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PRICE:  £ 5,995 GBP pp sharing

SOUTHERN AFRICA: 14-DAY SMALL GROUP CAMPING PHOTO TOUR

GROUP SIZE:

5 max.

LOCATION:

Namibia & Botswana

DURATION:

14 days / 13 nights

FITNESS LEVEL:

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel to and experience the best wildlife photographic hotspots of Southern Africa.

  • Experience the wildlife of Etosha National Park.

  • Photograph Hippo and more on the Okavango River.

  • Explore the wildlife of the Okavango Delta.

  • Visit the Bushman of the Kalahari Desert.

TOUR DATES

2023           2024

Sep 27 - Oct 10

Sep 1 - 14

Giraffe at Etosha Pan

The wildlife photographed during this Southern African camping photo tour exceeds your expectations. For any wildlife photography enthusiast, this trip will get you up close to all African wildlife that will help you get all ideal photographs with the help of our professional wildlife photographers.

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SAFARI OVERVIEW

This Namibia – Botswana 14-day wildlife photographic camping safari will take you on an breath-taking journey through some of the most biodiverse locations of Southern Africa. This two-week camping trip lead by our wildlife photography professionals, will guide you through the most photogenic wildlife hotspots of Namibia and Botswana. We will travel into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana to visit the San People before venturing into Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. We will then travel north, to the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, an amazing hippo photography destination. The last wildlife destination on this camping tour is Etosha National Park, where photographic opportunities are endless, as hundreds of animals are congregating around the waterholes during the dry season.

 

Learn and expand your photographic knowledge

MEET YOUR GUIDE 

MARK A FERNLEY

Mark has spent years tracking and photographing the wildlife of the many countries in Africa. From the jungles of Uganda to the bush lands of Southern Africa, he brings with him great knowledge of the wildlife and the surrounding areas. His photographic knowledge brings creativity and uniqueness to this safari/workshop. During this safari, Mark will share his wildlife photography secrets with you to enhance that once in a lifetime portfolio.

View Mark's portfolio here

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LOCATION

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA

This Southern African camping photo tour takes place in two magnificent countries: Namibia and Botswana. From the harsh wild deserts of Namibia to the watery flatlands of Botswana, the locations visited during this tour, bring variety in wildlife and vegetation.

 

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT 

100-400mm lens

 

80-600mm Sigma lens

  

800mm lens

 

Tripod  

1 -2 camera bodies

16-35mm wide angle lens

 

Laptop & Back up Storage

Multiple CF Cards/SD Cards 

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Desert Giraffes

TOUR INCLUDES 

Air-conditioned safari vehicles

Personal Tent

Fold out bed & bedding

Three camp meals a day

Airport transfer on arrival

Fresh water on board vehicle

Photography welcome pack

Expert wildlife photography guide

TOUR EXCLUDES 

International flights.

Country entry visas

Any meals not included in itinerary

Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks

Gratuity & staff tips

 

Camp under the stars and experience the best of Africa

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Arrival Day: We advise that you arrive either on or before September 26th to give yourself a night to prepare before setting off early the next morning.

 

DAY 1: Transfer to Ghanzi, Botswana. We will be crossing the Buitepos Border Post into Botswana on this day. Overnight in Ghanzhi

DAY 2:  We will spend the entire day learning about the ancient traditions of the San People/Bushmen. With an interpreter, we will walk through the bush of the Kalahari as we are taught about their primitive ways of living in the harsh environments of the Kalahari. Learn the survival skills of a bushman including tracking wild animals, trapping, hunting, fire making, and more. The day will end with traditional dances and ritual around the campfire. (Accommodation on this night will be in a traditional bushman grass hut. Mosquito net, stretcher, mattress, and pillow are provided)

 

DAY 3: Transfer to Maun, Botswana. Upon arrival we will settle in for the evening. Maun is a great place to get any supplies that you may need. After lunch, we will spend the evening going over photographic techniques that can be used during our exciting excursion into Moremi Game Reserve the following morning. Charge up your batteries and prepare for a day full of wildlife. Overnight in Maun

 

DAY 4: We will start bright and early on this day, as we have a full day in Moremi Game Reserve. We will meet our guide around 5am and make our way to the gates of the reserve. We will arrive around 8am, where we will have breakfast before entering the reserve. Sightings can include large herds of Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo, Fish Eagle, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, and many more species. We will stop at a designated picnic area for lunch and continue our safari into the evening. We will arrive back in Maun around 5:30pm, in time to shower before meeting for dinner. Overnight in Maun

 

DAY 5: Transfer to Guma Lagoon, Etsha, Botswana. This is a bit of a longer journey so we will have a packed lunch prepared, where we will stop along the way for a short break before continuing to Guma Lagoon. Upon arrival we will enjoy the views from the restaurant as Kingfishers and Fish Eagles cross the African Sunset. There are many of beautiful bird species found around the grounds to photograph along with curious Vervet Monkeys that make for great photographic subjects. Overnight in Etsha

 

DAY 6: At 7:30am we will take a small motor boat from the lodge for about 30 minutes before arriving at the Mokoro trip starting point. The Mokoros are the traditional transportation of the locals. These hollowed out wooden boats provide you with an incredible perspective of the Okavango Delta. We will arrive at an island where we will go on a bushwalk with our polers. Here we will learn about the tracks of animals, and potentially run into a few as well. Here there is opportunity to spot and photograph water monitor and other water dependant animals. We will have lunch on the island before returning to the Mokoros. Travelling through the thick reeds, we will arrive back at the motor boat that will take us back to the lodge, arriving around 2:30pm. The second half of the day will be spent with your photographer as he will be going through more photographic techniques and editing skills. This is also a place to relax and enjoy the view, photograph the local wildlife, enjoy a helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta (can be arranged for an extra cost). Overnight in Etsha

 

DAY 7:  Transfer to Ngepi Camp, Divindu, Namibia. After breakfast, we will be crossing the Mohembo Border Post to enter Namibia where we will arrive at our camp for the night. We will spend the second half of the day photographing hippo along the Cubango Riverbank. This location is one of our favourite destinations to photograph Hippo. The Hippos are more active in the evening so this is your chance to capture photographs as they open their mouths and display their enormous teeth. Overnight in Divindi

 

DAY 8: Morning boat ride to photograph hippo, buffalo, warthog, plenty of birds and more. This one-and-a-half-hour boar ride will get you onto the river to gain a great vantage point for photographing wildlife, both on land and in the water. The rest of the day can be spent photographing the local birdlife around the lodge, photographing hippos from the riverbank, or enjoy an activity of your choice that is offered by the lodge (can be arranged for an extra cost). Overnight in Divindi

 

DAY 9: Transfer to Roy’s Camp, Grootfontein, Namibia. We have a long drive on this day, as we are heading west towards Etosha National Park. We will drive about 6 hours before arriving at our stopping point for the evening. Roy’s camp can offer you’re the chance to relax in a great environment. Perfect for a recharge before heading into Etosha. You can find small antelope including the Dik Dik at this campsite. Other local wildlife includes Eland, Giraffe, Kudu, African Hare, and other herbivores. Overnight in Grootfontein

 

DAY 10: Transfer to Halali Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia. We will be leaving Roy’s Camp early this morning to make our way to Etosha National Park. We will enter the park before lunch. Once we enter the park, we will stop at Namutoni for lunch. The rest of the day is full of safari, photographing Zebra, Wildebeest, Springbok, Elephant, Lion and much more congregating around the waterholes. We will make it to Halali before dark. After dinner, make your way down to the waterhole to experience the nightlife of Etosha. This waterhole is a perfect location to spot the endangered Black Rhino along with Hyena and Elephant. (night drives can be arranged for an extra cost) Overnight in Etosha National Park

 

DAY 11: Morning safari consisting of stopping at some of the famous waterholes in the park where hundreds of animals meet each day. During this time of the year it is not uncommon to find up to at least five different species in one location. With a wideangle lens, you could photograph multiple different animals in one frame showing just how biodiverse this national park is. We will return to the lodge for lunch, before heading out for an afternoon safari. (night drives can be arranged for an extra cost) Overnight in Etosha National Park

 

 

DAY 12: Transfer to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, Namibia. This day will consist of a morning and afternoon safari in Etosha National Park. We will be moving west to Okaukuejo for our last night in the park. (night drives can be arranged for an extra cost) Overnight in Etosha National Park

 

DAY 13: Transfer to Urban Camp, Windhoek, Namibia. After an early breakfast, we will head out on safari for one last chance to get those photographs you desire. We will spend the morning searching for anything the group is interested in photographing, as this drive wraps up our wildlife photography. We will return to Okaukuejo for lunch and then make our way out of Etosha National Park and return to Windhoek for dinner. This is the perfect time to back up all of your photographs from the trip, repack your bags, do some laundry, learn some lightroom techniques from Mark, or simply just enjoy your last night in Africa. Overnight in Windhoek

 

DAY 14: Transfer to the airport or accommodation of choice in Windhoek. This is our final morning together. If you plan to continue travelling through Africa, we can transfer you to your hotel of choice in the Windhoek area. If you are departing Namibia on this day, we will provide airport transportation for you.

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ACCOMMODATION

The 14-day camping safari will be accommodated at many camp sites throughout the two countries. Within each camp site, we will supply heavy duty, large two-man tents for each photographer/guest. Inside will consist of a fold out bed, mattress, pillow and sleeping bag. At each unique camp, there will be electricity for charging equipment.

CAMPING

The camping sleeping equipment provided for each photographer is plenty to keep you comfortable throughout the nights. We offer a two man TENTCO Ranger Tent for each guest. With each tent comes a fold out bed with mattress. To reduce your baggage, we supply you with a sleeping bag and a pillow. All campsites have bathroom facilities and are supplied with spectacular African landscape views. There are charging sockets at each camp site for everyone to keep camera batteries and other equipment fully charged. Fold out tables and camping safari chairs are supplied for meals and relaxing around the camp during off times.

OUR PHOTO VEHICLE

Our Toyota Land Cruiser Extended Cab Safari Edition 4X4 provides a superb and spacious experience when traveling through Africa. Each seat comes with its own USB charging socket and adjustable window. What makes this truck unique is the roof that opens, perfect for a wildlife photographer, giving each guest a 360 degree view of African wildlife. To make this vessel more appealing, it comes with a built in refrigerator for cold beverages during your journey. Lastly, attached to the vehicle will be a trailer used for storage and will operate as a kitchen.

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