PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Botswana Photo Tour Chobe and Okavango Delta

  • Intensive game viewing at Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.
  • Only 5 participants per vehicle to ensure the optimum photographic experience.
  • Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. Most safari operator’s rush from place to place, we take our time, watching and waiting for wildlife or just the right light.
  • Enjoy two evenings not far from Botswana on a pre-trip extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Region

Africa

Destination

Botswana

Dates

July 14-26, 2020

Duration

12 days

Available Pre-Trip Extension

Victoria Falls

$12495

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $2295.

Tour Overview

Located in Botswana’s far north, Chobe National Park is world-renowned for its variety and concentration of wildlife. While it is the third largest park in Botswana, everyone agrees it is the most diverse. The park can be divided into four distinct areas, each with a corresponding ecosystem. The Serondela area (or Chobe riverfront) is in the northeast section of the park and includes the Chobe River and its floodplains. Due to the herds that come here for watering during the dry season (and...

Located in Botswana’s far north, Chobe National Park is world-renowned for its variety and concentration of wildlife. While it is the third largest park in Botswana, everyone agrees it is the most diverse. The park can be divided into four distinct areas, each with a corresponding ecosystem. The Serondela area (or Chobe riverfront) is in the northeast section of the park and includes the Chobe River and its floodplains. Due to the herds that come here for watering during the dry season (and probably also due to this region’s proximity to Victoria Falls), this is one of the most visited regions of the park. The Savuti Marsh area is primarily rolling savannas serving as the homeland for most of the park’s wildlife. But large concentrations of wildlife also reside in the Linyanti Marsh area, including the park’s most well known inhabitants, the huge herds of elephant. Lion, hyena, zebra, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, wildebeest, warthog, kudu, impala, hippo, and antelope are just a few of the large land mammals to be found in this wildlife paradise.  As the largest inland river delta on earth, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is surely one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The delta is formed as the seasonal flooding of the Okavango River, flowing from the Angola highlands, empties into the Kalahari Desert basin. The flood waters cover an area of over 35,000 square kilometers and rise and fall as the intense heat of the region cause rapid evaporation only to have the delta resupplied by newly arriving flood waters. Landlocked and surrounded by higher altitudes, Botswana is a dry country, so the Okavango Delta truly is an oasis. However, contrary to what the foliage might indicate, this is not a tropical paradise. Rainfall is sparse most of the year and temperatures soar to about 100F during the summer. However, the winter floods (that peak from June to August) are sufficient to make permanent large swathes of lakes, channels, and lagoons. Not surprisingly, this oasis attracts some of the world’s highest concentrations of wildlife, including all the quintessential African mammals from lion to elephant to hippo to giraffe to rhino to zebra. The delta is also the permanent or seasonal home of hundreds of bird species as well. This diversity and concentration of wildlife make the Okavango Delta an absolute must-see for any serious African visitor!

Chobe Game Lodge The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana’s premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base from which to explore the National Park and the Chobe River. This five-star lodge has full eco-grading by Botswana Tourism Board. Each of the forty-seven rooms at the lodge is river facing and air-conditioned, featuring overhead fans, complimentary mini bar, en- suite bathrooms and a private terrace. Chobe Game Lodge is designed as a haven of peace and privacy— where relaxation is effortless and you can enjoy your own space. With six comfortably furnished viewing decks, a riverside boma, each with a different perspective on the wilderness that surrounds the lodge. A large swimming pool provides welcome relief during hot afternoons. Savute Safari Lodge Stretching from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. However, this fickle and unpredictable channel, which has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up, independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere, has mystified local inhabitants, geologists and others for many years. To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge has just twelve thatched chalets built of local timber. The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities. The lodge is situated in a beautiful two-story thatch-and-timber main building. Savute Safari Lodge offers a shaded viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and swimming pool with spectacular pool loungers—ideal for watching the varied wildlife—including the resident elephants—as they make their way to the Channel to drink, bath and play. Camp Xakanaxa The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The twelve spacious, canvas, Meru-style, luxury safari tents have en-suite bathrooms. Situated around the fringe of the lagoon, every tent has a private viewing deck with comfortable loungers. In camp, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere together with personalized and caring service evokes a feeling of coming home. The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. The elegant lounge and dining rooms, built of local timber, reed, and thatch, feature a small library, expansive sundeck, and plunge pool. The fire-deck extends over the Khwai River and creates an enchanting environment in which to relax after dinner.

Photo Leader

Kathy Adams Clark

Tour Itinerary

July 14-15: Home

Depending on your home departure city you may need to depart July 14 in order to land in Kasane Airport (BBK) on July 16. Please note: if you are taking part in the extension your flights will be issued multi-city Home-VFA/MUB-Home. If not on extension multi-city Home-BBK/MUB-Home

July 16-18: Kasane Airport-Chobe National Park

Upon arrival at Kasane Airport (BBK) and after clearing immigration, you will be met for your road transfer to Chobe Game Lodge in Chobe National Park. (approx. 45 minute drive) Chobe Game Lodge  (B, L, D three days) Private Activities, Park Fees, House Drinks  (excluding some premium brands), and Laundry

July 19-21: Western Chobe

Today you will transfer to Kasane Airport for your light aircraft flight to Savuti Safari Lodge on the banks of the Savute Channel in western Chobe National Park. Three camp internal flights: Luggage limited 20kg per person/soft-sided bags. There may be stops en route. Savute Safari Lodge 
(B, L, D three days) Included: Private Activities, Park Fees, House Drinks  (excluding some premium brands), and Laundry

July 22-24: Okavango Delta

Today you will transfer for your light aircraft flight to your camp in the heart of the legendary Okavango Delta. Camp Xakanaxa

(B, L, D three days) Included: Private Activities, Park Fees, House Drinks  (excluding some premium brands), and Laundry

July 25-26: Maun Airport-Home

After an early breakfast transfer for your light aircraft flight to the Maun (MUB) Airport to connect with your flight home (flights typically 1-2PM). Depending on flight connections home you may not land until July 26 or 27. (meals on plane)

Pre-Trip Extension

Extension Name

Victoria Falls

Price

$1195*

Dates

July 12-16, 2020

Duration

4 days

* Based upon minimum of 5 participants. Single room surcharge is $195.


July 12 & 13 are required travel days to reach Victoria Falls on July 14. Awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, known as mosi-oa-tunya, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Named in honor of Queen Victoria by the renowned Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, world-famous Victoria Falls is located on the mighty Zambezi River between the southern African countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls feeds a rainforest ecosystem adjacent to the falls and creates the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Uniquely, cliffs do not border the Zambezi River leading up to the falls nor does it flow through a vast gorge. Instead, the river flows across a level plateau in a broad shallow valley until plunging into the deep Victoria Falls chasms. Commissioned in 1900, the Victoria Falls Bridge provides a spectacular perspective. Tours of the falls are available from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side. One stunning vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls.

July 12-13: Home

Depending on your home departure city you may need to depart July 12 in order to land in Victoria Falls (VFA) on July 14.

Please note: if you are taking part in the extension your flights will be issued multi-city Home-VFA/MUB-Home. If not on extension multi-city Home-BBK/MUB-Home

July 14-15: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Clear customs immigration, you will be met for your road transfer to your hotel with a view of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, approximately 30 minutes.

The next day enjoy a private guided tour of Victoria Falls this morning, followed by time at the hotel. A sunset cruise has been included (appetizers and drinks included) along the Zambezi River for shoreline, birdlife, elephant, and hippo photography as well as the beautiful sunset. (B)

July 16: Victoria Falls - Chobe

After breakfast you will depart for the main portion of the tour starting in Chobe National Park.