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Join top wildlife photographer Roger de la Harpe in The Chobe in September 2012 with Pangolin Photo Safaris

“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.

Please scroll down for the full itineraities and pricing.

Please contact us for your special net rates on this superb product: rates@smartstrategies.co.za

 

4 night Best of The Chobe Photo Safari – 26th to 30th September

Day 1:

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!!!!

Day 2:

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.

Day Three:

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.

Day Four:

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).

Day Five:

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.
Costs:

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.

Prices include:
• 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
• Transfers
• 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)
Prices exclude:
• Gratuities
• Laundry
• Items of a personal nature

Warning:
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
Transfers
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.

Please contact us for your special nett rates on this superb product: rates@smartstrategies.co.za

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Dinaka Safari Lodge Lion Kill Central Kalahari Botswana

 

We had just arrived at the waterhole for breakfast, to find 2 lionesses lying at the water. They suddenly perked up and we saw kudu coming in to drink. The one female moved into cover carefully and lay in wait. The pregnant female crouched at the waterhole. A young kudu cow walked straight up to where they were lying and in a couple of strides, she was caught. She fought, but did not manage to get away. The second female joined in to pull the kudu down, and they lay for ages until the kudu stopped kicking. After a long while the one female dragged the carcass into the shade of a nearby tree, and then they both lay down and ignored it!! Next we saw a warthog trotting down the road further up. One lioness got up and circled the pig, then ambushed her. She managed to get away. Next came her 3 little piglets a little way behind her. The lionesses pounced and caught one, much squealing and it managed to get away. The chase was on. The piglet ran into a thick thorn bush, and the lioness tried to dig her out. We watched in amazement as the small piglet then kept launching herself at the lioness from the bush!!

This went on for quite some time, with the lioness jumping back each time, until finally she caught the little pig in mid jump. Lots of squealing and then silence.

We had 5 guests here, and the cameras were clicking madly! Some fabulous photos all round. Breakfast was almost ignored, tea went cold – far too much excitement!!

The guests stayed to watch for some time and finally the lionesses opened up the kudu stomach, and pulled out a foetus. So sad, but nature at its best.

They did not eat much at all – they just were not hungry – pure opportunistic kills!

I will send the picture of the warthog when I get it off Dave’s camera.

Turned out the little thing had a deformed foot, which shows clearly in the photos.

Some of the guests saw a leopard at the top waterhole yesterday afternoon, and a wildcat, so great sightings all round. The rest are going up there now, so I hope they are just as lucky.

What a day at Dinaka!!

Mel George & Dave

Team Dinaka

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Dinaka Safari Lodge - Central Kalahari Botswana - Lions in Camp

This is our young male (cheeky chops) , who is always up to nonsense.

He grabbed the pig and waltzed

off with it shortly afterwards.

Lions have been here all week severely disrupting work schedules. The females have been lying against the verandah in the shade, so we have to tiptoe past them on the creaky floorboards. Eventually they get irritated, sigh and move a few paces away. They are now all under chalet 2 – watching us down the pathway.

Otherwise all well – just waiting for rain.

Cheers – from Mel, George and Dave

 

 

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Rhino Horn breakthrough in Tableview South Africa - Saving Private Rhino

 

A very proud Searl Derman… Acting on a tip, he was able to get the Hawks and South African Police out to a garage in Tableview area where 2 Chinese Nationals were arrested for the possession of ivory and various other horns….

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Photographic Safaris in the Chobe Game Reserve Botswana

 

 

The moment when a straggler form a 300 strong herd of buffalo crossing the chobe river was taken by a croc!!!

Just another average boat cruise with Pangolin!!!!

 

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CENTRAL KALAHARI FIRES latest news

 

Good morning everyone,

Just to let you know we survived the fires yet again. Many thanks to you all that prayed for us in our time of need.

We had to fall right back to the same line as last year. There was no chance of standing against the walls of flame . . . → Read More: Dinaka Safari Lodge fights fires in the Central Kalahari of Botswana

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Anti Rhino poaching initiative in south Africa - Saving Private Rhino

 

Saving Private Rhino invites you to join us at the first  anti-poaching training course

 

Saving Private Rhino, an initiative established after 2 rhino where brutally killed and dehorned on the Aquila Private Game Reserve has been set up to ensure the future conservation of Africa’s rhino and wildlife heritage. Aspects of . . . → Read More: Saving Private Rhino initiative

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2 night accommodation package sunny cove fish Hoek self catering.

 

FALSE BAY – CAPE TOWN

NOVEMBER ROMANTIC GETAWAY SPECIAL!!!

·         2 nights accommodation in one of our luxury self catering apartments ·         Dinner for 2 at Bertha’s restaurant to the value of R300 ·         2 drink vouchers for Bertha’s restaurant in Simonstown ·         A delicious breakfast . . . → Read More: The View Sunnycove Romantic Special Package

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Dinaka Safari lodge - Central Kalahari Botswana - Latest news

Latest news from Mel, Dave & George in the Kalahari

Liked the reflections here, but it was getting quite dark by then.

We have so many shots of the lioness and her cubs, but thought this was quite cute. They spent the whole day . . . → Read More: Dinaka Safari lodge – Central Kalahari Botswana – Latest news

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Dinaka Safari Lodge - Central Kalahari Botswana - Lions in Camp

 

Introducing our resident pride of Lion at Dinaka!

No need to go on a Game Drive!

 

These cats stayed at the Lodge all weekend, keeping our visitors out of their tents all day. They have been hanging around the . . . → Read More: Dinaka Safari Lodge – Central Kalahari Botswana – Lions in Camp

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