Chobe Photographic Safari

13th to 17th May 2013 ( 5 Days )

In May 2013 I will be leading a group of photographers on a photographic safari to the north-eastern reaches of the Chobe National

Park, which is in Botswana.   This safari and workshop combines

high-quality wildlife photography, by boat and by land, together with extensive photographic and image processing instruction, and does so from comfortable accommodation in a good location.

The Chobe National park is one of the richest protected areas in southern Africa, and is well-known for its populations of elephant, hippo, crocodiles and abundant birdlife, that are associated with the river.  We will also do game drives in the park itself, with the aim of enjoying the different photo opportunities that this will bring of a wide variety of subjects, including the possibility of lion and leopard.

Our group will make use of Pangolin Photo safaris boat, which is customized for photography.  Each separate seat in the boat is offset from the others, and can swivel.  The vehicle we will use for game drives also has eight individual seats, with everybody having their own window seat.  Cameras and lenses are also supplied as part of the package, although you can choose to make use of your own gear too.

We will be staying at Water Lily Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe, which is comfortable and spacious.

Safari Highlights

  • High quality wildlife viewing, especially for elephants and hippo and a wide variety of other species.
  • An abundance of birdlife, of all varieties, including many species that are not so easily seen in the region.
  • Only 8 participants on the photo safari X Much of the photography will be from the customized Pangolin Photo Safaris boat
  • An afternoon in the elephant bunker where the possibility exists of getting intimate, low-angle images.
  • Opportunity to focus intensively on all aspects of wildlife photography, from shooting twice a day, to the midday workshop sessions that I will lead.
  • All of this takes place from the comfortable base accommodation and from custom built photo vehicles, either the aforementioned photographic boat, or the Pangolin Unimog game viewing vehicle.

Here are some key points to help you decide:

1. Photographers of ALL levels are welcomed on this safari.  There will be opportunities to learn more about cameras, image processing, wildlife behaviour and photographic techniques.

2. During the middays, I will be available to share my own workflow procedures, using Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom, and to work with the group members on whatever instruction is required.

3. Non-photographer or videographer spouses/travel companions will enjoy these trips too.  There is a large variety of wildlife to be seen, and other activity options available from the lodge.

4. There will be lots of opportunities to take images, of a wide variety of subjects, and in different settings.

5. As the trip leader, it is most important to me, that at the end of the photo safari, you not only take away images that you are happy with, but also that your wildlife knowledge and photography skills grow from the shared experience.

Itinerary

13th to 17th  May 2013 ( 5 Days )

Arrive in Kasane for check-in at Water Lily Lodge.

Those participants arriving by air will be met and collected from Kasane airport, which is just 5 minutes drive away from the lodge. It is also possible to self-drive to Kasane in time for the first activity, which is an afternoon photo trip on the 13th.

We spend all four nights of our photos safari at Water Lilly Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Our lodge is small, and owner-managed.  There are ten lovely spacious en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning. There is a swimming pool for cooling off, and, a training room for our afternoon workshops.  The lodge is well situated, and is just minutes away from the entrance to the Chobe National Park.

Importantly it is well priced thus making this workshop very affordable and great value. Accommodation on the trip is booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, and we will take those two meals in the lodge restaurant.

A typical day would begin with an early breakfast in the lodge, followed by our departure on either a boat trip or a game drive, into the park, with our aim to enter the park as soon as it opens. On morning activities, we will take a hamper with tea, coffee and rusks with us.

We return sometime around 09h00, when the light is starting to become a bit too high and direct for effective photography. Each midday I will spend time with my group reviewing images, discussing and refining processing techniques, and also working on camera skills. I am most comfortable with using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS. Lunch can be taken at the restaurant at the Lodge, for each participants own account.

After high tea, which begins around 14h30, we depart on an afternoon activity, in order to best take advantage of the late afternoon light, only returning sometime after 18h00 when the park closes. Meet for dinner around 19h30, and discuss the next day’s activities.Throughout the itinerary we will take the opportunity to assist with reviewing images and assisting participants with their photographic skills.

Altogether, there will be eight game viewing activities, four early morning, and four afternoon, that make up the game viewing time on the safari. On one of the afternoon activities, we will visit a water hole where game may visit, and will photograph from an underground hide, that gives us the opportunity of taking ground-level images. On our last morning, May 17th , after a morning activity, we will book out of the lodge and say goodbye to the group.  Transfers will be provided to the airport for those who need.

Costs

The cost of this safari is USD $ 1 458 per person sharing.  There is a single supplement of $ 170.  Approximate cost in South African currency is R 12 900 per person sharing, with a single supplement of R1 500.

Note: Any gratuities that are paid to guides, and camp staff may only be paid in cash.

Included

  • Accommodation for 4 nights at Water Lily Lodge (Dinner, bed and breakfast)
  • 8 game activities (Photographic boat/Unimog game drive vehicle/underground hide) Photography workshop with Grant Atkinson
  • Park fees for daily entry into the Chobe
  • Refreshments during activities (Tea, coffee, rusks for the mornings)
  • Transfers to and from Kasane airport
  • Use of Pangolin’s dslr cameras and lenses if required

Excluded

  • Lunch – light meals are available at the
  • Internet services
  • There is cellular phone network and coverage in Kasane, arrange roaming with your network prior to travel for coverage
  • International or local airfare
  • Laundry or extras at Water Lily lodge
  • Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases, telephone calls
  • Gratuities for trip leader
  • Pre- and post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari

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