Chobe River Photo Safari

Join Tusk Photo on this unique photographic safari unlike any other safari onboard the luxurious Pangolin Voyager houseboat in northern Botswana. This spectacular houseboat travels along the meandering Chobe River and staying in the Chobe National Park. Our photography is made all the better by using dedicated photographic boats with swivel chairs and gimbal heads making light work of even the heaviest camera equipment. Your professional Tusk Photo host photographer will be with you every step of the way making sure you get the best possible photographic results.

Chobe River Photo Safari

- staying on the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat

 

So what are the Safari highlights:

  • Accommodation on-board the Pangolin Voyager house boat on the Chobe River
  • The House Boat stays in the Chobe National Park not having to leave by sunset
  • Unequaled opportunity for birds especially waders and other water birds
  • Unequaled opportunity to photograph swimming Elephants
  • Good animal photography especially Elephant, Buffalo and other general game
  • Possibilities of photographing lion, leopard, wild dog from the boat
  • Specialist photographic boats with swivel chairs and gimbal camera mounts
  • Air conditioned en-suit rooms
  • Private exclusive booking - TuskPhoto has reserved the entire Houseboat for our tour only.

Tour Itinerary

  • Meet at Kasane Airport and transfer to houseboat. After settling in we depart on our first afternoon boat ride

  • Morning & afternoon boat activities. 3 meals per day.

  • Morning & afternoon boat activities. 3 meals per day.

  • Morning & afternoon boat activities. 3 meals per day.

  • We do a morning boat activity with breakfast there after. We depart and leave for the airport in-time for International flighst home. End of Tour.

Chobe River Photo Safari

– staying on the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat

 

The Chobe region is world-renowned as a photographic hot spot for both Wildlife and Bird lovers alike. On board this magnificent houseboat you will be offered unequaled opportunity to photograph huge herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Lechwe, Sable and many more. Later afternoons when temperatures rise we can expect Elephant to come down to the river and take a swim. This is a great opportunity to photograph these animals especially from a boat at eye-level. Predators include regular sightings of lion and leopard with Wilddog also making an appearance from time to time. The abundant bird life is amazing with regular sightings of African Skimmers, Rock Pratincoles, Africa Fish Eagles, Kingsfishers, Bee-Eaters and many more. The houseboat is Namibian registered which means it can stay in the Chobe National Park and does not have to leave the national park after sunset. This brings with it the feeling of being in a true wilderness area all in the lap of luxury.

The Pangolin Voyager:

  • The Pangolin Voyager is a luxury river voyager with 3 decks based on the Chobe River.
  • Bottom Deck has 5 en-suit rooms with shower, basin, toilet and air conditioning.
  • Middle deck consists of a private lounge with a small reference library, communal dining area, open galley (kitchen), Captains Bridge and viewing deck.
  • Top deck or the viewing deck has seating area to leisurely sip sundowners, catch up on some supreme birding, or stretch out in the sun on one of the sun loungers. In the evenings this top viewing deck becomes prime position to familiarize ones self with the African stars.
  • The new Photographic boats we will be using are by far the most rewarding in terms of easy of use and maneuverability. The swivel chairs rotate a full 360 degrees and paired with a custom gimbal head makes light work of your heavy cameras and lenses.

 

DAY 1: Arrival and Transfer to Pangolin Voyager:

Your unequaled experience begins when you arrive at Kasane in Northern Botswana and transfer to Chobe Emigrations. We then take you to the Namibian emigration offices with the tender boats and check into Namibia at either Impalila Island or Kasika Island. It’s then a short trip to the house boat where we will get ready for our first days activities.

When not out with your Tusk Photo photographic host, you can enjoy the facilities on the middle deck, including two private lounges and a small reference library. On this deck you will also find the communal dining area, open galley (kitchen), Captains Bridge, viewing deck and a relaxing Jacuzzi with seating area alongside.

You will enjoy the superb views of the river and banks from the top deck with sweeping views of the river, banks and African Savannah. Here the seating area invites you to relax, soak up the unique atmosphere of the area, catch up of some supreme birding and animal sightings, or you may like to stretch out and bask in the sun on one of the sun loungers. After sunset, you will look up in amazement at the incredible number of stars that shine so brightly that you will feel that you can almost reach up and touch them. What an opportunity to learn some of the stars and constellations visible so clearly from here!

You will slip into your heavenly daily routine almost immediately, with each day bringing wonderful surprises.

 

DAYS 2 to 5Daily Excursions and Activities

At 05h30 your wake up call is followed by a light continental breakfast consisting of fruit, cereals, with tea/coffee/juices which are served in the dining area.

Then, at around 06h00 you depart with your guide to explore the river and river banks, searching for the endless photographic opportunities as animals, birds, reptiles that live close to the river are spotted. You will find yourself photographing beautiful vistas in the golden early morning light.

Unless you have become engrossed in animal activity, maybe lions, hyenas, or elephant are providing such unique photographic opportunities that you cannot leave, you will return to the boat at around 10h30, where you will enjoy a welcome brunch. The river air does wonders for your appetite!

Now you are free to spend time with your photographic host who will give tutorials, guide you, help you to crit the images you captured during your morning excursion and give you sound advice for your next trips. You can also opt to relax, take a nap, sit on deck, read, enjoy the library until tea time at 16h00. Sweet and savoury snacks are served, after which you depart with your private guide for the afternoon game viewing and photographs.

Sundowners and snacks are served during this excursion.

At around 19h30, again depending on sightings, you return to the Pangolin Voyager in time for pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner which is served at 20h00 followed by coffee and liqueurs.

 

 DAY 5: Final Excursion and Farewells

All too soon the last day arrives, and after your morning foray with your guide, capturing those last precious, magical images, the time comes to bid farewell to this slice of heaven.

 

So what are the Safari highlights:

  • Accommodation on-board the Pangolin Voyager house boat on the Chobe River
  • The House Boat stays in the Chobe National Park not having to leave by sunset
  • Unequaled opportunity for birds especially waders and other water birds
  • Unequaled opportunity to photograph swimming Elephants
  • Good animal photography especially Elephant, Buffalo and other general game
  • Possibilities of photographing lion, leopard, wild dog from the boat
  • Specialist photographic boats with swivel chairs and gimbal camera mounts
  • Air conditioned en-suit rooms
  • Private exclusive booking – TuskPhoto has reserved the entire Houseboat for our tour only.

 

Included:

  • Services of Tusk Photo hosts
  • All meals, teas & coffees
  • Local Beers and Wines and soft drinks
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • All activities.
  • Use of dedicated Photographic boat
  • Transfers from Kasane Airport to the House Boat
  • Secure parking in Kasane Botswana for the duration of the safari. (For self drive guests)

Not included:

  • Visas
  • Telephone calls
  • Gratuities
  • Purchases of a personal nature.
  • Travel costs to Kasane either driving or International flights.
  • Cross border Transfers (Vic Falls, etc)

 

What Animals can I expect to Photograph?

  • Elephant – especially swimming Elephant
  • Buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Lechwe, Puku, Impala
  • Crocodile
  • Water Moniter
  • Possible sightings of – Lion, Leopard, Wilddog
  • Possible sightings of – Sable, Roan

 

What Birds can I expect to Photograph?

  • African Fish Eagle
  • African Skimmer
  • Rock Pratincole
  • Various Kingfishers
  • Various Bee-Eaters
  • Various raptors, Falcons, Kestrels, Owls, Vultures and more
  • Large variety of waders like Herons, Egrets, Jacanas and more

 

 

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Client Feedback

Diana Calleja from Naples, USA wrote

I have been raving to many people about Tusk Photo …

I only plan on going with you guys.  Once you have the best, there is no point in trying anything else!

Daan & Alida du Plessis from Gauteng, South Africa wrote:

….We had an amazing 5 days in that lovely Pangolin houseboat.
Guts manages a wonderful project.
It’s a very competent team that made the journey memorable.
Brendon is a great photographer with a passion and respect for nature, each individual’s needs and the team involved in Pangolin.
We learned so much on this trip …… identified some birds for the first time. Very special !!
It was a special experience to capture all the action from the river’s edge to the riverbank.

Thank you for the excellent arrangements and hassle-free travel plan.

 

…Ons het die wonderlikste 5 dae gehad op daardie lieflike Pangolin huisboot.
Guts bestuur n wondrlike ‘projek’.
Dis n baie bekwame span wat ons reis onvergeetlik gemaak het.
Brendon is n fantastiese fotograaf met n passie en respek vir die natuur, elke indiwidu se behoeftes en die span betrokke by Pangolin.
Ons het so baie geleer op hierdie trip ……  n paar voëls vir die eerste keer geidentifiseer.  Baie spesiaal!!
Dit was n besonderse ervaring om al die aksie vas te lê van die rivier se kant na die rivier oewer.
Baie dankie vir die puik reelings en moeite vrye reisplan

The Brink family from South Africa wrote

To the Tusk Team

We so often associate our time in the bush with tracking cats on a kill or chasing a pack of wild dogs and although the excitement and awesome photos that result from these thrilling drives keep us coming back for more, we had no idea how much we would enjoy the pace of houseboat based trip.

Never leaving the waters of the Chobe river means that you are always on a game drive. As you move from one resting place to another, eat, sleep or relax on the decks, there is seldom a window out of which you can’t spot a herd of elephants, impala or puku with the addition of a few giraffes or zebra. Not to mention the hippos, crocs and vast number of water birds that line the banks!

The quality of the accommodation and food far surpassed our expectations and we were really impressed by the photo boats so well equipped for our needs.

The guides were outstanding, taking us to the perfect areas from which to photograph multiple scenes. We were so often perfectly positioned to take in 8 or 10 scenes well worth photographing. Hippos wallowing in the shallows; elephants splashing in the water; caking themselves in mud in a massive bath; showering themselves in dust as they cross in front of the massive setting sun; a perfectly perched Fish Eagle; crocs baking in the sun; Kingfishers fishing along the banks and Carmine’s darting above. There were times that each of the photographers on board were pointing their cameras in a different direction and Villiers was assisting each one to capture the images they sought.

We couldn’t have asked for a host better suited to our environment! Villiers enhanced this experience by encouraging us to spend time at every sighting. He was never in a rush to move on and let us linger at sightings of water birds, baboons and elephants long after he had captured the perfect images to help us to play and experiment and keep trying to get great shots! He took us back to the Skimmers time and again to give us another bash at getting a sharp image and suggested lots of alternative shots and techniques for those who thought that they had!

Villiers is a warm, attentive and patient host. He is incredibly knowledgeable, communicates so well and is constantly aware of the needs of his guests. He handled the tricky task of managing everyone’s priorities and expectations with ease. He is talented and knowledgeable without any sign of an ego. We really enjoyed his company and coaching and hope to do more trips with him in the future.

We have never been disappointed by an ODP or Tusk trip and even when we think it impossible to enjoy a trip more than the last your team seems to deliver! We are so impressed with the quality of your trips and calibre of your photographic hosts and look forward to joining you on many more photo safaris.

Jan Pienaar from Witbank, South Africa wrote:

Dit was ’n wonderlike ervaring..

Thomas Happe from Germany wrote:

I want to thank you for the perfect organization of my trip to Chobe and EP- It worked with the precision of a swiss clockwork-just amazing !
It was a great trip and I have learned tons due to the help of Brendon and Villiers- they did an excellent job.
Most of all I would like to go on another safari with you guys and I am special interested in the Khwai Savuti Chobe Botswana Tour ….

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