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Okavango Savute & Chobe Photo Tour

So what are the Safari highlights:

  • Diverse wildlife photographic opportunities from land and water on this tour
  • 3 of the best wildlife destinations in Botswana in one highlighted package
  • Good opportunities for wildlife, bird and landscape photography
  • Opportunity to photograph animals at night with various light sources in Khwai
  • Off-road driving in the Khwai Area
  • Unlimited game drives for as long as we want in Khwai
  • Private open game viewers for our purposes in Khwai & Savute
  • No more than 4 people per vehicle in Khwai & Savute
  • 5 Star luxury accommodation at Khwai River Lodge & Savute Elephant Lodge
  • All rooms are air conditioned trough out the tour
  • Photographic boats with camera mounts and swivel chairs while on the Chobe River

Staying at Khwai River Lodge, Savute Elephant Lodge & Pangolin Chobe Lodge – Botswana

Khwai River Lodge: This spectacular lodge on the banks of the Khwai river is arguably one of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana. Its reputation as being one of the foremost sought after lodges in Botswana bears testament to this. This lodge is one of the only lodges in Botswana that offers air-conditioning amongst other luxurious features. The Khwai river is also well known as one of the top wildlife hot spots in Botswana. Resident packs of Wilddog offer some of the best opportunities with this species. Lions, leopards and Hyenas are also in abundance and a good selection and density of herbivores can be found. Elephant and Buffalo also are resident with good opportunities and sightings on a daily basis. The Khwai area falls outside of the Moremi National Park, which means that game drives are not bound by daylight hours. We can extend our drives well into the night should we want to do so. Off-road driving is also permitted in this area, which gives unequaled opportunity to maneuver for the best photography results.

Savute Elephant Lodge: The famous Savute area is another Botswana highlight. The area achieved international renown by documentaries such as ‘Eternal Enemies’ by Dereck & Beverley Joubert with unbelievable Lion and Hyena interactions. The BBC have filmed numerous documentaries in the area including the famous interaction between Lion and Elephant. More recently productions like ‘Animal Kingdom’ by National Geographic focused exclusively on Savuti wildlife for the entire series. In this area regular sightings of Wild Dog, Lion and Leopard can be expected. The huge Elephant bulls that frequent the area are among the largest in Africa and provide yet another highlight. A variety and density of general game including some elusive species make this area a sought after destination for Photographers all over the world. Savute Elephant Lodge is spectacular! This 5 star lodge offers an unrivaled level of comfort with luxuries including air-conditioning in each room, ensuring its deserved reputation as one of the most popular lodges in Botswana.

Pangolin Chobe Lodge: Situated on a hill overlooking the Chobe floodplains, this comfortable lodge offers us great opportunity to visit the Chobe National Park. The Chobe region is world-renowned for its abundance and diversity of game as well as birds. Huge herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Lechwe, Impala and many more pack the flood plains of this river system. The bird life is especially notable with more than 470 species of birds recorded along the river.

So what are the Safari highlights:

  • Diverse wildlife photographic opportunities from land and water on this tour
  • 3 of the best wildlife destinations in Botswana in one highlighted package
  • Good opportunities for wildlife, bird and landscape photography
  • Opportunity to photograph animals at night with various light sources in Khwai
  • Off-road driving in the Khwai Area
  • Unlimited game drives for as long as we want in Khwai
  • Private open game viewers for our purposes in Khwai & Savuti
  • No more than 4 people per vehicle in Khwai & Savuti
  • 5 Star luxury accommodation at Khwai River Lodge & Savuti Elephant Lodge
  • All rooms are air conditioned through out the tour
  • Photographic boats with camera mounts and swivel chairs while on the Chobe River

Included in this Safari:

  • 5-14 September (9 nights) 18-28 September (10 nights) accommodation
  • Services of Tusk Photo hosts
  • All meals, teas & coffees – Most dietary requirements can be catered for.
  • 10 nights’ full board accommodation at Khwai River Lodge, Savuti Elephant Lodge and Pangolin Chobe Lodge
  • Drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages)
  • All game drive activities and boat activities included
  • All domestic flights: Maun Airport to Khwai / Khwai to Savuti / Savuti to Kasane (Chobe)
  • Free Wi-Fi available at all lodges
  • Additional freight seats on flights to accommodate photographers up to 30kg luggage per person

Not included:

  • Visas
  • Telephone calls,
  • Gratuities,
  • Purchases of a personal nature.
  • International flights to Maun Airport and back home again from Kasane Airport.

SADC Rate option excludes all flights and is a drive in option, however we do have a SADC Fly-in option, please inquire with our office. Please note this offer is only valid to SADC residents.

Day 1

Meet at Maun Airport and fly to Khwai River Lodge +/- 45min. After a briefing and afternoon tea we depart on game drive.

Day 2 - 4

Early morning & late afternoon / evening game drives on open vehicles with all meals and snacks.

Day 5

After morning drive we have brunch. Then transfer to airstrip for our flight to Savuti. +/- 45min flight. Once in Savuti we check in and leave for afternoon game drive.

Day 6 - 8

Early morning & late afternoon game drives on open vehicles with all meals and snacks.

Day 9

After morning drive we have brunch. Then transfer to airstrip for our flight to Kasane. +/- 1hr flight. Once in Kasane we check in and leave for afternoon boat cruise..

Day 10

Morning & afternoon spent on Chobe River on private photographic boat with swivel chairs and camera mounts.

Day 11

After morning boat activity we have breakfast. Check out and transfer to Kasane Airport in time for flights home. End of Tour

Dates & Prices

Departure Date Return Date Tour Cost SADC Rate Availability Location
11 October 202221 October 2022USD 10490ZAR 849003Book
24 October 20223 November 2022USD 10490ZAR 84900FULL

Pieter Henning from Pretoria, South Africa wrote:

Ek wil net graag vir jou ook baie dankie sê vir al jou reëlings rondom die Botswana safari. Ons het dit regtig baie geniet. Alles was puik: die mense, die plekke, die fotografie…

Marek Domaradzki from Poland wrote the following :

By the way, the Botswana trip was the best. We had such a great time.

Rob Heath from France wrote:

I'd just like to say an enormous thank you for a superb safari to Okavango, Savute and Chobe with Brendon and Dawie. Everything ran like clockwork. The lodges were all superb and it was definitely an experience never to be forgotten. Food was great, group ambience fantastic and expert tuition from Brendon and Dawie, especially the evening shoots which were new to me. I've come back with some really special photos that mean a lot to me and have already arranged a small exhibition in my local town in France.I am already looking at booking my next safari with you in 2020.

Mike & Carol Barry from Australia wrote:

We just wanted to let both of you, and Dawie, know that we had a lovely time in Botswana. Looking through all the photos now and enjoying reliving it all. 'We had an amazing experience on our first trip to Botswana.  Khwai was amazing with its water and leopard, Savute with its incredible elephant and lion and finishing off at Chobe, with eye level photographic opportunities of our favourite elephant, buffalo, wild dog and hippo. Wonderful animals to capture digitally to take home with you.   The lodges were fantastic, especially at Khwai and Savute, with the best food I've experienced on all my previous safaris (although Pangolin at Chobe cooked the best fillet steak any of us had ever eaten!).  Our expert guides, Wim and Dawie, never failed to call out the camera settings at a sighting, to make sure we were all on the same page and didn't miss the opportunity.  I took photos I'd never taken before and that's very special.  We'll certainly choose Tusk next time."

Lee-Anne Robertson from Port Elizabeth, South Africa wrote:

I just want to say it's been wonderful and both Brendan and Ben have done a outstanding job getting good us to amazing sightings. They are excellent hosts. It's been every bit of incredible! Well done to tusk!   Once again thanks to tusk for an unforgettable safari - I absolutely loved every second and the guides were both wonderful and helpful.  I will be booking with you guys again for sure.  

Nicolas Devos from Durhan, North Carolina wrote:

I wanted to let you know I had a great time with Brendon and Ben on the Botswana trip.

Francois Venter from Pretoria, South Africa wrote:

Just a short mail that the Khwai/Savuti Safari was unbelievable. It was probably  the best wildlife experience I have ever had. From the flights, to being met at the airport, The Mac Air flights, the lodges, the hosts etc. Everything was great. Especially thanks for the birthday wishes and cake etc. Oh by the way the photography was fantastic. Even Khwai (notwithstanding the water) was fantastic.I would this trip again.

Richard Hocket from USA wrote

Yup, everything was perfect.  We all had a great time.  It was spectacular. Thanks for your help in setting it up for us.

Robert Novaczyk from Poland wrote:

It was a wonderful safari. We enjoyed it a lot and have a great time in Botswana. Hope we come back there soon.

Willem Kok from Northcliff South Africa wrote:

Vinnige terugvoer oor die trip : Uitmuntende verblyf en etes ; Meer as genoeg goeie foto geleenthede ; Heel belangrikste : beste toerleier en gids in my 10+ trips met ODP. Fanus was geduldig; klinies effektief met sy verduidelings; streng en regverdig met groepsbesluite; verdraagsaam met moeilike gaste soos ekself ; onbaatsugtig om eers al die gaste fotogeleenthede te laat benut eerder as om aan homself te dink ; en bo-al meelewend met my persoonlike gebrek aan kommunikasie met die uitleen van sy foon ; asook die vervoer van my lense en kameratoerusting. Gerda was eweneens onbeperk behulpsaam hiermee en vriendelik inskiklik met sitplekreelings en om my as “keen but ungifted amateur” as sitplekgenoot te verdra. Ek doen toe-oog weer ’n trip saam met hulle. Dankie ook soos altyd vir jou vriendelike bystand en effektiewe reelings met die organisasie en vervoerreelings.

Coralise Bennani Noske from the Netherlands wrote:

Everything is going very well here, we are really enjoying the ODP Safari. Seeing lots of animals and we have a lot  of good sighting.

Geoff Peatling from Kloof, South Africa wrote:

Yes what a FANTASTIC trip we had. Certainly the best we have had ever and so many good and happy memories. It all went very smoothly .... Again many thanks for a well organised safari. Full of laughs and humour.....