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BOTSWANA EXPLORER

BOTSWANA

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SAFARI SCHEDULE

WHAT IS INCLUDED

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Day 1

Day 2-4

Day 5-6

Day 7-9

Image by Mario Moreno

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Photographic Highlights

10 DAYS

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The “ Botswana Explorer “ photographic safari will take you on a visual journey that begins in the Okavango Delta, continues through the Savute marshlands and ends on the banks of the mighty Chobe River in Botswana. The delta is the ultimate wildlife eden offering amazing photo opportunities that include Wild Dog, Lion, Leopard and incredible bird photography from motorized boats. Botswana is also host to one quarter of Africa’s entire elephant population so continuos encounters with large herds is not uncommon. You could even see them crossing some of the national roads. What makes the Botswana Explorer safari so special is that you have a sense of true wilderness at all times and this mainly due to difficult accessibility to the wilderness areas and also to a small human population. Only 1.9 million people inhabit this vast country.

The first night upon arrival from your international flight will be spent at Thamakalane River Lodge or Royal Tree Lodge  . You will be met by Mario Moreno who will join you for dinner followed by a pre-trip briefing. The following morning after breakfast you will be transferred via air charter to Shinde or Pom Pom Camp where you will spend the next 3 nights. Air transfer to the Savute marshlands for a 2 night stay at Savute Under Canvas tented camp. Your last 3 nights will be spent in the Chobe National Park at Chobe Under Canvas tented camp.

The Okavango Delta is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango river drains the summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1,200 kilometers in approximately one month. The waters then spread over the 250 km by 150 km area of the delta over the next four months (March–June). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from kilometers around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. Chief’s Island, the largest island in the delta, was formed by a fault line which uplifted an area over 70 km long and 15 km wide. Historically it was reserved as an exclusive hunting area for the chief. It now provides the core area for much of the resident wildlife when the waters rise.

Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park of the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most diverse. It is also the country's first national park and has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. Approximately 50,000 roam freely in Chobe. There are three distinctive areas in Chobe which are Serondela, the Savute Marsh and the Linyanti Marsh.

  1. 1 night in a selected lodge on arrival to Maun

  2. All air transfers between camps in Botswana

  3. 3 nights in the selected Camp, Shinde or Pom Pom

  4. 2 nights in Savute Under Canvas

  5. 3 nights in Chobe Under Canvas

  6. All meals and selected beverages in lodges and camps

  7. All park and conservation fees

  8. 2 Game Drives daily ( Optional motorized boat sessions )

  9. Use of 4x4 safari vehicles with guides

  10. Off-road driving only in the Delta

  11. Bottled water during game drives

  12. Photographic guidance and workshops

  1. International flights to Maun International Airport

  2. Travel Insurance

  3. Visa fees if applicable

  4. Tips for lodge staff and guide

  5. Extra nights of accommodation before or after safari

Best wild dog photography in Africa

Photography from water boat

Big Cat photo opportunities

Incredible delta scenery

Led by Mario Moreno

Max number of participants : 6

Number of 4x4 vehicles : 1

Optional motorized boat sessions

Non photographers welcome

Arrival at Maun International Airport where you will be met and transferred to the selected Lodge, located just outside Maun. Mario Moreno, your safari leader, will be expecting you and will join you for dinner after which he will give you a pre-trip briefing.

After breakfast a short 35 minute light aircraft charter flight will take you to the designated airstrip in the heart of the Okavango Delta for your 3 night stay. After settling in at the Camp you will have time to take in the stunning views of the lush surroundings or prepare your photographic gear before lunch. From here we will explore the private concession in search of photographic opportunities of species adapted to an aquatic life like the Red Lechwe and Sitatunga. Wild Dog, Lion and Leopard are some of the predators we will be looking out for. General game will be plentiful and some of the bird species to look out for are the African Skimmer, Goliath Heron, saddle-Billed Storks, Tawny Eagles and the Fish Eagle that will add the soundtrack to our days at the Camp. A total of 6 game drives and optional motorized boat sessions ( perfect for bird and hippo photography ) will be enjoyed at the Camp. Off-road driving is permitted during this leg of the trip since we are in Private Concessions. There will be plenty of time for casual photo talks and workshops during the relaxed hours of the day for those interested.

The next 2 nights will be spent at the Savute Under Canvas tented camp in the Savute marshlands situated in a remote corner of the Chobe National Park. The scenery changes to open savanna grassland with large herds of elephant and one of the greatest concentrations of lions. The photographic opportunities we will be looking for include predator interaction of Lions, Hyenas and Wild Dogs along with plenty of general game. Again, during the calm hours between photographic game drives you will have time for 1 on 1 photo guidance with Mario and casual workshops for those wanting to attend. Nothing is mandatory on our safaris and all activities are adapted as much as possible to your needs.

Our last leg of this safari will take us to the northern section of Chobe National Park where you will spend 3 nights at the Chobe Under Canvas mobile tented camp that will be strategically situated where the action is. This will guarantee plenty photo opportunities that will include large herds of elephant by the Chobe River which we will try to capture at sunset for a memorable African landscape. The Puku is a rare antelope that occurs in this area and we will try to find. For bird photography amazing colonies of Carmine Bee-Eaters and Fish Eagles will present  great photo opportunities.

Day 10

After your last early morning drive for those last encounters we will return to camp for a hearty breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip for our chartered flight back to Maun to connect with your flights back home.

US$ 8,670 per person sharing

US$ 1,000 Single Supplement

20 Jun - 29 Jun

2014

DATES

2014

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