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Desert & Delta

Photo Tour Botswana

Desert & Delta

CHF 5'150 per person
Only two spots left

Photo tour Botswana

This diversified photo tour Botswana is packed with the highlights of Botswana and takes you to the three most beautiful game viewing regions of the African country. Botswana lies in the heart of southern Africa and is bordered by Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. The economic and political stability distinguishes the country from most states in Africa. In addition, Botswana has taken a special approach to tourism and limits the number of visitors in order to protect the beauty of nature and wildlife. Thanks to this exclusivity, in Botswana you can experience the fascinating wildlife in its natural habitat like in no other country and without crowds.

The onset of the rainy season will provide you with spectacular wildlife encounters on this unique journey. In the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, the animals congregate at the remaining waterholes and fantastic scenarios occurs. In the Kalahari, the first raindrops revive the parched land and attract wildlife. You can capture all these observations with your camera on this trip.

Our luxury lodges are ideally situated for game drives on land and water. You will travel by jeep, on foot, or by motorboat. You will also photograph the animals from underground bunkers/hides at waterholes. With this varied programme, you are sure to return from Botswana with spectacular photos and memories.

During the photo tour Botswana, you will be hosted by renowned wildlife photographer James Gifford. James has lived in Botswana for years and has an excellent knowledge of the parks and wildlife.

The photo safari is exclusively limited to only 4 guests. Don’t miss out on this varied and unforgettable 10-day trip.

2. - 11. November 2023 (only two spots left)

10 Days / 9 nights from Kasane / to Maun

4 Persons

Kasane - Okavango Delta - Central Kalahari - Maun

English speaking photo tour guide

Photographic Highlights of the Botswana Photo Tour

  • With the Okavango Delta, the Chobe National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve you will get to know the three most beautiful wildlife regions in Botswana.
  • Our stay in different regions of Botswana gives you the best chance to intensively experience and photograph Botswana’s wildlife. Highlights of wildlife viewing are large herds of elephants, leopards, cheetahs and black-maned lions.  
  • The wide range of different game activities with the safari vehicle, the motorboat and hides guarantees unique photos “at eye level” with the animals.
  • On this photo tour you will be accompanied by professional wildlife and nature photographer James Gifford. James has swapped his life in hectic London for life in the bush and has been living in Botswana for 15 years. Photography is his contribution to preserving the beauty of the world. He wants to use it to raise awareness of the importance of wildlife. James knows Botswana, its parks and the animals like no other. Learn to photograph like a pro and benefit from practical tips and tricks that James is always happy to share with you. (More details about James Gifford)
  • You will stay in three luxurious lodges in unique locations.
  • Only four guests, each participant has a guaranteed “window seat” in the safari vehicle.

Photo Guide

Portrait James Gifford

James Gifford

Local Photo Guide

Price & Services

2. – 11. November 2023

CHF 10’600.– | Price per person in a double room
CHF 10’990.- | Price per person in a singleroom (only limited number available)

Included in the price

Photographic assistance by a professional photographer

Photo tour guiding in english

3 nights in Kasane near Chobe National Park

3 nights in the Okavango Delta

3 nights in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

All game drives with the safari vehicle used exclusively by our group and other activities offered in the camps

All meals at the lodge

All entrance and camp fees within the reserves

Not included in the price

Individual arrival in Kasane and departure from Maun

Drinks

Laundry service

Personal expenses

Gratuities

Visa fees, if any

Travel insurance / cancellation insurance

Prices are subject to change (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

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What our clients say

Mathias

As always, excellently organized trip to the Kalahari with the guidance of Hannes Lochner. His knowledge of the Kalahari and photography gives even experienced wildlife photographers a final tip for a very special photo. Glad to travel at any time again with Hannes and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, February 2020

Ute

This was our first trip with Amazing Views and I can only say that it was very well organized. Hannes Lochner is a great photographer and an extremely likeable person. He showed us "his Kalahari", which is so different from the usual safari destinations. Many thanks to Hannes and the Amazing Views team.

Photo tour Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Rena

An excellently organised trip to the Kalahari with on-site support by the nature and wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner, who left no question unanswered and gave valuable tips on the respective camera model, the settings and the composition of the pictures. Pleasant accommodation, delicious food and time spent together rounded off the whole photo safari positively. Recommended for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Anytime again with Hannes Lochner and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019
  • Departure
    02.11.2023
  • Return Time
    11.11.2023
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Day 1: Arrival to Kasane

After your individual arrival in Kasane, it is only a short transfer to our accommodation. You check in and move into your room. Later in the afternoon, you will meet photographer James Gifford at high tea. You will receive an introduction to various aspects of wildlife photography. Afterwards we set off on our first boat trip on the Chobe River. With a bit of luck we will find the first animals and start photographing. Dinner and overnight in Kasane.
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Day 2-3: By boat in Chobe National Park

Chobe is one of Africa's most famous national parks and covers an area of 11'000 square kilometres. The park entrance is only 200m from our hotel. The Chobe River is located in the north of the park and is the only water source in this region of Botswana that has water all year round. This river therefore always attracts large numbers of wildlife and birds and is particularly popular with elephants. Chobe National Park has the highest density of elephants on the continent for this reason.
Twice a day you go on game drives on the Chobe River. We use specially designed boats for this. The boat brings you as close to the animals as possible. What's great is that your seat can rotate 360 degrees, so you are very flexible with your camera. You are sure to get spectacular shots of the African wildlife from unique angles.
In between our visits to the National Park, you will enjoy our accommodation in Kasane. Dinner is usually outdoors under the magnificent African sky.
Your photo guide James Gifford is always on hand to offer tips and tricks. Between game drives you relax in camp. Depending on your wishes and needs, James offers short tutorials on different areas of photography. Of course, he will also discuss with you the photos you have already captured and help you how to take even better pictures during the next activity.
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Day 4: Transfer to Okavango Delta

After a final game drive into Chobe National Park, our journey continues. After brunch you check out. A short transfer takes you to Kasane airport. From here you fly in a light plane to the Okavango Delta. Arrival in the Okavango Delta and check-in at our accommodation. Afterwards, the first activity is already waiting for you and you go on a game drive in the Okavango Delta. After your return, dinner and overnight stay.
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Day 5-6: On the road in Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa. The delta is the largest inland delta in the world and a 15'000 square kilometre area filled with channels, lagoons and small islands. What is special about this wetland is that it lies in the middle of the dry Kalahari. Every year, water from the African highlands flows here and is collected in the delta. The Okavango Delta is therefore a paradise for wildlife. These can be observed from the water and from the land.
Twice a day you will go on game drives in the private concession area in the Okavango Delta. Depending on the water level, you will undertake these excursions in an open jeep (or in a mokoro or motorboat). During your stay in the Okavango Delta, these very varied activities guarantee you unforgettable experiences with the wildlife of the Delta and many great photos.
In between our visits to the National Park, you will enjoy the comforts of our lodge and be pampered with fine food.
Also in the Okavango Delta, our photo guide James Gifford is always available with tips and tricks. Short tutorials on different areas of photography and analysis of your photos are available between activities.
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Day 7: Transfer to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

One last activity on land or water in the Okavango Delta awaits you today. After a hearty breakfast, you will check out. You will then fly with a light aircraft from the lodge's airstrip to the edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. On this flight it is also worthwhile to have your camera ready. Arrive at our lodge at the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and check in.
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Day 8-9: Discover the Central Kalahari Game Reserve by jeep and on foot

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve covers large parts of the Central Kalahari and was not open to the public for a long time.... The black-maned Kalahari lions are a special feature, but brown hyenas, oryx antelopes, springbok and over 200 different bird species have also found their home here.
Twice a day you go game viewing in the private concession on the edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. These excursions usually take place in an open jeep. The lodge also has an underground hide at a waterhole. With a bit of luck, you can take fantastic pictures from an ideal angle. With these varied activities, you definitely have the best chances of unforgettable nature experiences and unique photos here in the Kalahari Game Reserve.
Back at the lodge, enjoy the great accommodation and fine food after the game drive.
Our photo guide James Gifford always knows good tips and tricks during your stay in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Short tutorials on different areas of photography and analysis of your photos are available between game activities.
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Day 10: Back in civilization

After the last morning activity in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, you will be served a final fine breakfast. Afterwards it is time for check-out. You will take a light aircraft to Maun airport. On the flight you enjoy the beauty of Botswana from the air for the last time and say goodbye to the unique wildlife. From Maun you start your individual journey home or onward journey.
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Accommodation

Day 1-3: Our lodge in Chobe Nationalpark

Our accommodation in Kasane is perfectly situated to visit the Chobe National Park. It is slightly elevated on a plateau and therefore offers a wonderful view over the lower Chobe River and all the way to the Caprivi Strip of Namibia.
Chobe is one of Africa's most famous national parks and covers an area of 11'000 square kilometres. The park entrance is only 200m from the hotel and can therefore be reached quickly.
The lodge at Chobe National Park has 14 modern furnished rooms, all with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are approximately 28m2 and have a private balcony with wonderful views over the waterhole. Other amenities at the lodge include the dining area, a pool and a cosy lounge with bar.
 

Day 4-6: Our lodge in Okavango Delta

Our lodge is situated in the south-west of the Okavango Delta and was completely renovated in 2019. It is situated in a private concession area directly on the banks of a river. The beautiful landscape around the lodge is home to a variety of wildlife and therefore this lodge is the perfect base for our explorations in the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa. The Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and a 15'000 square kilometre area filled with channels, lagoons and small islands.
This Okavango Delta accommodation has 7 stylishly furnished safari tent-style rooms. All rooms are luxuriously furnished and offer a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower. Other amenities at the lodge include the dining area, a pool and a cosy lounge with bar. A special highlight of the lodge is the Sleep Out Deck, where you can spend the night under the starry African sky if you wish.
The lodge is certified with 5 stars. It is also very environmentally friendly and is powered 100% by solar energy.
 

Day 7-9: Our lodge in Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The third accommodation on this photo tour is situated on the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This lodge has the perfect location to discover the many desert inhabitants and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Kalahari.  
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest and most isolated reserve in southern Africa, covering 52'000 square kilometres. For about 25'000 years, this vast desert landscape has been home to many animal species and the San Bushmen.
This accommodation at the Central Kalahari Game Reserve has 7 stylishly furnished rooms in safari tent style. All rooms are luxuriously furnished and offer a beautiful bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, running water and toilet. The tents offer plenty of privacy and are connected by wooden walkways. Other amenities at the lodge include the dining area, a pool and a cosy lounge with bar. A special highlight of the lodge is the Sleep Out Deck, where you can spend the night under the African starry sky if you wish.
This accommodation is certified with 5 stars and an ecotourism award.

Climate  

Temperatures can reach between 30 and 35 degrees. The trip takes place at the beginning of the rainy season. There may be thunderstorms and individual game drives may be cancelled depending on the weather.

Fitness / Condition

The trip does not have any special physical requirements.

Health

Malaria prophylaxis and the usual vaccinations are recommended for trips to Botswana. Please seek advice from a tropical doctor, institute or your family doctor. You must take important medication with you from Switzerland, as you cannot rely on obtaining the desired medication in Botswana. All important medicines belong in your hand luggage.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you take out cancellation insurance and return travel insurance, which covers evacuation from remote areas, local hospitalisation and return travel costs to Switzerland in the event of an emergency.

Entry requirements Botswana

To enter Botswana, Swiss and EU citizens need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date and has more than two blank pages. A visa is not required for Botswana. Please clarify the exact conditions again before travelling.

Travel advice FDFA

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) regularly publishes information on countries in which there are possible security or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own sources of information, which are considered to be trustworthy. This travel advice can be found on the FDFA website: www.eda.admin.ch.

GENERAL TERMS ANS CONDITIONS

The General Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours apply, as well as any other provisions listed in the detailed description of the tour.

Price changes

Prices are subject to change (in particular due to exchange rate fluctuations)
 

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