ULTIMATE BOTSWANA 2018
Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg International & Depart for Mashatu
All participants will be met at arrivals at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. After a short coffee break will begin the journey North to Mashatu Private Game Reserve.
The journey is a very comfortable five-hour road journey on good roads to the Botswanan Border at Pontdrift where we will clear Botswanan immigration and make our way to Mashatu Game Reserve.
Day 1-3: Mashatu Game Reserve & C4 Photo Hides
After arrival and check in at Mashatu Game Reserve’s Main Lodge we will relax and prepare for the afternoon activity which will be an afternoon Game Drive. Mashatu Game Reserve in situated in the South Eastern Corner of Botswana bordering Zimbabwe and South Africa and is well known for its abundance of wildlife.
Sightings of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Elephant are common, in particular sightings of Leopard are common and can prove to be very photographic.
For the remainder of the stay at Mashatu we will alternate between the use of the C4 underground hides and the game drives.
The C4 underground hides are nothing short of exceptional and provide a very unique point of view for photography. As they are underground hides you are able to get very close in experiences with all types of wildlife, more especially Elephants, experience Elephants at these hides ranks with some of the best wildlife experiences and wildlife photography on the planet.
Regular visitors to the hide also include all the antelope, Giraffe, Hyena and many species of birds.
The accommodation at Mashatu Main lodge is of a very high quality and is inclusive of all meals, local beverages and Game Drives. The hides are an additional cost but will be costing into the final pricing.
Day 4: Overnight en-route to Khwai, Botswana.
After departing Mashatu we will have a long but comfortable journey to our overnight stop on the way the Okavango Delta in North West Botswana, the final location for the overnight stop will be finalized closer to the time. The Journey will allow for a shorter drive the following day to get to our destination in Khwai.
Day 5-7: Khwai Community Concession
After departing our overnight stop we will have a 4-5-hour journey into the Okavango Delta area of Botswana. We will be heading to our destination, Khwai, which is situated on the eastern side of the delta.
We will check into our camp for the following three days of safari and will enjoy some time to relax after the journey.
After some lunch we will depart on our first afternoon game drive in the incredibly rich and diverse wildlife area that is the Khwai Community Concession.
The Khwai Community Concession is a very unique concept in Africa with the safari area being directly owned by the local community and much of the money derived from the safari activities are payed to the community and used for schools and infrastructure.
The Khwai area is one of the most amazing game viewing areas in Africa and has a wide range of wildlife and fantastic photo opportunities that are often centered around the Khwai River that runs through the concession.
There is a very high density of Leopard in the area and is one of the best places in the world to achieve quality images of these elusive cats. Wild Dogs are well known in the area and it is a fantastic place to view the endangered animals, sightings of Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and a wide range of other mammals are also common here.
Accommodation in Khwai would best be described as luxury tented accommodation. The camp itself is wonderfully situated for great bird watching and relaxation and includes all meals, beverages and Game drives.
Day 8-10: Savuti
We will depart for our next destination, Savuti, after our morning drive and after an interesting 4 hour drive through a number of the various conservation areas, we will arrive at our lodge in Savuti.
Savuti is area famous for its predators (Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog and Hyena) and its Elephant population and its true raw wild feel, it is situated between the Chobe National Park to the North and the Okavango Delta to the South West.
The morning and afternoon drives will be much the same as in Khwai with guided game drives in an open vehicle and under the mentorship of your photographic guides with Gin & Tonic on tap at sunset it really is photography in style…
The Savuti area is world famous for its activity around waterholes in the dry months and while we will be visiting the dry season will be at its peak, offering incredible wildlife interactions and sublime light.
Accommodation in Savuti can be best described as a Africa Under Canvas styled tenting experiences with well-appointed tents and dining areas that will allow for a true African experience around the campfire in the evenings in this wild part of Africa.
Day 11-14: Chobe River House Boat
Once again after our morning drive in Savuti we will depart for a 3-4 Hour drive to the town of Kasane on the Chobe River.
Once in Kasane we will park the vehicles and be met by our local guide who will escort to the boat that will take us to the Namibian Immigration station on Impalila Island. After clearing immigration, we will once again board the boat for a 45-minute journey to our house boat moored on the banks of the Chobe River.
The Chobe region is well known to hold the greatest density of Elephants anywhere on earth with over 100 000 Elephants that congregate between the river systems of the Chobe, Zambezi and Cuando Rivers that form the Border between Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Angola.
Our House boat is a fully equipped floating hotel with spacious and luxurious rooms with a dining and lounge area which will be ours exclusively. The House Boat allows us to fully explore the surrounding river by customized photographic boats.
The boats are equipped with rotating seats with gimbal attachments for long lenses. The local guides are experts at positioning the boats for optimal photographic opportunities.
October is seen as the most optimal game viewing time in this area with both mammal and bird life being exceptional and we will have no shortage of fantastic experiences to photograph.
We will spend a full three nights on the house boats exploring the river system on the photographic boats, the accommodation again includes all meals, beverages and activities.
In the evening we will be treated to enjoying a meal all by ourselves in a very remote part of the river that is off limits to the other safari boats that depart from Kasane. You will be able to enjoy the sounds of Africa accompanied by Elephants, Hippos and Buffalo.
Day 14: Depart Chobe for Johannesburg
On our last morning of Ultimate Botswana 2018 we will enjoy a hearty breakfast aboard the house boat. We will then make our way back to the Namibian and Botswanan Immigration offices and our transfer back to Kasane Airport.
You will board your flight back to Johannesburg International and your outbound flight back home.
If a you require that your outbound flight departs the following morning, an extra evening in Johannesburg can be arranged at a hotel located nearby the airport.
Also if you wish to extend your stay to visit Cape Town or another part of South Africa we can arrange that separately on request.
My goal in guiding any photographic safari is to provide an experience that translates into high quality and enduring images that will leave you with life-long memories.
Myself and another professional photographic guide will be leading you throughout your trip with the express goal of advancing your technical and creative wildlife photography skills as well as your post-production workflow.
We will have daily tutorials focusing on your specific goals but with the firm idea that this trip will be about more than just photography, it will be about creating images with emotion and feeling created by you and for you…