Botswana is an epic safari destination for nature photographers. Boasting an extraordinary amount and diversity of wildlife, Botswana’s celebrated reserves offer an experience of genuine African wilderness far from crowds.
More than 45 percent of the country is protected within national parks and game reserves. Visitor numbers are limited, ensuring the best wildlife-to-traveler ratio in Africa. And animals are prolific in Botswana’s varied ecosystems, allowing for exceptional close-up photography.
Our safari partner, Natural Habitat Adventures takes advantage of classic tented bush camps in especially remote and isolated locations to enhance the authentic ambiance. These luxury safari camps, built on raised platforms, have individual verandas for guests to enjoy a private view of the African wild, with photography possibilities right out the front door of your tent. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors are provided. Each tent includes a separate private en suite toilet and saltwater shower that are part of the structure.
Charter flights by light aircraft (rather than long drives over rough dirt roads) between most safari locations allow you to spend more time actually taking photos on safari, rather than in tiring transit. The private state-of-the-art safari vehicles have open sides (no glass to interfere with your view) and 10 cushioned passenger seats—one in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of three seats each—though just 4 travelers are placed in each vehicle on wildlife drives, for maximum comfort, viewing and photo opportunities. This means plenty of room for all your gear, too.
Head out at sunrise to capture shots of leopard and cheetah hunting in the morning’s cool air on the Linyanti and Gomoti savannas. Photograph hippos and elephant herds massing along the Chobe River to drink at the end of the day. Secluded Botswana will exceed every wildlife photographer’s wildest dreams!
10 day Photo Safaris start at $16,495 per person based on double occupancy. 2018 departure dates: Sept. 8, Sept. 26, Oct. 26, and Nov. 7. There is limited availability (8 guests per excursion) and prices are subject to change before booking.
- Trip price includes: Accommodations in luxury safari camps, services of Nat Hab’s professional Photography Expedition Leader(s), local guides and camp staff, scenic helicopter flight over the Delta, premier open-sided 4-wheel drive Land Cruisers or Rovers, additional aircraft weight allowance for photo gear, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, some alcoholic beverages, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees. All light aircraft flights within the itinerary.
- Not included: Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Since these areas are remote and wild (that’s why you go there!), we strongly recommend that all guests have, at minimum, medical evacuation insurance with at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage.
To take a walk on the wild side, and come home with some amazing photos contact Susan Rogers in our Vacations Department. You can reach her at (678) 420-2510 or email her at [email protected].