May, July, August & September 2018
The Better Wildlife Photography Safari will help you to master your photographic skills whils spending time in two of the best photographic destinations in Botswana – the Chobe and The Okavango Delta.
Each safari is hosted by one of our resident photographic guides who will be on hand to not only go through the basics but help you with some more advanced techniques to take your photography to the next level. If you dont have a camera then you are welcome to use one of ours for the duration of the safari, free of charge. We will even supply you with all the memory cards that you will be filling each day!
In between the morning and afternoon game activities there will be time to spend with the guides doing post production so we advise you to bring a laptop with you to edit and review your images in the group sessions.
The course will take you from shooting on the auto/green setting to using the other modes controlling shutter speeds, apertures and ISO to maximise your creativity. the guides are there to not only help wiuth the technical aspects but also to advise on how best to compose your image and to anticipate the movement and behavioural quirks of the subjects you encounter.
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
This safari has two options where the first destination is either the Pangolin Mobile Camp or at the Pangolin Chobe Lodge opening in July 2018. The next two destinations for both options is The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat and then the Pangolin Khwai Camp
On the first day you will be met at either Kasane airport or the border (if you have started your safari in Victora Falls for example) by your photographic host who will be with you for the firt leg of this safari. the photographic hosts are permanent pangolin staff and aree all expert photographic guides with years of wildlife photography experience under their belts.
You will then make your way to either the Pangolin Cobe Lodge or to The Pangolin Mobile Camp depending on which option you have chosen.
When you arrive you will be idssied with your camera. If you have chosen to use your own camera then this will be an opportunity to show it to the guide so that he or she are aware of the brand and model to adapt to your specific needs during the safari.
Option #1 – Camping
We like to say that “if you are going to the bush BE in the bush” and that’s exactly where this safari starts at the Pangolin Mobile Camp deep in the Chobe National Park. The accomodation in the camo is in well apointed large ensuite tents with private toilets and showers at the rear. There are proper beds with quality linen and plenty for space for luggage and storage.
In front of the tent is a covered area with a couple of chairs to relex in with a good book inbetween game drives. All the activities at teh Pangolin Mobile Camp will be done in our custom built long wheel base land Cruiser with four rows allowing everyone to have a window seat.
Option #2 – The Pangolin Chobe Lodge
Our 14 room lodge on the hill overlooking the Chobe Floodplains is opening in July 2018 and will be the regions first lodge dedicated to the needs of todays’s modern wildlife photographer. Each of the rooms has a view over the floodplains with a private balcony and ensuite shower and toilets. The rooms are all air-conditioned with plenty of plug points and storage space.
At the Chobe lodge we will be doing a mixture or water and land based activities in either the photo boats or the Unimog.
All meals and drinks are included at both the Mobile Camp and the Chobe Lodge.
Day 4 – 7
On the fourth day you will travel with your guide across to the Namibian side of the Chobe River to meet up with our floating lodge – The Pangolin Voyager.
The Voyager has four guest cabins and one for the guide all of which are ensuite and air conditioned. The beds in the cabins can be configured as either doubles or two singles. The beds all have top quality linen and there are plenty of plug points.
On the middle deck of The Voyager is a loung and dining room which doubles as an editing table for mid afternoon post production sessions with the guide.
On the upper level is a wonderful sun deck with loungers where you can relax with a good book in between drives.
All the activities on The Pangolin Voyager are on one of our custom built 8-seater photo boats and your guide will be on hand to continue improving your photo skills during the cruises.
Day 7 – 10
On the seventh day you will check out of Namibia after brunch and head back over to the Botawana side and on to Kasane Airport where you will board your private charter flight to The Okavango Delta which is where the Pangolin Khwai Camp is situated.The flight takes just over an hour. At this point you will bid farewell to your Chobe photo guide who will hand over the reigns to your new guide and instructor who resides in The Delta. All of the guides rotae through our various properties so they will have first hand knowledge of what you would have already seen and photographed and what you have been taught so far.
By the time you arrive in The Delta you should be shooting with confidence on one of the manual modes and off the Auto setting.
The Camp is situated on the 200,000ha Khwai Private Reserve which is a concession bordering the Khwai River. You will land at the airstrip on the reserve and met by your guides who will take you on to the camp in custom built game viewers which each seat a maximum of four photographers.
The accomodation at the Camp is in large permanent tents with ensuite toilets and showers as well as electricty and a ceiling fan. the beds can be configured as doubles or singles and there is plenty of room for luggage and storage.
The central area of the camp features a dining area, bar, camer storage and charging station, an editing table as well as an outdoor sunken lounge and fire. The camp takes a maximum of twelve people at any one time and all the meals and drinks are included.
The beauty of being on a private concession is the fact that we can spend plenty of time at sightings as well as being able to “off-road” for special subjects like the big cats and wild dogs which are certainly prevalent in the area.
While at the Khwai Camp you will also be able to experience that most quinessential Delta activity which is in a tradional dug out canoe called a Mokoro. Being punted through the water channels by an experience poler in the Delta is a wonderful experiuence and certainly a big tick off the bucket list for most safari enthusiasts.
Night drives on the reserve are also another highlight and another way of challenging you photographically. We do not use flash on our night drives but rather adapt our settings on the camera to ustilise light from the vehicles’ headlights or flashlight bounced off the ground or the nearby vegetation.
With the private concession being so big and with so few other vehicles you will spend the last few days of your safari exploring the area and rarely seeing anyone else. There will also be an opportunity to get off the vehicles and take a walk through the bush with a specialist guide.
During the day the resident photo guide will be able to assist you with further post production around the editing table which has views out over the open grassy wetlands in front of the camp.
On the last day you will set off from the Camp after a hearty breakfast to meet up with your charter flight to the airstrip for your flight onwards to Maun which is known as the gateway to The Delta.
Your adventure need not end here however as there are daily flights onweards to Madiwe and our amazing Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s tree Lodge or even slightly further to Cape Town where we offer comprehensive itinieraries involving private day tours with our sister company Cape Town Photo Tours. Cape Town is a perfect contarct to the bush but still offers plenty of photo opportunities and all our guides are also photographers.
We belive this is the most comprehensive and varied photo safari itininary for anyone with even the slightest interest in photography. By the end not only will you have a healthy set of photographic skills but you will have enjoyed some of the best safari destinations in teh region all under the dedicated care of one company – Pangolin Photo Safaris.
- Airport/Border Meet and Greet upon arrival
- 3 nights at The Pangolin Mobile Camp
- or 3 nights at The Pangolin Chobe Lodge
- 3 nights onboard The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
- 3 nights at The Pangolin Khwai Camp
- Use of a Pangolin Camera and Telephoto lens (if required)
- Memory cards
- Full Better Wildlife Photography course
- All meals and drinks included
- Charter flights from Kasane to Khwai and on to Maun
- All game drives, boat cruise and Mokoro excursion
- Park Fees
- Tourism Levies
- Visa fees if applicable
- Laundry and items of a personal nature