“There is something quite different about doing wildlife photography from the water. One gets very close to the animals and birds, and it’s gentler more peaceful experience than the traditional 4X4 game drives. We will spend 4 nights in the Kasane area of the Chobe River Botswana taking advantage of the dry conditions when the water in the area is pretty much restricted to the river. This makes river based photography very productive. I have previously photographed elephant herds here from the water with a 24mm lens!
We limit the size of the group to just 8 photographers so that we can spend quality time together and really work of getting beautiful images. By all means bring your partner along at a reduced rate to enjoy the safari with you.
The program is very relaxed and flexible and while the idea is to bring back some amazing photographs of the wildlife we will also schedule some time to do a little relaxing if you choose. Early mornings and late afternoons will be spent on the water shooting pix of the animals and surrounds. During the time after breakfast we will have a little free time and then in the afternoons before we head out we will analyse the images we are getting, figuring out where we are going right and wrong”.
- Roger de la Harpe
Roger will be spending an additional 3 nights on board the Nguni Voyager which will be moored on The Zambezi at Kalizo near the nesting sites of hundreds of Carmine Bee-eaters which will be in the area at that time. This extension can be booked in addition to the 4 night safari above with a spectacular discount or booked as a stand alond experience.
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4 night Best of The Chobe Photo Safari – 26th to 30th September
You leave O.R.Tambo international at 11.50am or Air Botswana to Kasane international airport – flying time approx 2hours and 20 mins. You will be collected by Roger de la Harpe and our representative upon arrival and transferred to Mowana Lodge in time to check in, unpack and get settled.
Depending on arrival times, we’ll have lunch or tea and head out on the river at around 15.30 returning to Mowana at 18.30 in time for drinks and then dinner in the restaurant. We will be on the lookout for all sorts of water birds and animals heading down to water to drink. The end of the game drive culminates in drifting through the rapids near Mowana among beautiful tree covered island harbouring nests of open billed and yellow billed storks. Photographing these birds coming home to roost against the sunset is spectacular!!!!
We head out early in the Unimog for a morning drive which will give us a chance to get a shot or two of lions, a leopard if we are lucky or other predator as they rarely venture down to the river. The Unimog is a fantastic and unique photography experience. We return to Mowana for a hearty breakfast and a few hours to relax by the pool. At about 12:30 we head into the air-conditioned boardroom with our laptops to do some image analysis to figure out where we are going right and wrong with the photography.
At 15:30 we head to our elephant hide at Senyati in the Lasoma valley. With luck we will have plenty of eles coming down to drink and we can get some low angle shots of these magnificent beasts in the late afternoon light. After sunset we drive down the valley and head to Elephant Valley Lodge for dinner. The Lodge has a stunning boma in front of a waterhole and its not unusual to have dinner with of a herd of elephant. There is also a hide where we can have some time after dinner if we feel like it. We get back to Mowana at around 21.30.
It’s onto the boat again at 6 to photograph animals illuminated on Sedudu island by sun rising over the Kasane Plateau. This time of day is magnificent and there are very few other boats on the river. We often find a few old buffalos grazing on the soft vegetation along the rivers edge at this time and always there are the birds, crocodiles and hippos. We return to the Lodge for breakfast and free time and image analysis. Our boat from Savanna arrives at around 14.00 and we leave from the Jetty at Mowana. After checking out of Botswana and into Namibian we transfer to Savanna lodge on the which usually takes about 1.5 hours. We will go slowly shooting pix en route. Savanna lodge is on a beautiful bend in the Chobe River and we arrive just after sunset for drinks and getting settled in before dinner is served.
Early morning is spent on the river looking for wildlife and shooting pictures as we go and then it’s back to the lodge for breakfast, free time and image analysis. The boat is available to us all day so if we hear of something interesting we can quickly head out and get some pix. We have drinks on the river after the afternoon shoot, taking in the quietness of the evening as we float along.
We have a private braai in The Boma close to the swimming pool potentially followed by some photographing of the night sky as there is less light pollution away from Kasane (weather permitting).
One last early morning boat ride before returning to savanna for breakfast and check out. We need to leave Savanna Lodge by about 11:30 to make out flights out, arriving at O. R. Thambo in Johannesburg at about 17.00 allowing enough time to get a connecting flight onwards to CT or Durban.
The 4-night safari is R25 500-00 per person with a single supplement of R5 500. The cost for a non-photographer is R15 500-00. Separate activities will be arranged for non-photographers. Prices are subject to change.
The additional Carmine Bee-Eater package is an additional R17 000-00 (save R6500-00 on the normal price) with a single suppliment of R4000-00. Non-Photographers are R11500-00. Prices are subject to change.
• Return flights on Air Botswana from O. R. Thambo in Johannesburg
• 2 nights accommodation at Mowana Lodge on a D, B &B basis
• 2 nights accommodation at Savanna Lodge on a full board basis
• 7 game activities in either the Unimog or Boat
• Park fees (subject to change)
• Refreshments during the Game Activities (tea and coffee in the morning and soft drinks and local beers in the evenings)
• Items of a personal nature
Kasane and Chobe fall into a malaria area. Consult your doctor about the necessary precautions.
3 night Carmine Bee-eater add-on
As an add on to the above 4 night safari we have a limited number of places for an additional 3 nights on board The Nguni Voyager houseboat moored at the seasonal nesting sites of Carmine Bee-Eaters. Roger de la Harpe will be conducting a very special workshop in Kalizo on the Zambezi river in the Caprivi region of Namibia.
This five bedroom luxury houseboat will be moored as close as possible to the nesting sites allowing for great photo opportunities from the Photo Boat which will accompany the group.
The trip includes:
3 nights accommodation on The Nguni Voyager (full board)
Exclusive group use of The Photo Boat
Refreshments during activities
Workshop hosted by Roger de la Harpe
Please note that if there is space available this safari can be booked as a separate trip. Please contact us for prices including flights. Priority will however be given to clients joining the 4 night safari.
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