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This photo tour visits 3 great locations in Botswana, the Okavango Delta, the Chobe River Floodplain and Savute Pan.  We spend 3 nights at a five-star lodge inside the Okavango Delta, 4 nights in Kasane where we do boat trips on the Chobe River and game drives in Chobe National Park and 4 nights in remote Northwest Botswana where we visit Savute Pan.  A very wide variety of mammals and birds will be photographed on this tour.  In addition to mokoro and boat trips and game drives, we will also be doing some setup bird photography around camp.   Elephants, Hippos, Crocs, Lions, Leopards, Roan, Sable and Cheetah are some of the top mammal subjects on this tour.  African Fish Eagles, several species of Kingfisher, African Darters and Skimmers, Carmine Bee-eaters, Kori Bustards, Lilac-breasted Rollers are just a few of the great bird species we will photograph.  It’s a great time of year for birds as the European breeding species will be returning to Southern Africa to winter at this time. 

Maximum Participants: 6 photographers, 8 total including spouses/companions.

Cost and Logistics

$9.950 with a $1,000 single supplement, $9,450 for a nonphotographer spouse/companion.  Cost includes all lodging, meals, drinking water, transportation, guiding, photo instruction and internal flight from Maun to Kasane.  It does not include other flights, drinks and items of a personal nature such as tips and laundry.   Fly into Maun, Botswana for the beginning of the tour and fly out of Kasane, Botswana at the end.  You may want to buy your round-trip tickets through either Johannesburg or Victoria Falls.  We can help you organize accommodation and flights from those locations.


November 8th – Arrival to Maun, Botswana transfer to a nice hotel on the river.  Hotel: 3 to 4 star hotel on the river.

November 9th – Our hotel has nice gardens, we will do some bird photography on the grounds this morning, in the afternoon we will have a boat trip on the river and photograph our first Hippos, Crocs and waterbirds.  Hotel: a 3 to 4 star hotel on the river.

November 10th – This morning, we will transfer to the interior of the Okavango Delta, where we will be staying in a five-star lodge.  We will have an afternoon game drive.  There is good savannah nearby where Lions, Giraffes, Antelope, Lilac-breasted Rollers, Ostrich and more can be photographed.  Lodge: 5-star lodge in the Okavango.

November 11th and 12th – We will have two full days staying at our five-star tented camp on an island in the delta.  Activities will include game drives, boat trips and mokoro rides.  The camp is on a permanent waterway.  The boat trips and mokoro rides will be excellent for photographing hippos and a wide variety of birds, including African Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Goliath Herons, and many more.   Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dogs and many raptors are possible on our game drives.  Drinks are included at this lodge.  Lodge: 5 star lodge in the Okavango. 

November 13th – One more morning boat trip and then we will transfer back to Maun where we will stay in a different nice riverside hotel.   A bit of afternoon bird photography in the garden if time allows.  Hotel: Maun

November 14th – This morning, we will fly from Maun to Kasane and then transfer to our hotel near the Chobe River.  We will have an afternoon boat trip on the river.   Elephants come down to the river each afternoon to drink and bathe, making for great photo opportunities.  Hippos, Crocs, Fish Eagles, Lechwe Antelope, Giant Kingfishers are just a few of the species we will photograph.  Hotel: A nice, small hotel near the river.  

November 15th – 17th – We will have 3 full days of photography in the Chobe including boat trips on the river, game drives in Chobe National Park and some setup bird photography in the garden.  On the game drives Leopard and Lion are regularly seen as well as Rollers and various raptors.  On the boat trips we will also photograph some more difficult birds such as Rock Pratincole, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Pygmy Geese and many others.  We expect Shrikes, Weavers, Bulbuls and other birds to come to our bird setups in the garden, while the flowers there attract some sunbird species.  Hotel:  A nice, small hotel near the river. 

November 18th – A morning boat trip on the Chobe River then we will transfer to our next lodge, which is a four-star lodge on a permanent waterhole in a remote wild area to the west of Kasane and Chobe.  We will have an afternoon game drive.  Large herds of Buffalo frequent the waterhole here, as well as Elephants and the beautiful Roan and Sable Antelope.  Wild Dogs are seen fairly often in the area.  Lodge: 4-star bush camp

November 19th – We will have a full day of photography at and around the camp today.  Both Yellow-billed and Red-billed Hornbills frequent the camp as well as stunning Lilac-breasted Rollers.  Photography at the waterhole, game drives and setup bird photography inside the camp are all options today.  Lodge: 4-star bush camp

November 20th – We will have a bit of early morning photography, then have breakfast and set out on a two-day, one night mobile camping safari to the famous Savute Pan.  Leopard, Cheetah and Lion are all likely at Savute Pan.  It’s about a two-hour drive from our lodge so staying one night will enable us to shoot in good light this evening and the next morning.  Camp: Large Tents set up by our local guides.  

November 21st – We will be up and out at dawn to take advantage of the morning light.  Savute Pan is the location where Southern Carmine Bee-eaters are sometimes photographed riding on top of Kori Bustards.  In the afternoon we will head back to our 4-star bush lodge, photographing along the way.  Lodge: 4-star bush camp

November 22nd – We will have one more morning photography session at the lodge, then return to Kasane, where you can either fly out or join us on our extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 


Nate Chappell

Nate Chappell is one of the top bird and wildlife photographers leading photography tours and workshops. He is an expert at most aspects of avian photography including flight photography, using flash and multi-flash for hummingbirds. Nate enjoys teaching bird and wildlife photography and he is known for being able to simplify complicated topics. His photography is currently represented by several top stock agencies including Minden Pictures, VIREO and Birdimagency.

Jure Novak

Jure Novak

Jure Novak is a full time nature photographer, tour leader and filmmaker from Slovenia. His work is widely published in Slovenia and he is one of the filmmakers of “Wild Slovenia”, a motion picture. Jure is an excellent birder and bird guide in addition to being a very talented photographer. He uses Sony gear.

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