Big 5 and Birding
10 Days Central Kalahari & Okavango Delta Photographic Safari
Safari summaryYou will be met in Johannesburg by Dr Joel Broida and Pierre Pitlo and escorted to your flight to Maun. Arriving in Maun midday we will be met and escorted to our private aircraft for the flight to Dinaka in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve - the largest game reserve in the world! Spending several nights at each location will ensure that the maximum time and enjoyment is gained from these incredible locations. Internal flights from Maun to the bush camps and returning to Maun are included in the cost of the safari. Dr Broida will accompany all the safaris to advise and assist with photography to ensure you capture the light and animals in the best possible way. We will visit some of the most luxurious bush camps that the Okavango has to offer where the Big 5 game sightings are virtually guaranteed. The most experienced guides have been chosen for this safari and Pierre will ensure your every expectation is exceeded.
About this tour
Best months:April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
- Boat, canoe, dhow, kayak, mokoro safari
- Night game drives
- Photography safari—with professional guide
Central Kalahari | Okavango Delta
Day 1 – Arrive Maun & fly to the Central Kalahari You will depart Johannesburg from O R Tambo International Airport for the short 2 hour flight to Maun at the southern point of the Okavango Delta. Joel & Pierre will transfer with you to your private aircraft for the flight to the Central Kalahari Lodge called “Dinaka” meaning “horns” in the Setswana language. On arrival at the airstrip we will be met by the guides and driven to the lodge where we will check in and relax after the days travel. Tea is usually served around 3pm to meet your guide, discuss what photographic lenses we will need, and Joel will advise you on camera settings for the lighting conditions we can expect. A cool box is packed with your sundowner drinks order as we will be stopping to enjoy the obligatory African sunset.
Day 2 and 3 – Dinaka : the Central Kalahari Game Reserve http://www.kerdowneybotswana.com/our-camps/dinaka/ After a good nights sleep you will be woken by the camp staff with hot tea or coffee for the morning game drive. The light in the mornings of the Central Kalahari can be incredibly rewarding. Joel will once again advise what settings, lenses and equipment will be needed for the mornings excursion. The under-ground hide during the dry months can attract very good game sightings and cats that have not make a kill in the night are often seen at waterholes in the early hours of the morning. The under-ground hide offers a unique perspective for your photography. After the game drive is an opportunity to relax in the shade of your deck and soak up the incredible scenery the Central Kalahari presents. Guided walking safaris are also offered mornings and afternoons.
Day 4 – Dinaka to Kanana http://www.kerdowneybotswana.com/our-camps/kanana/ After the morning game drive and a delicious breakfast, we fly to our next camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta – Kanana. Arriving mid afternoon there is a short drive to the lodge where we will be met by the camp staff and presented with our rooms overlooking the Xudum River. Rooms at Kanana all face the small lagoon where elephants, giraffe and many bird species can be seen. Tea at 3pm is in the main area of Kanana that has the deck wrapped around an old fig tree and overlooking the lagoon. Kanana’s rooms are sublimely beautiful with stunning views.
Day 5 and 6 – Kanana With an early morning snack of muffins and tea or coffee we head off to explore the rich diversity of this private concession. Elephant, Lion, Wild Dog, Buffalo, Leopard, Jackal, Giraffe, Puku, Lechwe and a host of birds will keep you entertained, enthralled and producing award winning photography for you to take home with you. Kanana also has a heronry close by which is accessible by motorboat in the wet season and has an incredible array of bird species that flock to the area each year for breeding. The rooms at Kanana are luxuriously appointed. A small private deck in front overlooking the small lagoon is the prefect position to bird watch, read or simply take a nap while the hotter parts of the day dissipate to a manageable level. There is also a swimming pool for cooling off. Morning and evening game drives, guided walks and lush surroundings make Kanana an idyllic camp in which to experience the Okavango at its best.
Day 7 – Kanana to Shinde http://www.kerdowneybotswana.com/our-camps/shinde/ A morning game drive will complete our stay at Kanana, after breakfast we will be driven to the airfield for the short flight to Shinde. Nestled on the edge of the Shinde lagoon rooms all face a magnificent open plain and your deck with some good binoculars is a great place for game spotting. Elephant often wander past. After checking in to your rooms there is the opportunity for a cool drink at the main area, a complimentary computer is available at all the camps for you to contact loved ones back home and share some of the incredible sightings you have had so far. Activities include mokoro trips, fishing, game drives and boat cruises through the pristine waterways of the Okavango – this is truly a magical place to enjoy all aspects of the rich diversity that this World Heritage Site has to offer.
Day 8 and 9 – Shinde Early morning breakfasts at Shinde are on the main upper deck with sweeping views of the Shinde lagoon. After the morning game drive a mokoro (dugout canoe) trip is a relaxing experience allowing you to see the smaller, finer details of the Delta. Miniature bright red reed frogs, the Tilapia fish and in the distance the whoosh of exhaled air as a Hippo surfaces to breathe. The swimming pool at Shinde also overlooks the plain and with a delicious cocktail in hand you can soak up some sun, nap on your pool lounger and watch as the elephant herds wander by. Sundowners on your game drive are extra special, the Three Pans area is especially beautiful as the sun sets between the trees’ while you gaze out at the wide open plains of the Okavango.
Day 10 – Shinde to Maun Our final morning drive in the Okavango and hopefully some more amazing sightings! After breakfast and a final pack we will have a short transfer to the airfield where we will board our flight for Maun. The photographic potential of the Okavango is unsurpassed and your photographs will give you lifelong reminders of this epic expedition. On arrival in Maun we will assist you with your onward travel arrangements and any other bookings you may have. If you are joining us for the Zambia leg of the safari we will all be travelling to Livingstone together. ---------------------------------------------------- Cost Per Person for 9 nights: $15 550 – 00 per person sharing Included in the cost: Meet and greet at Johannesburg airport with Dr. Joel Broida Meet and transfer at Maun International Airport with Pierre Pitlo All meals and accommodation at Dinaka, Kanana and Shinde. All flights from Maun to Dinaka; Dinaka to Kanana; Kanana to Shinde; Shinde to Maun. Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages All snacks and beverages on game drives All camp activities – morning and evening game drives, mokoro trips, boat excursions, walking safaris and night drives at selected camps. Daily laundry service All taxes, park entry fees’ and service charges Emergency evacuation insurance (to a regional medical facility) All photographic assistance by professional photographer Dr. Joel Broida All guiding, liaison and safari organization with 24 hour support by veteran safari guide Pierre Pitlo. Excluded from your safari cost: Personal travel insurance International flights Certain domestic flights Any additional or optional activities not listed above Any items of a personal nature Gratuities of any kind Malaria medication – please consult your Doctor. Any drinks over & above the wines included at dinner. This tour is organized and booked by African Safari Experts (Ltd), a registered company in Zambia. All photographic advice is presented by Dr. Joel Broida who has over 3 decades of photographic experience. For more information on Dr. Broida visit www.joelbroida.com It is expected that you will have a good understanding of your camera, its functions and other photographic principles to ensure your success. While Joel will endeavor and assist with advice the purpose of the safari is not to educate guests on the basics of photography. Booking Procedure To secure your booking a 50% (Fifty percent) deposit is required to be paid within 7 days of making your reservation and submission of the completed booking form. Failure to pay the deposit within 7 days of booking will result in automatic cancellation of your booking. Payment can be made via Pay Pal or by direct deposit to our bank account in Zambia. Please contact email@example.com for payment information. The remaining balance of your tour cost amounting to 50% (Fifty percent) must be paid 120 (one hundred and twenty) days prior to the commencement of your booking, however, if you have booked your trip within 90 days of departure full payment must be made on the date of reservation to secure your booking. African Safari Experts reserves the right to cancel your booking should your deposit or balance of payment not be received on time as stipulated above. Please read our cancellation terms carefully. The Terms and Conditions of passage and booking are available at the following website: https://www.africansafariexperts.com/terms-policies/ If you have any questions regarding this safari your guide, Pierre Pitlo, can be contacted on 00 27 79 232 85 80 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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