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BEST of BOTSWANA photo safari TRIP REPORT - May 2019

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 9th Jul 2019

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The 2019 May "Best of Botswana" photo safari proved to be a great success, the weather was perfect and as usual, the light in Botswana at this time of year was just amazing.

After flying into the delta from Maun, we were met by our Letaka Safari guides, Gee and Bate, at the Xakanaxa airstrip. Our camp in Moremi was in a great location and as we arrived at the camp, we were greeted by a herd of Elephants. Some of the many highlights we had in Moremi included Tsessebe Antelope, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, and large herds of Elephants and Red Lechwe.

Our next destination was the Khwai Concession, and our private campsite right on one of the river channels. Khwai is always a very productive place and this trip was no different. We had amazing photo opportunities with the local birdlife, including a wonderful pair of endangered Wattled Cranes. We saw Leopards and Lions on a number of occasions, one of which was a fascinating scenario where Lions had caught and injured a small baby hippo, just out of the safety of the watercourse. The mother Hippo was trying to keep the Lions away from her baby and charged at the Lions on a number of occasions.

Our final stop on the mobile camping section was the drier Savuti area of the Chobe National Park. The sunrises and sunsets in Botswana are gorgeous, particularly in Savuti, and we enjoyed photographing these on most days. Savuti also provided us with a great sighting of two male Cheetahs which are not commonly seen in Botswana, but we found these two brothers leaving the open area of the Savute Marsh and heading into the Mopani Thickets that border the marsh. Marabou Pan was dominated by Lions and Elephants and as the dry season encroaches, this water hole is certain to become very busy indeed. Other highlights in Savuti were Ostriches, Giraffe, Greater Kudu and small Lion cubs.

Next stop was the Chobe River where we stayed at the newly finished Pangolin Chobe Hotel, which exceeded all our expectations and we had a wonderful stay. Of course, the Hotel is backed up by an amazing experience out on the specially modified Pangolin Photo Boat. 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 is really productive as one can approach to within a few meters of many different species. The mornings tend to be great for birds, and we scored a bonus by photographing a Carmine Bee-eater - one of the last to migrate north. The afternoon boat rides provide a lot of opportunities to photograph the many different species of mammals that come down to the river to quench their thirst. 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.

A HUGE thank you goes to the Letaka Camp Staff team who looked after us so well for the first 10 nights of our trip, it is still a mystery as to how these guys manage to do all that they do and still have the energy to look after us with so much care and attention to detail. Thank you KK for the amazing food !!, and to Names and July for making sure every aspect of our camp life was taken care of so that we could enjoy our experience to the fullest.

Without the master tracking, spotting and driving skills of both of our guides, Gee and Bate, we would never have been able to get into the best positions to photograph all the animals we encountered, these guys are amazing and it was a great pleasure to work with both of them.

Smart, our boat captain on the Chobe, thank you so much, trying to position a vehicle on land for a good photo angle is tricky, but to do this on the water in a boat is an incredible skill, I don't know how you do it Smart! - thank you!

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!

Last, but not least, a huge thank you to a wonderful group of clients who made this trip possible, Robert, Kate, Al L., Kathy, Al P. and Sharon - what a great trip it was, filled with many memories, both in picture form and in the mind, it was a pleasure to travel with you all.

Enjoy some photos from the trip !

Best wishes,

Stu

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Zebra running, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Zebra running, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Herd of Red Lechwe antelope, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Herd of Red Lechwe antelope, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Sunset in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Sunset in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Elephants drinking, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Elephants drinking, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Tsessebe and Blue Wildebeest, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Tsessebe and Blue Wildebeest, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Zebra on a flood plain, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Zebra on a flood plain, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Magpie Shrike, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Magpie Shrike, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Red Lechwe Antelope, Moremi Game Resewrve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Red Lechwe Antelope, Moremi Game Resewrve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Giraffe and Hippo, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Giraffe and Hippo, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Herd of Elephants at Xini Lagoon, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Herd of Elephants at Xini Lagoon, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
A Common Reedbuck, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
A Common Reedbuck, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Cape Buffalo, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Cape Buffalo, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Wildlife Panorama
A Chacma Baboon at the top of a Palm tree, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
A Chacma Baboon at the top of a Palm tree, Moremi Game Reserve Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Wildlife Panorama
Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Wildlife Panorama
A pair of endangered Wattled Cranes, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
A pair of endangered Wattled Cranes, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
A Verreaux's Eagle Owl at night, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
A Verreaux's Eagle Owl at night, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Pearl Spotted Owlet, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Pearl Spotted Owlet, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Sunset over Leopard Lagoon, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Panorama
Sunset over Leopard Lagoon, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Panorama
Saddle Billed Stork, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Saddle Billed Stork, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Sable Antelope, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Sable Antelope, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Roan Antelope, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Roan Antelope, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Red Lechwe running at sunset, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Red Lechwe running at sunset, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Male Red Lechwe Antelope using his horn to scratch himself, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Male Red Lechwe Antelope using his horn to scratch himself, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Red Lechwe at Leopard Lagoon, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Red Lechwe at Leopard Lagoon, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
African Open Billed Stork, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Open Billed Stork, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Male Lion, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Male Lion, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Young Lions playing, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Young Lions playing, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Lions yawning, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Lions yawning, Khwai Concession Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Lions, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama, Composite image
Lions, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama, Composite image
Leopard in the shade, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Leopard in the shade, Khwai Concession Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Lilac Breasted Roller, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Lilac Breasted Roller, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Leopard, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Leopard, 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
The female Hippo trying to keep the Lions away from her baby, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
The female Hippo trying to keep the Lions away from her baby, Khwai Concession Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris. Wildlife Panorama
Greater Kudus, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Greater Kudus, Khwai Concession Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Giraffe in the "moonscape" area, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
Giraffe in the "moonscape" area, Khwai Concession Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
Giraffe on the Mababe depression, Chobe National Park Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Giraffe on the Mababe depression, Chobe National Park Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama & composite image
Baobab Trees, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Panorama
Baobab Trees, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours. Panorama
Sunrise, Savuti Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Sunrise, Savuti Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Panning technique of young Lion, Savuti Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Panning technique of young Lion, Savuti Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Cheetah running, Savuti Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Cheetah running, Savuti Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
African Monarch Butterflies, Savuti Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Monarch Butterflies, Savuti Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Cheetah at rest, Savuti Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Cheetah at rest, Savuti Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Male Common Ostrich, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Male Common Ostrich, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Lioness with small cubs, Savuti Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Lioness with small cubs, Savuti Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Bull Elephant, Savuti Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Bull Elephant, Savuti Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Male Lion and sub adult, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Male Lion and sub adult, Savuti Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Young Lions playing, Savuti Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Composite image
Young Lions playing, Savuti Botswana. African Photographic Safari. Composite image
Half Collared Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Half Collared Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Herd of Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Herd of Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Hippos on an Island, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
Hippos on an Island, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists. Wildlife Panorama
Malachite Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Malachite Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Male Giraffe fighting, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Male Giraffe fighting, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Male Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Male Greater Kudu, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Pied Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Pied Kingfisher, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Wire Tailed Swallow, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Wire Tailed Swallow, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
White Faced Whistling Ducks, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
White Faced Whistling Ducks, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
White Faced Whistling Ducks in flight, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
White Faced Whistling Ducks in flight, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
White Crowned Lapwing, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
White Crowned Lapwing, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
Spur Winged Goose, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Spur Winged Goose, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Baby Chacma Baboon, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Baby Chacma Baboon, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Collared Pratincole, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Collared Pratincole, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Elephants drinking, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
Elephants drinking, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari. Wildlife Panorama
A Blacksmith Lapwing with a worm, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
A Blacksmith Lapwing with a worm, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Spoonbill, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
African Spoonbill, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
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. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Elephant with baby, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Elephant with baby, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
African Darter with a fish, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Darter with a fish, Chobe River Botswana. Wild4 Photo Safaris
African Darter, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
African Darter, Chobe River Botswana. African Photographic Safari
Black Heron, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Black Heron, Chobe River Botswana. Small Group Photo Safari Specialists
Baby Elephant running, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Baby Elephant running, Chobe River Botswana. Stu Porter Photography Tours
Carmine Bee eater in flight, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari
Carmine Bee eater in flight, Chobe River Botswana. Africa Photo Safari

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Testimonials This was simply an outstanding photographic safari all round – by far the best that I have been on! As a keen enthusiast photographer, looking to step up a level with view to entering 2 competitions later in the year, I could not have hoped for more. Excellent ! The family based Wild4 team is personable and friendly and went the extra mile all the way through. They are very well organized and their prompt and helpful responses to queries pre-trip ensured they were easy and a pleasure to deal with.  Stu Porter can pitch his photographic tuition at any level and his attention to detail and enthusiasm was spot on throughout this trip. I was surprised by just how much I learn’t because I was quite comfortable with my photo technique on arrival. I have easily adopted his full-on manual approach, every bit of which he was able to justify - a revelation! I am quite picky, but I cannot praise these guys enough and I will be back.  Very many thanks to the whole team.

Malcolm, UK

Testimonials For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level.  Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise.  Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.

Andrew Oliver, CANADA