Light & Land
Botswana photography tour
11th - 22nd Aug, 2018 - FULLY BOOKED
Tutored by Ben Osborne and
£9999.00 PP / Deposit -£1,000.00 PP
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The great wilderness of Northern Botswana is one of the most unspoilt and magical places on earth. Encompassing the stunning Okavango delta and the spectacular Chobe National Park, this area is a haven for wildlife and a photographers’ paradise. It is genuinely wild and remote and delivers an authentic experience of natural Africa. Visualise one of the camping scenes from the film “Out of Africa” and you’ve got the atmosphere of this tour. With no human communities, there is a tangible feeling of wilderness enhanced in the daytime by the ever-present wildlife and at night by achingly beautiful star-lit skies. A private mobile camping safari is the perfect way to experience this unique environment.Read More
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- Full board accommodation for 9 nights at Private mobile camp
- Transport during the tour in private vehicle
- Soft drinks, house wines, local beers and spirits, shared activities and laundry
- One night bed and breakfast accommodation at Victoria Falls Hotel
- Transfers to and from airport from recommended flight
- Tuition from Ben Osborne
- Internal flights if needed
- Park fees
- International flights to Maun
- All tips
- Any credit card fees
- Airport taxes
Duration 7+ Night Tours
Tour Code BOT01
The great wilderness of Northern Botswana is one of the most unspoilt and magical places on earth. Encompassing the stunning Okavango delta and the spectacular Chobe National Park, this area is a haven for wildlife and a photographers’ paradise. It is genuinely wild and remote and delivers an authentic experience of natural Africa. Visualise one of the camping scenes from the film “Out of Africa” and you’ve got the atmosphere of this tour. With no human communities, there is a tangible feeling of wilderness enhanced in the daytime by the ever-present wildlife and at night by achingly beautiful star-lit skies. A private mobile camping safari is the perfect way to experience this unique environment.
The wildlife is immensely varied. Large mammal highlights include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and a variety of antelopes including less common species like the water-loving Red Lechwe. The birdlife is also extremely varied and adds colour and interest to the wildlife experience. Landscapes include the unique wetlands and rivers of the Okavango delta and the dry savannahs and beautiful Mopane woodlands of Savute and Chobe.
Our mobile camping safari will spend 10 days immersed in this stunning landscape. As a conservation area, it has strict limits on visitor numbers and is therefore a place where you can enjoy a sense of isolation and often have the place to yourself. We have designed this bespoke tour for a maximum of 4 photographers. This small number means that you will have plenty of space in the vehicle to have excellent views of wildlife and be able to operate camera equipment in comfort and with unrestricted views. Because we are in our own private safari unit, we can head out for dawn and dusk photography with no limitations.
The tour will be guided by Ben Osborne, whose image of an elephant splashing mud was overall winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2007. This image was the result not only of Ben’s creative vision and skill with a camera, but also his intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the area we will be visiting. He has been to northern Botswana several times, running photographic safaris and shooting stills for the BBC series “Planet Earth”.
We will be staying in our own private mobile safari camp from which we have superb access to the very best photographic opportunities that each location offers. As the name suggests, a mobile safari moves from private campsite to private campsite, spending perhaps two or three nights in each location. (Note: these “campsites” are unfenced and, as such, there is always the possibility of wildlife in fairly close proximity to the tents). On each ‘moving day’ the back-up team will set off ahead of you and have camp set up ready for your arrival at the next port of call. Although we are “camping”, this does not mean roughing it. You will be extremely well looked after by an attentive field staff and it is always amazing how the cook creates stunning food with just a charcoal oven and an open fire.
Accommodation is in comfortable tents with basic but adequate en-suite “facilities”. Away from the guest tents there is a communal dining tent which can best be described as a canvas and steel framed marquee. This does have side walls which can be put up when the weather requires it but for most of the year the dining tent is open sided with views over the surrounding bush. The experience of eating superb meals under the stars every evening while comparing notes on the days’ photography and wildlife encounters is just one of the many highlights of this tour.
The tour will run in august, one of the best times to view the spectacular wildlife of the area. It starts in Maun, a small town on the southern edge of the Okavango Delta, from which we head straight out to our first camp. We then spend nine nights on safari, using dawn and dusk light to best advantage for landscape photography and maximizing our time with animals when they are most active. This means that we will usually have a rest in the middle of the day. On one of the days we will take a ride in a Mokoro. These are locally constructed canoes which navigate the sheltered waterways of the Okavango. This is a perfect way to travel quietly and appreciate the area from a different perspective. As a final highlight we will head east into Zimbabwe where we will stay at the impressive Victoria Falls Hotel. From the hotel it is a short walk to Victoria Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world and a fitting end to our African adventure.