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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari - May 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 2nd Jun 2016

The “Best of Botswana” 2016 photo safari has just ended and it was interesting to see how dry the Okavango Delta was but also to see how full the Chobe River was, quite contrasting locations and very different to the 2015 trips.

Moremi Game Reserve was our first stop for 3 nights. Highlights in Moremi included two big male Lions, a Lion kill, great birdlife, a large herd of Cape Buffalo, Wattled Cranes and a very atmospheric visit to “Dead Tree Island”. 

Next stop on the tour was a 4 night stay in the Khwai community area where we were treated to a number of great Leopard sightings including one of a young female Leopard that used a dead tree as her vantage point to spy on some nearby Zebra. Hippo activity was excellent in the early morning and we caught them just before they re-entered the safety of the water. One night at 2am we heard a pack of Cape Hunting Dogs right behind our camp in what seemed to be an altercation with some Spotted hyaena's over a kill that we suspected the dogs had made. In the morning we were able to catch up with the Dogs and followed them around for nearly 3 hours as they looked like they wanted to hunt again. They soon settled down to avoid the heat of the day and we again picked them up in the late afternoon. Birdlife in Khwai was also very good.

Our third stop on the trip was the special area in the Chobe Game reserve known as Savuti. Here we were treated to a number of excellent sightings of both the Marsh and Harvey's Pan Lion prides. The marsh pride had pulled down a Cape Buffalo in a small waterhole and we watched the interesting dynamics between and behaviours of the males, females and two small cubs as they all tried to get their share of the carcass.

The Harvey's Pan pride consisted of two adult females, 7 cubs and two males. On our final morning we were treated to a fantastic photo opportunity as the pride drank from a small pan, beautiful light and reflections too.

Life in camp is always a special experieince on the Botswana trips, it was getting cool at night but then the campfire was even more enjoyable.

Our flight from Savuti to Kasane and the Chobe River was a quick 35 mins and after lunch we headed out on our first afternoon boat ride on the Chobe in the special Pangolin Photo Boat.

There was a lot more water in the river this year compared with last year, but the Chobe still offered great photo opportunites with Elephants, Hippos, Crocodile, Puku Antelope and of course the multitude of water birds found here.

Our final morning was spent at the Yellow Billed Stork nesting colony which has just started to become active.

Thank you so much again to a great safari with Letaka Safaris and our excellent guides, Nkosi and Lucas as well as the amazing camp team - T-Man, Mula and Banda.

Many thanks also to Pangolin Photo Safaris and our boat captain Shuur !! thanks for yet another great stay at the river.

Finally thanks to all the participants for joining us on the “Best of Botswana” Photo Safari, CK, Pok Zin, Rita, John, Rob & Sue.. it was a pleasure to have travelled with you and shared some amazing sightings together.

Here are some photos from the trip - enjoy

Best wishes

Stu

 

Male Lion stalking - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Lion stalking - Moremi Game Reserve
Saddle Billed Stork - Moremi Game Reserve
Saddle Billed Stork - Moremi Game Reserve
Red Lechwe on Dead Tree Island  - Moremi Game Reserve
Red Lechwe on Dead Tree Island - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Impala - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Impala - Moremi Game Reserve
Sacred Ibis - Moremi Game Reserve
Sacred Ibis - Moremi Game Reserve
Wattle Crane and Cape Buffalo  - Moremi Game Reserve
Wattle Crane and Cape Buffalo - Moremi Game Reserve
Marsh Harrier - Moremi Game Reserve
Marsh Harrier - Moremi Game Reserve
Vervet Monkey - Moremi Game Reserve
Vervet Monkey - Moremi Game Reserve
Cape Buffalo - Moremi Game Reserve
Cape Buffalo - Moremi Game Reserve
Grey Headed Kingfisher - Moremi Game Reserve
Grey Headed Kingfisher - Moremi Game Reserve
African Spoonbill - Moremi Game Reserve
African Spoonbill - Moremi Game Reserve
Glossy Ibis - Moremi Game Reserve
Glossy Ibis - Moremi Game Reserve
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Moremi Game Reserve
Verreaux's Eagle Owl - Moremi Game Reserve
Female Greater Kudu - Moremi Game Reserve
Female Greater Kudu - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Greater Kudu - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Greater Kudu - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Lion  - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Lion - Moremi Game Reserve
Lioness with young Waterbuck Kill - Moremi Game Reserve
Lioness with young Waterbuck Kill - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Red Lechwe - Moremi Game Reserve
Male Red Lechwe - Moremi Game Reserve
Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Hippo - Khwai Community Reserve
Hippo - Khwai Community Reserve
Elephant Bulls crossing the river - Khwai Community Reserve
Elephant Bulls crossing the river - Khwai Community Reserve
Namaqua Sandgrouse - Khwai Community Reserve
Namaqua Sandgrouse - Khwai Community Reserve
Female Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Female Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Pearl Spotted Owlet - Khwai Community Reserve
Pearl Spotted Owlet - Khwai Community Reserve
Lilac Breasted Roller - Khwai Community Reserve
Lilac Breasted Roller - Khwai Community Reserve
Young Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Young Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Red Billed Hornbill - Khwai Community Reserve
Red Billed Hornbill - Khwai Community Reserve
Goliath Heron with fish - Khwai Community Reserve
Goliath Heron with fish - Khwai Community Reserve
Young Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Young Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Little Bee-eaters - Khwai Community Reserve
Little Bee-eaters - Khwai Community Reserve
African Open-billed Stork - Khwai Community Reserve
African Open-billed Stork - Khwai Community Reserve
Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog greeting behaviour - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dog greeting behaviour - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dogs - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dogs - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dogs and Giraffe - Khwai Community Reserve
Cape Hunting Dogs and Giraffe - Khwai Community Reserve
Elephant drinking - Khwai Community Reserve
Elephant drinking - Khwai Community Reserve
Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Leopard - Khwai Community Reserve
Elephants - Savuti
Elephants - Savuti
Elephant dust bathing - Savuti
Elephant dust bathing - Savuti
Female Elephant - Savuti
Female Elephant - Savuti
Baby Elephant - Savuti
Baby Elephant - Savuti
Lions - Savuti
Lions - Savuti
Male Lions feeding on the Buffalo kill - Savuti
Male Lions feeding on the Buffalo kill - Savuti
Male being very protective over the kill - Savuti
Male being very protective over the kill - Savuti
Three Lions waiting their turn - Savuti
Three Lions waiting their turn - Savuti
Muddy Lions - Savuti
Muddy Lions - Savuti
Lion cub on the carcass - Savuti
Lion cub on the carcass - Savuti
Lions feeding - Savuti
Lions feeding - Savuti
Young male Lion - Savuti
Young male Lion - Savuti
Lioness - Savuti
Lioness - Savuti
Two male Lions greeting each other - Savuti
Two male Lions greeting each other - Savuti
Male Lion - Savuti
Male Lion - Savuti
Two Tawny Eagles - Savuti
Two Tawny Eagles - Savuti
Juvenile Bateleur Eagle - Savuti
Juvenile Bateleur Eagle - Savuti
Crowned Lapwing - Savuti
Crowned Lapwing - Savuti
Cape Buffalo at dawn - Savuti
Cape Buffalo at dawn - Savuti
Black Backed Jackal - Savuti
Black Backed Jackal - Savuti
Male Impala rutting season !  - Savuti
Male Impala rutting season ! - Savuti
African Harrier Hawk - Savuti
African Harrier Hawk - Savuti
Lions  - Savuti
Lions - Savuti
Lion cubs - Savuti
Lion cubs - Savuti
Lilac Breasted Roller with grasshopper - Savuti
Lilac Breasted Roller with grasshopper - Savuti
Blacksmith Lapwing bathing - Savuti
Blacksmith Lapwing bathing - Savuti
Elephant and full moon - Savuti
Elephant and full moon - Savuti
Lionesses playing - Savuti
Lionesses playing - Savuti
Lion cubs drinking - Savuti
Lion cubs drinking - Savuti
Male Lion and cubs - Savuti
Male Lion and cubs - Savuti
Shaft Tailed Wydah - Savuti
Shaft Tailed Wydah - Savuti
Pied Kingfisher - Chobe River
Pied Kingfisher - Chobe River
Green Backed heron - Chobe River
Green Backed heron - Chobe River
Nile Monitor Lizard - Chobe River
Nile Monitor Lizard - Chobe River
Carmine Bee-eater catching an insect - Chobe River
Carmine Bee-eater catching an insect - Chobe River
White Faced Whistling Ducks - Chobe River
White Faced Whistling Ducks - Chobe River
Hippos - Chobe River
Hippos - Chobe River
Small Crocodile - Chobe River
Small Crocodile - Chobe River
Whistling Ducks at sunset - Chobe River
Whistling Ducks at sunset - Chobe River
African Darter - Chobe River
African Darter - Chobe River
Blacksmith Lapwing in flight - Chobe River
Blacksmith Lapwing in flight - Chobe River
Long Toed Lapwing - Chobe River
Long Toed Lapwing - Chobe River
Little Bee-eater - Chobe River
Little Bee-eater - Chobe River
African Javcana - Chobe River
African Javcana - Chobe River
African Darter - Chobe River
African Darter - Chobe River
Puku Antelope - Chobe River
Puku Antelope - Chobe River
Puku Antelope - Chobe River
Puku Antelope - Chobe River
Hippo - Chobe River
Hippo - Chobe River
Elephant - Chobe River
Elephant - Chobe River
Elephant swimming - Chobe River
Elephant swimming - Chobe River
Elephants swimming - Chobe River
Elephants swimming - Chobe River
Elephant - Chobe River
Elephant - Chobe River
Comb Duck - Chobe River
Comb Duck - Chobe River
African Fish Eagle - Chobe River
African Fish Eagle - Chobe River
Yellow Billed Stork - Chobe River
Yellow Billed Stork - Chobe River
Yellow Billed Stork with nesting material - Chobe River
Yellow Billed Stork with nesting material - Chobe River
Pygmy Goose - Chobe River
Pygmy Goose - Chobe River
Hippo with baby - Chobe River
Hippo with baby - Chobe River
Pangolin Photo Boat - Chobe River
Pangolin Photo Boat - Chobe River

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4 Comments

  • Very many thanks for an[other] excellent trip Stu, it’s always a pleasure to visit Africa with you. Botswana managed to provide consistent good weather, excellent accommodation, excellent sitings and superb local support, I don’t suppose there’s any chance you could come over to the UK and edit my photos for me is there?!

    Rob Brookes - June 02nd, 2016 at 12:49pm

  • Beautiful photos, as always Stu.  Larry is going to be jealous that you got a good shot of the Pygmy Goose. We tried to get close enough for photos every day we were there.
    Enjoy your time home with the girls now

    Debbie Jackson - June 02nd, 2016 at 3:49pm

  • Amazing photos

    Ulhas Mayekar - June 06th, 2016 at 2:53pm

  • As always, superb photos Stu. Brings back memories of our trip with you last year to Botswana. I’m still dining out on the stories!

    Stephen Tattersall - June 07th, 2016 at 4:48pm

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Testimonials 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

Testimonials 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.

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