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Secluded Botswana Photo Safari

A Small-Group Photography Adventure into the Remote Southern Africa Wilds
Days 1 & 2: Livingstone, Zambia & Victoria Falls
Our classic Botswana trip begins at The River Club, replete with Edwardian ambiance, overlooking the Zambezi River, where hippos may provide our first photo opportunities as they entertain us on the banks. We take a sunset cruise following a guided tour of Victoria Falls, the world’s most astounding cataract. The profuse spray has created a rainforest along the rim, with a walkway to explore.

Days 3 - 5: Chobe / Linyanti Discoverer Camp
By road and ferry we journey to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, known for its vast elephant herds – a population that exceeds 70,000. On our boat cruise down the Chobe River we sometimes see 500 elephants in a single day. Water birds abound, including herons and storks, as well as hippos and crocodiles. This afternoon we fly to the private reserve of Linyanti, dramatic big-game country. Its tree-dotted plains are home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs as well as more tremendous elephant herds. Over the next three days we encounter wildlife in amazing proximity on safari drives, guided walks and boat excursions on the Linyanti River. Rising early and lingering past sunset, we take advantage of the best light for photography. In the evenings we relax at our private camp, well-appointed tented accommodations evocative of an earlier age. Through the thorny acacia branches we see more stars than we ever dreamed of, scattered across an impossibly black sky.

Days 6 & 7: Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti
This morning we gain a sense of the vastness of the African bush on our drive to Duma Tau Camp, in the heart of the Savuti. The previously dry Savute Channel is once again a hippo-filled stream, surrounded by open grasslands that are home to all the big predators and plains animals, including sable and roan antelope. The waterway in front of the camp draws large numbers of game, especially during the dry winter months. Many lions frequent the area, as well as elephants in great numbers. The private raised verandas, nearly at eye-level, allow us to capture amazing photos from just feet away.

Days 8 & 9: Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta
Today we fly to Jacana Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Where the river meets the Kalahari Desert, a green oasis sprawls amid the sands and dry savanna. The maze of channels and lagoons sustains a profusion of wildlife, and we explore the constantly shifting marsh by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Bird lovers will find myriad opportunities for great photos as we make our way among the islands and wetlands that are home to many rare species; we may observe wattled cranes, Pel’s fishing owl, jacanas, rails, crakes and moorhens. Keep an eye out, too, for water-adapted antelope like the sitatunga and red lechwe browsing in the grasses.

Days 10 - 12: Tubu Tree Camp, Moremi Game Reserve
Travel by boat or safari vehicle to Tubu Tree Camp on the edge of Botswana's famous Moremi Game Reserve. This vast park on the east side of the Okavango Delta combines permanent water with drier areas, creating some startling and unexpected contrasts in habitat. The diverse ecosystems support a varied and prolific array of wildlife; on game drives in open 4x4 vehicles we may encounter lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as a host of hoofed game. Our Expedition Leader also offers tips on how to get great shots during night drives, which reveal nocturnal species such as civet cat and caracal, and large predators that hunt after dark.

Day 13: Maun / Home
Our Botswana trip comes to a close when we depart by air for Maun, where we connect with flights home.

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