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Diamonds, game reserves and the great Kalahari basin are the foundation of one of Africa’s most stable economies.

In the center of Botswana is the Kalahari Game Reserve, which is an endless expanse of savannah plains dotted with stunted acacia trees and hardy shrubs.

Towards the east Botswana becomes even flatter with several gigantic pans shimmering in the semi-arid desert. Here you will find the Nxai Pan National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

In the north, and sharing its bounty with Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia is the Chobe National Park – one of the best wildlife destinations on the continent. Chobe has diverse habitats that support enormous populations of elephant and buffalo; all of the predators; plenty of plains species and abundant birdlife.

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In the north-west is the Okavango Delta. Famous for those evocative pictures of khaki-clad couples being poled through an achingly glorious channel on a traditional dugout canoe. The wildlife in this inland waterway is abundant and diverse; birding is excellent and the scenery spectacular.

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Species counts in the country reveal the incredible diversity that its habitats support: 164 mammals, including the big five, numerous predators, plains game and a smaller species; and 550 bird species including several specials like Pel’s fishing owl, lesser jacana, roufous-bellied heron, slaty egret, southern carmine bee-eater and wattled crane.

Most of our safaris enter Botswana through Mahango Game Reserve in the Caprivi Strip. We normally spend a few nights in the Okavango Delta pan handle and then go to Chobe through the Caprivi’s Bwabwata National Park. From Chobe, Victoria Falls, in Zambia, is less than half a day’s drive away.

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Botswana – Chief’s Camp Photographic workshop

Botswana is one of the few remaining destinations in Africa that still provides a good sense of adventure while on safari. Its expansive game parks and preserves, while offering wildlife as diverse and abundant as that found anywhere else, are still largely undeveloped and untamed.

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botswana_workshop02Botswana’s climate can get rather cool, particularly during the dry winter months of June-August when night occasionally brings frost. The rainy summer months (December through March) are best avoided for those interested in enjoying the best game viewing conditions. The aboriginal inhabitants of Botswana, who have made the Kalahari their home for at least 30,000 years, are the San, or bushmen. The San number about 60,000 today, constituting a small but fascinating cultural minority in the country. Almost two millennia ago, a Bantu people known as the Tswana arrived, supplanting the San and now constituting the great majority of the population.
The discovery of gold in Botswana in the late 19th century attracted the interest of the Boers, leading the fiercely independent but desperate Tswana nations to petition the British for protection.
Botswana was granted protectorate status (as Bechuanaland) in 1885, though local authority was maintained with determination by the Tswana chiefs. In 1966, in the same wave of change that brought independence to much of the continent, Bechuanaland became the independent Republic of Botswana.
The very next year, the discovery of enormous diamond reserves in Botswana transformed the poor country’s economic prospects. Today it enjoys one of the highest economic growth rates of any country in the world, although its national wealth has not solved the problem of widespread unemployment.

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TOUR DATE:

Date on request
5 Days / 4 Nights

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Days 5 / 4 Nights
Dates on request

Day 1 – 4:
We will meet at Maun Airport at 12h15. Self-drive clients will park their vehicles in the pre-organised parking. Those coming from JHB will come straight through the immigration. We will be met by a Sanctuary representative who will escort us through to the charter plane for the flight at 12h45.

Based at the luxurious Chiefs camp for the next four nights, we will use the time to explore the area and take spectacular images of the wildlife on and around the island. We will be going out on morning and afternoon drives in search of scenes and subjects to photograph. During the mid day hours the guides will present formal talks on various aspects of wildlife photography, have feedback sessions on images taken whilst on the workshop and discuss post processing techniques as well as the very popular work flow talks. These are always popular talks with lots of interaction and discussion amongst everyone present.
Accommodation: Chiefs Camp

Day 5:
After a morning drive and a hearty brunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you catch your flight back to Maun. This will unfortunately be the end of the workshop.

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Tour Cost

Price on request

Included in the quoted price:

  • Pickup and transport for the entire Safari and drop off at your destination
  • Entrance and accommodation (2 persons per room/tent) to all reserves
  • All meals
  • Game activities, drives and walks
  • The services of our guides
  • Return flights from Maun to Chiefs Camp
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages

Excluded from quoted price:

  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Extra activities not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel visas
  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • International flight not included, but can be organised from JHB-Maun-JHB

What to bring along:

  • A range of warm and light clothes. The days are warm, but the mornings and evenings can be relatively cool.
  • Hats and caps. The weather may be cool, but the sun is still very harsh.
  • Sunscreen. African Sun is always a threat to the skin.
  • Cameras and lenses
  • Binoculars
  • Lots of Film

Equipment:
Digital SLR’s. Have at least a 300mm lens. Laptop if you have one.

Includes:
Notes and CD with notes, images and presentations, data projector for viewing on screen.
Full board and lodging

Location:
Chiefs camp, Okavango Delta, Mombo concession, Botswana (Passports Required)

Notes:
a) Please also note that the accommodation outlined in the itinerary may, very occasionally, need to be amended. Replacements lodges and hotels will always be of the same standard as the ones outlined in the itinerary and will in no way affect your holiday. Should we have to implement any changes to the above we will notify you as soon as possible.
b) A 15% non-refundable deposit is required on confirmation of safari.
c) Full payment is required sixty (60) days prior to arrival.
d) Quoted price is subject to availability and fuel/gas price- and exchange rate fluctuations.
e) Terms & Conditions.

6 Responses to “Botswana”

  1. Safari Tanzania said:

    I have so far visited Tanzania and Kenya, but have yet to visit Botswana. However, this blog post is pretty inspiring, I will have to research Botswana further and maybe consider a trip there!

  2. Got a call said:

    I really enjoy reading blogs like this one. Very informative and an interesting point of view.

  3. hnj jmk said:

    Very nice

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  5. Jerry Worsham said:

    I am interested in Birding Safaris to Botswana, Namibia in March- April of 2013

  6. Tanzania safari said:

    Wow, Botswana really looks amazing, I will have to visit at somepoint to see all of this firsthand!

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