Photo Safari on the Chobe River
This is where it all began. Guts designed and built the photo boat and the custom chairs and “nailed” the concept first time – with a few tweaks and upgrades since. Rarely in life does something, like this, exceed your expectations by such a margin but in this case it did…by a long way. When combined by the supply of the photo equipment and the guidance of an expert photo host this cruise is one of the most unique and rewarding safari experiences to be had on the continent.
Our iconic photo activity on the river is now offered as part of the stay at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel, which opened in 2018, but sometimes we do have spaces on the morning or afternoon activity for non-residents. If you are travelling through The Chobe please contact one of our safari planners and we will see if we can save you a space or at least indicate whether or not there might be space when you arrive in the area.
Departure times vary depending on the time of year. This is to allow for optimum lighting conditions. The morning cruise is usually an early one – at around 6am. The afternoon safari departs at about 3pm and returns at sunset. Again, this is subject to change depending on the time of year but these can be used as a rough guideline.
We are so proud of our boats as they provide such a unique vantage point. We are able to get into the perfect position every time- without fail. The hull is very stable to provide for your optimum security. There is plenty of room for all your equipment should you be bringing your own gear. If you chose to use your own camera we will fit a base plate to the lens collar to mount it onto the seat and camera mount.
During the 3 hour cruise on the river, your photo guide will show you how the cameras work. They will also advise you on how to frame and compose the subject to capture a truly great image. We take the liberty of setting the cameras up each day for you, to suit the conditions. The fact that the Chobe is such a game rich environment and, in no time, you will be taking some images that truly do your safari in Chobe justice.
The cameras that we supply as part of the trip are mostly Canon 80D bodies fitted with 150-600mm Sigma telephoto lenses. If you are totally new to using a piece of equipment like this please don’t worry. Our photo hosts will set the cameras up for you to suit the day’s conditions and gradually, as you grow in confidence, they will help you make the most of each photo opportunity. Before you know it you will be shooting like a seasoned pro and have a memory card full of amazing images!
Refreshments will be served during the safari.
Tea and coffee will be offered in the morning.
Soft drinks and local beers will be offered in the afternoon.
After the safari, we will give you the 16Gb memory card from the camera containing all your images- the price of the card is included.
A minimum of three hours in duration.
Each of our Photo Boats holds eight clients in individual photographic seats.
Seat are equipped with a mounting for resting a DSLR camera zoom lens
On the boat we use 150-600mm Sigma telephoto lenses.
If you are interested in any of the below add-ons, chat to your travel planner or mention it in the enquiry form below.
Pangolin Chobe Hotel
The latest addition to the Pangolin portfolio of properties. Sitting on the plateau above The Chobe River our 14 room hotel is the first of its kind offering photographers of all levels of experience a home from home.
The Pangolin Voyager
Our floating lodge on the Chobe River can be booked as an exclusive charter for a group of friends, family or perhaps a photographic club on tour? The houseboat sleeps up to eight clients at a time.
Situated in one of the most photographically productive areas of the Delta this rustic camp sleeps eight guests and is all about the wildlife experience with some of the best tracking and guiding in Botswana.