- 6 days in the Okavango Delta on a “private concession”, we stay in our “private” camp. Being in a “private concession” gives us opportunities to drive off-road and also photograph on foot
- 2 days on the Chobe river where we shoot from specially adapted photo boats
- Africa in the green season, a completely different experience than in the dry season
- Great chances to meet and photograph lion, leopard and wild dog in the Okavango Delta
- Close encounters with elephants, hippos, buffalo and crocodiles along the Chobe River
- Unique antelope species in theOkavango Delta such as sitatunga, tsessebe and lechwe
- Great chances to photograph SIX species of kingfishers
- Night safaris in the Okavango Delta to look for nocturnal animals
- On boat safaris on the Chobe River, we are only 1 photographer per row of seats
- Dramatic skies add an extra dimension to your photos
- Opportunities to fly a helicopter and photograph the Okavango Delta from above (not included in the price of the tour)
- Charter flights out to our camp in the Okavango Delta give us more luggage options
- We have the camp in the Okavango Delta all to ourselves
- The tour guide shows you his best spots and you get your own photographic advice and tips in a small group of like-minded people
The sun is slowly starting to color the clouds in the sky faintly pink and dusk is getting closer and closer. The wetland in front of us is mirror-like and foraging birds are reflected in the water. Around the grasslands, zebras, wildebeest and large herds of lechwe antelope graze. Suddenly it sways in the grass and calm is replaced by a moment of anxiety and rapid rushes among the grazing animals. The herds of lechwe take refuge in the wetland where they feel safe from the predators. Slowly a group of lions emerge from the green grass, this time the hunt failed but they don’t give up so easily…
THE OKAVANGO DELTA
The Okavango Delta is a large and varied ecosystem that forms where the Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is a unique wetland that covers between 6,000 to 15,000 square kilometers of the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana. The delta is created by seasonal floods that occur due to rainfall during January and February in the highlands of Angola. The water then slowly flows down towards Botswana and the floods in the delta reach their peak during June to August. The delta is generally flat, with an elevation variation of less than two meters making the area predominantly composed of many small islands.
An oasis in an otherwise arid environment, the delta is known for its amazing wildlife, with large populations of mammals and amazing bird life. During our trip, we will spend our time in the delta on a private concession, which means the area is not open to the public. We will stay in a camp in the middle of the “wilderness”, we will have the whole camp to ourselves. For our photography, this is a big advantage, within the concession we have the opportunity to drive off-road so we can both find subjects and angles that will be the best for our pictures. We also have opportunities to get out of the vehicles and photograph on foot, this is of course regulated and not possible when it e.g. are predators or buffalo nearby. As there are also no “opening or closing times” we can be out extra early and late during the day and we will have night safaris to look for nocturnal animals. There is only “our” lodge and one other on the concession, however these are at opposite ends of the area, so there are very few jeeps in the area. We will never experience any congestion. The guides at the lodges cooperate and have radio contact with each other, so in that way our chances of finding e.g. leopard.
The area has a very rich animal life with several lion families, at the time of writing there are two packs of wild dogs in the area (NOTE: the wild dogs move over very large areas and are not always seen), leopards are common (albeit almost everywhere a bit sneaky to see). There are also plenty of grazing animals here and we see large herds of lechwe antelope grazing around the wetlands, impala, wildebeest, tsessebe and zebra are common. The magnificent kudu is also here but not so abundantly. In the delta there are also sitatunga, roan and sable antelopes, but they are rarer this year.
During our days in the Okavango Delta, we will have the opportunity to fly by helicopter and photograph the delta from above. It is a fantastic experience to see the delta and the animals from above. During the flight, the helicopter’s doors are removed so that you don’t have to photograph through a window. The pilot is very used to flying photographers so they know what we want.
You can choose whether you want to fly 30 min, 40 min or 1 hour. There are only 2 people in the helicopter. Helicopter ride is not included in the price of the trip but can be booked through us when booking the trip. Contact us first regarding prices and terms.