Southern Africa safari – one that captures the wildlife, landscapes, peoples and cultures of the three most rewarding countries of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. A photographer’s dream, come true!
This exciting Southern African Photo Safari has been scheduled when one can see and even experience the best in game and bird life. Veteran photographer, Clay Ross will be the lead photographer in this safari. Clay was born and raised in Southern Africa where he developed a lifelong appreciation of nature. Clay was associated with the veterinarian world before pursuing ranching on a cattle and game ranch in what was then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). His experiences from close observation of the people, nature and animal with bird life are all part of what he will share with us on this once in a lifetime safari.
We have limited our group size to a maximum of 6 participants, guaranteeing our guests a more rewarding and fulfilling experience. Whilst a day-to-day itinerary has been planned we can be very flexible with each day’s plan, adjusting to conditions and events that present themselves, resulting in memorable interactions with the animals wherever we travel.
This small group safari has been designed to help amateur photographers be at the best location in time and to get guidance whilst taking images. Clay is natural with cameras, photography, people and teaching. As he accompanies us, he will share some of his childhood memories and with that the passion he has for Africa, its people, wildlife, birdlife and of course, photography.
Some of Clay’s photos may be viewed at: http://www.cgiphotos.com
He is also available on tel at: 1.403.803.5532
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Sep 12, 2016: Arrival Maun (BOTSWANA)
Upon arrival at Maun we are met and transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is free to rest and meet other participants in our exciting photo safari. Maun offers helicopter safaris - an optional activity that has to be booked in advance to secure space. Evening, we have our welcome dinner. Clay will share hints and secrets on how to get the best images.
Overnight: Cresta Rileys (1 night) (D)
(Rooms, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 02: Sep 13, 2016: Maun to Khwai River (150 Kms)
Our exciting photo safari starts as we drive to the private concession in the Khwai River area. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. During the spring extra driving may be required as animals migrate closer to the river to give us the best game viewing possible.
Overnight: Bedouin Bush Camp (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms).
Please note that there is no electricity at the camp.
Day 03: Sep 14, 2016: Khwai River
Our open 4x4 vehicles are ideally suited for photography as we explore the Khwai River region with a morning as well as an afternoon game drive spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. After dinner, our guide will take us on a night game drive. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Sep 15, 2016: Khwai/Moremi Game Reserve (150 Kms)
Another exciting day as we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve best known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa. Moremi has an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. Full day is spent in the unspoiled natural surroundings of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Overnight: Bedouin Bush Camp (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 05: Sep 16, 2016: Moremi/Okavango Delta (395 Kms)
An early morning departure for the Etsha 13, which is located on the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, the Okavango flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast making this a unique natural phenomenon.
Overnight: Nguma Island Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Sep 17, 2016: Okavango Delta
Okavango it is! We spend the day exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), photographing a variety of birds and wildlife. We have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to capture elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise. Optional helicopter safaris are also available. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Sep 18, 2016: Okavango/Mahangu (NAMIBIA) (150 Kms)
After our Okavango experience, we leave the lush verdant wetlands of Botswana and enter Namibia. After border formalities we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. The area features elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo and prolific birdlife, a wildlife photographer’s paradise.
Overnight:Rainbow River Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 08: Sep 19, 2016: Mahangu
We enjoy another exciting game drive at the Mahangu National Park, which is rich in fauna and flora. In the park you have the chance of photographing game such as sable and roan, elephants, hippos, buffalos, and many types of antelope. For bird watchers, Mahangu National Park offers more than 420 different bird species. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Sep 20, 2016: Mahangu/Caprivi (225 Kms)
After our stay at the Rainbow River Lodge we continue our journey through the Caprivi Strip and to Camp Kwando. Here we can visit Madumu Game Park or the Caprivi Game Park. We will also take a boat trip on the Kwando River for some different style of photography.
Overnight: Namushasha (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 10: Sep 21, 2016: Madamu/Caprivi
A full day continuing with our photographic activities at Madumu Game Park, the Caprivi Game Park or along the Kwando River. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Sep 22, 2016: Caprivi/Chobe National Park (BOTSWANA) (265 Kms)
Today we cross the border back into Botswana for Kasane - the gateway to the Chobe National Park.
Overnight:Chobe Safai Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Sep 23, 2016: Chobe
We start with a spectacular early morning game drive in Chobe National Park. It is at this time when the animals are most active. This is followed by a late morning breakfast and relaxation until our 3PM boat cruise on the Chobe River. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, which make for excellent close up photo opportunities. Clay is also very knowledgeable with bird photography. (B, D)
Day 13: Sep 24, 2016: Chobe/Victoria Falls (ZIMBABWE) (10 Kms)
Today we leave Botswana behind and enter Zimbabwe. Our final destination is Victoria Falls City. We start with a guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls. Balance of the day is free to enjoy the town as well as the many optional activities.
Overnight: A’Zambezi River Lodge (1 night) (B)
Day 14: Sep 25, 2016: Victoria Falls/departure
Our 3-country Southern Africa Photo Safari ends today. This will have been an incredible safari with lots of memories and amazing images and experiences to share and with our friends at home. After breakfast we are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for our departure flight. Optional extensions to neighbouring countries available. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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