Botswana - Okawango - Elephants

Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
Group Size: Max 9
Level of fitness required: Easy

Join Tatra Photography for an incredible wildlife photography tour in one of the best wildlife areas on the African continent. Botswana is a rarity in our overpopulated, over-developed world. Untamed and untamable, it is one of the last great refuges for nature’s magnificent pageantry of life.

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas. With nearly half of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas – for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense nature wonderland.

Our photography tour which has been planned to coincide during the prime game viewing season will start in the Okavango Delta, one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world. The Okavango Delta gives entrance to the spectacle of wild Africa with the heart-stopping excitement of big game viewing, the supreme tranquility and serenity of an untouched delta and evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty.

Our target species for our photography tour in the Okavango delta Botswana are Wilddog, Hyena, Elephant, Rhino (black & white) Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, Giraffe, Crocodile, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Impala, Kudu, Steenbok, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Sable, Roan, Tsessebe, Genet and Serval, along with an immense variety of birds – land and water, resident and migratory, some of which are rare and endangered.

Your tutor for this workshop is Simon Stafford. Simon  first became interested in photography while a university student. Completely self-taught, his photographic career began when he talked his way into a job as the photographer for his university’s weekly newspaper and has been shooting pictures ever since. His photographs have been used widely in newspapers, books, calendars, and magazines, including Nikon Pro, Professional Photographer, Practical Photography, Digital SLR Photography and Photography Monthly, plus he is Technical Editor to Nikon Owner magazine.

Simon has built up a wealth of experience over the past thirty years in both film and digital photography. Throughout his photographic career he has used the Nikon system extensively, adopting digital photography at an early stage with the release of the Nikon D1 camera during 1999; he has being using digital cameras exclusively since 2004. He completed his first book, The Nikon Compendium, during 2003. With nearly 400 pages and Simon’s own extensive photography of Nikon cameras, Nikkor lenses, and Nikon system accessories, it represents a comprehensive history of the Nikon system for the user and collector alike. He has also written over twenty books on the Nikon camera system for the Magic Lantern Guide series, published by Sterling Publishing. Currently he is involved in a wide variety of photographic projects, which include presenting photographic workshops, teaching on-line photography courses, and working with wildlife research and conservation organisations in South Africa.

Accommodation

kwara campKwara Camp is located in the world-renowned Okavango delta. The luxurious camp is ideal for African safari’s due to the vast numbers of animals that congregate all year round. Kwara Concession is a game rich private concession on the northern edge of Botswana’s game rich Okavango Delta. With just two camps within the concession it offers a very exclusive safari experience. The private Kwara Concession, on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta is huge occupying an area of 175 000 hectares. Overlooking the African floodplains and magnificent mopane woodlands Kwara camp offers eight stunning safari-like tents

kwara bathroomGuests can look out over the delta and watch as the resident hippos go about their day-to-day business. The tents are fully equipped for a comfortable stay, with ensuite bathrooms, private decks and other modern amenities.

Within the central social area of Kwara Camp guests will be pampered by unbeatable meals all freshly made by the resident chef. After meals you can enjoy a drink from the bar or perhaps a dip in the cool waters of Kwara Camp’s swimming pool.

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Our transport for the game drives are large 4×4 customised Safari vehicles with one row per photographer provided. A six passenger vehicle with only 3 photographers. This gives each photographer unrestricted views and valuable extra space for a second camera, large lenses, camera bags and other equipment.

We have also included extra weight allowance hold luggage for your internal Johannesburg – Maun flight so you are not limited with any equipment. You can travel with Tatra Photography using the same weight allowance as your international flight  2 x 23kg.

 

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