Pangolin Photo Camp
The Pangolin Photo Camp is the latest addition to the Pangolin Places portfolio. Situated on a private concession in The Okavango Delta. The camp is designed to accommodate the needs of wildlife photographers with the advantage of being able to relocate to maximise proximity to seasonal sightings.
The camp accommodates a maximum of eight guests, with two vehicles and 30,000 hectares (100,000 acres) to explore….and photograph. the camp is hosted by one of our Pangolin Photo Hosts and we have cameras and lenses for you to use should you require.
The Pangolin Photo Camp is able to relocate every two weeks to make the most of seasonal conditions and wildlife activity. The photo camp is a concept unique to Pangolin Photo Safaris.
Watch below as The Team explore the concession
Join Guts on a walk through The Pangolin Photo Camp.
The Pangolin Photo Camp is situated in the western sector of the NG16 private concession and is serviced by the Motswiri airstrip which is a short flight from both Kasane (Chobe) and Maun. The camp itself is semi-permanent and relocates every two weeks to a new campsite. There are approximately seven sites on the concession that we utilise each with its own charm and character.
The area in which we traverse is approximately 30,000 hectares (100,000 acres) and is bisected by the Selinda Spillway – an important source of water in the region. The topography is one of mixed open plains and small woodlands crisis crossed with seasonal streams and waterways.
Game Drives at the Pangolin Photo Camp
The Camp is situated on a vast private NG16 concession which we refer to as the Motswiri sector. The total area that we have to explore is approximately 100,000ha.
In camp, we have two Land Cruisers which will take four guests each. The vehicles have been modified with height-adjustable bean bag months on each seat. The resident Pangolin Photo Host with alternate between the two vehicles on each game drive. More often the vehicles stay relatively close to each other to help with spotting. They are in radio contact.
The guides at the camp have been operating in The Okavango Delta for many years and are very much in tune with the environment. They have undergone extensive, in-house, photo guiding training to understand the needs of our clients to get into great photographic positions to anticipate animal behaviour and make the most of the available light.
Photo tuition and cameras at the camp.
The Pangolin Photo Camp is hosted by one of the resident Pangolin Photo Hosts who is on hand to offer photographic advice throughout your stay. As with The Pangolin Chobe Hotel we also have cameras and lenses available for you to use, free of charge, for the duration. During the day we have the editing tent which is a great place for group post-production sessions. To make the most of these please make sure you travel with your own laptop (with all the necessary latest updates installed). We have a free online Adobe Lightroom course that you can take before arriving as there will not be time to teach you the basics of editing when you are on safari.
Night Drives and Star Photography
Being on a private concession we are able to off-road at special sightings as well as conduct night drives. In these instances, we will normally head out later on the afternoon game drive and return later after dark. On occasion, if we hear animal activity nearby to the camp after dark we will head out to inspect. You never know what you might find! With such a small camp meal times are totally flexible to suit the day’s photo activities.
When the conditions are right with the lunar cycle and climatic conditions at their optimum we will head out and do some star photography at night. We have identified a lovely baobab tree on a slight rise that will work as the perfect foreground silhouette. Please know that inclement weather and excessive cloud cover can make star photography impossible.
Design is underway for an underground waterhole hide which should be operational by mid-2021. This low-level hide will create amazing photographic opportunities to get images of animals coming to drink from the waterhole. The hide is being designed by Guts and photographic legend Dereck Joubert who is the concession holder.
The Pangolin Photo Camp has five double tents with the camp sleeping a maximum of eight guests. Each tent is a large Meru-style walk-in tent with an ensuite shower, basin and flushing toilet. the beds are two singles that can be placed together for a rudimentary double bed.
The power for the room is supplied by a solar recharged battery pack that has enough power for lights, recharging of batteries, a fan as well as other electronics such as CPAP machines which require power through the night. During the day these units are recharged should they require a top-up.
There are storage areas for clothes as well as a seating area in front of the tent. The walls of the tent are fitted with large mosquito-proof gauze which aids ventilation and allows the sounds and smells of the African Bush to permeate the tent aiding sleep and enhancing the entire experience.
Hot water for the en suite shower is provided throughout the day, on-demand, by the camp staff and there are biodegradable amenities supplied.
Bearing in mind that the tent is designed to move regularly you will find this an incredibly comfortable place to sleep and rest during your safari. the rest of the time you will be exploring and photographing in the game viewers or making the most of the other camp facilities like the Editing Tent, Dining Tent and of course the fire!
The communal areas of The Pangolin Photo Camp
The Pangolin Photo Camp has been designed with the needs of the modern wildlife photographer in mind. The communal areas of the camp comprise a dining and lounge tent as well as an editing tent. In addition to that, there is a fire to enjoy before and after dinner.
The lounge/dining tent can accommodate all the guests in camp and offers a little shade during the heat of the day to enjoy your meals and relax with your fellow travellers. Being a camp that relocates regularly don’t expect any large pieces of wooden furniture but more of a paired back, elegant sophistication that will remind you of the expeditions of the pioneers of the safari.
The Editing tent
The Editing Tent is unique to our offering and is a space where you can not only gather and review your images but also store and recharge your camera gear during the day. The sides of the tent can be opened or closed depending on the weather and ambient light. If you have yet to master any particular editing software then we suggest taking a look at Janine’s Free 11 part Adobe Lightroom Course for Beginners which will get you prepared for your safari.
Bear in mind that there is no internet service in the camp, or anywhere nearby for that matter. Please make sure that all of your software and firmware updates are done before arriving at the camp.
The Camp Fire
When you return from the afternoon drive you will be welcomed by a roaring fire and a member of the team ready to take a drinks order. Sitting around a fire in the African Wilderness swapping tales and recounting the day’s sightings is one of life’s great pleasures.
On occasion, you might be aware of strange noises and the presence of wild animals beyond the camp’s perimeter. We assure you that the animals have no interest in venturing closer to you than they feel is comfortable. There are no fences. It is you and nature living in harmony. As it should be.
The meals at The Pangolin Photo Camp are prepared by the team on a bush kitchen employing modern and traditional, open fire, techniques to conjure up delicious meals throughout your stay.
Generally, there will be tea and coffee ready for you before you head out on the morning drive during which you will stop off for a caffeine top-up accompanied by what we like to call the “African Biscotti” – the humble (and delicious) Rusk! For those needing a little extra warming up, we can always supply a dash of Amarula in the coffee in lieu of milk.
When you return from the game drive you can enjoy a delicious brunch with eggs to order in the dining tent. This is a hearty meal accompanied by cereals, toast and fruit. Brunch is designed to see you through to High Tea which is served just before that afternoon game drive and comprises a small savoury and sweet offering. During high tea, your sundowner order will be taken and packed for the afternoon drive.
There will be plenty of warm and cold drinks on offer throughout the day – soft and alcoholic. All you need to do is ask a member of the team and it will be ready for you in minutes. In the evenings we have wine served with the evening meal with a few varietals on offer.
All meals and drinks are included at the Pangolin Photo Camp and we can cater for most dietary restrictions and requirements. Please speak to your safari planner and we will be sure to relay any of the above requirements to the camp timeously.
Pangolin Photo Camp rates
The Pangolin Photo Camp operates from 1st April to 30th November each year.
Rate: $750 per person sharing per night ($225 single supplement per night)