Botswana Photographic Safari

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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

The Africa Safari Co. ran their third Photographic Safari in March 2020, and the first one to Botswana. It was a great success, as Steve led a small group of avid photography enthusiasts on a 6 night photographic safari based in Kasane, Botswana.

We stayed at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel, which is located between the Chobe River and the entrance to Chobe National Park. We had a very warm welcome on arrival, with staff dancing, singing and clapping (what a great way to start a safari). After check-in and lunch, we set-off on our first photographic session which was on a specially designed 8-seater shallow hulled photo boat with customised gimbals and 360° rotational seats. These proved to be a little difficult to manage early on, but after persistence, the Gimbal’s proved to be a great option to manage reasonably heavy camera equipment and provide stability for clear, crisp shots.

I must say, the food at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel was absolutely delicious, and something everyone looked forward to after a long day of photography.

The standard equipment provided and included in our stay was Canon 80D DSLR cameras, with Sigma 600mm telephoto lenses, memory cards, expert photo tuition by our photo host Karabo, and wildlife guidance by Dan.

Over the 7 days, we spent a lot of time on the water and in the game vehicles learning and discussing ISO’s, aperture settings, shutter speeds and by the end, everyone had grasped the idea and were taking spectacular images. We had a fantastic group of people, with a mix of photography experience, and all were willing to help and share our knowledge with each other.

The wildlife on the Chobe River and in Chobe National Park was spectacular, and we took our time attempting to get the best possible shots. I took around 5,000 photos on this trip, but don’t worry, I will only show you a few of them to inspire those future photographers, experiential travellers, safari enthusiasts and travel agents!

Keep an eye out for our 2021 Photographic Safari, it’ll be something not to miss.  Let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll keep you informed of our plans

Note:  The cover image is a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Tour Dates:  29 February 2020 – 6 March 2020
Host: Steve


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