• From: $2,850 pps
  • Duration : 7 Days
  • Highlights : Private Tented Safari Camp, Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
  • Location : Chobe National Park
  • Types of Photography : Water and Land based Wildlife and Birding Photography
  • Group size : Max 8 clients

Introduction

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s the name would suggest this safari offers you the best that The Chobe has to offer from two exceptional locations….one on land and the other on water.

This safari will be hosted by one of the Pangolin photo hosts who will be on hand throughout to help you make the most of each photo opportunity and your post production editing in between drives and cruises.

You will spend three nights at our private tented camp deep within the reserve along with an additional three nights exploring the waterways of The Chobe River on our houseboat – The Pangolin Voyager. This combination offers probably the most varied photo and game viewing opportunities in this spectacular park with excellent guides whose knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour and positioning for photography are without compare.


Dates:

Selected dates in 2017. Ask your consultant for details.

Itinerary:

The Camp

You will start your Chobe safari by being collected from Kasane International Airport (the gateway to The Chobe) be driven through the park to our tented camp in the western reaches of The Chobe National Park.

This camp comprises 5 large walk in tents each with their own private ensuite toilet and shower facilities. There are real beds with linen, blankets and pillows and plenty of room for luggage and camera gear. In front of the tent is a shaded “stoop” with a wash basin and a couple of chairs. This is not your average camping experience but rather a comfortable rustic tented lodge  deep in the African bush.

During the day the photo host will conduct editing sessions around the dining table under the awning. There is a solar powered inverter for charging both laptop and camera batteries.

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The camp staff are on hand to prepare three meals a day, enough ice in your drinks and to ensure that you have hot water whenever you need it for the shower at your tent. Meals are taken around a long table set up under an awning which doubles as a media centre for mid afternoon photo editing. In the evenings you are invited to spend time around the camp fire with your favourite tipple and enjoy the sense of being immersed in nature.

The Wildlife

During the day you will do game drives around the hills and floodplains leading to the river tat surround our camp. We have a rule of a maximum two clients per row so you will always have a window seat. The area is fantastic for sightings of plains game like zebra and giraffe along with regular sightings of large herds of elephants, buffalo and prides of lions. The area is also excellent for leopard and wild dog.

At this point we should point out that this is a wilderness experience and there are no fences around the camp but we believe that if you are going to the bush you should be “IN” the bush. The animals are not interested in coming into the camp and if they do you will be made aware by the staff as to what to do allowing you to thoroughly enjoy this natural encounter.

The Pangolin Voyager

On the fourth day we will transport you through to the Eastern side of The Chobe where you will be collected by the guides from The Pangolin Voyager, our 5 cabin houseboat, which “voyages” along the magnificent Chobe River.

From the houseboat you will have a very different wildlife experience as you literally look back onto the land you have spent the last 4 days exploring. The game viewing on the houseboat is done on small photo boats with four custom built photo chairs on each. The chairs are equipped with camera mounts and are able to rotate 360 degrees.

From the river you can expect to see plenty of elephants coming to drink from the river as well as large populations of hippos, antelope and multiple species of birds including Fish eagles, Jacanas, Pygmy Geese and Kingfishers. Game viewing and photography on the river is spectacular but should you wish you can also try your hand at some Tiger fishing or even go and visit a local village to meet the inhabitants and learn about their way of life. When you are on The Pangolin Voyager the itinerary is yours to design. We also offer walks on a local baobab covered island but you are just as welcome to enjoy the sun deck with a good book.

The Pangolin Voyager changes mooring points every night as we move along the river so you will always sleep in a different location onboard our “floating lodge”. Our superb chefs will keep you well fed throughout your stay with snacks and meals produced in the galley. There are plenty of drinks onboard and these are included in the package as they are at the tented camp too.

 

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On the final day we bid you farewell and wish you a wonderful onward journey whether it be back to your home or onwards to The Okavango Delta for some more time in the bush perhaps or even the winelands and coastline of Cape Town in South Africa.

Your travel consultant will be more than happy to lay out your options for you should you wish to extend your safari with us.


Photo Tip

Bring plenty of memory cards with you on this trip as they are going to fill fast. Also if you would like to bring a laptop with you for reviewing and editing your images as you go rest assured that we have a very good supply of electricity at both the tented camp and onboard the houseboat. We even have inverters and plug points on the game viewers for charging camera batteries on longer full day game drives.


Includes:

  • Expert photo guidance from a Pangolin Photo Host
  • 3 nights Pangolin Tented Camp in The Chobe
  • All meals and drinks included
  • 2 game drives per day (max two clients per row)
  • Park Fees
  • 3 nights Pangolin Voyager Houseboat
  • Daily cruises on The Chobe River in our photo boats
  • Fishing Licences
  • Cultural visits and walks
  • All meals and drinks onboard the houseboat
  • Tourism levies
  • Airport transfers to Kasane international.

Excludes:

  • Visa fees if applicable
  • International and domestic flights
  • Gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Camera equipment. You should have your own for this safari.
  • Single supplement of $895 per person

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