Botswana – 10 day Mobile Photo-Safari 2018 from $3500.00 per person sharing

Botswana – The Heart of Africa.

A life time experience in an open safari vehicle. Simply sit back and reap the rewards of our teams many years of experience in the bush and behind the lens.

 

 

 

 

Mobile Safari’s are the ‘hassle-free’ way to enjoy the Okavango Delta while sleeping in a tent under the stars without the inconvenience of having to pitch tents, cook, wash up, drive etc. This allows for a wonderful opportunity to sleep in a little later arriving on the vehicle to hot coffee and rusks for the early morning game drive, stay a little later on the evening game drives without having to rush back and cook before it gets dark and rest during the heat of the day without having to clean your tents, wash your dishes etc.

 

Dates:

21-30 September 2018.

Price:

This Photo-Safari is priced from $3500.00 per person sharing for 10 days.

Number of people:

There are a maximum of 12 people per Safari allowing each person a window seat on our 2 open safari vehicles.

Non photographers are welcome.

Private Safari bookings can be arranged for families, clubs, friends or corporates.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE 10 PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THIS PHOTO-SAFARI. 

About The Okavango Delta:

Within the fabled Kalahari Desert which covers roughly two thirds of the country lies the “Jewel of the Kalahari” which is the dominant geographical feature of Botswana. Shaped like an arm with an open hand, with the arm being the river forming the panhandle, the palm having islands and permanently filled waterways and the fingers being seasonally flowing rivers and floodplains. These waterways get flooded annually from local rain and rain falling in the Angolan Highlands. This water finds its way to the Okavango which is the world’s largest inland delta and is a shifting web of crystal clear channels, lagoons and sweeping floodplains with palm studded islands. Home to over 450 bird and 1,000 plant species.

As the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango covers over 15 000 square kilometers of lush verdant wetland. This unique area contains an incredible 95% of all surface water in Botswana and is one of Africa’s prime tourist destinations. Surrounded by the parched Kalahari, this emerald jewel is an immense oasis fed by the flow of the mighty Okavango River which, unlike every other river in the world, never reaches the sea, but dies in the desert sands of northern Botswana. An isolated paradise and prime wildlife location, with it’s meandering, reed-fringed waterways and rich swamp land, the delta ranks amongst the finest of wetlands in the world.

 

The Team:

Photography:

Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience) and Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 25 years experience) from thephotowalkers.com will be teaching photography for this duration of this safari while on the vehicles as well as for allocated times at camp. Leanne has lived and worked in Botswana as a photographer and Peter’s incredible technical knowledge will help anyone at any level. One-on-one lessons available in camp upon request. Time-lapse, night skies, close up, portraits and macro also included.

Safari Guide:

Our Safari guide has been hand-picked by thephotowalkers.com team for his deep knowledge of the bush and his love of photography. His father arrived in Botswana in 1959 and was involved in the wildlife industry his whole career.  His son (our guide) grew up in the bush and has formed his own company specialising in mobile safaris. Together with his wife and highly trained team they pay strict attention to detail and have the knowledge and experience to make this an unforgettable experience.

Testimonial from a previous guest into the Okavango Delta:

I had the opportunity to take part in a trial of a photographic skills course as an option on safari in Botswana. Photographing the amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes is central to most safaris, but the current crop of digital cameras in auto mode do it all for you don’t they? Well think again. Over the course of several days Peter Hassall and Leanne Dryburgh (thephotowalkers.com) with their infectious enthusiasm gave the group a real feeling for how good photography is more than point and shoot. They covered topics such as setting up the camera, interpreting meter readings relative to the quality and intensity of light, composition and framing the picture and, importantly, the advantages of manual control. There was also an opportunity to try out different lenses and even cameras. I found this a really stimulating programme and would recommend this option to anyone with an interest in photography at any level.”

David Wainhouse  /// United Kingdom  ///  Sept 2015

 

There are three packages in the mobile safari – the Explorer, the Exclusive and the Classic.

All package include:

  • Arriving in Maun offers three options:
    • Airport transfer if you fly in to Maun.
    • Meet and greet at premises in Maun where you can safely leave your vehicle while on safari.
    • Shared transport in a 13 seater quantum to and from JHB over 2-days if there is enough demand.
  • Transport in an open safari vehicle into the Delta – approximately 120 kms on a tarred road, and then a dust road.( >>Should you prefer to fly in and out of the Delta on a charter flight allowing you to view the Delta from the air, let us know and we will request a price for you as this changes daily.<<)
  • The service of a professional safari guide and a full safari crew, including cook, mess steward and general assistants.
  • Two accredited SA Pro-Photographers to help guide and teach you photography throughout the safari. This includes time-lapse, star trails, painting with light and so much more.
  • Tripods and Zoom lenses up to 600mm with Canon and Nikon Mounts available at your disposal as well as OLYMPUS Cameras and a variety of lenses.
  • Bedrolls and foam mattress with comfortable linen duvets and bath towels.
  • Wash stand basins and mirror in front of tent.
  • A large mess tent where one can relax and where meals are served. There is a dining table, serving table and drinks table with tea and coffee always available.
  • A fully kitted out safari vehicle with 220v inverters for charging batteries, a first aid box, satellite phone and refrigerator to keep drinks cold.
  • Full Safari camp, including solar lighting in all tents, full kitchen and a dedicated back up vehicle for larger groups.
  • All meals and drinks including local beer, spirits and wine.
  • 12% Government Value Added Tax.
  • Membership with Okavango Air Rescue. Please note that this is not a medical insurance it only guarantees helicopter evacuation to Maun with a qualified medic on board should something happen.

The Explorer Package includes:

  • 3m x 3m dome tents with verandah.
  • Separate shared shower and separate toilet tents
  • Bedrolls on the ground with linen and bath towels.
  • Wash basins at the entrance to the tent.

The Exclusive Package includes:

The same as the above safari with the added luxuries:

  • 3 by 3 dome tents with verandah.
  • 2 single solid beds with high density foam mattress and comfortable linen and bath towels.
  • En-suit toilet.
  • Wash basins at the entrance to the tent.

The Classic Package includes:

The same as the above safari with the added luxuries:

  • A large Meru tent.
  • En-suite shower and toilet facilities.
  • The wash basins are replaced with free hanging basins with jugs of hot & cold water.
  • 2 single solid beds with high density foam mattress and comfortable linen.
  • Bath towels.
  • An extended wine, spirit and beverage package.

All three packages exclude:

  • Premium imports of both food and drink (hearty meals and local beer, spirits and wine are included). Special dietary requirements ful-filled within reason.
  • Internal flights unless quoted for.
  • Hotel accommodation before or after the safari in Maun should you arrive or depart a day earlier or later.
  • Boat trips into the Delta. ($480.00 for 8 people – divided by number of people on the boat).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Medical insurance.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1:  Depart from Maun and drive to Moremi Game Reserve.

The Moremi Game Reserve lies in the eastern section of the Okavango Delta and can confidently be described as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa, with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. It covers 4,872 square kilometres and is only accessible by boat, air or four-wheel drive vehicle; in the wet season many of the sand roads become impassable.  Much of the central and western side of the park is dense swampland.  Moremi is abundant in wildlife and the silent waters of the Okavango Delta combine to make your stay a rare experience indeed.

Day 2 and 3: Spent in Moremi – This will allow you the luxury exploring the area thoroughly. An optional extra would be to spend an afternoon out on a boat exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta. ($480 for 8 people – divided by number of people on the boat).

Day 4: The morning will be spent catching a last glimpse of the best of Moremi, then making your way to Khwai, stopping for lunch en-route.

The River Khwai is the local water supply for big game in the area and forms the boundary between the community concession and the Moremi Game Reserve to its south. A morning or afternoon game drive along the Khwai will enable you to witness some of the behavioural patterns of many of the animals, the caution with which they approach the water, the natural hierarchy and the instinctive protection of the young. This is a big game experience, up close and personal, renowned for its relaxed herds of elephant bulls and amazing leopard and wild dog sightings. This area is however not outdone by herds of zebra, kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo and many more. At dusk the sandgrouse fly down to the banks of the river to drink as the hippos start getting restless, wanting to leave the water in search of the night’s pastures. Khwai is the only area in the Delta where you can drive through the bush at night. These will reveal another world of bush babies in the trees, hyena, genets and spring hares as well as nocturnal birds which all show themselves. This is often when the big cats hunt too.

Day 5 and 6: Exploring the Khwai Community Concession, by doing early morning and afternoon game drives. Night drives in this concession are allowed and will give you the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals in this area.

Day 7:  An early morning game drive around Khwai then your safari takes you onto Savuti in Chobe National Park.

Savuti boasts most of the Chobe species, except for water-loving antelope. It is best known for its predators, particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations. The Savuti Marsh area, 10,878 km² large, constitutes the western stretch of the park (50 km north of Mababe Gate). The Savuti Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake whose water supply was cut a long time ago by tectonic movements.
The Savuti channel flows from the Linyanti River for about 100 kilometres, carrying water away from the river and releasing it into a vast swampland called the Savuti Marsh, and further south onto the Mababe Depression, which is also fed by the Ngwezumba River from the northeast. When filled with water, it becomes the venue for thousands of migratory birds and animals, particularly large herds of zebra, elephant and buffalo.  Geographically, Savuti is an area of many curiosities. One of its greatest mysteries is the Savuti channel itself, which has over the past 100 year inexplicably dried up and recommenced its flow several times. This irregular water flow explains the numerous dead trees that line the channel, for they have germinated and grown when the channel was dry and drowned when the channel flowed again.

Day 8 and 9:   Explore the Savuti Mash and the surrounding hills. Here you will have the opportunity to see some bushman painting however to get to the paintings you are required to do a bit of climbing.

Day 10:  After a short morning game drive we pack up in Savuti and drive back to Maun at a leisurely pace.

 

What to bring:

  • Clothing, Layers, due to the fluctuating temperatures on the open vehicle. Lightweight but protective clothing is recommended, in neutral colour’s like olive green, tan and beige. Trousers or shorts are recommended with loose fitting shirts. A windbreaker and a fleece are needed as well as gloves, a woollen beanie and a scarf night time.
  • There are facilities to wash have your clothes washed.
  • Comfortable foot ware is essential  and needs to be well worn, not new. It is dusty in Botswana so a combination of closed hiking boots and shoes are recommended, with one pair of open shoes.
  • Hat and sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent and lip salve.
  • Your camera gear (please email leanne@thephotowalkers.com if you are confused about which lenses, filters etc to bring). Spare batteries, memory cards, the correct charging adaptors and cleaning cloths, lens pens etc.
  • Any reading material that you will find useful or enjoy while relaxing.

 

Non-Photographers and minimum age:

  • Non-Photographers are welcome on the Safari. The same prices apply.
  • The minimum age required of 18 is required.

 

Fitness and health:

As we are in an open wildlife area, a minimum fitness level is required as there is no walking or running facilities or allowed in the area. Should you suffer from any chronic medical conditions, we recommend that you get a full medical clearance before committing to this Safari.

 

Visas:

All visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least six months. Visas are not required for citizens of the Commonwealth and European Community countries, Scandinavia and the United States of America to enter Botswana. Should you be coming form another country and will need to apply for a visa – please email leanne@thephotowalkers.com for details..

 

Payment Terms:

  • A deposit of $750.00 per person is therefore required to secure your place/s. This will be held in a trust account and refunded to you should the minimum number of people not be reached by the closing date for the tour – 31 March 2018. Should the minimum number be reached before the closing date, we will confirm the trip and your deposit will count as a part payment.
  • 50% of the balance will then be payable by no later than 31 March 2018 and the balance is payable in full by no later than 30 June 2018.
  • Discounts offered on groups of 6 or more.

 

Cancellations and refunds:

  • $750 deposits are not refunded if cancelled by the client under any circumstances what-so-ever. In the event that thephotowalkers.com have to cancel – a full refund of the $750 will be issued.
  • A 20% refund of the monies paid will be issued between 31 March  and 29 June 2018.
  • No refunds made for any cancellation after 30 June 2018.

 

Liability:

Although every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, no company involved in this Safari accepts responsibility for any accident, injury, illness or death incurred during or arising from any safari, or loss or damage to clients property during a Safari. We strongly advise you take out insurance for yourself and your property before the start of the Safari.

No company involved will be held responsible for any expenses or loss of Safari days resulting from changes in flight schedules, delays or loss of baggage by international air carriers or local air charter companies.

 

Indemnity:

By booking this Safari you agree, accept and understand that no company involved will be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature what-so-ever.

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