CHOBE

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

CHOBE Photographic Safari  -  4 Days    Option to add 3 nights

This Photographic Safari takes you to Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana. The Serondela area (or Chobe riverfront) where we will be concentrating on is situated in the extreme Northeast of the park featuring lush floodplains and dense woodland of mahogany, teak and other hardwoods now largely reduced by heavy elephant pressure. The Chobe, which flows along the Northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot, especially in the dry season (May through October) for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. Large numbers of carmine bee eaters are spotted in season. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. The african fish eagle is very present along the Chobe and will put the soundtrack to our time spent here. Other species that will present excellent low level photo opportunities from the water are hippos, crocodiles and the famous african jacana.

The Chobe Princess Safari Houseboat provides an ideal platform to view the abundant wildlife of the Chobe National Park. Being on the river allows you to get closer to the large variety of game mentioned earlier. Chobe is fast becoming one of the most sought after destinations for both amateur and professional photographers wanting access to some of the best wildlife and birding photo opportunities in Africa. Arguably one of the best destinations for Fish Eagle photography. To take full advantage of these amazing opportunities Ichobezi offers a specialized photographic boat that has been custom designed with wildlife photography in mind. It provides stability and has gimbal heads compatible with almost any lens. The specially designed chairs provide full pan and tilt and uninterrupted 360 degree views allowing you full access to the scenery and wildlife around you. The photographic boat is definitely an added bonus and a huge highlight of this tour.

The Chobe Princess provides the ultimate safari cruise experience with the opportunity to stay overnight within the Chobe National Park at prime docking sites along the river. Cruising on the Chobe River at a slow pace cannot be described in a few words but is definitely an experience not to be missed by wildlife photographers. Ichobezi is one of few safari boat operations that are allowed to overnight on the river in the heart of Chobe. The relatively small boats provide  with a maximum number of 8 guests provides a nice feeling of intimacy.

Safari Facts
  • Led by Mario Moreno

  • Max number of participants : 6

  • Private motorised Photographic Boat

  • Only water-based photography

  • Non photographers welcome

Photographic Highlights
  • Great Fish Eagle opportunities

  • Best of Chobe scenery

  • Low angle & close up photography

  • Amazing bird photography

  • Iconic sunsets on the Chobe River

Detailed Itinerary
 
Day 1

Arrival at Kasane International Airport where you will be met by your tour leader and transferred to the immigration office on the banks of the Chobe River. Ichobezi docks the houseboat on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. Their  staff will assist in exiting out of Botswana and crossing over by tender boat on a 10 minute ride across the Chobe River to the Ichobezi Safari Boat. Both of these border controls merely entails filling out a form and getting a stamp in your passport. After settling in and some time to unwind from your journey lunch will be served while slowly cruising deep into Chobe. After lunch you will have some time to prepare your photographic gear for the first afternoon session on the Photographic Motorized Boat at around 15:00. We will be looking out for herds Elephants that usually come down to the river every afternoon and will be pursuing amazing close up and low angle shots of these giants from the water. Other species to look out for are Crocodiles, Hippos, African Jacanas, Lechwe and Puku which only occurs in this region. African Fish Eagle are abundant and will surely present good opportunities. All water sessions will take approximately 3 hours but will depend on sightings so times are flexible. Right after sunset we will be heading back to the lodge for drinks before dinner is served at 20:00 putting an end to the first day in Chobe.

Day 2 

After early morning coffee we will board the Photographic Boat for our morning session just before sunrise so that no photo opportunities are missed in the golden hour. After this boat ride in search of “Perfect Moments” comes to an end we will head back to the Safari Boat for a deserved hearty breakfast at around 09:30 that will get our energy back on track. Now is the time to relax or join your tour leader for a casual workshop were selected images from the morning session can be reviewed, discussed and processed together. During this time the Safari Boat will begin a slow cruise to its next docking point on the Chobe River. During the cruise you will be able to enjoy the incredible scenery as it unfolds around you and even capture some great shots. Once we have reached the docking site you will be able to go with your guide in your private photographic boat for an exciting evening session that will be full of great opportunities. Dinner will be served at 20:00 while the sounds of the African Bush provide the soundtrack to the end of another day on the Chobe River.

Day 3

Day 3 will follow the same schedule as the previous day

Day 4

One last early morning coffee before boarding our private photographic boat for the last time in search of the perfect image that might still be missing in your already incredible collection from this safari. After our 3 hour session we will head back to the Houseboat for breakfast at around 09:30. Time to sadly pack your bags in preparation for the transfer by tender boat to the customs office on Impalila Island to exit Namibia. From there you will again cross the Chobe River to enter into Botswana at the Kasane immigration and on to Kasane International Airport to board the flight that will take you back home.

Dates & Prices
 
May 2019
USD 3,385.00 per person sharing
USD 500.00 single supplement
COMPLETED
October 2019
USD 3,385.00 per person sharing
USD 500.00 single supplement
AVAILABLE
June 2020
USD 3,250.00 per person sharing
USD 420.00 single supplement
AVAILABLE
July  2020
USD 3,250.00 per person sharing
USD 420.00 single supplement
AVAILABLE
Included
Not Included
 
  • Return transfers Kasane airport and Chobe Princess

  • 3 nights in Chobe Princess House Boat

  • All meals and selected beverages

  • All park and conservation fees

  • 2 Photo Sessions daily ( morning and evening )

  • Private Photographic Motorized Boat

  • Bottled water and drinks on photo sessions

  • Photographic guidance and workshops

  • International flights to Kasane ( Botswana )

  • Travel Insurance

  • Medical Insurance

  • Visa fees if applicable

  • Tips for lodge staff and guide

  • Extra hotel nights before or after safari