This hosted workshop style safari takes in three fantastic photographic destinations - Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari and offers some of the greatest wildlife photography experiences on the continent.
 

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Discover Chobe National Park famed for its huge elephant populations.

Photograph some of the most relaxed and varied wildlife from both land and water on custom built photo boats and vehicles.

Explore the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta

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Chobe, Delta and Kalahari Hosted Photo Safari

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Day 1

Kasane - Chobe National Park

On arrival you will be transferred to the Pangolin Voyager which will be your home for the next three days. The Voyager has five cabins so guests will have exclusive use. Alongside the houseboat is an eight-seater photo boat which you will use for your morning and afternoon activities out on the river looking for subjects to photograph. (D)

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Day 2

Chobe National Park

Wake up this morning floating on the incredible Chobe River. Your expert photo guide will be on hand during your morning and afternoon cruise. If you don't have a camera of your own Pangolin are able to supply you with one free of charge for the duration of the safari along with as many memory cards as you require. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Chobe National Park

Enjoy your last full day on the Chobe River. In between game activities there will be hosted image review and group editing sessions.

The Chobe River offers up different subject matter from month to month. In the summer months (November-April) you will have amazing birdlife everywhere as the 'migrants' take up their annual residency. There will still be large mammals around such as elephant, buffalo and hippo as well as the resident crocs and antelope, so all in all an excellent time to photograph, with lots of bright green backgrounds and baby animals everywhere. In the winter months (May-October), you will see larger numbers of elephants as the water becomes more scarce inland and the river becomes more popular.(B)(L)(D)

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Day 4

Chobe National Park - Okavango Delta

This morning you will make your way back into Botswana after breakfast to meet a charter flight into the Okavango Delta. The flight from Chobe takes just over an hour and is in itself a beautiful scenic flight from both sides of the aircraft. You will land at a private airstrip and will be driven to the Pangolin Photo Camp.

The Pangolin Photo Camp is situated in a private concession and is a concept Pangolin are very proud of. It is a good old fashioned tented camp focusing on what is most important - great photo opportunities, a comfy camp and plenty of exclusive space to explore and photograph. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Okavango Delta

Enjoy your first full day in the Okavango Delta. The camp sits on a private concession of around 100,000ha in size and offers you the freedom to explore and spend as much time at each sighting as required. You are able to off-road at special sightings and also conduct night drives. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Okavango Delta

Another day in this picturesque and vast wildlife sanctuary lies ahead. The concession is bisected by the Selinda spillway which is a significant water source, the open plains across the area lend themselves to large herds of herbivores and their pursuant predators - lions, wild dogs, leopards and cheetah.
Being the Okavango Delta the birdlife is also prolific.
 
As with the houseboat, you will have the camp to exclusively for your group and your photo host will divide his or her time between vehicles to assist you with your photography. The camp comprises five walk-in Meru style tents with en-suite shower and toilet. The tents have a good electricity supply and twin steel beds with nice mattresses and quality linen. The communal areas of the Pangolin Photo Camp feature a lounge and dining tent, an editing tent for afternoon image review sessions as well as a fire to enjoy before and after dinner.  (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Okavango Delta - Central Kalahari

After a week of early starts and over-excitement, The Kalahari by its very nature tends to be a slightly more relaxed environment and the perfect third destination for this safari. As a desert, the animals tend to congregate more around the waterholes which makes it the perfect location for some hide photography. Dinaka Camp has an excellent waterhole hide. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 8

Central Kalahari

Dinaka sits on a private reserve, bordering the massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Here you will find an environment very different from what you have experienced in The Chobe and Delta before. The bush is slightly thicker and thornier and the animals seem to be a little different too as you would expect based on the ecosystem. Oryx, springbok, brown hyena, black-maned lions, jackals as well as cheetah and wild dogs do well here. 

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The Dinaka Camp is owned and managed by safari legends Ker and Downey and is certainly the most luxurious of the three, but by now you will have earned a little pampering. The communal areas of the camp are fantastic and the rooms spacious with private verandas looking towards a busy waterhole. The vehicles all have beanbag camera mounts and again is maximum four per vehicle for the game drives with the photo host alternating between the two game viewers. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9

Central Kalahari

As a camp, Dinaka is very flexible with their timings and earlier starts or later finishes to game activities are all accommodated for to make the most of your time there. One activity not to be missed is a walk through the bush with the resident bushman guides where you will learn about their traditional subsistence way of life from what at first sight appears to be such a stark environment culminating in a demonstration of traditional fire making techniques and some storytelling as the sun sets. 
 
The night sky of the Kalahari is breathtaking especially at certain times of the month when there is a new moon, and if the conditions are right you can take the opportunity to practice some astro and star trails photography.
 
Again during the day, there will be editing sessions but also the opportunity to have some downtime by the pool or on a snooze with a good book on the desk...with your camera close at hand in case something appears at the camp's waterhole of course! (B)(L)(D)

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Day 10

Central Kalahari - Maun

On the last day, you will depart to Maun Airport and bid farewell to your fellow photographers and the host. (B)

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