Ultimate Pangolin Photo Safari
This safari package has been designed to offer you the most comprehensive photographic experience across some of the major highlights of Southern Africa in a simple, easy and affordable itinerary.
From the mighty Victoria Falls, through The Chobe and onwards to The Okavango Delta and finally to Cape Town you will be hard pressed to experience such a unique photo safari experience anywhere else.
Please note that with the new direct flights from New York to Cape Town on United Airlines this package works just as well in reverse: Cape Town – Okavango Delta – The Chobe – Victoria Falls. Please speak to one of our travel planners about this option.
Your first destination is the mighty Victoria Falls, regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Here you will be met at the airport and taken to the charming Ilala Lodge, your home for the first two days. For international travellers, this is a great way to start your safari as it gives you time to relax after your flight and take in the magnificent spectacle of the Falls not only on a guided tour along the edge of the canyon but also from the sky on a 25-minute helicopter flight. The helicopter gives you the best opportunity to photograph the falls in their entirety and the rainbow that often appears in the mist that gives the Falls their local name Mosi Oa Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders.
The journey from Victoria Falls across the border to Botswana takes about an hour in a comfortable private vehicle and you will be met in Kasane by one of our guides who will take you The Pangolin Chobe Hotel. The Chobe River is the only constant water source in the Northern Section of the Chobe National Park and attracts huge herds of elephants and plains game to its banks. The river is also home to plenty of hippo and crocodiles and hundreds of species birds including one of the healthiest populations of Fish Eagles in Africa. The Pangolin Chobe Hotel offers morning and afternoon game drives and boat cruises in the Chobe National Park. On these activities, you will be accompanied by a Pangolin Photo Host who will be on hand to make sure you make the most of the photo opportunities that present themselves. If you don’t have your own camera gear then we will supply you with a DSLR camera and telephoto lens free of charge along with plenty of memory cards to fill.
Each of the fourteen rooms in the hotel is ensuite, air-conditioned and with a private balcony. They all lead onto the centrepiece of the hotel which is a wildlife gallery filled with images taken by our guides and fellow wildlife photographers. Prepare to be inspired. During the day there is a darkened editing suite for post production sessions and also the pool deck where you can relax with a good book and a cold drink from our well-stocked bar. The Pangolin Chobe Hotel is offered on an all inclusive basis.
You will leave the Chobe Hotel after brunch on day 6 up to Kasane Airport which is close by. From here you will take a charter flight down to the Okavango Delta and our partner property – Bushman Plains. The Camp, like Pangolin, is owner managed and situated right in the middle of some of the best wildlife photography hotspots in Africa! The camp is small and rustic and sits on a tree-lined island overlooking some seasonal floodplains. The camp only sleeps eight guests at a time in four ensuite tents. There are two game viewers available meaning a maximum of four guests per vehicle at any one time.
What really sets the camp apart is the experience and the enthusiasm from the guides, whose ancestors have occupied these lands for generations. They utilise a system of the driver plus a tracker on the vehicle which exponentially increases the chances of great sightings. On the reserve, we will spend most of our time looking for the big cats and wild dog as there are very healthy populations of both on the reserve. Being a concession (as opposed to a National Park) we are also allowed to off-road at special sightings to get into better positions and we can also do night drives to see the nocturnal predators like Lions, Leopards and Hyena in action. The waterways on the reserve also allow us to spend a morning or afternoon in traditional dug-out canoes called Mokoros (seasonal), which give a totally different and near-silent wildlife safari experience. Another experience available is to spend an afternoon on a game walk learning about the traditional ways of the Bushman people.
On Day Nine you will head for the airstrip once again for the short hop to Maun which has daily direct flights to The Mother City – Cape Town. Cape Town is probably one of the most picturesque and photo-friendly cities on the planet and home to the Pangolin Photo Safaris reservations office. From the staggering immensity (not to mention breathtaking views) of Table Mountain to the rocky shores of Cape Point and the rolling vineyards of the Cape Winelands there is almost too much to see and do in this amazing city. We have selected three fascinating private day tours for you to enjoy that will take you to all the highlights.
We use several hotels in Cape Town with which we combine the tours of the itinerary. They are handpicked for their locations and service excellence and all offer something a little different. Your travel planner can give you all the options as well as details of the day tours that we include to fully customise the end of your safari with us.
The exact cost of this safari will depend upon the time of year that you want to travel and the choice of accommodation in Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
As a guideline this photo safari package would normally be between $6,500 and $8,500 per person sharing a room.
If you are travelling alone or wanting your own room, then there would be a single supplement of around $1500.
Please contact one of our safari planners using the form below and they will send you back a more accurate price as soon as possible.
If you are interested in any of the below add-ons, chat to your travel planner or mention it in the enquiry form below.
Africa’s most iconic Game Reserve is spectacular all year round but especially during the Great Migration. Easy accessibility from Victoria Falls and Cape Town too make it an amazing add on.
The land of a thousand hills Rwanda is Africa’s most resurgent country and has rightly staked a claim as the gorilla mecca of East Africa. Along with spectacular scenery and great hospitality it’s a fantastic country.
South Africa’s best kept safari secret. Madikwe is home to good populations of Rhino, big cats and wild dogs. There we have a fantastic partner property – Jacis. Option on the way to Cape Town.
When travelling with camera gear we find that there is a great range of camera backpacks available on the market capable of carrying sizeable “glass”. Using a backpack rather than a hard case is often easier when you are on the move like this. They also often have slim pockets for laptops which you will want to bring along perhaps to get on top of your editing during your trip and saves bringing another carry on bag in the form of a laptop bag.