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Botswana Photo Safari - November 2017

04-13 November 2017 (Optional Extension 13-17 Nov)

Safari Leader: Randy Hanna


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In November 2017 Randy Hanna will lead a private group of photographers into Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of Africa's best wildlife areas. This safari and workshop combines some of the finest wildlife photography anywhere in the Delta, with top notch hands-on photographic and digital work-flow instruction. Our two camps for this adventure have been handpicked to create a unique safari experience geared to incredible close-up game viewing for the serious photographer. At both locations we will have the entire camp to ourselves, so we can come and go as we please and set our schedule to achieve the very best in photography.

The Okavango Delta is regarded as one of the four “must-see” areas in Africa. While this photo safari concentrates on photography and photography instruction, non-photographers also will enjoy the rich wildlife and remoteness of this area.

Leopard in Botswana - copyright © Randy Hanna

Safari Highlights
• You will visit areas that allow you to experience the fantastic wildlife in Botswana and the unique Okavango Delta.
• You will have superb game viewing and photographic opportunities from the surroundings of your accommodations.
• With our knowledgeable and passionate safari guides driving us in open Land Rovers, you will be positioned for the best images.
• We have private vehicles for the entire safari, and only 1 person per row of seating (the vehicles have 3 rows behind the driver, plus a seat next to the driver if you want to be lower down to the ground.) Note that the photography instructor may occupy one seat in one of the rows to ensure that everyone is getting personal attention and instruction.
• You have an increased luggage allowance so bring all your camera gear - up to 80 pounds per person allowance. By comparison, standard weight allowance is only 44 pounds.

African Wid Dog in Botswana - copyright © Randy Hanna


Here are some key points to help you decide:
1.  Photographers of ALL levels are welcome. This safari is designed to be an informal leaning experience that will suit everyone’s needs. Although instruction will be provided by the instructors, we will learn from one another. Think of this trip as a constant learning event. No question is off limits and no question is too basic.
2.  Photographing in the field is a priority for us. While we will spend most our time on safari and making images, we will meet daily for optional image reviews, critiques and to discuss useful techniques. A number of optional informal processing sessions will be held throughout the safari to help you get the most out of your photographs during and after the trip.
3.  Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. We have specialist guides leading all safari activities and a number of optional activities (boating, walks, etc.) are also available. Please note that not all activities are available at all both camps.


04-05 November 2017; (1 night)
InterContinental O.R. Tambo Airport - Johannesburg, South Africa

The InterContinental O.R. Tambo Airport.Arrive in Johannesburg from the city of your choice and take it easy for the day. We meet for a welcome dinner at the nearby Tribes Restaurant.

Overnight accommodations are at the InterContinental O.R. Tambo Airport (at the airport).

05-09 November 2017; (4 Nights)
Little Vumbura Camp - Northern Okavango Delta, Botswana

Little Vumbura Camp in Botswana's Okavango DeltaToday we fly from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana airport where we meet our local staff. We then gather and take a very short private bush plane flight to our first lodge. After arrival you are transferred to camp, which is a game drive en route. After a quick orientation to the camp, we prepare for our first game drive in the Delta.

Little Vumbura is situated on a beautiful island in a 60,000 hectare private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Surrounded by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are just as popular as those on land, both offering spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings.

Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck with incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leading over the water from the dining area.

The camp is a classic Wilderness Safaris camp so the balance between being pampered with luxury and “roughing it” is just right. The camp is rather petit and faces towards a big flood plain with a main channel running through it.

The main area of the camp is divided up into four smaller areas. A dining area with separate tables and a small bar are the center of camp activities. To one side is an area for evening campfires and on the opposite side is a raised lounge with a small walkway, leading to a private salon extension for a spot of private time. The pool sits behind these areas and overlooks water in the Delta.

The productivity of this rich Okavango ecosystem is the result of year-round water availability, diversity of habitat, and plentiful fertile grasses that are stimulated by the dual effect of the summer rains and winter floods. The ecosystem supports an abundance of wildlife in an assemblage that is unique to the area, existing against a pristine and scenic backdrop of the iconic Okavango.

The environment is varied in the concession - from river channels, lakes, and lagoons to thick mopane forests and smaller ebony forest islands. Famous for great herds of sable that lurk in the drier areas, big herds of buffalo, large numbers of water buck and, of course, a good mix of predators. Wild dogs, leopards, lions, cheetahs, hyenas and small nocturnal predators find an abundance of targets in the concession.

We have the option of adding scenic helicopter flights over the area to capture the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife from the air. This option has been a very popular with the majority of previous travelers to Botswana..

09-13 November 2017; (4 Nights)
Chitabe Lediba Camp - Southern Okavango Delta, Botswana

Chitabe Lediba Camp in Botswana.After a final game drive to the airstrip at Little Vumbura, we board our private bush plane for a short southeasterly flight over the Delta to our next camp. Upon arrival, we are met by our friendly hosts and taken to our new home for the next four nights.

Chitabe Lediba Camp is operated by Wilderness Safaris. Chitabe (pronounced Chi-taah-bee) is located in a 28,000-hectare photographic reserve built on one of the most beautiful islands in the Okavango Delta. This private area is bordered on three sides by the well-known Moremi Game Reserve and nestled between the Gomoti Channel and the Santantadibe River to the west. What makes Chitabe unique, even in the Okavango Delta, is that it harbors such a variety of habitats within close proximity, ranging from classic Okavango scenery with Illala palms dotting floodplains to open savannah and acacia woodlands.

Opened in 1997, the camp has developed an outstanding reputation, especially with guests interested in leopards. Game viewing is excellent here and includes buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, reedbuck, lechwe, impala, zebra and hippo. Wild dogs are among the major attractions of this area and a long-standing program to study the wild dogs is based nearby. Night drives can be very rewarding with good sightings of the rarer nocturnal animals such as pangolin, civet, serval, genet, porcupine and aardwolf.

Chitabe Lediba Camp, smaller than its sister Chitabe yet similarly outfitted, offers a more intimate experience that is ideal for small groups or families. All five spacious Meru-style tents are built on raised decks. En-suite bathrooms have outdoor showers with panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. Chitabe Lediba Camp has a dining area, lounge, and pool, all with a glorious view of the small lediba (remnant lagoon that has become a waterhole) after which the camp is named. Guests can view the multitude of wildlife which comes to drink by day from the comfort of the camp itself.

Birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year depending on water levels and season. Raptors are abundant, such as the African Hawk Eagle and the Hooded Vulture which often nest on the island. Game drives in the palm-filled landscape often produce families of Ground Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-billed Hornbill, Gabar Goshawk and coveys of Red-billed Francolin.

13 November 2017
Today we say goodbye to the camp staff and take our final game drive, arriving at the airstrip. From here we take our final private charter to Maun, then continue to Johannesburg. You may plan international connecting flights any time after 6pm. For those continuing onward for the Chobe River extension, you will take a private charter to Kasane and continuing to our new home, the Chobe Savanna Lodge. See note below regarding travel extensions.


Enjoy photographing the Chobe River and its wildlife from specially-designed photographic boats for views that are unlike others.

This will be my third time hosting a photographic safari along the Chobe River. This adventure, offered as an extension to the Pure Botswana trip, will be based from a small island in the center of the Chobe River, Chobe Savanna Lodge.

Situated in the Eastern Caprivi, Zambezi Province of Namibia, a narrow strip of country on the northern bank of the Chobe River, Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats.

Chobe Savanna Lodge, located in the north eastern region of Namibia's Caprivi strip is the perfect hideaway from which to experience the Chobe River system. Chobe Savanna Lodge, only accessible by boat, is a one hour water transfer from Kasane town and owns the most impressive views across the Chobe River and the Puku flats area of Chobe National Park.

Elephants in the Chobe River - copyright © Randy Hanna


13-17 November 2017; (4 Nights)
Chobe Savanna Lodge, Eastern Caprivi, Namibia

Chobe Savanna Lodge on the Chobe River.Transfer from safari camp to Kasane by charter aircraft and onward to our new home for the next four nights, the Chobe Savanna Lodge.

The next for days will include unlimited river access and photography of this amazing ecosystem on the border between Botswana and Namibia.

Chobe Savanna Lodge is a small property, accommodating guests in just 12 rooms, each fully air-conditioned, with complimentary mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. Each room has a small private deck which allows unsurpassed and individual views across the Chobe River.

Activities include boat cruises, a visit to a local village and school for cultural interaction, recreational fishing for bream and tiger fish and walks along the expansive Chobe floodplains (seasonal). The lodge grounds are spacious and combined with the airy public areas of the lodge building itself, allows for a great place to sit and relax whilst keeping an eye on 270 degree views across the incredible wildlife spectacle of the Chobe region.

Operating from the Namibia side of the Chobe River, we will be able to come and go along the river as we please, making the best of the lighting conditions and wildlife photography. During the day, we will be conducting image reviews along with Lightroom and Photoshop processing tips and tricks and just relaxing near the waters edge.

We will have our own dedicated photography boats ready for our use throughout the entire trip. From these boats, we will work both the Botswana and Namibia sides of the Chobe river. Photographing the numerous huge elephants close up from these boats is one of the most exciting safari experiences that I have ever had.

On our last morning (17-Nov) we transfer from boat to Kasane and have a flight to Johannesburg (JNB).

NOTE:  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.

Base Trip: The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $9,895 per person sharing. The same rate applies for each participant regardless of whether they are doing photography and participating in the workshops. This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), and all meals.

Optional Chobe River Extension: The cost for the Chobe River Extension is $2,900 per person sharing.

Because of the limited number of spaces available, if a solo guest is willing to share a room and we can match with another guest of the same gender, we will do so. If a solo guest is unwilling to share, then a single supplement will be charged (please contact us if you would like to have your own accommodation as we have a very limited number of single slots available).

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 reserves 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.

• Accommodation on a shared basis
• Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel, Johannesburg (4 November)
• International flights from Johannesburg to Maun and return
• Private round-trip air charters from Maun to safari camps and back to Maun
• Additional luggage allowance on the flights / air charters within Botswana (35kg or 80 pounds allowance per person)
• Exclusive use of the entire camp at both camps
• Private vehicles (open 4x4's) at both camps
• Two professional photographers (Randy Hanna and Steve Kruger) leading the trip, both experienced in Botswana and teachers of photographic skills
• All safari activities
• Services of the lodge guides & staff
• Relevant park fees
• All meals and drinks while in Botswana (excluding premium brands)
• Welcome dinner in Johannesburg
• Daily laundry while in the safari camps
• Current tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Taxes (GST)

• Four nights accommodation on a shared basis
• Private round-trip air charters from safari camp
• Kasane Airfare from Kasane to Johannesburg
• Additional luggage allowance on the flights / air charters within Botswana (35kg or 80 pounds allowance per person)
• Exclusive use of photography boats while at Chobe Savanna Lodge
• All safari and boating activities
• All required transfers
• Services of the guides & staff
• Relevant park fees
• All meals and drinks (local wine, beer, soft drinks, spirits) while at Chobe Savanna Lodge
• Current tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Taxes (GST)

• International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Johannesburg
• Visas and passports
• Travel insurance
• Inoculations
• Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
• Gratuities
• Optional extra activities (helicopter flights, etc.)
• Pre- and post- safari tours
• Meals or accommodation before or after the safari (except as noted in the detailed itinerary)
• Anything not specifically mentioned as included

Please read our Safari Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Our group size for this trip is a maximum of 12 participants (7 maximum for the optional extension), so space is limited. If this exciting safari workshop has your name on it and you're excited by the thought of joining on this trip, then now is the time to register. Remember, there will be limited space available for this workshop and when the spots are spoken for, that's it. If you have any questions before registering, send an e-mail with any inquiries to nicky@eyesonafrica.net or simply call us (800-457-9575) and ask to speak to Nicky Glover.

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