Botswana Photographic Workshop & Tour
26 September to 6 October 2018
Cost: R15 099.00 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)
15 - 25 March, 2019
14 - 24 July, 2019
26 Sept - 6 October, 2019
Cost: R15 750 per person (Children under 10yrs @ 50%)
10 night / 11 day (Tented / bring your own bedding)
This is a ten night, eleven day photographic safari that starts in central Botswana at Kubu Island on the Makgadikgadi Pans and ends at Kasane/Chobe in the north.
During the course of our travels, we will traverse the vast sand flats, which were once the great lakes of Southern Africa, fed by an even greater river. Over millions of years, the forces of nature diverted the course of the river, changing the face of the land.
Join us on an adventure to discover the marvels of this geological intrigue as we travel westwards from the site of the great lake at the Makgadikgadi Pans around the bottom end of the Okavango Delta, then northward along the Okavango River (with a detour to the mysterious Tsodilo Hills, a sacred rock art site) into Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Once in the Caprivi we’ll drive back east again, crossing the Kwando River and eventually reaching the mighty Zambezi River at the majestic Victoria Falls. The final stop on the tour is the game-rich Chobe River area around the town of Kasane in northern Botswana.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of knowledge about the geology you’re moving through, wildlife you’ll see as well as local culture and history you’ll encounter.
Three daily meals will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffiepot” will be on the fire from sunset till late.
Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops. Tents are provided by Mpafa Travel but you are required to bring your own bedding!
This is not a technical 4x4 trip, but should you experience any difficulty, the crew do have the know-how and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems. A 4x2 with high clearance will also do the trick.
Though our bush-camps may be rustic, you will at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and most importantly, see that you have a good time.
All the campsites visited, aside from Kubu Island on night one, will have hot showers, flush toilets and 220v power to recharge batteries.
Your Photographic Guide
Over and above the Mpafa guide and team, you will be accompanied by a professional photographer who has worked closely with our marketing partners at Media 24 on their lifestyle publications. You will have one-on-one time with the photographic guide, no matter what your level of experience or equipment. By the end of the trip, you should be more comfortable and feel more confident, having learned some tricks of the trade, about taking photographs in wild environments ..... and we will look forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts.
Adventure & photographic itinerary
We meet at the town of Lethlakane in Northern Botswana, on the road from Serowe to Orapa between13h00 and 14h00. Our first destination is the majestic Kubu Island and we spend magic hour photographing the Baobabs and granite rocks with your Pro Photographer at hand to assist.
Whilst sitting around the campfire that evening, and before being spoilt with the first of many wholesome meals, your tour leaders will elaborate on what to expect over the next 10 days.
Sunrise at Kubu Island is any photographers dream and with fresh coffee in one hand and a camera in the other we get those perfect sunrise shots. After breakfast we head towards Maun where we stay 2 nights on the Boteti River. The scenic route across the Makgadikgadi Pans makes for great photographic opertunities.
The late afternoon is spent next to the waters of the Boteti river with its abundant bird life.
There is an opportunity for a 1 hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in the morning, this is optional but highly recommended. Maun is a busy town that lends itself to restocking provisions and photography some of the people and culture of Botswana.
During the afternoon there will be time for one-on-one meetings with your Pro Photographer to discuss specific photo or camera related questions you might have, and to review some of the photos you have taken up to this point.
After restocking and refuelling in Maun, we make our way northwards along the western edge of the Delta. Lunch will be served at the edge of the Pan-handle on the main Okavango channel.
On arrival at the camp at Tsodilo Hills, the crew will have set up camp and the pots will be on the fire.
This bush camp (with flushing toilets) provides us with a unique opportunity for some star photography and an understanding of how to light a tree for night photography!
We first head for the nearby Tsodilo Hills where we have an interesting discussion on the Bushmen, visit the museum and have a picnic lunch in this geological wonderland, which is also a World Heritage site thanks to the magnificent rock art.
From Tsodilo we aim north and leave Botswana via the Mohembo border post. In Namibia our campsite (Ngepi Camp) for the next three nights is located on the banks of the Okavango River. Situated in a riverine belt of giant jackalberry trees with its interesting floating swimming pool and lush surroundings, our camp provides the perfect setting for socialising and relaxing after our daily activities.
We spend the day testing our game viewing and photography skills in the Mahango Game Reserve (part of the Bwabwata National Park) where a picnic lunch will be served at a scenic spot. The photographic focus for today will be wildlife photography. Mahango has over 300 bird species and boasts four of the big five. It is also renowned for its Roan and Sable Antelope populations.
Back at the camp, your Pro Photographer will be available for one-on-one review sessions of your photographs.
Everyone has the opportunity to have a lie-in as you will decide on your own morning activities. You can relax in the camp or visit the Buffalo Core Area, on the eastern bank of the Okavango River, and also part of the Bwabwata National Park. It has unique sand tracks and a very interesting military history. There are also activities such as bird walks, mokoro trips, Popa Falls, village tours and fishing available for you at Ngepi Camp. This will be at your own cost.
We all meet in the late afternoon for a comfortable sundowner cruise in big boats on the Okavango River.
We pack up and head back into Botswana via the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) to our next camp outside Kasane in Botswana, where we are based for our last 3 nights together.
After breakfast we head for the magnificent Victoria Falls, just across the border in Zimbabwe. After taking in the wonders of the Falls we do some sight-seeing and shopping in the village of Victoria Falls. The photographic aim for today will be to capture iconic as well as unusual photos of Victoria Falls.
The Flight of Angels in a helicopter gives one a bird's eye view and perpective of the falls(not included in the tour price).
Back at the camp in Kasane, your Professional Photographer will be available for one-on-one review sessions of your photographs.
Today we explore the Chobe National Park. We enjoy a 3 hour morning game drive on open safari vehicles and a three hour boat cruise on the Chobe River into the park in the afternoon. This is one of Africa’s finest wildlife experiences, and of course the photographic assignment for the day will focus on wildlife photography.
We spend our last night around the campfire enjoying the unique bond of friendship that can only be made by fellow travellers who, together, have experienced the magic of the African bush.
Sadly, after breakfast, we say goodbye and leave for home.