Wild Botswana – October (Duba and Selinda)

14 – 22 October 2020 (8 nights)  

In October 2020 Grant and Helena Atkinson will lead a private group of photographers to two of Botswana’s best wildlife areas.  The safari includes four nights in the Duba private concession and four nights in the Selinda private concession.  This trip is limited to 6 photographers only, and will have two photographic trip leaders, Grant and Helena.  We will have two vehicles for our group game drive activities. Duba Explorers is situated on an island in the northern reaches of the 33,000 hectare Duba concession and surrounded on all sides by pristine Okavango Delta. This intimate camp, with its own private traversing area within the concession and away from that of Duba Plains Camp, consists of five expedition-style tents of light airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain.

Each tent is stylishly furnished and designed by Great Plains Conservation Founders and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, using their unique sensibilities to capture a spirit of exploration. Each room has a campaign writing desk and private verandah as well as en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor shower. Fans and open air design maintain a comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. The main area is open-air, under sweeping marquee canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area.

Duba Explorers Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so. Guests of the camp enjoy regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and even African wild dogs are spotted regularly. Birds abound, and the area is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Selinda is a truly wild and rugged part of northern Botswana, and makes for a good pairing with Duba Explorers and regularly gives us strong sightings of lion, elephant, leopard, African wild dog, spotted hyaena, giraffe and lots more.  Being in a private concession means that there are only a handful of other game drive vehicles around, and the experience is intimate.  We can also go off-road when we need to get closer.  These are some of Botswana’s top destinations when it comes to wildlife safaris and we are running this trip during what is arguably Botswana’s best game-viewing season. September and October are typically in the midst of northern Botswana’s dry season and much of the wildlife, particularly elephants, gather along the permanent waterways.   All images in the gallery are from recent safaris to these destinations.  

 Trip summary

  • Cost: US$ 17 700 per person sharing.
  • Single spots might be possible so enquire if you are interested.
  • Maximum participants are 6 (but the trip will run with 1 leader and minimum of 3 participants)
  • Each participant has their own row
  • Two open Landcruiser game-viewing vehicles used
  • Private concession area
  • Additional luggage seats for chartered flights

How do I signup?

We have partnered with Eyes On Africa on this safari.  Our group size is a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants and this is one of our most popular trips. If this exciting safari sounds good and you are thinking of joining this trip, please get in touch with any questions you may have.   

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Highlights

  • Eight days on safari in some of our favourite areas in Botswana.
  • We welcome photographers with all levels of experience.  
  • We focus on photographing in the field.  We spend most of our time and effort on photographic activities and getting images.
  • Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions  will also have fun on this safari.  The wildlife places we visit will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and nature. 
  •  The photo leaders are experienced naturalists with rich backgrounds in conservation and field guiding and the region’s natural history and wildlife.   
  • A maximum of 3 photographers per vehicle, means that there will be plenty of space to have your gear at the ready, and the opportunity to access both sides of the vehicle.
  • We have modified Toyota Landcruiser safari vehicles, with three rows of seats within, and completely open on the sides to minimize obstructions to photography.
  • Adjustable lens support brackets/platform to assist with the use of heavy telephoto lenses, on one side of each vehicle, depending on availability and exact vehicle specification.
  • Two photographic leaders, Grant and Helena Atkinson will lead the group.
  • The group size is limited to 6 participants and we will make use of 2 vehicles.  The photographic leaders will switch between the vehicles.
  • With 2 photo leaders and only 6 participants we focus on individual attention. 
  • Extra luggage allowances to accommodate the special needs of our photographic equipment for our charter flights once in Botswana 
  • Classic style safari accommodation at both camps.
  • Camp locations are specifically chosen to maximize photographic opportunities by being as close as possible to the prime wildlife areas.  

The Itinerary: 14 – 22 October (8 nights)

This safari includes four days in the Duba concession and four days in the Selinda concession.  There will be the opportunity to benefit from the leader’s wealth of experience in this region as Grant and Helena lived and worked in this area for many years.  These are some of Botswana’s top destinations when it comes to wildlife safaris and we are running this trip during what is arguably Botswana’s best game-viewing season.  This safari represents a fantastic combination of superb wildlife photography experiences, comfortable accommodation and expert guiding.  As always, we will spend lots of time out in the field, and you will be with like-minded photographers who are happy to put in the time to get the images.  We will be staying in classic safari tented camps and for some parts of the safari, we will have the ability to go off-road (not in environmentally sensitive areas) in order to get the best photographic angles of our subjects. All images in the gallery are from recent safaris to these destinations.  

Duba Explorers Camp, Duba concession, Botswana

14, 15, 16 and 17 October 2020 (4 nights)

 

Guests are to make their own way to Maun, Botswana for the start of this safari. After arriving in Maun and collecting luggage, you will be met by Grant and Helena.  From Maun, we will take a scheduled safari flight (with extra luggage allowance for camera gear inclusive) to the Duba concession (approximately 50 minutes).  On arrival at Duba airstrip, we will be met and transferred on a short drive to the camp.

 

Selinda Explorers, Selinda concession, Botswana 

18, 19, 20 and 21 October 2020 (4 nights)

Selinda Explorer Camp is a small, wonderful tented safari camp that is situated on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway – a waterway that links Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando rivers and floodplains. The camp accommodates a maximum of 8 people.  Our group will have the use of private driver-guides and vehicles throughout our 4-day stay at Selinda Explorers Camp and we will set our own hours and schedule to allow us to take full advantage of photographic opportunities.

We have chosen to stay at Selinda Explorers for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the foremost of these is the wide variety of wildlife for which this region is known. Lions roam this area and have done so for a long time. We might expect to come across them in any of the different habitats that make up this diverse concession. Leopards also occur here and favour the ribbons of riverine forest that line the waterways, but they can be found almost anywhere. Aside from these two charismatic cats, Selinda also provides ideal habitat for African wild dogs and over the last seven years or so, the wild dogs have denned with success here or in neighbouring areas.  Spotted hyena is also present and adds still more to the variety on offer.

The Selinda Channel is a semi-permanent water source that connects the waters of the Okavango River to the northern waterways of the Selinda, Savuti and Linyanti. Our camp is located right on the banks of this important waterway. The Selinda also provides a constant source of replenishment for the herds of elephant and buffalo that frequent its floodplains, woodlands and islands. Other game animals that we might encounter include hippo, giraffe, and a mix of interesting antelope species, like impala, kudu, waterbuck, red lechwe and very rarely, sable antelope. The mix of different habitats also makes for good birding.

In addition to the wide variety of animals that we may encounter, staying at Selinda Explorer camp also means that we will be able to venture off-road in order to improve our vehicle positioning for photography.

View Selinda Explorers website

 

Safari Ends 

22 October 2020

On the 22nd, after our last morning game drive, we will catch a scheduled safari flight (with extra luggage allowance for camera gear inclusive) back to Maun.  

 NOTE:

Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Victoria Falls and other destinations may be arranged through Eyes on Africa as desired.  Ask us for further information.

Detailed costs

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants.

US$ 17 700 per person sharing

If you are interested in doing this safari as a single traveler, we will advise on availability and additional costs. 

This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as all accommodation and all meals (except as noted above and in exclusions below).

Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

What is included

  • Accommodation on a shared basis, however should you want single accommodation on the safari, please get in touch and enquire if this is possible 
  • 2 x Trip leader (Grant and Helena Atkinson)
  • Private safari vehicles throughout trip
  • Luggage allowance for charter flights in Botswana (from Maun to Duba and from Duba to Selinda and back to Maun)
  • All safari activities and transfers to/from the airports and the hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare and / or other transportation between your home and Maun, Botswana
  • Extra luggage allowance for commercial flights
  • Accommodation / Dinner / drinks in South Africa (Johannesburg)
  • Discretionary gratuities for hotel staff and safari camps
  • Discretionary gratuities for driver guides (who will be with us throughout our trip)
  • Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, special spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc).
  • Optional pre- / post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari

General information 

  • Please read our Safari Code of Ethics and Conduct.
  • During the safari we will share our workflow and processing techniques on the computer. To make the most of this opportunity you are advised to bring a laptop and card reader as well as enough external storage for these sessions as well as the editing software you are most comfortable with. Grant and Helena both use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC.
  • Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Victoria Falls and other destinations may be arranged through Eyes on Africa as desired.  Ask us for further information.
  • Discretionary gratuities for driver guides are recommended at USD $25 to $30 per person per day.
  • Discretionary gratuities for camp and hotel staff are recommended at USD $15 to $25 per person per day.
  • Any discretionary gratuities for guides, staff and trip leaders is best paid out in cash.
  • Our group size is a maximum of 6 participants.
  • Note also that some of the safari camps will only accept cash for private purchases.
  • There is not likely to be strong if any wi-fi or internet connection at Duba Explorers or Selinda Explorer Camp.
  • Laundry services are offered but no underwear will be done, although you can do this in your room with laundry soap provided.  
  • Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if sent through beforehand. 

Gallery

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