Trans Botswana - Photographic
10 night / 11 day (Tented)
This is a ten-night, eleven-day photographic safari that starts in central Botswana at Kubu Island on the Makgadikgadi Pans and ends at Kasane/Chobe in the north.
During the course of our travels, we shall traverse the vast sand flats, which were once the great lakes of Southern Africa, fed by an even greater rivers. Over millions of years, the forces of nature diverted the course of the rivers, changing the face of the land.
Join us on an adventure to discover the marvels of this geological intrigue as we travel westwards from the site of the great lake at the Makgadikgadi Pans around the bottom end of the Okavango Delta, then northward along the Okavango River (with a detour to the mysterious Tsodilo Hills, a sacred rock art site) into Caprivi Strip of Namibia. Once in the Caprivi, we shall drive back east again, crossing the Kwando River and eventually reaching the mighty Zambezi River at the majestic Victoria Falls. The final stop on the tour is the game-rich Chobe River area around the town of Kasane in northern Botswana.
Adventure & Photographic Tour itinerary
We meet at the town of Lethlakane in Botswana, on the road from Serowe to Orapa between 12:30 and 13:30.
Our first destination is the majestic Lekhubu Island, and we spend magic hours photographing the Baobabs and granite rocks with your professional photographer at hand to assist.
Whilst sitting around the campfire that evening, and before being spoilt with the first of many wholesome meals, your tour leaders will elaborate on what to expect over the next 10 days.
Sunrise at Kubu Island is any photographer's dream, and with fresh coffee in one hand and a camera in the other, we get those perfect sunrise shots.
After breakfast, we head towards Maun, where we stay 2 nights on the Boteti River. The scenic route across the Makgadikgadi Pans makes for great photographic opportunities.
The late afternoon is spent next to the waters of the Boteti River with its abundant bird life.
There is an opportunity for a 1-hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in the morning. This is optional but highly recommended. Maun is a busy town that lends itself to restocking provisions and taking photographs of some of the people and culture of Botswana.
During the afternoon there will be a short lecture and also time for one-on-one meetings with your professional photographer. Here you can discuss specific photo- or camera-related questions you might have and to review some of the photos you have taken up to that point.
After restocking and refuelling in Maun, we make our way northwards along the western edge of the Delta.
Lunch will be served at the edge of the Pan-handle on the main Okavango River channel.
On our arrival at the camp at Tsodilo Hills, the crew will have set up camp, and the pots will be on the fire.
This bush camp, with flush toilets, give us the opportunity for star photography and lighting up a tree.
At Tsodilo the smaller birdlife is amazing, for example Black Faced Waxbills.
We first head for the nearby Tsodilo Hills, where we have an interesting discussion on the Bushmen and Hambakushu, visit the museum and have a picnic lunch in this geological wonderland, which is also a World Heritage site thanks to the magnificent rock art.
From Tsodilo we aim north and leave Botswana via the Mohembo border post. In Namibia, our campsite (Ngepi Camp) for the next three nights is located on the banks of the Kavango River. Situated in a riverine belt of giant jackal berry trees with its interesting floating swimming pool and lush surroundings, our camp provides the perfect setting for socialising and relaxing after our daily activities.
We spend the day testing our game viewing and photography skills in the Mahango Game Reserve (part of the Bwabwata National Park), where a picnic lunch will be served at a scenic spot. The photographic focus for today will be wildlife photography. Mahango has over 300 bird species and boasts four of the big five. It is also renowned for its Roan and Sable Antelope populations.
Back at the camp, your professional photographer will be available for one-on-one review sessions of your photographs.
Everyone has the opportunity to have a lie-in as you will decide on your own morning activities. You can relax in the camp or visit the Buffalo Core Area on the eastern bank of the Okavango River, and also part of the Bwabwata National Park. It has unique sand tracks and a very interesting military history.
There are also activities such as bird walks, mokoro trips, Popa Falls, village tours and fishing available for you at Ngepi Camp. This will be at your own cost.
All of us meet in the late afternoon for a comfortable sundowner cruise in big boats on the Okavango River.
We pack up and head back into Botswana via the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) to our next camp outside Kasane in Botswana, where we are based for our last 3 nights together.
Enroute we pass the well-known town of Katima Mulilo.
After breakfast, we head for the magnificent Victoria Falls, by bus, just across the border in Zimbabwe. After taking in the wonders of the falls, we do some sight-seeing and shopping in the village of Victoria Falls. The photographic aim for today will be to capture iconic as well as unusual photos of Victoria Falls.
The Flight of Angels in a helicopter gives one a bird's eye view and perspective of the falls (not included in the tour price).
Back at the camp in Kasane, your professional photographer will be available for one-on-one review sessions of your photographs.
Today we explore the Chobe National Park. We enjoy a 3-hour morning game drive on open safari vehicles and a three-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River into the park in the afternoon. This is one of Africa’s finest wildlife experiences, and of course, the photographic assignment for the day will focus on wildlife photography.
We spend our last night around the campfire enjoying the unique bond of friendship that can only be made by fellow travellers who, together, have experienced the magic of the African bush.
Sadly after breakfast, we say our goodbye’s and head for home