Wildlife Photography Workshop

Botswana 2018

Nxai Pan National Park - Maun - Khwai Community Area - Savuti - Chobe River Front 


14 Days / 13 Nights
13 October - 26 October 2018 

AUD 12,350 pp / USD 9,900 pp / EURO 8,300 pp

Price per person twin share.
Single supplement applies -  please enquire.
Please note the price may vary depending on the exchange rate at time of booking.  


Join us on an epic journey to take your wildlife photography to the next level with Sony's Global Ambassador Craig Parry. Over the course of the adventure he will share with you his insider industry knowledge and all the tips and tricks he has learnt from his 15 years of professional experience as an award winning wildlife and nature photographer. Craig will work with each guest to personalise their journey to ensure everyone receives a strong foundation of the art of photography which suitable to their current skill level making this workshop suitable for amateurs and experts alike. Covering each step of the process from getting the right camera settings for different situations and conditions to editing techniques, each day will provide ample opportunity to improve and build upon your skills so that you walk away feeling confident to capture your own award winning images. 

Highlights

  • Travel and learn from award winning photographer Craig Parry.
  • Explore the famous areas that are Nxai Pans, Khwai, Savuti and the Chobe River.
  • Sleep in luxury tents in the true wilderness areas of Botswana.
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River, a must for photographers!
  • Travel around in the Photographic specific game viewing vehicle – the Frankmobil.
  • Experience TRUE wilderness.
 

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1, 2 &3  : Arrive in Maun, meet your guides and transfer to the Nxai Pans.

Day 4 : After incredible days in Nxai Pans transfer back to Maun.

Day 5, 6 & 7 : The magic of Khwai is the abundance of animals and the freedom that the concession allows for viewing them in their natural habitat. We aim to leave Khwai having viewed and photographed the most amazing wildlife and learnt about the beginnings of the Okavango Delta and its complexities. Khwai Mobile Site, Khwai Community Area

Day 8, 9 & 10 : Savuti Mobile Site, Savuti - Chobe National Park. A wild and wonderful place famous for its lions.

Day 11 & 12 : We have allowed for two full days of activities in Chobe. These consist of one full day of normal routine morning and afternoon drive to explore the area by vehicle. Chobe Mobile Site, Chobe River Front.

Day 13 : We will set-off on our final photographic opportunity: a boat cruise along the Chobe river. Pangolin Chobe Lodge.

Day 14 : Today we will have a lovely breakfast together and head to Kasane Airport. 


What makes this safari so special?

Craig Parry

Global Sony Ambassador Craig Parry is a multi award winning nature and landscape photographer of international acclaim. Craig’s work aims to present subjects in their natural environment in a manner which seeks to connect audiences with the environment. Portraying the obvious as abstract, his images are engaging and beautiful at the same time. 

Growing up in Byron Bay, Northern NSW, Craig worked hard at mastering his craft before making a life-changing decision and becoming a full-time professional photographer in 2004 - a defining moment in his life. 

Craig’s stature as a photographer was indisputably confirmed with his receipt of the award ‘International Landscape Photo of the Year' (2014) for his image Life & Death, in addition to taking out the award for Outdoor Magazine 'Underwater Photograph of the Year' (2014) for his image Fin Swipe. His work regularly sees him travelling to all corners of the globe in pursuit of new adventures and unique encounters. 

Following a successful photographic expedition through Botswana in 2017, Craig is looking forward to sharing the adventure with photography enthusiasts again in 2018.  Check out Craig's website here


What to bring:

 
  • DLSR camera 
  • Lens with 200mm or more focal length preferably 400mm
  • Landscape lens 
  • Minimum of 4 x 64GB cards
  • Laptop with preferred editing program installed 
  • Back up drive
 

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 1, 2 & 3

Maun to Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pans Mobile Site

You will arrive in Maun either the night before or the morning of our departure. Our guides will pick up you from a central location and then off you go to your first destination, Nxai Pans. The drive will be around 3-3.5 hours with the last hour being game viewing. We will head straight to the campsite where your dedicated team will set up the camp as you relax before enjoying your first sunset game drive. The evening will then be spent around the campfire with delicious food made on the open fire by our chefs. 

The next 2 days will consist of an early morning wakeup call, before the sun has risen, at which point we will have half an hour to prepare our things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep us going throughout the game drive. 

We will then aim to depart for the morning drive as soon as we are allowed too, as per the regulations. The first few hours of the drive are the most exciting as our chances for predators are at its best, and so is the beautiful morning light – ideal for photographs. A morning coffee break usually takes place in a beautiful spot about halfway through the roughly four-hour morning drive. By this point the temperature is starting to climb and the movements of animals (especially predators) comes to a halt. We then return to our camp where a nice brunch awaits – a much needed meal after the morning’s animal search. 

This is typically the time where guests like to take a bit of time for themselves to relax or catch up on sleep. We will discuss with you our afternoon activity plans which generally commence 3 hours prior to the sun setting. A highlight of the evening adventure being a sundowner stop where we park the vehicle at a scenic spot, and watch the sun set as the drinks flow. True safari tradition. 

Nxai Pan National Park 

Adjoining the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border, Nxai Pans were once ancient salt lakes. Today, they are oceans of grass dotted with islands of trees and small pans that fill in the rainy season to create a verdant lush Garden of Eden. Visitors can look forward to impressive natural scenery such as the famous Baines Baobabs which were first drawn by the renowned explorer in the 1860s, and fun activities including excellent game viewing at sunset or sunrise on a 4WD safari and first-class bird watching opportunities. Commonly spotted animals include: lion, giraffe, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, jackal, bat-eared fox and the elusive nocturnal porcupine. 

Overnight: Nxai Pans Mobile Site 

A dedicated team will set up your camp and prepare delicious meals on open fire. 


Day 4

Nxai Pan National Park to Maun

Maun Lodge

This morning we can go on an early morning game drive if you would like. We will then head back to camp for brunch and start packing up. Once everyone is ready we will make our way back to Maun where we will overnight. A quiet night in is in order before we head on our next safari. 

Maun 

Set on the banks of the beautiful Thamalakane River in northern Botswana, Maun is the third largest town in this spectacularly scenic southern African country. Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. 

Overnight: Maun Lodge 

Maun Lodge is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River and on the doorstep to the famous Okavango Delta. Located only 4 km from Maun International Airport and 2.5 km from the village centre, it is ideally positioned as a base for our safari adventure. All rooms are air conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, satellite television, tea and coffee facilities, room and laundry services. 


Day 5, 6 & 7

Maun to Khwai Community Area 

Khwai Mobile Site 

 

This morning we will have a leisurely breakfast and then head to Maun airport where a plane will be waiting. We will take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to Khwai Community Trust Concession. Here our mobile safari crew will pick us up in the Frankmobil and we will head to our new base for the next three nights.

Once we have settled into camp we will prepare for a short afternoon introductory drive, setting off a bit later as Khwai has no strict return time regulations. We will aim to have a sundowner in a beautiful location to celebrate our new home for the next 3 nights. The drive will then most likely continue a little bit into the night as the use of spotlights is allowed in the area - a huge bonus as we get to view nocturnal animal activity! 

We will then head back to our camp for a beautiful dinner under the stars and a long night enjoying the wild sounds of this amazing location. 

We will stick to the usual morning routine in Khwai of early morning wakeup calls, coffee and food before we then hit the road for another day of adventure and photographic opportunities with the local wildlife. Covering many of the small roads in the huge road network that the area has to offer, we will travel through thick sand and deep water, heading off-road and through dense bush all in the search of predators and beautiful views. The essential morning coffee stop will happen alongside a pod of hippos lounging amongst the water lilies. 

We will then make our way back to camp for brunch and to relax during the hotter time of the day and to recharge for the afternoon and evening’s activities and night time viewing of animals. We like to leave ourselves flexible at night to allow the freedom to follow up on the vocalization of lions which when followed often lead us to the opportunity of viewing their nocturnal activities – an unforgettable experience and a real insight into the lives of these big cats. 

The magic of Khwai is the abundance of animals and the freedom that the concession allows for viewing them in their natural habitat. We aim to leave Khwai having viewed and photographed most of the Big 5 (except rhino) and learnt about the beginnings of the Okavango Delta and its complexities. 

Khwai Community Area 

Based right on the edge of the Okavango Delta, Khwai attracts large concentrations of game from the drier regions of surrounding area to the permanently flowing Khwai River. And as a result, the region has high predator concentrations and this will be the area we focus our attention on. The area also has a real wild feeling, like we truly are in a strange but wonderful place. 

Overnight: Khwai Mobile Site


Day 8, 9 & 10

Khwai to Chobe National Park 

Savuti Mobile Site 

 

This morning we start with a brief drive in the Khwai area before heading North East to the Chobe National Park. One of the best parts about this longer travel day is that it is a beautiful one. We will be travelling North all along the Mobabe depression which is a vast, seemingly endless grass plain which has an abundance of life. We have the chance of game viewing and photographing opportunities throughout the drive. At the most northern tip of this grassland is Savuti, our home for the next 3 nights. 

We aim to reach the camp at around midday, at which point we will be shown around the camp and have the opportunity to relax and have some lunch. We will then prepare for the first afternoon of game viewing which will be our first introduction to the Savuti area, an introduction which will also provide an insight into the history of the area. We will be learning of the recent movements of animals from other guides so as to know where to focus our search for the elusive creatures. Please note that as Savuti is within the Chobe National Park, there are set return times for when we must be back at camp so night viewing activities will not be possible in the area. 

We have allowed for two full days of safari activities in Savuti in order to give us the best possible chance of finding and viewing our target species for the area. And also, to cover and explore the many roads and beautiful areas that Savuti has to offer. The days consist of an early morning wakeup call before just the sun has risen at which point we will have half an hour to prepare our things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep us going throughout the game drive. 

We will then aim to set-off for the morning drive as soon as we are allowed too, as per the regulations. We usually start by scanning the hills and surrounding areas for the chance of leopards before moving through the woodland areas and eventually into the open plains as the day heats up. A morning coffee break usually takes place in a beautiful spot about halfway through the roughly four-hour morning drive. By this point the temperature is starting to climb and the movements of animals (especially predators) comes to a halt. We would then return to our camp with a nice brunch prepared on an open fire which will be much needed after the morning animal search. This is typically the time for showers to take place and a bit of relaxing/catching up on sleep. We 

will discuss with you our afternoon activity plans which generally leave about 3 hours prior to the sun setting and include the traditional safari sundowner stop where we park the vehicle at a scenic spot where we can watch the sun set as the drinks flow. 

Savuti - Chobe National Park 

Savuti, also known as Savute lies in the heart of Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel where crocodiles could be found swimming only twenty years ago. Visitors to this spectacular area can spot abundant wildlife which include a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, hyena, cheetah, Cape buffalo herds, and thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest. 

Overnight: Savuti Mobile Site


Day 11 & 12

Savuti - Chobe River front

Chobe Mobile Site

 

This morning we will only be spending a small amount of time in the Savuti region before making our way North East to our new destination along the Chobe River. This drive takes us out of the Chobe National park briefly before entering it again as we approach the river. 

This section of river is a must see when visiting Botswana, having large concentrations of wildlife at this time of the year, particularly along the river frontage where most of the action happens! The animal life that occurs here is much the same as what we encountered at the other locations, however in seemingly higher densities and we expect elephants to steal the show! This time of the year the Chobe River is a magnet for elephant activities as the water in the surrounding areas dries up. 

We have allowed for two full days of activities in Chobe. These consist of one full day of normal routine morning and afternoon drive to explore the area by vehicle. 

Chobe River Front 

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park and is renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities which include driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD, cruising along the river in a motorboat and spotting rare birdlife. 

Overnight: Chobe Mobile Site 


Day 13

Chobe River Front 

Pangolin Chobe Lodge                  

On the day of the 25th we will be embarking on our final game drive in the Frankmobil in an Easterly direction along the river front. Our goal here is to get the final vehicle shots we still need after all of our training and practice throughout the trip. Our drive ends at our last night’s accommodation, Pangolin Chobe Lodge. Here we say goodbye to the Frankmobil and hello to a little bit of luxury. 

We aim to relax a bit at our new accommodation for a few hours and indulge in some well-deserved lunch. For the afternoon, however we will set-off on our final photographic opportunity which is a boat cruise along the Chobe river. We will travel West along the river along the Chobe National park and expect to see plenty of wildlife coming down to drink in the late afternoon light which will be the perfect time to let our cameras loose and get those perfect shots. An ideal end to what would have been an incredible safari. 

Overnight: Pangolin Chobe Lodge

Recently opened, Pangolin Chobe Lodge is located close to the park gates as well as the jetty on the river from where you enter the Chobe National Park, allowing us to be among the first people into the park, and the last out. The view from our position on the hill overlooking the Chobe floodplains is quite extraordinary and with the sun setting directly in front of the lodge, this location affords us some of the most spectacular sunsets in Botswana. 


Day 14

Chobe River front to Kasane

 

Today we will have a lovely breakfast together and head to Kasane Airport. Our trip has come to an end! You may like to extend your trip by a few days and visit the mighty Victoria Falls, if so just let us know and we can assist in arranging this. Otherwise you leave Africa with a lifetime of memories and most likely thousands of photos. 


Price includes

     Photography workshop with with award winning photographer Craig Parry.

     All accommodation.

     Food and drinks as outlined in itinerary

     All transfers for duration of trip

     National Park entrance fees.

     Tourism levy.

     Activities as mentioned in itinerary.

Price excludes

     International flights regional flights and airport taxes.

     Pre and post safari accommodation if required.

     Photography equipment.

     All expenses of a personal nature.

     Any additional and optional activities.

     Personal Travel Insurance.

     Any additional drinks and meals.

     Visa fees is needed.

     Tips for tour guides.

 

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