Botswana Photo Tour

Botswana's diverse Okavango Delta is a world – destination for wildlife photography and adventure! Check out our Botswana photo tour!

Date

04.09. - 17.09.2020

Time

full days

Duration

14 days

Weekday

please see itinerary

Price

CHF 9990.00

Location

Botswana

Language

English

Group Size

4 - 5

Registration end: Jan. 31, 2020

Experience Botswana's Abundance of World-Class Wildlife!

The spectacular Okavango Delta is home to one of the world's densest and most diverse concentrations of wildlife. From hippos and crocodiles to lions and leopards, plus all matter of birdlife – the Okavango has it all. As one of Earth's largest inland deltas, it's scale and magnificence has gained it recognition as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site listing.

It's no wonder that this special location in Botswana is known by photographers and wildlife enthusiasts around the world. Our exclusive thirteen night trip gives photographers (of all skill levels) the chance to photograph a plethora of wildlife while receiving personalised photography instruction in a small group setting. We will be far from crowded game parks on this tour, so if bespoke tuition, incomparable wildlife, and first class adventure are on your bucket list – this is the tour for you!

MOREMI GAME RESERVE - SAVUTI-CHOBE NAT'L PARK - KASANE - VICTORIA FALLS -

 

Photo Tour Highlights

Plethora of stunning wildlife and vast landscapes. "Big five," plus a dazzling array of birds, reptiles, antelope and much more.

Top pro safari guides & award-winning wildlife photographer for enriching knowledge & helpful tips.

Luxury safari camping, spectacular accommodations & high quality dining throughout the tour.

Access to secluded locations. Personal photography instruction to help you maximize your shooting opportunities.

Impression Gallery

 

Photo Tour Overview

 

September 04th

Day of Departure

  • International flight with Swiss Airline (included in price) leaving ZHR airport at 22:45.

September 05th-08th (3 nights)

Day 1-3

Welcome to Botswana!

  • Arrival in Maun, tour briefing from safari guide.
  • Pick up and drive to the Okavango Delta.
  • Late arrival into camp for three nights of "glamping."
  • Morning/Evening explorations by boat or game drive in Western Moremi game reserve.

 

September 08th-11th (3 nights)

Day 4-6

Moremi Game Reserve (near Khwai area)

  • Early morning wake up calls.
  • Morning session photographing in the grasslands and woodlands of Moremi.
  • Two photo safaris (daily) by boat or game drive.
  • Photography tips and editing guidance.
  • Relax and enjoy the evening campfire while listening to the sounds of the bush.

September 11th-13th (2 nights)

Day 7-8 

Savuti - Chobe Nationalpark

  • Early wake up and transfer to the heart of the beautiful Chobe National Park, where our next two nights of "glamping" await us.
  • Two photo safaris (daily) by boat or game drive vehicle.
  • Lunches enroute.
  • Photography and editing guidance for those who wish.

September 13th-15th (2 nights)

Day 9-10

Kasane

  • Transfer to the northeastern corner of Botswana to the scenic town of Kasane.
  • Two night accommodation in a four star Hotel with spectacular views across the Chobe floodplains.
  • Photo safari on the Chobe river from a boat which is specifically built for photographers!

September 15th-16th (1 night)

Day 11

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Morning game drive or boat safari in Chobe National Park.
  • Departure to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), where we explore this charming and historic town!
  • Enjoy a helicopter flight over the world's widest waterfall (optional). 
  • Sunset and dinner cruise on the beautiful Zambezi river.
  • Last night accommodation in Vic Falls before flying out from Victoria Falls International Airport.

September 16th

Day 12

Day of Departure

  • After breakfast it'll be time to transfer out to Victoria Falls International Airport for the connecting flight to Johannesburg and the flight home. Airport transfer is provided.
  • Arrival at Zurich airport on September 17th, 2020.

Welcome home!

PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capture stunning wildlife and cultural subjects while experiencing some of Botswana's most spectacular locations.
  • Learn fascinating facts about the ecosystem and local culture from your locally based professional guide.
  • Get on-site photography tips from an award-winning wildlife photographer and documentary film maker.
  • Personal support on editing and enhancing your images in Adobe Lightroom.
  • Photograph golden sunrises and sunsets, the beautiful Okavango Delta landscape and much more!

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Open to all skill levels. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in our popular 1-2-3 Digital Photography Workshop  are strongly recommended for this photo tour.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS & PROFESSIONAL GUIDES

Our Botswana Photo Tour is a combination of glamorous camping ("glamping") and high-end Safari Lodges. These locations have been selected for their excellent access to shooting locations, unique facilities, fantastic service and top-quality cuisine.

EQUIPMENT

  • Wide angle lens (zoom or fixed), e.g. the 24mm fixed or 16-35mm zoom.
  • Medium length lens (zoom or fixed) e.g. a 50mm or 24-70mm zoom.
  • Long lens (min. 200mm, but preferrably up to 400mm), e.g. 100-400mm, 200-500mm, 150-600mm, etc.
  • Monopod for supporting telephoto lens for longer periods. Tripod is optional, but recommended.
  • Backpack (rather than a shoulder bag) with room for photo gear, a water bottle and other personal accessories.
  • Registered participants will receive a full packing list and complete tour itinerary two months before the tour dates.

ACTIVITIES & PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS

For the duration of the tour, Will Jansen will be your professional African tour guide and trip host. Expert photography advice is provided by photographer/film-maker Wim Vorster. Will and Wim know Botswana's best locations like the back of their hands. Traveling with them, you will constantly learn about the flora and fauna of Botswana, how to improve your wildlife photography, plus many interesting cultural facts about the country. With Will and Wim you'll be able to interact with locals in a way which would otherwise be impossible.

Instructor

WILL JANSEN

Will has been guiding since 1998 and in 2009 made the change to photographic safaris. With years of experience in horse and field guiding the focus shifted towards capturing the wild in its most raw form and creating tours that enable his guests to capture the power and beauty of Africa's unique wildlife and scenery – through their lenses. Will is not solely focused on wildlife but also strives to help his guests interact with cultures across the whole Southern Africa region.

WIM VORSTER

After finishing school in South Africa, Wim undertook his national diploma in nature conservation at the Tshwane University of Technology. Keen to continue with his studies Wim then completed his B-tech degree in Nature conservation and chose to study the secretive brown hyaena as the topic for his research project. Wim went on to work at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. During his time at Sabi Sabi Wim also completed his FGASA (Field Guides Association of southern Africa) level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications and discovered his true passion for predators and wildlife photography.

Price & Photo Tour Information

Price per person (single accommodation) including return flight from/to Zurich to Maun is CHF 9'990.- (A non-refundable 30% deposit is required to register).

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • International flight from Zurich to Maun and all ground transportation during the tour.
  • All meals during the tour are included. 
  • Laundry services are included – where available.
  • All local soft drinks and alcohol beverages (excluding premium imported brands, champagnes, etc.).
  • Photography tips, personal camera assistance and Adobe Lightroom support from Wim Vorster.
  • All park entrance fees, local tour fees, guiding fees, tourism levies.
  • A complimentary Botswana travel guide book.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Any connecting flights to Zurich (to make the flights to Botswana). However Zurich to Maun (and return) is included.
  • Additional transfers, excursions or activities which are not planned in the itinerary.
  • Any visa fees (if applicable), travel and cancellation insurances, immunizations, or other unforseen travel or cancelation costs.

*A price reduction of CHF 200.- is offered for shared-room accommodation. Shared accommodation is only available if the room can be shared with another participant. If a suitable room-sharing partner cannot be appointed, the single accommodation rate applies. A further CHF 800.- price reduction is offered for self-arranged international flights.

FURTHER DETAILS

  • A complete tour itinerary (including names of all accommodations) will be provided to registered guests two months before the trip's start date.
  • We'll provide a packing list for the trip, which includes clothing recommendations as well as camera equipment suggestions.
  • Botswana's climate in the winter time is dry and pleasant. By September it warms up but is pleasent during day time.