Join professional wildlife photographer James Gifford on a superb 9 night Botswana photographic safari through the best of the Okavango and Chobe. An itinerary specially designed for keen photographers looking to take their skills to the next level – whether you’re starting out with your first DSLR or an experienced photographer. These camps have been selected for their prime locations, specially equipped vehicles and great safari guides to ensure the best possible photo opportunities. You’ll experience the best of Botswana from every angle – open 4×4 vehicles, motor boat and helicopter – with James on hand to share his knowledge gained over 15 years in the field. What better classroom than the African wilderness to practice your photographic skills?
This Botswana photographic safari begins in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and covers three different locations over nine nights allowing time to explore each area fully before moving on. Beginning with three nights in Khwai, in the eastern Okavango followed by 3 nights in Gomoti, the southern Okavango and finally ending with 3 nights on the Chobe Riverfront.
The camps and locations have been chosen specifically with photographers in mind. The Okavango camps are set on game rich concessions, where off-roading is permitted, allowing greater flexibility for tracking animals and positioning the vehicles for the best photo opportunities. All vehicles are equipped with adjustable arms for camera supports and in Chobe where we focus on the water, we use boats which have been specially modified for photographers with rotating chairs and camera mounts
Throughout the safari, James will be on-hand to teach, advise, answer questions and review your images. By having both a professional photographer and a local guide in the vehicle, you will get the best of all worlds. This ensures James can give everyone individual attention, irrespective of whether you are picking up a camera for the first time or if you are an experienced photographer.
James be taking you through the whole range of wildlife photography – from all the technical fundamentals to different lighting techniques, creative shutter speeds, landscapes, stars and much more. Positioning is vital with wildlife photography – James will ensure the vehicle is in the optimum position for you to get the best shots using his local knowledge and experience of wildlife behaviour from photographing in Botswana for the last 15 years.
Learning in the field allows you to practice your skills straight away – our classroom on this Botswana photographic safari is the African wilderness with subjects around every corner and James’s goal is to share all his photographic secrets with you garnered from the time he has spent in the field. In between activities, James will always be available to go over any specific topics, or review your images on a one-to-one basis should you wish.
This Botswana photographic safari tour runs from 24 March 2022 to 2 April 2022 and has a maximum of 6 travellers.
Arrival and departure details: The itinerary starts in Maun Airport and ends in Kasane Airport. The tour has been planned to work with the Airlink flights arriving into Maun from Johannesburg/Cape Town and the Airlink departure from Kasane to Johannesburg.
Extensions to other areas before or after the safari can easily be arranged. Victoria Falls is just 1.5 hours away from Kasane so those interested may wish to consider adding a couple of nights at the end of the safari. Please speak to us for more details.
James Gifford is an award-winning photographer and writer. For 15 years he has been living and working on the edge of the Okavango Delta, photographing and videoing wildlife and running specialist photographic safaris. Passionate about conservation, James believes photography is a powerful conservational tool and the perfect medium to showcase the complex issue of Africa’s diminishing wildlife and he regularly works with local research and community projects. He brings a wealth of experience to his Botswana Photographic Safari tours.