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Best kept secret

Photo Safari Botswana

Best kept secret

CHF 5'950 per person
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Photo Safari Botswana

The classic travel period to discover Botswana and admire and photograph the wildlife is the dry season. However, the true expert of Africa swears by the rainy season. The landscape shimmers green, flowers start to bloom, and many birds sing. Animal sightings are a bit more challenging but with the landscape awakening to life in the background it is all the more beautiful.

The green nature, the wonderful lighting moods with the radiant colors of the green season create a breathtaking scenery for countless photo opportunities. All pictures to be seen here were made during our research trip in February 2018.

On safari during the rainy season

In the rainy season in Botswana violent thunderstorms may fall. In general, it does not rain long. However, you have to expect that a game drive might be cancelled on this trip. In return you will have many great photo opportunities during your stay in the game reserve. During our research trip in February 2018 we had to cancel a game drive after about one hour during our four-day trip because of a thunderstorm. All other activities could take place as planned.

7 - 14 February 2021

8 days / 7 nights from/to Polokwane

5 - 8 guests

Polokwane – private Game Reserve in Southern Botswana – Polokwane

English- and German speaking photo guides

This Photo Safari Botswana offers extraordinary highlights!

  • You visit a spectacular private game reserve with an abundance of wildlife
  • You have a good chance to observe and photograph lions, cheetahs and leopards.
  • On this photo tour you will be accompanied by the professional wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner. Hannes lived in Botswana for 2 years and knows the parks and the animals like no other. Learn to photograph like a pro and benefit from Hannes practical tips and tricks!
  • Less is more: Spending five nights in the same lodge gives you plenty of time for wildlife observation and photography.
  • You’ll stay in a amazingly beautiful luxury lodge, in the middle of the bush.
  • Each guest has a guaranteed “window seat” in the safari vehicle.
  • You can also create great landscape pictures in this season. Thanks to the rainy season, the sunsets and sunrises are particularly colourful. The light moods after a brief thunderstorm immerse the multi-faceted landscape in beautiful pastel colours.

Photo Guides

Hannes Lochner

Hannes Lochner

Local Photo Guide

Thomas Brühlmann

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Photo Guide

Price

7 – 14 February 2021

CHF 5‘950.- | Price per person sharing (double occupancy)
CHF 7‘250.- | Price per person in a single room

Included in the Price

Photographic support by a professional photographer

Photo guide in English (from four participants on also in German)

2 nights at the hotel in Polokwane

5 nights in a fantastic lodge in southern Botswana

All transfers from/to Polokwane

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

Breakfast and dinner in Polokwane

All meals in the Lodge

All entry and camp fees within the reserve

Not included in the Price

Individual arrival and departure to/from Polokwane

Snacks in Polokwane

Beverages

Laundry service

Personal expenses

Tips

Any Visa fees

Travel insurance / cancellation insurance

We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

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Combine this Photo Trip with our “Cats of the Kalahari” Tour

The photo tours “Botswana’s best kept sectret” and “Cats of the Kalahari”  are coordinated so that they can be optimally combined with one extra night in Johannesburg or Upington. The two trips together give an incomparable insight into the animal world in southern Africa. In just over two weeks, you will travel through two very different areas in terms of landscape and wildlife. A highlight for every animal lover and photographer

When booking both trips, you benefit from a combination discount of CHF 250.- per person.

Learn more about our Cats of the Kalahari tour

What out clients say

Mathias

I joined for this trip directly after the cats of the Kalahari: the contrasts of both trips (Kalahari: desert steppes in beige versus Mashatu: rich green partly with yellow flower carpet) are fantastic! Very good mentoring by Hannes and Thomas, who can give even experienced photographers a tip or two. Very comfortable lodge with excellent staff, especially the local guides are to be emphasized.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Urs

This was my seventh photo safari, but the first time during the rainy season. Seeing the different animals and birds in a green landscape is a unique experience. Thanks to the excellent guides from the lodge, who made sure that the rainy season had no negative impact on the number and quality of sightings of cats of prey, birds and other animals. The photo tour guidance by Hannes Lochner and Thomas was excellent, as usual for Amazing Views. Many thanks!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Monika

excellent organization everything worked smoothly- breath-taking camp with best food and loving hospitality - perfect driver chosen who took us through thick and thin and to the most beautiful places - an unforgettable journey

Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Yvonne

Since it was my first time on a photo safari, I was overwhelmed by the many impressions of the animals. The rainy season in Botswana was a pleasant travel time and the sight of the flower carpet was unique. The local driver and the guide were very keen to show us as many animals as possible. Thomas and Hannes Lochner always had good advice for taking pictures, thank you very much for the beautiful trip.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, Februar 2020

Liliane

I have been to Botswana with Amazing Views before, I was also lucky enough to go on the first trip to Churchill to see the Polar Bear babies. All trips were unforgettable. Now again, to travel to Botswana during the rainy season was awesome for me. To photograph the animals between the lush green and yellow flowers, and to see them rolling around in it was fantastic. Plants, which I had thought to be dead in October, came back to life. Unique and an unforgettable experience. The trip was as usual, very well organized and everything went like clockwork. The lodge was super. Excellent support by Thomas and Hannes Lochner, who explained or showed with a lot of patience again and again the right adjustments and the right perspective. Not to forget the drivers and trackers who tried tirelessly to fulfil our wishes. I am thrilled. Many thanks to all.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Christoph

The tours are always super organized by Jennifer and Thomas! I especially liked this tour, because you experience the nature of South Africa and Botswana in its unspoiled form. The animals are not on display, you have to look for them / discover them. But you get to see all the animals, up close and personal. Also, the season with occasional thunderstorms and wildflower carpets has its special charm. Absolutely recommended!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Speedy

As a repeat offender, I have already been on the road with Amazing Views several times! As always, the tour was very well organized. Expectations are exceeded again and again. Best guides guarantee for an unforgettable experience! Absolutely recommendable! - A big praise to Thomas and Jennifer! - Keep going!

Namibia, November 2018

Mathias

A great trip over four outstanding, but also very different stations within the Okavango Delta. Both the driving and the photo guides provided unforgettable moments and helped with words and deeds to "shoot" fantastic photos. My rather high expectations were even exceeded. For a wonderful trip, many thanks to Amazing Views!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Reto & Marlene

"Amazing Views" lives up to its name. We took home unforgettable impressions from a varied, very well organized and exclusive tour to a fantastic wildlife area. Thomas and James led the group in a friendly and professional manner and knew how to respond to each participant individually. We felt very comfortable, even though the hyenas, hippos and elephants regularly visited our camp at night. Predicated as very recommendable ... actually a must

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Sonja & Jürgen

We were back in Botswana after 30 years and felt wonderfully looked after by Thomas and James, and the whole team of Letaka Safaris. We would never have imagined such a great trip. From the competent photo and tour guide of James to the extraordinary beautiful campsites and the interaction with the nice fellow travellers, there was nothing to complain about. We can only recommend everyone to join this trip. To Amazing Views, you are top!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Corinne

The Amazing Views have organized an absolutely great trip. Letaka Safaris offered a great organization. The rangers are very good drivers and very successful with their game drives. Their great knowledge in interpreting footprints and the perception and interpretation of animal sounds was terrific, so that we had many impressive moments while discovering this animal world in such a great landscape. With James, the whole thing was topped: an extremely good photographer, with a knowledge he was able to convey very well. I have profited enormously from him. His warm way of leading the group was absolutely terrific. A great trip with unique impressions and pure emotions. Thank you all for this experience, it is unforgettable.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Manfred

A very well organized, "little" adventure which - fortunately away from the mass tourism streams - gave me many impressive, some touching and moving, several unique moments in the African wilderness. The photographer, James, not only has an excellent feeling for the motif and the right moment, but also for the different needs and requirements of the individual participants. All in all a successful trip, which not only fully met my expectations but in some aspects even exceeded them.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2019
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Travelogue Botswana in the green season

8 days
8 guests + 2 photo guides Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    07.02.2021
  • Return Time
    14.02.2021
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Day 1 – Start of the photo safari

After your individual arrival to Polokwane we meet in the afternoon in the hotel. Hannes Lochner will give an introduction to various aspects of wildlife photography.
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Day 2 – On to Botswana

You will be driven in a comfortable minibus to the border of Botswana (journey time approx. 2.5 hours). After crossing the border, the ranger of the lodge is already waiting for us. In a short drive we reach the lodge where you obtain your room. In the late afternoon we set out for the first game drive. With a little luck, we will already find the first animals and start taking pictures.
Fotoreise Botswana's best kept secret
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Day 3 to 6 – In the middle of the action

The private reserve in the south of Botswana is very varied in landscape and has a great richness of animals. Since we are in a private area, the vehicles are allowed to drive off-road to offer you the best perspectives for taking pictures. The area is known for regular sightings of leopards, cheetahs and lions.
Your photo guide Hannes Lochner is always available to you for useful tips and tricks. Between game drives, relax in the camp. Depending on your wishes and needs, Hannes offers short tutorials on different areas of photography. Of course, he also discusses with you the already captured photos and helps you to shoot even better pictures during the next game drive.
Fotoreise Botswana's best kept secret
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Day 7 – Back to civilization

You will undertake one last game drive in the early morning before driving back to Polokwane. During the afternoon we have time to discuss the pictures in our hotel.
On safari during the rainy season In the rainy season in Botswana violent thunderstorms may fall. In general, it does not rain long. However, you have to expect that a game drive might be cancelled on this trip. In return you will have many great photo opportunities during your stay in the game reserve. During our research trip in February 2018 we had to cancel a game drive after about one hour during our four-day trip because of a thunderstorm. All other activities could take place as planned.
Fotoreise Botswana's best kept secret
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Day 8 – End of the photo safari

You will be driven to the airport in Polokwane where your individual return journey begins.

Accommodation

Beautiful lodge in southern Botswana

The lodge has 14 spacious rooms, all with air conditioning and bathroom (with shower and bathtub). In the common area there is a bar, a dining area, a swimming pool and a lounge.

Climate

Temperatures can reach around 40 degrees. The trip takes place during the rainy season. There may be thunderstorms and individual game drives may fail.

Fitness level

The journey does not require any special physical requirements.

Health

For trips to Botswana, malaria prophylaxis tablets and the usual vaccinations are highly recommended. Please consult with a doctor specialising in tropical medicine, or your family doctor. You must take important medication with you from your home country, as there is no guarantee that you will receive the desired medication in Botswana. All important medicines should be carried in your hand luggage.

Double room

Single travellers can book half of a double room. If there is no other guest who wants to share the room, the single room surcharge will apply.

Entry requirements Botswana

For entry into Botswana, Swiss and EU citizens require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the return date and contains more than two blank pages. A visa is not required for Botswana. Please check the exact conditions before departure.

Insurance

We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country.

Travel information FDFA

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA regularly publishes information on countries in which there may be security policy or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own trustworthy sources of information. These travel tips can be found on the FDFA's website: www.eda.admin.ch

The Terms and Conditions

T&Cs of Amazing Views & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.

Prices

We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

Photo Tour Registration

Botswana Best Kept Secret

Please fill in the form below with the requested details and return it to Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours. We will send you a trip confirmation and an invoice for the deposit. Bookings are held as provisional until the required deposit is received.

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