PhotographIC Safari in botswana
AT THE HEART OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE.
October 2-15, 2022
Botswana is one of the most wildlife-rich locations in Africa. With some of the most stunning landscapes and species, it is a photographer’s dream to capture stunning memories in this unique destination. In collaboration with the experienced guides of Lengau Wilderness Safaris, this special tour combines photography workshops with an adventure into Botswana’s national parks.
During 13 days on safari from October 5th – 15th 2021, you will have the opportunity to experience and photograph breathtaking scenes in the wilderness. In the process, you will gain valuable skills in creating powerful images of wildlife and nature. Meanwhile, you will enjoy the comfort of being in the heart of the parks and game reserves, where our expert team will set up mobile camps.
Join us for this exciting journey and become part of our community of wildlife and nature lovers!
In order to make this workshop as personable as possible, spots are limited to 4-7 participants. That way, we ensure that you will gain the utmost value from this experience. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!
- First-hand knowledge from an experienced photography professional
- Amazing wildlife encounters in the heart of Botswana’s national parks
- A multi-lingual team (English and German)
- One-on-one feedback on your work and how you can reach your photographic goals
- A collection of astonishing photographs for your portfolio
- Guidance into finding your personal photography style & storytelling
- Connections with a community of people who share the same passion for wildlife
- Expertise guidance and knowledge from Lengau Wilderness Safaris
- Increased visibility of your work through mutual promotions
- Access to a private Facebook Group with all the attendees as soon as the safari finishes
Lana is a multi-faceted creative with 8+ years experience in nature, landscape and travel photography. A National Geographic published photographer, Lana employs her multicultural background to create unique experiences and capture immersive moments through her lens. As a nature and wildlife conservationist, Lana works with sustainable brands to drive global change. Her past collaborations include Visit Levi, Saal Digital, 7 Sentidos, National Geographic, North Wales Magazine, Raushier Reisemagazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Top FM, The Telegraph, Paris Match, and Reclam Verlag, among others. She also regularly exhibits her work in Germany and the UK.
The founding owner and director of Lengau Wilderness Safaris, Phale 'Max' Seele is a conservationist at heart, nature explorer and nature guide. Max, as he is commonly known, is qualified with a degree in Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development. Upon graduation in 2005, he joined the conservation field and has a vast knowledge and experience in working with cheetahs in the Western Kalahari. In 2018 – through his passion for conservation and sustainable community livelihoods - Max was awarded ‘’Disney Conservation Hero’ by the Disney Conservation Fund! As a nature lover and explorer, he wants to share his knowledge and experience with rest of the world.
Please note. The activities listed will all be completed, but the order might have to be re-arranged depending on weather conditions.
Day 1 – Arrival & Orientation
Upon arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met by your guide Max. You will be transferred to the campsite for overnight, time to unpack, shower and unwind. Meals will be served at the campsite/lodge.
Day 2 – Deception Valley /Kori Campsites
We make an early start and drive south to Central Kalahari Game Reserve, 70km on tar and followed by 160km on sandy road to Matswere entrance gate. We check in and drive to Deception Valley /Kori Campsites and expect to arrive here around 16:00. The campsite will be set up on arrival and this is home for the next three nights. We take a short drive to Deception pan for a sun downer.
Day 3 – Deception Valley, Sunday Pans, Leopard Loop, and Litiahau Waterhole
We start with early morning drive at 06:30 around Deception Valley pans, Sunday pans and Leopard loop. The chance of seeing cheetah, lions and honey burgers is excellent. We will make a stop for early morning coffee with rusks at the pans. We drive back to camp for full breakfast and rest a bit. We take another drive towards Deception loop to Litiahau waterhole and spend rest of the day exploring this area. We will have picnic/lunch at the waterhole. We will set up a gazebo under Acacia tree for photography workshop session. We drive back to campsite in the afternoon.
Day 4 – Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Early morning drive at 06:30 around Deception Valley. We drive back to campsite for full breakfast. After breakfast we take slow drive to Passage Valley, we will spend rest of the day exploring this area. We will stop for lunch along the way. Expect to see lots of game including springbok and gemsbok. We will set up gazebo under Acacia for workshop session. We drive back to campsite in the afternoon and arrive just before sunset.
Day 5 – Ghanzi and Kuru Development Trust
On the fifth day after having enjoyed wholesome breakfast, we pack up camp and we start our journey west to Ghanzi town. We exit the reserve at Tsau entrance gate. We will prepare a packed lunch that we will have in a suitable location enroute to Ghanzi. We will use this time to enjoy game drive whilst we are still in the reserve. Arrive at the accommodation/lodge in Dgae Qare. The lodge is owned and run by the Naro San through their development organisation – the Kuru Development Trust. Our stay here will give an opportunity to experience the San culture.
Day 6 – Meeting the San People
An early morning start with a Bushman walk and experience how the San people survived in this arid place. This will be followed by a 40 minutes drive to D’kar village to visit and explore the San museum and Art gallery. We drive back to the lodge in the afternoon for a little rest and photography workshop session. We will have a traditional San Dance after dinner at the lodge. These trance dances are the backbone of the San culture, binding the community and are an exceptional and unique experience.
Day 7 – Moremi Game Reserve
We make an early start and depart the lodge/campsite at 06:00 and drive north towards Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango delta. We drive through Maun town and continue straight to North gate and camp in Khwai. We will arrive at the campsite before sunset. We will camp here for the next two nights.
Day 8 – Game Drive in Khwai
An early morning game drive exploring the different parts of Khwai should reveal a large variety of game and birds. Back in camp around 11:00hrs for a delicious brunch followed by a little rest time and photography workshop session. In the afternoon it is time for a mokoro trip (traditional canoes). Before heading back to campsite there will be the opportunity to enjoy a sundowner drink in one of the Khwai’s special spots.
Day 9 – Okavango Delta
After the breakfast, we will have the opportunity to explore little more of khwai’s as your guide starts the journey to Savuti. The Savuti area boarders the Okavango Delta to the west and Chobe National Park to the east. It is one of Africa’s best known big game area as well as predators like lion and wild dogs. We will arrive at the campsite in the afternoon.
Day 10 – Exploring the Savuti Area
Another day in the wild and two game drives will be offered in the morning and afternoon to explore the unique Savuti area. Brunch at 11:00hrs and siesta time and workshop will be guaranteed as well as unique scenes to be presented by Mother Nature.
Day 11 – Chobe National Park
After the breakfast, your guide will take you on one more game drive in Savuti area in search for Savuti predators. We will then start the journey towards east where Chobe National Park is located. Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephants and for being one of Africa’s premier venues for birds lovers. Over 460 bird species recorded in this park. Arrive at the campsite in the afternoon.
Day 12 – Discovering the Chobe River
Early morning games drive exploring the different parts of Chobe National Park. We drive back to camp at around 11:00hrs for a delicious brunch followed by a little rest time and photography workshop session. In the afternoon, it is time for a boat cruise on the Chobe River. This will give you a great opportunity to encounter wildlife from close range while cruising and expect to see elephants swim in the Chobe River. Another opportunity to enjoy another sundowner drinks to celebrate this fantastic tour.
Day 13 – Victoria Falls and Kasane
We will cross the border gate at Kazungula and have a full day trip in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. A full day trip and explore the falls and visit to the craft market. Victoria Falls is 80km from Chobe/Kasane town. We drive back to Kasane in the afternoon.
Day 14 – Victoria Falls and Kasane
After breakfast, it is time to pack up and slowly drive to Kasane International Airport. Time to say goodbye!
- Transfers from/to airport in Maun/Kasane
- Activities as stated in the itinerary
- All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared daily in the camp
- Water, soft drinks and local beverages
- All camping equipment and fixed accommodation according to selected itinerary
- Services of a professional/photographic guides and back up team
- Entrance and camping fees in inside the parks and reserves
- Transfers to Victoria Falls (pre – arrangements required)
- International flights and taxes
- Restaurant meals
- Visa Fees to Zimbabwe (appro 35 USD)
- Entrance Fees to Victoria Falls (appro 25 USD)
- Optional activities – scenic flights, mokoro (20 USD for 1 hr) etc
- All travel insurances
Equipment to Bring
- camera (DSLR or mirrorless)
- camera bag/bag for carrying gear
- lenses: normal lens, wide angle lens, telephoto lens
- backup for files or enough SD cards for one week’s worth of content production
- photography filters (if desired)
- comfortable and layered clothing for varying temperatures
- sunscreen and sun protection (e.g. a hat)
- a good jacket, scarf, gloves and fleece headwear – temperatures drop early morning and late evenings and we drive on an open game viewer 4×4 vehicle
- pair of binoculars
- a good torch to find your way around the campsite at night
What Lengau Wilderness Provides
- Double shared Meru canvass tents with shaded verandah with ensuite shower and bush toilet
- One stretcher with camp mattress with necessary bedding per guests as well as comfortable camping chair
- Back up team to carry all camp duties and offer a more personalised services
- The camp is set up inside the parks and reserves, so it is totally wild and unfenced area. Our team sets up a fully equipped camp including a mobile kitchen and dining area – including tent with table and chairs, tea and coffee station
- Mobile camping – because camping in wildlife protected areas we leave NO human traces at every camp sites and only take life time memories with us
- Charging facility for cameras and phone is available
Safari Tour Logistics
Guests do not need to help in any of the camp chores. Everything will be done by Lengau Wilderness Safaris’ backup team – from setting up the camp to preparing delicious meals and snacks.
Good to Know
Lengau Wilderness Safari vehicles transverse vast distances over some of the toughest and dustiest Kalahari roads. Inevitably, punctures occur, fuel filters and filters are blocked and other problems arise. None of these incidents are unmanageable, but do require time to repair.
During this tour, we will be sharing photography insights from over 8+ years experience in landscape and nature photography. The tour is aimed at improving your photography as well as meeting other passionate individuals who are interested in experiencing Botswana’s wilderness.
Therefore, an interest in photography is beneficial. Beginners with basic knowledge in photography, as well as intermediates are welcome! We will not be covering any advanced topics throughout this time.
Please bring a good jacket, scarf, gloves and fleece headwear. Temperatures in Botswana tend to drop in the early morning and late evenings. As we will be driving on an open game viewer 4×4 vehicle, layered clothing will ensure that you are comfortable.
Please see our list of Equipment to Bring for a full breakdown.
We suggest bringing a DSLR or mirrorless camera or if you’re just starting with photography, a telephoto lens (400mm – 600mm), extra batteries, SD cards, rain gear, and a tripod (should you wish to take landscape photos at the camp). Even though all levels of photography are welcome, please don’t bring an iPhone as your camera of choice.
Every day, there will be an hour-long workshop on photography techniques in the afternoon. For those who wish to take part, we will be running over many different camera settings, tips and techniques to improve your photography. Throughout the trip, we will help you with camera adjustments and support you in creating the best possible images and answering any questions you have.
It’s crucial that you check with your embassy in order to confirm if you need to apply for a visa ahead of time.
Absolutely! If you would like to spend a few extra days exploring Botswana and applying your new found photography knowledge, you can stay as long as your visa allows. We will be happy to make suggestions of locations to visit after the safari if you decide to explore further! Please note: If you arrive outside of the tour dates, the drop off and pick up from the airport does not apply and you’ll have to organize your own transport. We’ll happily assist you with that.
As we will be driving for the majority of the safari, there will be no strenuous physical activities involved. Please inform us if you have any health problems ahead of the safari.
Participants must be 18 years of age at the commencement of the tour.
Concerning the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are offering a Covid-19 guarantee to all workshop participants. Your deposits and payments will always go towards a trip. If 2021 is postponed by Covid-19, then you are confirmed on the following year tour without having to pay anything extra.