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  • Group safaris in

    Botswana

    Experience the captivating wilderness of the Okavango Delta while learning how to perfect your wildlife photography skills.

    Photographic Workshop Safari
    9 nights / 4 spaces / 1 tour / from 5,995 EUR

Photographic Workshop Safari

  • Itinerary

    Itinerary Outline, 9 nights:

    3 Nights, Tented Camp - Moremi Game Reserve.
    Activity guide: Game drives, Okavango boat cruise

    3 Nights, Tented Camp - Khwai Community Area
    Activity guide: Game drives, night drives, guided walks

    3 Nights, Tented Camp - Chobe National Park
    Activity guide: Game drives (Central Chobe), Boat cruise on the Chobe River

    Optional Safari Extensions: Popular requests include the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kasane and Livingstone. Please contact us for further info.

  • Daniel Crous - your tutor

    Danny is from Botswana, one of Africa’s prime safari destinations and home to some of the largest intact wild areas on Earth. His parents somehow raised him whilst managing safari camps in the early 90's, he spent many a happy day strapped to the Housekeepers back as she worked through the tents. Maun became home at age 5 and this hasn't changed since. After completing Hotel School in South Africa he dedicated 8 years to work and travel in any and all of the globes interesting corners. His horizons have been suitably broadened.

    Though spending long periods away from the mother continent, he always gravitated back towards Africa, and knew that it is ultimately where his soul needed to be. Growing up in the wilderness, its inhabitants and the way in which they work become an intrinsic part of you. As he grew older, he gained greater understanding of the threats posed to the wilderness, and his life became increasingly centred around conservation and protection of these last wild areas.

    He is a realist and we live in a real world; his belief is that untouched wilderness needs to have a value to someone in order for it to remain protected. The clearest, least intrusive value that Africa's wilderness holds, is its ability to attract people from around the world to immerse themselves in it.
    He is here to do two things through his work; take the wilderness to the world in the form of my photography and any inspiration it brings, and of course, bring the world to the wilderness by leading people in life changing experiences. Through this, he contributes to the value of Africa's wilderness and its ultimate protection. By setting foot on this continent or even smiling to yourself at an incredible image on Instagram you too are bringing value and conservation.

    Photography has long been a burning passion, his Old Man gave him his Konica Minolta film camera at the age of 11, and he proceeded to cost his father a fortune in film. Danny truly believes in the ability of a photographer to capture something instantaneous, something impossible to describe or even see with the naked eye. This is what he aims to portray in his photographs, the telling of a long and detailed story of evolution in just one burst of colour, focus and light. There are many such stories to be told in the African bush, however, without the perfect combination of technicality, anticipation and understanding, many of them will be lost. This is where Danny can help, his long relationship with camera and the wild will bring your African experience to life and enable you to tell your own stories. Danny thoroughly enjoys leading someone to their perfect image, almost as much as he enjoys finding his own.

    On safari, Danny’s wealth of wildlife experience will ensure you are perfectly positioned in advance of the action. During the course of the workshop, you will cover all aspects of photography from the technical fundamentals to creative use of shutter speeds and light giving you the tools and the inspiration to capture unique images of the amazingly diverse array of wildlife you are sure to encounter.

  • Accommodation

    At the end of a day spent exploring the wild beauty of Botswana, relax in Sahara-style tents. The 4m x 3m tents feature high roofs and include a 2m x 3m covered veranda in front. Oil or paraffin lamps are provided outside each tent. Inside, you’ll find solid basecamp beds, complete with mattresses, sheets, duvets and pillows. Tents are also equipped with a second oil or paraffin lamp, a rechargeable LED camp light and side tables.

    At the rear of each tent, you’ll find a 2m x 3m en-suite bathroom with long drop toilet facilities and a bucket shower that can be ordered hot, cold or warm. Guests are free to shower at any time on most routes, although on Kalahari safaris, guides may limit showers due to the availability of water. Bathrooms are also equipped with an oil or paraffin lamp and a rechargeable LED camp light. Hand and bath towels are provided for guests, though it is encouraged that people to bring their own personal items and toiletries, as needed.

    Families traveling with younger children on private trips can take advantage of family safari tent, which is designed to keep children safe and provide parents with peace of mind. The two-bedroom tent includes an adjoining bathroom and can be locked to ensure the safety of children.

    To get the most out of your stay in Africa, it is recommended that each guest pack quality headlamps to supplement the lights provided around camp. Headlamps allow people more flexibility to complete tasks, like reading or safari journaling, while listening to the sounds of nocturnal creatures out in the nearby bush.

  • Extensions

    Popular safari extension requests include:

    • Helicopter or fixed-wing scenic flight over the Okavango
    • Multi-day extension to a lodge in the Okavango Delta
    • Multi-day extension to a lodge in the Chobe region
    • Day trip to Victoria Falls
    • Makgadikgadi Pans

      Please contact us for further info and reservations.
     

     

  • Prices & Tours

    • This safari has 1 tour per year.
    • Each safari can have up to 4 guests and the safari is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 guests.

    • The price starts from 5,995 USD/person sharing

    The price includes:

    • Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds, bed linen and towels, with a private bathroom en-suite.
    • Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle.
    • Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles.
    • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves.
    • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves.
    • All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in the Camps.
    • All activities as specified in the itinerary.
    • 12% Value Added Tax.

    The price does not include:

    • Travel Insurance.
    • All flights unless otherwise indicated.
    • Items of personal nature.
    • Staff gratuities.
    • Optional safari extensions.
    • Any drinks at lodges or accommodation other than the safari camp.

     

  • Photographic kit list

    Do not feel obligated to buy a ton of expensive kit just to come on this trip. You will certainly benefit from a reasonable telephoto lens (preferably 300mm or more; a 100-400mm zoom gives you added flexibility) and a shorter wide-angle lens which can be used for landscapes. If you have additional equipment (e.g. a macro lens, a spare body, etc.) then please bring them along, but be aware that the maximum total luggage limit on the light aircraft is 20kg per person. The following is a list of useful but by no means essential items.

    Camera Bag – A sturdy, soft backpack is ideal for these types of trips. Be prepared for plenty of dust, so make sure your bag can suitably protect your equipment. A rain cover can also be useful if you are coming at the beginning of the wet season.

    Camera Body
    Lenses and extenders/converters

    Memory cards/film – You can never have too many memory cards or film. If you are shooting digitally and have a multimedia photo viewer or laptop, then this can act as a back-up for your images and a useful editing tool in the field.

    Lens cleaning kit - (Gitzo blower, cloth and solution) – You will undoubtedly need this at some stage during the trip.

    Spare battery and charger - There is an inverter in the safari vehicle but you will still need at least one spare battery for use while the other is charging. If you are bringing an extra body, then make sure you have enough batteries for both.

    Beanbag - Letaka will supply beanbags on specially designed camera mounts to aid shooting from the vehicle.

    Tripod - Your scope for using a tripod will be limited due to the restrictions upon when we are allowed to shoot outside the vehicle (there is not enough space to use a tripod inside the game-viewer) but if you are keen on landscapes or capturing the stars, then please bring one along.
    Monopod – For heavy super-telephoto lenses, some people find it easier to shoot with a monopod rather than using the camera supports, especially if they are used to shooting with a monopod at home. This is certainly not an essential item, however.
    Filters – UV filters can be useful for protecting your lenses. Polarisers can also help to saturate the sky. If you are serious about landscapes then a neutral density filter will help to darken skies
    resulting in a more uniform exposure.
    Flash – An external flash can often help “fill-in” shadows during the day as well as allowing you to shoot in more overcast conditions.

Itinerary in detail


What to expect:

Explore the glory of wild Botswana with an experienced, professional photographer and a guide who knows how important lighting and positioning are to getting the perfect shot. On this safari, all seats are window seats, and there are often opportunities to switch positions to allow everyone to take photos from the best viewpoints. Whether you’re a beginner getting to know your first DSLR camera or a seasoned photographer ready to take your pictures to the next level, there’s something for every skill level in this workshop. Guests on this safari will learn techniques to get the most out of their cameras while exploring the untamed side of Botswana.

Day 1: Maun to Xakanaxa / Travel Day / 30 minute charter flight

Activities: Game Drive

Mack Air will meet you around 2 p.m. at Maun International Airport for your chartered flight to the Xakanaxa Airstrip in the Moremi Game Reserve. There, you will met your Letaka guide and your guide who specializes in photography.

If you are staying in Maun before embarking on your safari, please request an airport transfer. Officials with Mack Air will coordinate with the people who run your lodgings to confirm your flight departure time.

If you are traveling from a safari lodge, you can arrange to use the lodge’s preferred charter company to fly directly to the Xakana Airstrip. We request that you arrive no earlier than 12 p.m. to allow time for our guides to meet you.

The first three nights of the safari are spent on morning and afternoon game drives to explore the enchanting Xakanaxa region.

Wildlife: Spot larger animals, including breeding herds of elephants, while viewing the mopane scrub from your chartered plane. In the waterways, it’s typical to find hippopotamus pods, while the vast plains house substantial herds of brawny buffalo and elegant lechwe. Smaller game animals, such as hyenas and a wide variety of birds, can be found after you land at the Xakanaxa Airstrip and board your land cruiser.

Days 2 & 3: Xakanaxa Exploration Days - Moremi Game Reserve

Activities: Game Drives

Habitat: On the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve encompasses a wide variety of habitats, including floodplains, mopane woodlands, sprawling savannahs, and swathes covered in reeds and silvergrass. The area is home to a vast diversity of wildlife, including hundreds of bird species.

Wildlife: The Moremi Game Reserve is one of the best places on Earth to spot the African wild dog, one of the world’s most endangered animals. In the Xakanaxa region lives a herd comprised of several hundred buffalos. The herd’s range spans the territories of nearly a half dozen lion prides, and the big cats can often be seen flanking the herd. Elephants can be spotted as they move between the mopane woodlands and the Okavango Delta. Red lechwe, with their impressive horns, are among the antelope species found in the area.

Day 4: Xakanaxa to Khwai / Travel Day / 60km

Activities: Game Drive, Night Drive

Enjoy an early breakfast before taking a slow drive through the Moremi Game Reserve toward the Khwai Community Area.

Habitat: Following the Khwai River on its meandering path across the northern border of the Moremi Game Reserve, travel between the riverside, lively floodplains, and grasslands dotted with mopane to see why the area is among the most striking on the Okavango Delta. The drive includes a stop at the Dombo Hippo Pools, where you can enjoy the antics of the resident hippos that crowd the shores.

Wildlife: Find breeding herds of elephants amongst the mopane in the western veld. Impressive bulls, who tend to be much more approachable than the breeding herds, can be found enjoying the cool waters of the Khwai River, which also attract imposing crocodiles and an unusually large number of hippos. Several predators can be found during this drive, including leopards, cheetahs, servals, lions, and wild dogs. Other game often spotted includes the southern giraffe, tsessebes, Burchell’s zebras, and red lechwe. Visitors will also occasionally see roan and sable antelope in the area.

Days 5 & 6: Khwai Exploration Days

Activities: Game Drive, Night Drive, Walking Safari, Mokoro Excursion

Explore the floodplains by day and night while making camp at an exclusive site in the community area on the other side of the Khwai River. After dark, you have the opportunity to find nocturnal denizens rarely seen by daylight. Examine local flora and fauna in detail during daytime mokoro excursions or – dependent upon the season and conditions – during hikes through the wilderness. Please note that guided tours and night drives are prohibited in Botswana’s national parks and reserves. Activities are instead held in the Khwai Community Area, outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Habitat: Split time between dry habitats, including sprawling savannahs and areas rich with leadwood and camel thorn, and along rich riverbanks and dense marshes of the Khwai River. When possible, we also like to visit the rustic lagoons of Xakanaxa, home to the largest heronry in Southern Africa.

Wildlife: Both bull elephants and breeding herds flourish in this region, where large herds of buffalo are also found during the summer rains. Predators often seen in the area include impressive lions, rangy leopards, aloof servals, and African wildcats. Wild dogs and cheetah can also be found on occasion. Herbivores living in the region include social tsessebes, muscular blue wildebeest, large roan antelope, spiral-horned kudu, lanky giraffes, stately sable antelopes, and svelte impalas. In the muddy areas of the western Khwai region, red lechwes also make their homes.

Day 7: Khwai to Central Chobe / Travel Day / 100km

Activities: Game Drive

Explore the arid landscape on game drives that trek further to the north, toward the Central Chobe region.

Habitat: See remnants of what was once the enormous Lake Makgadikgadi. The day’s drive encompasses most of the habitats seen in Northern Botswana and includes passage over the deep sands of the Magwikwe Sand Ridge. In the past, the sand ridge made up the shoreline of the paleolake. When the weather permits, exploration extends into the Mababe Depression, a basin with a dense, clay floor that formed part of the bottom of Lake Makgadikgadi. The rich ground creates a high-protein feed that attracts wildlife, particularly after it rains. However, the soil makes the area impassable during the rainy season, requiring the use of alternate routes in some parts of the year.

Wildlife: The wide range of habitats covered during this drive make for exciting opportunities to spot a range of wildlife. Lion prides can be found lounging in the area, which includes some of the best cheetah country that we'll cover. Elephants can also be observed, most often in the areas with permanent surface waters near the start and end of the drive.

Days 8 & 9: Central Chobe Exploration Days

Activities: Game Drive, Bushman Paintings

Habitat: Central Chobe is unique in that, unlike most of the rest of Botswana, it isn't flat. Above the sands of the Kalahari Desert rise sizable outcrops of volcanic rock that stand over the rolling savannah, creating habitats that attract a distinctive population of plants and small animals. The grasslands of the Savuti Marsh have been the stage of many dramatic animal encounters, as seen in several wildlife documentaries. The often dry Savuti Channel links the marsh to the sand-veld, waterholes, and hills.

Wildlife: When combined with the solid antelope populations and strong numbers of lions and hyenas, the wide open country found in Central Chobe creates fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing. In the Savuti area, interactions between vast lion prides — which can include as many as 30 members — and stately elephants can be truly gripping. Over the years, the area’s lions have developed strategies to hunt the massive elephants, using their numbers to their advantage and targeting the herd’s younger members under the cover of darkness. The Savuti Marsh is also prime cheetah country. During the wet season, it’s not unusual to see wild dogs hunting across the region.

Day 10: Central Chobe to Chobe River /170km (5 hrs)

Activities: Game Drive, Boat Cruise

The final day of the safari starts with an early departure from Central Chobe. Following the Chobe River, we will travel to Kasane for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, a boat cruise will mark the end of the expedition.

We recommend that guests opt for a night or two at the Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane, or two nights at either the Taita Falcon Lodge or Victoria Falls at Ilala in Livingstone, as the final day of the safari can feel long. People who are transferring to lodges in Kasane or to destinations in Zambia or Zimbabwe are advised to organise for their transfers to meet them at Kalahari Tours at 3:30 p.m.

Habitat: Cross the stunted mopane scrub of the Goha clay basin. See the sandy ridges and Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve and follow the bank of the Chobe River. The Chobe floodplains stretch out for tens of kilometres, growing to fill the landscape during years of exceptional rains.

Wildlife: Most of the day’s drive will take us through wild, unspoiled country where wildlife is free to roam. In the teak woodlands, the scarcity of predators and little competition for food allows roan and sable antelope to thrive. Leopards can sometimes be found in the woods, though their sparse number and general secrecy means that they are seldom seen. Herds of animals, including buffalos, zebras, kudus, and elephants, can be spotted at natural waterholes in the Goha region, which hold water well into the dry season.

Please Note:

We make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries but please know that these are subject to change due to weather — including flood conditions that can have significant impacts on driving times, depending on the time of year — road conditions, animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.

Please also note that the guided walking activity is seasonal based on rains and grass height, your guide will determine the safety of walking in Khwai.

 


Why you'll love it

  • The Okavango Delta: The world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Okavango Delta offers you wildlife sightings and experiences you won’t see anywhere else.

  • Mobile Safari with Top-Notch Photographic Guide: You'll share the experience with like-minded photographers and have a superb wildlife photographer as your personal photography tutor.

  • Watch Elephants at Chobe National Park: Massive herds gather on the Chobe riverfront, which has the highest concentration of elephants in all of Africa.

  • Enjoy the Khwai Community Area: As a community area, Khwai allow people to experience night game drives, guided walks and mokoro excursions.

  • Immerse Yourself in a Mobile Safari: Connect more deeply with the pulse of the African bush during a classic mobile safari.

  • Experience the Okavango Delta from above: On your first day, you'll get the see the Okavango Delta from above when flying from Maun to Xakanaxa.

  • Explore on a Mokoro: See the sights and investigate the waterways of the gorgeous Okavango Delta on a traditional canoe.

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