Small Group Safari

Botswana Photographic Safari with Ami Vitale

Renowned photojournalist Ami Vitale leads this safari through Botswana's Chobe National Park and the remarkable Okavango Delta, where guests can make use of Ami's extensive knowledge as well as specially adapted safari vehicles and on-site photo labs, an experience which provides budding wildlife photographers with everything they need to craft the perfect shot.

Duration 9 days
Price From $7,786
When Oct 2019
Destination Botswana

Safari Overview

Join Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic Photographer Ami Vitale in the wilds of Botswana, where you'll pick up some key techniques on capturing remarkable images of African wildlife. Tuition on this safari from Ami supported by in-house expert photographic guides will include multimedia ranging from photo to film. You will stay at two dedicated photographic camps, strategically located for access to the game-rich Chobe National Park as well as the Khwai Private Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Each camp has specially adapted photographic vehicles and boats with camera mounts, as well as on-site photo labs for evening sessions. Spending four nights in each location allows for a pace suited to those photographers keen to "follow the light" and spend time positioning for those key shots!

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Receive expert photographic tuition and inspiration from the renowned Ami Vitale.
  • Additional photographic guidance and support from accompanying Pangolin photographic guides.
  • Immerse yourself in the varied wildlife experience of the game-rich Khwai concession.
  • Enjoy cruising on the Chobe River, looking out for hippos, elephants and crocodiles as well as fish eagles.
  • Convivial evenings around the campfire under the stars, listening to the nocturnal wildlife.
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Day by day

Day 1

Oct 9: Arrive Kasane – Chobe National Park

On arrival into Kasane Airport (with daily flights from Johannesburg) you will be met and transferred to Pangolin Chobe Hotel. Here you will meet your photographic host Ami Vitale and your fellow travel companions. You will also be issued your camera. If you have chosen to use your own camera then this will be an opportunity to show it to both Ami and the local photographic host from Pangolin so that all are aware of your brand and model and can adapt to your specific needs during the safari. Meet up for a welcome dinner, before retiring for the night in anticipation of your first safari foray in the morning.

Overnight: Pangolin Chobe Hotel D

Days 2-3

Oct 10-11: Chobe National Park

With a permanent water source in the form of the Chobe River, Chobe is big game country. The river is located in the northeast of the park, and from June to November it is inundated with some of the largest buffalo and elephant herds on the African continent, with migratory herds coming from as far away as Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. This is truly a wildlife experience not to be missed and it all takes place in the amazing setting of the Chobe riverfront. Boat and sundowner cruises here add a different dimension to your experience, as you glide past gigantic crocodiles, fish eagles, monitor lizards and bathing elephants. You will enjoy two days here with your expert photographic guide who will teach you skills such as composition, panning, focus pulling and creative statics.

Overnight: Pangolin Chobe Hotel B, L, D

Day 4

Oct 12: Chobe River

Game drives in Chobe are combined with boat-based game viewing and photography along the shores of the Chobe River. You will travel in specially adapted tender boats fitted with camera mounts, allowing you to capture the birdlife and wildlife from a different perspective. Explore the nearby creeks and inlets with hippo and crocodile populations. There will be plenty of tuition and support from Ami and the crew, allowing you to hone your techniques as well as take time to simply relax with a cool drink and enjoy the world drifting by.

Overnight: Pangolin Chobe Hotel B, L, D

Day 5

Oct 13: Chobe National Park – Khwai Private Reserve

After brunch, transfer to Kasane Airport where you will board a scheduled light aircraft flight to the Okavango Delta, the location of your second photographic camp. By the time you arrive in the Delta you should be shooting with increased confidence and making use of the manual modes and settings. The camp is situated on the 200,000ha Khwai Private Reserve. You will land at the airstrip on the reserve and be met by your guides who will then take you to the camp in custom-built game viewers, which each seat a maximum of four photographers. Upon arrival in camp, relax and enjoy an evening meal.

Overnight: Pangolin Khwai Camp B, L, D

Days 6-8

Oct 14-16: Khwai Private Reserve

The beauty of being on a private concession is that you can spend plenty of time at sightings, as well as being able to “off-road” for special subjects like the big cats and wild dogs which are certainly prevalent in the area. While at Pangolin Khwai Camp you will also be able to experience that most quintessential Delta seasonal activity, which is a ride in a traditional dug-out canoe called a mokoro. Being punted through the water channels by a veteran poler in the Delta is a wonderful experience, and certainly a big tick off the bucket list for most safari enthusiasts. Night drives on the reserve are also another highlight and another way of challenging you photographically. You will be encouraged not to use flash on the night drives, but rather to adapt your camera settings to utilise the light from the vehicles’ headlights, or a flashlight bounced off the ground or the nearby vegetation. With the private concession being so large and with so few other vehicles around, you will spend three full days exploring the area and rarely seeing anyone else. There will also be an opportunity to get out of the vehicles and take a walk through the bush with a specialist guide. During the day and in the evenings Ami and the resident photo guide will be able to assist you with further post-production around the editing table, which has views out over the open grassy wetlands in front of the camp.

Overnight: Pangolin Khwai Camp B, L, D

Day 9

Oct 17: Khwai Private Reserve – Maun

On the last day of your trip, you will set off from the camp after a hearty breakfast to catch a scheduled charter flight, which will take you to an airstrip and then onwards to Maun. From Maun you will connect with your international flight home.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a small group photographic expedition with photojournalist Ami Vitale departing on a single set date in October 2019. 

Dates and Prices

2019 Departures

 Date   Price 
 Oct 9 - 17  £6,225
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