• From: $2,150 pp
  • Duration : 4 Nights
  • Highlights : Photo safaris in either the Unimog or on-board the Photo Boat, 4* Chobe River Lodge, expert tuition
nce a month we hold a Better Wildlife Photography Course hosted by one of our resident photographic guides. This four night/ five day safari course is aimed towards clients who have a reasonable understanding of how a digital camera works but would like to improve their wildlife photography skills. Generally, the safari runs from a Wednesday to a Sunday and there is an option to extend your stay in the beautiful Chobe. Clients also have the option to take a couple of days in the majestic Victoria Falls- only a two hour transfer away or afterwards perhaps continue onwards to The Okavango Delta!

2017 Dates

24 – 28 May, 21 – 25 June, 19 – 23 July, 23 – 27 Aug, 20 – 24 Sept, 18 – 22 Oct.

Photography Course Overview

  • This course takes place once a month (usually over a New Moon).
  • Duration is 4 nights and 5 days.
  • Aimed at clients who have a reasonable understanding of how digital photography works.
  • Lodging is either at a 4* lodge  on the banks of the Chobe River.
  • You will go on eight safaris during which you will be taught (and practice) various photographic skills and techniques.
  • Each photo safari lasts around 3 hours.
  • Safaris will include boat cruises and game drives.

The flight to Kasane from O.R.Tambo in Johannesburg takes a little over 2 hours on Air Botswana or SA Airlink. Flights generally depart around 11.40am. Upon arrival at Kasane International airport, you will be met by a Pangolin representative and transported straight to your lodge (4*) on the pristine banks of the Chobe river. We give you enough time to get settled and prepare for the afternoon photo safari on either the Photo Boat or the Unimog.

Over the course of the safari we will manage to do eight 3 hour photo safaris in either the Unimog or on-board the Photo Boat. Each vehicle seats a maximum of eight guests and, if required, we will supply each client with a state of the art Canon 7Dmk2 and 100-400mm telephoto lens.

The courses are run by our resident photo guides Janine, Charl and Sabine in rotation and you can see who they are as well as some of their images at the bottom of this page.

Skills that we will teach in the course include:

  • Composition – the rules and when to break them
  • Panning and Counter Panning
  • Focus Pull & Zoom Pull
  • Creative Statics
  • Birds in Flight

Additional skills may well be discussed and taught if certain situations arise during the 8 scheduled game drives and cruises.

All the teaching on the course happens within the beautiful Chobe National Park. As the groups are limited to only eight people there is plenty of time to analyse your images, technique and composition with the host and potentially line that shot up again! The vehicle and boat are designed with plenty of room so that the host can move between the guests at a sighting and offer advice in real time rather than later back at the lodge on a computer screen.

One evening during the workshop we will visit the most fantastic Baobab tree in a secret and private location just outside the park where we will practice the basics of night photography and painting with light. This activity is obviously dependent on atmospheric conditions but has in the past produced some of the most stunning star trails images and silhouettes of this magnificent tree against the Milky Way.

A typical day with Pangolin Photo Safaris on the Better Wildlife Photography course would run like this:

The morning drive departs just before sunrise to be in the park during the optimum lighting conditions. The photo safari lasts for three hours where we seek out great photographic opportunities for you to practice your skills. Every photo safari is hosted by a photographic guide who has a wealth of experience not only in photography but is an accomplished guide as well. It is important that the guide has an intimate knowledge of the subjects as half of the battle is the ability to predict the movements and behaviour of the subject to maximise the opportunity.

We return to the lodge in time for breakfast and then there are a couple of hours to review the images taken that morning.

Access to computers is limited in the lodge so we suggest that our clients bring a laptop with an SD card reader.

We try to combine an equal number of land and river based photo safaris over the five days, which allows equal opportunities to photograph as many different species as possible. We have found it is important to do both as many of the predatory mammals, which make such intriguing subjects, are very rarely found by the river and need to be sought out inland on the Unimog.

Again this three-hour land based photo safari gives you ample time to practice your newly acquired skills in one of the most game rich environments in Africa.

Afternoon refreshments are served on board comprising soft drinks and local beers as the sun sets over the magnificent Chobe river and we return to the lodge in time to freshen up before a delicious supper prepared by the lodge chefs. Dinner is a perfect time to review the days sightings and share tales and adventures from past safaris.

After the morning boat cruise on day five we head back to Kasane airport for the 14.40 flight to O.R.Tambo which is just over 2 hours long.

Alternatively your travel planner can suggest all sorts of add ons and extensions to this course where you can out your new skills to practice in some of the stunning reserves of the region such at The Okavango Delta and Madikwe.

What is included:

  • Full Better Wildlife Photography Course led by a resident Pangolin Photo Guide
  • Four nights’ accommodation at a 4* safari lodge on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.
  • Eight photographic game activities on either the vehicle or boat.
  • Baobab star trails evening (weather dependent)
  • Free 8gb SD card
  • Free use of a Canon 7Dmk 2 and telephoto zoom lenses  for the duration of the 8 photographic game activities should it be required.
  • Refreshments for the duration of the 8 photographic game activities. Tea and coffee in the morning and soft drinks and local beers in the afternoons.
  • Transfers as per the above itinerary
  • Park fees

What is excluded:

  • Getting to and from Kasane
  • Refreshments other than mentioned above.
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Single room supplement of $600 per person (if travelling alone)

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Your Hosts on the Better Wildlife Photography Course


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Guest Reviews

All in all it was a most enjoyable experience - loved the Chobe environment and being able to traverse and explore the river, gained a lot from from Gut’s tips and techniques, enjoyed the company and came away with a bunch of good images. 

Michael F. – 9/2015

The Pangolin workshop was absolutely terrific. All the travel arrangement worked like a charm - no hitches... The guy who leads the workshop, and owns Pangolin, “Guts” Swanepoel is simply an amazing guy. Delightful manner and an extremely knowledgeable photographer. The workshop can take a near beginner to a fair level of competence. The first day is like Photography 101 - he explains shutter, aperture and ISO. Day 1 - only shot in aperture. Day 2 only in shutter speed mode, Day 3 - full Manual! Exactly as described on their website.

Michael F. 9/2015

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