertly driven to our first expedition style tented camp amidst huge rain trees in the Xini Lagoon Region.  

The privileged sightings from this camp included 2 lovely male cheetahs, a collection of ten different waterbird species fishing together at a small vanishing waterhole and a fantastic full moon rising/sunset scenario featuring a baobab tree.

After Xini we moved on to the Khwai area which is community owned.  Off-road driving is permitted in Khwai, which added to the excitement.  We had wonderful experiences with leopard here - one included a three month old cub at a kill with her mother, which was very special. Three baby hyaena entertained us when the early morning sun had lured them from their den and we were also lucky enough to encounter Cape Hunting Dogs up close which we managed to follow on a hunt until the vegetation and their speed defeated us.  The camp here was delightful - situated next to the Khwai River under magnificent leadwood trees.

The Savuti area of the Chobe Game Reserve was our next stop - a wonderland of marsh, forest, grassland and sandveld.  This time our camp was situated in a grove of Kalahari Apple Leaf trees and had a character all of its own.  It was here that we encountered the marsh lion pride - all beautiful specimens with two sets of young cubs.

I would like to thank the Letaka team for all their hard work and great organisation.  Our guide Nkosi was outstanding.  His knowledge of all facets of the environment in which he works was amazing, as were his driving skills.  His ability as a photographer helped so much in understanding our needs.  Pula, the chef and chief camp organiser was truly phenomenal - the food he produced in camping conditions was incredible.  He was ably assisted by Banda and Frans.

From Savuti we flew to the Chobe River Front for the final stage of our trip. Here we did early morning and late afternoon boat trips in a specially designed photo boat  which had been cleverly adapted for photographers. Thanks to the ability of our boat captain - Shar, we got great shots of white fronted bee-eaters and yellow billed storks at their nests, fish eagles, hippos yawning and elephants playing and drinking in the river, to name  a few.  Many thanks to “Guts” of Pangolin Safaris for all his help and assistance in making this so special.

The “Best of Botswana” Photo safari is different to all our others in so many ways - this is the real Africa, massive remote areas away from crowds of people. The light is amazing and the smells are unique.  

We will be offering a second departure in 2015 as the first departure is already sold out, please email us if you are interested in a space on the 2015 departure. 

Regards to all

Enjoy some photos from the trip !!...
 

Cape Buffalo - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Cape Buffalo - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Ostriches - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Ostriches - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Mobile Expedition style Camp
Mobile Expedition style Camp
Dining tent
Dining tent
Your room in the bush
Your room in the bush
Dwarf Mongooses - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Dwarf Mongooses - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Zebra - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Zebra - Moremi, Okavango Delta
A close encounter with a Lion - Moremi, Okavango Delta
A close encounter with a Lion - Moremi, Okavango Delta
African Wilddog - Moremi, Okavango Delta
African Wilddog - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Yellow Billed Stork and a Hammerkop fishing - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Yellow Billed Stork and a Hammerkop fishing - Moremi, Okavango Delta
A pair of Saddle Billed Storks - Moremi, Okavango Delta
A pair of Saddle Billed Storks - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Baobab and full Moon - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Baobab and full Moon - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Baobab and full Moon - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Baobab and full Moon - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Baobab at sunset - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Baobab at sunset - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Chacma Baboon - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Chacma Baboon - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Cheetah - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Cheetah - Moremi, Okavango Delta
Leopard - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Leopard - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Female Impala - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Female Impala - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Warthog - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Warthog - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Leopard - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Leopard - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Leopard cub - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Leopard cub - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Hyaena cub - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Hyaena cub - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Female Leopard & cub - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Female Leopard & cub - Khwai, Okavango Delta
White Faced Whistling Ducks - Khwai, Okavango Delta
White Faced Whistling Ducks - Khwai, Okavango Delta
African Wild dogs - Khwai, Okavango Delta
African Wild dogs - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Greater Kudu - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Greater Kudu - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Open Billed Stork - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Open Billed Stork - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Elephant bull - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Elephant bull - Khwai, Okavango Delta
Black Backed Jackals - Savuti
Black Backed Jackals - Savuti
Wildebeest at sunset - Savuti
Wildebeest at sunset - Savuti
African Fish Eagle - Savuti
African Fish Eagle - Savuti
Lilac breasted Rollers - Savuti
Lilac breasted Rollers - Savuti
Lion cub - Savuti
Lion cub - Savuti
Lioness and Impala - Savuti
Lioness and Impala - Savuti
Male Sable Antelope - Chobe
Male Sable Antelope - Chobe
Elephant trunk - Chobe
Elephant trunk - Chobe
Elephant Bulls playing in the Chobe River - Chobe
Elephant Bulls playing in the Chobe River - Chobe
Hippo - Chobe
Hippo - Chobe
Pangolin photo boat - Chobe
Pangolin photo boat - Chobe
Cape Buffalo - Chobe
Cape Buffalo - Chobe
Male African Jacana carrying two chicks under its wings - Chobe
Male African Jacana carrying two chicks under its wings - Chobe
Elephants playing - Chobe
Elephants playing - Chobe
Elephant - Chobe
Elephant - Chobe
Hippo yawn - Chobe
Hippo yawn - Chobe
Yellow Billed Stork landing - Chobe
Yellow Billed Stork landing - Chobe
African Fish Eagle - Chobe
African Fish Eagle - Chobe
African Fish Eagle - Chobe
African Fish Eagle - Chobe

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Testimonials I wanted to write this while the trip is still fresh in my mind. This was my first trip to Africa and I did as much online research into photo specific safaris as I could. I was not disappointed with choosing Wild 4. Throughout the trip Stu answered the countless questions as if there wasn't a stupid one in the bunch (and there were many) his knowledge of the wildlife is nothing short of amazing, I can't think of a single bird, mammal or reptile that he couldn't identify and give us some background on. Not to mention his uncanny ability to spot wildlife while moving. Our rangers and accommodations in Ngala and Mala Mala were first rate. While in the Kruger proper, John and Anne took exceptional care us. I would not hesitate to book another trip with Stu. Patrick

Patrick Flora, USA

Testimonials As a return customer I can't recommend enough the experience of these trips as well as photographic opportunities that surpass all expectations.  In addition I have now visited the reptile centre, as part of the extension, twice. Both times I have been delighted with the skill and expertise of the rangers there.  The opportunities set up for photography are exceptional and that coupled with Stu's masterclass in close up and macro provides a day to remember.  If you get the opportunity to do the extension, take it as it's worth every minute.

Sharron Franks, UK