Danielle Carstens

Danielle is a born and bred South African and has a deep-rooted love for Africa and the world’s wilder places and growing up, no opportunity was missed to explore the hidden treasures of South Africa and its’ neighbouring countries on vacations with her family. She completed her degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Pretoria but exchanged the city life for a life closer to the bush and settled in Nelspruit. After completing The New York Institute of Photography’s Professional Photography course, her passion grew into a career and she has since freelanced as a photographic guide in the Timbavati and Klaserie regions as well as in Botswana’s Chobe and Mashatu Game Reserves. She enjoys travelling and has explored various corners of the world of which Madagascar, Namibia, Sudan and Peru were photographically rewarding.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself when she was appointed as one of Pangolin’s full-time photographic hosts in 2019 and she can now share in the joy of capturing the world’s most unique wildlife with other like-minded photographers.

What’s in my bag

Nikon D750

Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

Tamron 15-35mm f/2.8

AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon TC-14E III

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF D

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Suggested Tours

Botswana in Focus (10 Days)

This hosted safari is available in June, July and August each year and incorporates the best of The Chobe along with three nights in The Okavango Delta. This itinerary starts on set dates with groups of up to eight photographers escorted by a Pangolin Photo Host throughout. From $6,550

Ultimate Pangolin Photo Safari (14 Days)

Travelling from Victoria Falls to the shores of Cape Town is the quintessential Southern Africa safari itinerary. This safari takes in the glorious Victoria Falls, the best of Botswana and the beauty and energy of The Mother City in one seamless photo safari itinerary. From $6,500

Best of Chobe (7 Days)

The Best of The Chobe visits the Pangolin Mobile Camp as well as the Pangolin Chobe Hotel. This combination ensures that you will have very diverse sightings throughout the safari accompanied by a Pangolin Photo Host to help you get plenty of great shots. Cameras and lenses included. From $2,950

Vic Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta (9 Days)

The quintessential Botswana safari itinerary with two world class photographic destinations and two UNESCO world heritage sites over 9 days. This package is available throughout the year with easily arranged optional add-ons to Madikwe and Cape Town. From $4,350