In December 2018, Andy Biggs and PJ Hicks will lead a private group of photographers into Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of Africa's best wildlife areas. This photo safari combines some of the finest wildlife photography anywhere, two of Botswana's best safari areas and hands-on photographic instruction. We have selected specific camps in Botswana's Okavango Delta to create a private safari geared specifically toward serious photography and game viewing.
- We have private vehicles throughout the entire safari, with only 1 person per row of seating (the vehicles have 3 rows behind the driver, plus a seat next to the driver if you want to be lower down to the ground.)
- Knowledgeable and passionate safari guides in Botswana will drive and guide us in open vehicles to help us get the images we are after.
- This safari offers superb game viewing and photographic opportunities in some of the best areas in Africa.
- This itinerary focuses on a real wildlife experience in very private game drive areas.
- The areas visited offer an insight into the fantastic wildlife in Botswana.
Is This Safari For You?
Here are some key points to help you decide:
1. We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
2. We are BIG on photographing in the field. We spend most our time and effort on safari activity and making images. We do meet daily to review images and discuss technique, but this is not a “classroom-intensive” trip. Our "classroom sessions" are optional (although the review sessions are valuable and there is not a more beautiful classroom).
3. Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. We have specialist guides leading all safari activities and optional activities (boating, walks, etc.) are also available at any time.
December 8-11, 2018; (3 Nights)
Kwando Lagoon Camp - Northern Botswana
Today you will fly from the city of your choice (typically either Johannesburg or Capetown, with our assistance) and will be met in the Maun, Botswana airport by our local staff. You will then gather and take a short private plane flight to the Lagoon airstrip. After your arrival you will be transferred to camp, with your first game drive en route.
Our group will have the exclusive use of the entire camp throughout our 3-day stay at Kwando Lagoon and we will set our own hours and schedule to allow us to take full advantage of photographic opportunities.
Lagoon Camp lies on the shady banks of the Kwando River among tall and ancient African Ebony and Marula trees. It is located in the 232,000 hectare private Kwando Reserve in the Linyanti area of northern Botswana between the Okavango and Chobe rivers. The Kwando Reserve is located just west of the Linyanti Reserve and includes 80 kilometres of river frontage, wonderful floodplains, and woodlands to the west of the Kwando River. Our camp is comprised of 8 expansive custom designed tents each with views over the vast Kwando/Linyanti wetlands. Each tent comprises of a raised bedroom area, over looking a large lounge with writing desk, luxurious Persian rugs and deep leather arm chairs. To the rear of the bed room lies the dressing area adjoining a spacious bathroom with Victorian style high back bath tub, separate toilet and both inside and outdoor showers. The family room that sleeps four people in two separate bedrooms, with shared bathroom is perfect for those travelling on safari with younger children.
The Kwando area has a large variety of wildlife but is most noted for its very large Elephant populations. There is rarely a time where one cannot view at least some Hippos and Elephants without even leaving the camp. Lagoon has had a Wild Dog den every year for the past 6 years so is probably now one of the best (if not the best) camps in Africa for Dogs. There are good numbers of Impala, Lechwe, Kudu, Zebra, Giraffe, Sitatunga, Sable, Roan, Waterbuck, Buffalo, Bushbuck and the smaller antelope. The major predators such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena are resident and regularly sighted. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for the numerous and diverse species of birds.
Seasonally, large herds of elephant drink daily from the bank of the Lagoon in full view of the guests. Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the Lagoon right in front of the guest tents. Lagoon has a well earned reputation for big game herds, especially in winter, with many hundreds of elephant, buffalo herds into the thousands and numerous hippo pods - scattered in the ox bows and river channels. These vast herds attract the big predators in large numbers. The Lions of Kwando are famous for their Elephant, Hippo and Buffalo kills.
Night drives allow guests a chance to see the nocturnal species such as Civet, Large- and Small-spotted Genet, Honey Badger, and Spring Hare. Nocturnal birding, especially Owls, is also excellent here. Both camps (Lebala & Lagoon) deliver the specials like Aardwolf, Aardvark, Ratel, Serval, Caracal and Selous Mongoose quite regularly.
December 11-15, 2018 (4 nights)
Kwando Kwara Camp - Okavango Delta, Botswana
Our flight from Kwando Lagoon to Kwara is a short plane ride, taking us over the beautiful Okavango Delta and its border with the Moremi Game Reserve. On arrival at Kwara airstrip, we will be met and transferred on a short drive to the camp.
Kwara Camp is located in the 175,000-hectare private Kwara Concession in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta. Kwara shares a common boundary on the northern edge of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is one of permanent Delta water, and this unspoiled pristine wilderness has a variety of habitats ranging from reed and papyrus-lined waterways to rolling grasslands and ancient forests. Kwara camp is situated in a forested island under tall trees overlooking a lagoon in the open flood plains of the 1.6 million-hectare Okavango Delta. You will discover why the Okavango Delta is considered one of the jewels of Africa and indeed the world. It is mysterious, calming, unpredictable and very wild.
The camp comprises 8 twin-bedded luxury safari style tents, accommodating a maximum of 16 guests. The tents are built on raised teak decks each with en-suite facilities. The intimate dining and lounge area is under thatch, built around a large shade tree overlooking the lagoon. Three meals per day are offered and all wines, alcoholic drinks, beverages and cool drinks are included. Kwara, like the other Kwando Safaris camps, has a small gift shop, lounge, dining room and small plunge pool. Complimentary laundry services are provided.
The Okavango Delta is home to a large number of species, including semi-aquatic animals, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons, while the unique Delta environment supports many minute but beautiful species, including multicolored frogs and incandescent dragonflies. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, which roam the open woodlands. Nxabega means place of the giraffe and these elegant animals are abundant in the surrounding areas.
One of the most common antelope in the Okavango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for the swampy conditions it lives in. Its splayed, elongated hooves give it a sure footing, allowing it to inhabit the outskirts of the permanent swamps. The Okavango is also a stronghold for the endangered African wild dog, which is a highly sought after photographic opportunity. Exhibiting a fascinating social structure, wild dog live in packs led by a dominant pair, with a strict social hierarchy. Although particularly nocturnal and difficult to spot, leopard live in the dense riverine thickets of the Delta.
With an incredible wealth of species, the Okavango is a haven for birding enthusiasts. One of its most sought after species is the huge but elusive Pel’s fishing owl, which roosts in the densest evergreen thickets. A quintessential African sound, the haunting call of the fish eagle can be heard echoing over the channels of the Okavango. The Delta also boasts the largest population of the endangered wattled crane, a large and beautiful species. The African jacana, with its extraordinarily long toes, skims along the top of floating vegetation, giving the impression that it is walking on water.
December 15, 2018
Private air charter back to Maun after the morning safari activity for our scheduled flight back to either Johannesburg or Capetown. International flights may be scheduled to depart that evening (if feasible) to home destinations or an additional night hotel stay can be arranged for you upon request (recommended). See note below regarding travel extensions.
NOTE: Customized extensions to this safari, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Victoria Falls and other destinations may be arranged through Andy Biggs Photo Safaris as desired. Ask us for further information.
The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $9,990 per person. The same rate applies for each participant regardless of whether they are doing photography and participating in the workshop, or not. This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals.
Due to the limited number of spaces available, if a solo guest is willing to share a room and we can match with another guest of the same gender, we will do so. If a solo guest is unwilling to share, then a single supplement of $1,800 will be charged (please contact us if you would like to have your own accommodation as we have a very limited number of single slots available).
Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.
What Do I Do Next?
Our groups are small, so space is limited. If this exciting trip has your name on it; if you're excited by the thought of becoming a member of this trip, then now is the time to register. Remember, there will be limited space available for this workshop. When they're spoken for, that's it. If you have any questions before registering, send us an e-mail with any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safari Leader: Andy Biggs & PJ Hicks
Dates: December 8-15, 2018
- Accommodation on a shared basis
- Private round-trip air charters from Maun to safari camps and back
- Additional luggage allowance on the flights / air charters within Botswana
- 2 x Professional photographers leading the trip (Andy Biggs and PJ Hicks)
- All safari activities
- Services of the lodge guides & staff
- Relevant park fees
- All meals and drinks while in Botswana (excluding premium brands)
- Daily laundry
- The current Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax or Government Sales Taxes
What is Not Included?
- International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Maun, Botswana (we can assist with these)
- International airfare from Capetown or Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana
- Visas (if applicable)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
- Optional extra activities (helicopter flights, etc.)
- Pre- and post- safari tours
- Meals or accommodation before or after the safari (except as noted in the detailed itinerary)