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Botswana’s Best Kept Secret

8. – 15. February 2020

8 days / 7 nights from/to Polokwane

Minimum 5, maximum 8 guests

Polokwane – private Game Reserve in Southern Botswana - Polokwane

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.
This photo trip offers an extraordinary number of photographic 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 stay in a comfortable lodge
  • 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 colorful. The light moods after a brief thunderstorm immerse the multi-faceted landscape in beautiful pastel colors.

Itinerary

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.
Lanschaft Tuli Block
Kleiner Elefant
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.
Fotosafari Botswana
Fotosafari Botswana
Day 3 – 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.
Fotosafari Botswana
Fotosafari Botswana
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.
Fotosafari Botswana
Fotosafari Botswana
Day 8: End of the photo safari
You will be driven to the airport in Polokwane where your individual return journey begins.
Fotosafari Botswana
Fotosafari Botswana
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.

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.
Lodge Tuli Block
Lodge Tuli Block
Lodge Tuli Block
Lodge Tuli Block

Photo Guide Hannes Lochner

Take pictures like a pro with Hannes Lochner
Hannes Lochner leads this scheduled photo tour, or if he is unavailable, another guide from our team will take over.

Hannes Lochner
Hannes Lochner is a renowned, award-winning wildlife photographer and has been taking pictures professionally since 2007. He has long been fascinated by the arid zones of southern Africa, which of course includes the Kalahari. His name is now synonymous with the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the leopards in the park in particular.

learn more about Hannes
Who is this photo tour suitable for?
This photography trip is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. The small group sizes enable Hannes Lochner to attend to the varying needs of the photographers.

This trip will also be a unique experience in nature for partners who do not share your love of photography as they will get the chance to view animals.


Price

CHF 5'950.-

Photo safari
Botswana’s Best Kept Secret

  • 8. bis 15. February 2020
  • Price per per person in a double room
  • Single room supplement CHF 1'300.-
  • from/to Polokwane

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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