NAMIBIA-BOTSWANA-ZIMBABWE WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION/SAFARI
This Namibia – Botswana – Zimbabwe 20-day wildlife photography expedition will take you on an exhilarating journey through the heart of Southern Africa. This camping trip lead by two outgoing, wildlife photographers will be guided through the most photogenic and biodiverse locations of Southern Africa. We will travel through Damaraland of Northern Namibia, into Etosha National Park. The expedition will then venture into the vast areas of the Okavango Delta in Botswana and will make its way through Chobe, ending at the spectacular location of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Air-conditioned safari vehicles
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
Country entry visas
Any meals not included in itinerary
Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks
Gratuity & staff tips
Travel to and experience the best wildlife photographic hotspots of Southern Africa.
See/photograph the extremely rare, wild Desert African Elephants.
Experience the wildlife of Etosha National Park
Photograph Hippo and more on the Okavango River
Explore the wildlife of the Okavango Delta
Visit Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with stunning landscapes and wildlife
Photograph Chobe and its wildlife followed by Victoria Falls
LOCATION: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
GROUP SIZE: 5 people max.
DURATION: 20 days / 19 nights
Oct 9 - 28
from £ 3,495 GBP
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT TO BRING
100-400mm lens: (Highly Recommended) These lenses are not too large and provide a reasonable amount of reach for any SLR or mirrorless camera.
800mm lens: A great way to extend your reach to wildlife at a far distance (alternative: 400mm lens with x2 extender).
60-600mm Sigma lens: (Highly Recommended) A fantastic two-in-one lens for Canon and Nikon. Perfect for Big-5 photography.
16-35mm lens: We recommend this lens for a variety of landscape images during our African Photo Safaris to gain those memorable images.
1-2 camera bodies: Two cameras can be helpful however one camera body is perfect during our photographic tours.
Laptop & Hard Drive: As all photographers like to return and briefly view their images, laptops are advised. Also backing up your images of a life time onto an external device such as a hard drive is a must.
Multiple CF Cards/SD Cards: (Recommended)
The 20-day expedition will be accommodated at many camp sites throughout the three 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.
The expedition sleeping equipment provided for each photographer is more than needed. We offer a two man 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 along with a pillow. All campsites have bathroom facilities and are supplied with spectacular African landscape views. Charging sockets at each camp site are supplied for everyone. Fold out tables and chairs are supplied for meals by the photographic expeditioners.
VISITING THE HIMBA TRIBE
During the visit to Purros, the expedition team will visit the Himba People found deep within the desert. This short visit will allow you to experience the calm and unique way of life that these primitive people still hold. You will have the opportunity to see their daily routine including their body painting and cleansing rituals involving smoke and natural incense.
Namibia: Windhoek(starting point), Palmwag, Puros, Damaraland, Etosha, Grootfontein, Divundu, Botswana: Etsha, Maun, Makgadikgadi, Kasani, Chobe, Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls (ending point).
Arrival in Windhoek (Capital of Namibia) where you will be met by expedition guides Mark and Jaren and taken to Urban Camp for the night.
Leave Windhoek and make our way to Palmwag Lodge Camp. Spectacular views on the way surrounded by mountains and open rocky valleys.
Adventurous drive to Puros over the dunes and mountains. On this drive, sightings of Ostrich, Giraffe, Kudu and Springbuck are common. On our arrival at Puros, we will set up camp on the side of the river. Shortly after, we will drive into the desert bush in search for Desert Elephants with extra help from our local expert. As the sun sets, we will return to camp to sleep in the open camp where Elephants are free to come into the area.
We will visit the Himba People of Damaraland where you will be astonished of their way of living. A true life-changing experience. After we return to camp, the entire day will be spent in search of Desert Elephants around the Hoarusib River.
We leave Puros, venturing through the desert mountains and we will have a rest stop at Opuwo, also known as the hub for the Himba people. This can be a place to stock up on extra foods and drinks for the next journey into Etosha National Park. Shortly after, we will get to the Galton Gate of Etosha National Park and into the land of the giants. After spotting many species of wildlife such as Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Gemsbok and Wildebeests, we will get to the Olifantsrus Camp in the National Park, where we will spend the night. A waterhole is located at the camp where leopard can be spotted drinking during the night.
We take our leave, and drive through Etosha National Park. This first National Park safari drive, driven by Jaren and guided by Mark, will take you through the park and finish for lunch at Okaukuejo. After lunch, we take a second safari drive to Halali camp where we will spot Elephant, Rhino, Giraffe, Lion and Hyena to name a few. Night at Halali Camp in the National Park.
Etosha National Park morning game drive and afternoon game drive. Safari drive driven by Jaren and guided by Mark. Night at Halali Camp in the National Park.
Etosha National Park morning game drive and afternoon Game drive. Safari drive driven by Jaren and guided by Mark. Night at Namotuni Camp in the National Park located at the East side of the Park.
We leave Etosha National Park and drive through the bush where we stay at Roy’s Camp for the night. A great little place to relax with beverages. On the way, we will pass through Grootfontein to stock up with supplies.
We take our leave, and we head to the start of the Caprivi Strip to the town of Divindu. We will stay at Ngepi Camp where we will set up camp on the Okavango River. We will be taken onto the Okovango River to get close to Hippo, Elephant, Buffalo, and Nile Crocodile, both in and on the edge of the water. A true adventurous boat safari.
Hippo Boat trip in the morning, then we take our leave to the border of Botswana. Here we will enter and follow the road South where we will encounter many species of wildlife. We will arrive at Guma Lagoon Camp. Here we can relax and get great views of river birds and more as we explore the area.
Up early and out for our full day Mokoro Boat tour in the Okavango Delta among the many Elephants, Hippo, Buffalo, and more. You will get poled through the reeds in a hollowed-out tree boat by a local guide and experience the primitive transportation of the bushman of Botswana. After getting the opportunity to get spectacular images, you will return to camp for the night to relax under the setting sun.
Out of camp and we will drive to Maun located at the southernmost point of the Okavango Delta. Here we will take yet another Okavango Delta boat trip to photograph and get close to the best of Botswana’s wildlife.
We drive away from the Okavango Delta, into the Kalahari Desert to arrive to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Set up camp at Baines Camp Site. After we will drive and photograph the best of Africa’s Wildlife with Jaren as your driver and Mark as your identification guide.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park game drive in the truck to explore and capture images of this natural world. Overnight at Baines Camp Site.
Transfer to Kasane. Here we will get great sightings of wildlife. We will set up camp and explore the surroundings.
Early morning safari in Chobe. Chobe is known as one of the best locations in the world for African Elephant sightings, holding the most elephants in the world. Morning and afternoon drive this day driven and guided by Mark and Jaren.
Morning safari at Chobe and later a short drive to the border of Zimbabwe. Here we will drive to an allocated camp site for the night in Victoria Falls.
In the morning we will visit the Victoria Falls, where we will spend the day accompanied with a packed lunch allowing you to relax next to the vast amount of water flowing deep into the canyon. We will return to camp for the last day to celebrate the completion of the expedition.
Last day, breakfast and transfer to the airport. The team will say their goodbyes.
OUR PHOTOGRAPHY 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 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 view of African
wildlife. To make this vessel more appealing for the expedition, 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.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
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.