Best of Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Toenail views of elephants at the hide at Khwai River by David Rogers Leopard sighting near Tuludi, Khwai River, by David Rogers Sable Valley, Khwai Private Reserve, David Rogers

Join an excellent value photographic workshop to the Okavango with David Rogers in September 2022. The trip is planned for the high season and the focus is on elephants, hides, lions and much more.

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Dates

23 to 29 September 2022

23/24 Hyena Pan |25, 26, 27, 28 Sable Alley

Rates USD 7426 pp sharing | USD1952 single sup

Photograph the Okavango Delta in Botswana with David Rogers on an exceptional photographic tour through a World Heritage site and the finest wilderness in Africa.  The trip takes us to the Khwai Private Reserve, a concession in the Okavango Delta which offers exclusivity, off-road driving, night drives and all within an extraordinary wilderness. Khwai Private Reserve is a private 200 000 hectare chunk of wilderness between Chobe, Moremi and the Khwai River. The trip is timed for high season, when its hot and dry and animals are easiest to find. We can expect to see lions, wild dogs, leopards, buffalo, kudu, hippo and spectacular birds.

The journey begins at Hyena Pan — it’s a classic style safari lodge deep in the dry Cathedral mopane forests. Its a personal camp and a great place to get together, relax and photograph right from the deck. Elephants and lion love this babitat and we can expect to see them up close and personal as they come to drink at the waterhole in front of the lodge and also at the two amazing hides which are close by and give an eye level view of the animals and birds coming to drink. The hides are an extraordinary place for photography, offering amazing angles and opportunities. We can spend hours there, with a cool box, watching the light change and the procession of animals.

From Hyena Pan it’s a two hour drive to Sable Alley — and here there are more treats in store. This spectacular camp with its luxury tents, airy dining room and pool is situated overlooking a lagoon. Game drives explore a varied habitat including private river frontage on the Khwai. Tere is also the opportunity to explore the waterways by motorboat and mekoro. The camp also offers the option a helicopter flip over the Delta — an amazing experience which can be planned for first or last light.

Six nights is a great time to be in the Delta — but you may want more time. Of course we can help you there too. Just look below at the range of amazing options right on your doorstep.

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Itinerary

We will arrive in Maun and then fly in a private aircraft.

Rates

Price includes all meals, accommodation, drinks guiding and activities plus charters in and out of Maun. This trip is based on five people. If we get fewer numbers it will need to be re-costed.

Optional add-ons and extensions

Khwai Private Reserve is located close to the deep waters of the Okavango and there are wonderful aerial photographic opportunities. Doors off flights by helicopter can be arranged over the Delta for an additional fee. Maun is only one flight away from the following great destinations

  • Victoria Falls which is one of the wonders of the world
  • The wonderful waterways of Chobe
  • The vast open plains of the Kalahari
  • Cape Town and it’s wonderful Winelands and beaches

Getting there

Maun is the gateway to the Delta and has daily flights from Johannnesburg and Cape Town. Flights usually arrive at midday and there will be a caravan waiting for the one hour flight into the lodge. If you have a wait pop into the Dusty Donkey for a milkshake and to catch up on your emails. For the flight, keep your cameras handy for the extraordinary watery scenes below.

Photographers need to know

Bring plenty of spare cards — there are opportunities aplenty. Luggage limits are 20kg per person. We can arrange additional limits if required. You will need a range of lenses for the trip include wide angle and telephoto. 500 mm and above is best for birding.

The good news

Its good to know that you are visiting a camp with heart. Natural Selections is a highly ethical company that supports its local community strongly,  has solar power and an extremely light footprint on the planet. It is owned and run by the same people that started Wilderness Safaris and Great Plains which are two other amazing companies operating in Botswana.