Botswana Photography Safari: 12-days in the African Bush

Botswana Photography Safari: 12-days in the African Bush

Join professional wildlife photographers Andy and Sarah Skinner in one of the best places for an African wildlife photography safari: Botswana. During this Botswana photography safari, you will spend 13-days exploring the African bush during the dry season. The period of July - October is by far one of the best times to photograph Botswana’s abundant wildlife.  We currently have spaces reaming for our October 2020 departure. As this is one of the hottest month's in the wildlife calendar  animals will often congregate around the dwindling water resources. This is undoubtably one of our most popular photo tour destinations.

We’ll visit the Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park (including Savute and the Chobe Riverfront), as well as the popular Khwai Concession area (here off-roading is allowed). All the areas visited offer an excellent potential of predator encounters include lion, leopard, and wild dog.

Botswana also offers fantastic opportunities to photograph African elephants in large numbers, plus a wide variety of other African wildlife. For any serious wildlife lover or keen photographer Botswana is a ‘must do’ destination.

In 2021 we will also be offering our usual July departures to this beautiful and fantastic wildlife destination. Stay tuned for dates and prices. 

Your Guides

This Botswana Photography Safari is led by husband-and-wife team Sarah and Andy Skinner. Who have extensive experience in leading photo tours and a wealth of experience and knowledge within the areas they visit. Between the two of them, they have won a number of awards in internationally renowned competitions – most recently, Sarah won the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Awards and the Mammals category in the 2017 GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Both Andy & Sarah have also featured recently in three of the 'Remembering Wildlife ' series of Books.

This is the perfect chance to learn from two real experts in the wildlife photography field, whilst in the company of incredible wildlife on safari.

Key Information

  • Price £4595
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 5+
  • Date 18/10/2020 - 30/10/2020

Highlights

  • 4 locations for outstanding wildlife sightings
  • Travel at the peak of the dry season where wildlife is easily spotted
  • Photograph big cats and wild dogs
  • 18 extended game drives
  • Only 4 guests per game vehicle for plenty of room
  • Modified vehicles with adjustable platforms to rest camera beanbags
  • Fully serviced mobile camping with ensuite facilities
  • Private camp sites in the heat of the wilderness
  • Private chef and a full team of support staff (so no need to set up your own tents!)
  • River Cruise to photograph abundant bird and mammal life on the Chobe riverfront

Itinerary

Please check out the website link for a detailed itinerary. 

October 18th 2020 (Starts Maun)

You will be met at Maun Airport from your incoming flight and transferred to an idyllic lodge located just 20-minutes away and situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. In the evening, we will all join for our first group dinner (client own cost) and during which we will discuss the outline for days ahead. Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge (Inc. breakfast)

October 19th – 21st 2020

After an early breakfast, we will meet our two field guides and load the two vehicles with our luggage. After which we will commence our journey into the heart of the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve. Arriving at our private camp in the reserve around mid-afternoon. After settling into the tents we take our first afternoon game drive, returning just after sundown. We will have two full days to explore this area of Moremi game reserve. 3 nights mobile camp – Moremi Game Reserve

October 22nd – 24th 2020

After our last morning drive in Moremi we will take a coffee break in the bush before we start the journey toward our next camp where we will stay for the next 3-nights in the wonderful Khwai concession area. A drive of around 3-5 hours and game driving en-route and once again enjoying a bush lunch en-route.  3-nights mobile camp – Khwai Area

October 25th – 27th 2020

After a morning drive in Khwai we will bid a farewell to the Khwai concession area and drive approximately 4-5 hours to the world famous Savute area, part of Chobe National Park. Here we have two full days to explore this beautiful area where we hope to see the famous Savute pride where we will have the opportunity to photograph the famed and magnificent bull elephants that congregate at the waterholes.  3-nights mobile camp – Savute

October 28th 2020

This morning we bid farewell to Savute and from where we will drive approx. 4-6 hours to the northern part of Chobe National Park to our lodge on the banks of the beautiful Chobe River. After check in guests have time to rest and relax at their leisure and make use of the hotels pool and other facilities. Later that evening we will meet as a group for dinner (cost not included) Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge (room only basis)

October 29th 2020

This morning we will meet before breakfast and enjoy a 2-3-hour early morning boat excursion cruising along the Chobe river front. During which we will focus on photographing the vast array of bird species that inhabit this area. Lunch is a casual affair and can be taken at any time by guests. Your hosts will be available during the lunch time period for those who wish to receive feedback on images taken during the morning boat cruise.

Later in the afternoon we will meet as a group for a second 3-hour boat cruise and our last group excursion. The afternoons are prime time to view and photograph elephants that increase in numbers at this time of the day in order to drink and feed at the water’s edge. In the evening, we will meet for our last group dinner. Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge (room only basis)

October 30th 2020 – Safari Ends

The next morning guests are free to have a leisurely breakfast before you are then required to check out at 10:30am. An airport transfer is included for those who are flying out on this day from Kasane to connect with your onward flight. 

Please note: You will need to arrange your own international flights that will arrive into MAUN (MUB) for the start of the safari (18th October) and flights that depart at the end of the safari from Kasane (BBK) on the 30th October.  Air Botswana and South African Airlink both serve these destinations with daily flights to/from Johannesburg

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Jacqueline

Jacqueline Taylor – September 18, 2018

Andy and Sarah clearly do their homework when it comes to organising their trips. Botswana was a second trip for me with this couple and it did not disappoint in any way whatsoever. They use very good guides/drivers who know their wildlife and where to find it. The actual trip was a brilliant experience. We were all very well looked after in all respects. Both Andy and Sarah look after their guests and are not photographers who are only interested in getting their own shots. I would not hesitate recommending them and will certainly book with them again.

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Kim Smith – September 04, 2018

Having already experienced Andy’s and Sarah’s safari to Kenya, I decided to give Botswana a go. Oh my god what a journey they took me on, unbelievable sights of wildlife and natural beauty. I saw Elephants swimming, I saw my first Wild Dog and Wild Dog pups. I was speechless at some of the sightings. This was one of the best things i’ve done and thanks to them both an amazing trip.The camps and food was 5star, The journeys between the camps was nice as you just sat back watching the scenery. The staff were brilliant also always at hand to help.
I will differently be going back to Botswana

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Jackie

Jackie Downey – August 27, 2018

Going to Botswana with Andy and Sarah was fabulous. The quality of the wildlife that we saw was amazing given the size of the areas we covered. They use a great local company too – which is very important! The camps were well appointed and maintained by the crew, who happily catered to everyone’s requirements. The sightings were excellent too – we had the wild dogs, amazing leopards, lions, elephants – the list goes on! A trip well recommended.

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Vince Burton – August 26, 2018

Not only are Andy and Sarah great photographers, but they are also great trackers and so knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. I have been on many safaris, but this one was head and shoulders above the rest.

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Evert D – August 25, 2018

We went to Botswana with Andy and Sarah in 2017 and it was one of the most amazing trips we ever did! 

Expectations of Botswana are always quite high but the place certainly delivers. And more importantly: Sarah and Andy and their chosen local operator deliver too. 

The mobile camping experience is THE way to go in Botswana I think. Much more interesting than going to a super expensive fly in camp (and eventually, you’ll share much of the same reserves anyway), because you are actually out there camping in the bush, hearing lion roar at night and share stories around the camp fire after the drives, yet very comfortable because the wonderful staff puts up the camp and chef Eddy cooks amazing meals every night.

And also much better than driving yourself, because the guides (ours were Moses and Cruise) are super experienced and qualified; you’ll see much much more than when you’re driving yourself. They are great at picking up tracks and finding out where the good stuff is and read the animal behaviour very very well. 

The sightings were excellent; all the big cats (many leopards), wild dogs, huge bull elephants and beautiful birds; it’s all there. What we also liked was the approach of Andy and Sarah; they really make sure you get into position to get the good shots and pro-actively are working with you with tips to make your images better, also during the drives. And they do this in a very pleasant way too. The atmosphere in our group was really good. 

We enjoyed every minute of it; in fact – we might be back for more in the future!

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Esther Streusand – August 24, 2018

The photo safari to Botswana is an absolutely amazing experience! The two main reasons it’s so incredible are the diversity and abundance of wildlife, and the tour operators, Sarah and Andy Skinner.

On this tour in July 2018, we saw leopards for six days straight (admittedly exceptional luck), wild dogs and their pups, lion prides and cubs, young lions and male lion coalitions, elephants in amazing numbers, with adorable youngsters, giraffes, zebras, hippos, lechwe, kudu, impalas, wildebeest and buffalo. And the bird life was fascinating too – everything from rare wattled cranes and ostriches, saddle-billed storks, African fish eagle and other eagles, down to skimmers and kingfishers.

Andy and Sarah are amazing, too. From the first contact I made with questions about the tour, they answered in great detail with descriptions, suggestions where I requested them, and such a cheerful openness that I was confident I had made the right choice. And that confidence was borne out every day on tour. Sarah and Andy made sure of every detail, and advised each of us about photography according to our skill level and our objectives. They are absolutely there for the guests, forgoing what could be wonderful photographic opportunities for themselves to make sure the guest have good views, the right exposures, and insights and information about the animals. I just can’t say enough good things about them – they are all about their guests, all the time.

The local guides were very good and quite knowledgeable, cheerfully answering questions, positioning the vehicles for good photography conditions, and tracking wildlife for early sightings in wonderful morning light to sunset silhouettes. The support team provided a variety of great food and very comfortable tent accommodations set up for us in the three sites – Moremi, Savuti, and Khwai. The last night, with a boat trip on the Chobe River, is icing on the cake, featuring swimming elephants and other mammals, plus a wide variety of birds.

The trip as a whole can be tiring, because you are up before dawn for early morning sightings, out until lunch, taking a short rest break before the afternoon game drive, then out again until sunset. Back at camp before dinner, there’s always a great fire to relax around with a choice of drinks, sharing stories and thoughts from the day. Then a good dinner, and a comfortable camp bed, as good as beds I’ve had in some hotels, to be honest. I don’t begrudge a minute of the lost sleep, as everything is organized to maximize photo opportunities in the field. Take LOTS of memory cards!!

If you choose this trip, prepare to be amazed!

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Christine

Christine Butterworth – August 24, 2018

This trip was amazing – from start to finish. The wonderful position of Thamalakane Lodge, the 9 nights in mobile camps and a great finish on Chobe River. We had some wonderful sightings including wild dogs aplenty, lions swimming, the beautiful young leopard in a tree, elephants galore including swimming, playing, crossing the Chobe River and the list goes on. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone who has a slight sense of adventure. To have lions. leopards, wild dogs etc just wandering through our camp at night, with nothing between us but a canvas tent, was awesome. Apart from great wildlife sightings, wonderful food, sitting round the campfire at night exchanging stories etc., I was absolutely blown away by the night sky. I appreciated very much the fact that both Sarah and Andy were so helpful, showing us new techniques to use without the need to go into Lightroom etc. I can honestly say they are a great couple with a wealth of knowledge about African wildlife. They gave us so much attention, more so than any other photography trip I have been on. Can’t wait until I can do it all over again next year (yes, I’ve already booked)

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