With some of the most iconic vistas in Africa, incredible wildlife and dramatic scenery the Okavango Delta is at the forefront of the regions photographic safari circuit. The Moremi Game Reserve forms a core wildlife resource and is ringed by private concessions allowing for greater flexibility on safari
The Okavango Delta offers some of the best unspoilt vistas in Africa. With a variety of habitats and ever abundant water, the Okavango Delta provides the photographer with a wealth of photographic subjects, dramatic landscapes, herds of plain’s game and spectacular birdlife.
The Okavango Delta is best known as a photographic safari destination and offers some of the best unspoilt vistas in Africa. With a variety of habitats and ever abundant water, the Okavango Delta provides the photographer with a wealth of photographic subjects, dramatic landscapes, herds of plain’s game and spectacular birdlife.
Photographic safaris are generally conducted from camps and lodges throughout the Okavango Delta, although the intrepid might strike out on their own on a self-drive safari. Camps and lodges vary from the comfortable to the ultra-luxurious with camps such as Wilderness Safaris’ Mombo Camp regarded as some of the best in Africa.
Private guides are often available at an additional cost for those guests wishing to spend time closely observing and photographing wildlife. This should be arranged on initial booking to avoid disappointment.
Most guides should have received a rudimentary level of training in positioning guests for the best photographs, but should you require a photographic specialist it is once again best to arrange this on booking.
The Okavango Delta is all year safari destination and the best time to visit the Okavango Delta for a photographic safari depends on you are interesting in capturing.
In terms of equipment, an amateur photographer can achieve good results with a mid-range digital camera but to get the best out of an African safari a photographer should look to use a variety of lenses up to 400 mm. With bigger lenses stability can be a problem and tripods or beanbags should be considered. Ensure sufficient memory sticks are carried as these can be difficult to get in Botswana.
Photographers should note that the light aircraft used to access the Okavango Delta have extremely limited luggage capacity and that guests will be limited as to how much luggage can be accommodated. This should be discussed with your tour operator.
A Selection of Photographic Safaris
Wilderness Safaris is widely acclaimed as the continent’s foremost ecotourism operator. Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris has grown to be the largest ecotourism operator in Africa.
Photographic safaris take a number of forms from the more formal workshop based to a more informal hosted approach. Both accommodate non-photographers who are able to enjoy game drives and other activities.