Botswana

MASHATU 3 – 9 AUGUST 2018
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WEEK PROGRAM

3 August: meeting at OR Tambo International airport ( Johannesburg ) at 6h30am and departure for Mashatu. The transfer will take around 5h30 by private minivan. Quick custom formalities to enter Botswana and check in at the camp, after a short transfer through the reserve. After lunch, first afternoon game drive with private vehicle, guide and photographer at your side. It is possible to set a return flight from Joburg to Mashatu at an extra cost.

4 – 8 August: every day 2 long and flexible game drives at sunrise and sunset, 2 hide sessions ( in the famous hide where Greg Du Toit shot his winning image of the blue elephants ) are included. 

9 August: after the morning game drive, breakfast and checkout. Private transfer by road back to Johannesburg International Airport. Please reserve your flight after 9pm 

Breakfast, light lunch, dinner, water, coffe and tea included

Mashatu, ‘Land of Giants’ takes its name from the locally-revered Mashatu tree and the giants that roam this prodigious land. As the largest private game reserve in Botswana and one of the largest in southern Africa, Mashatu is, at 29000 ha (72 000 acres), a gem nestled between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.It is from any towering vantage point that the great, primal stillness of Africa takes your breath away. For down in the valleys, to the north and south, east and west, lie the flattened and sweltering mopane plains of Mashatu, “Land of Giants”. For three hundred and sixty degrees these awesome sweeping wilds rise and fall, and merge into clean horizons. This land is lovelier than any imagining. Mashatu is an utterly unpeopled wilderness in eastern Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. But take a moment to listen to the rhythms of a land that beats to a different drum and you’ll soon unearth a diverse paradise thrumming with birds, plants, wild animals and insects. One that unfolds into savannah, riverine forests, marshland, ample plains and sandstone outcrops.

OUR PHOTO-SAFARI STYLE

Our photographic safaris and workshops are designed for photographers of all levels, from beginners to experts. There will always be one of our professional photographers to assist you. Our photographic safaris are focused on tracking wildlife, according to the experience of our guides and of the wildlife photographer who will host the group. To maximize the photographic aspects, there will never be more than two people in each row of the car, which will always be reserved for our small group. Our vehicle will always be positioned in the best way possible, thinking both about composition and light, to allow you to take great shots. We will look for interesting scenes and stick to them as long as possible, in order to make the most out of every possible interaction. During this trip we will experience hide photography, where waiting in silence for animals to show up will be very well rewarded.

ONE WEEK IN THE LAND OF GIANTS

3 - 9 AUGUST 2018

WE GIVE YOU OUR BEST FROM

USD 2990

NOT TO BE MISSED

TRANSFER INCLUDED

Private transfer from and to Johannesburg included

PHOTOGRAPHIC HIDES

We will have the opportunity to shoot at ground level from 2 different photographic hides.

OFF ROAD

We will be allowed to drive off road to get as close as possible to our wild subjects

PHOTOGRAPHIC TARGETS 

As the largest private game reserve in Botswana and one of the largest in southern Africa, Mashatu is an appropriate setting for the world’s largest mammal, the elephant; and the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe. Mashatu also provides a sanctuary to the world’s largest antelope, the eland; the world’s largest bird, the ostrich and the world’s heaviest flying bird: the kori bustard. Add the lion, the king of the beasts and the iconic baobab and we present to you Mashatu’s Giants! Guests will also find, at over 700 individuals, Africa’s largest elephant population on private land! This special spot under the African sun proudly boasts an ecological diversity uncommon in other reserves. Complementing three members of the Big Five – leopard, lion and elephant – are some of the more surprising species, including healthy populations of cheetah, the aardwolf, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, honey badger and black-backed jackal. Mashatu is also an ornithological paradise, and plays host to over 350 bird species, including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller (whose plumage features no fewer than seven different shades of blue). Two long and flexible game drives a day and the possibility to spend one morning and one afternoon in 2 different photographic hides.

One of our professional wildlife photographer will be at your disposal 24/7, helping you with your camera settings.

Bring your laptop for some Lightroom editing sessions!

ACCOMMODATION

There can be few tented camps in Botswana with the wilderness ambience of Mashatu Tent Camp. Located in the remote northern part of Mashatu Game Reserve on the boundary of the Tuli Circle Area in Zimbabwe, this is a camp that lends itself to the true African wildlife experience. Whilst the camp has subtle comforts such as fans, a plunge pool and electricity, the experience is that of close proximity to the sounds and signs of the wild, without being rustic. Eight completely private tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. The tents themselves are spacious and comfortable and large enough that adults need not duck to move around in. Each is mounted on a concrete platform and has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities, including W.C. and shower. Imagine showering under the stars!

THE RATE EXCLUDES:  international flights and airport taxes; visa; travel and medical insurance ( compulsory ); tips and any item of a personal nature. Any other items not specified in “the rate includes” 

The trip is open to only 5 or 6 guests

Rates: $2990 for 6 guests and $3400 for 5 guests group

Reservations close 3 May 2018

FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILED PROGRAM

For the adventure of a lifetime

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Please fill out the form below to learn more or to book your place on this trip. We will respond to you within 24 hrs.

Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!

BOTSWANA – MOBILE CAMP 11-20 AUGUST 2018
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OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI STYLE

Our photographic safaris are open to photographers to all levels. We always focus on tracking wildlife, according to the experience of our guides and of the wildlife photographer who will host the group. To maximize the photographic aspects, we only accept groups up to 6 guests (4 for this trip), and there will never be more than two people in each row of the car, which will always be reserved for our small group. Our vehicle will always be positioned in the best way possible, thinking both about composition and light, to allow you to have great shots. We will look for interesting scenes and stick to them as long as possible, in order to make the most out of every possible interaction

ABOUT THIS WEEK

Travel with us for ten exciting days of photographic safari through Botswana in close contact with nature, from 11 to 20 August 2018. We’ll move from South to North, from Maun to the Chobe, through the most beautiful areas of this stunning country, camping under the stars. We will start with style, flying over the Okavango Delta in a 45 min. helicopter scenic flight: get ready because you’ll get the most amazing pictures from up there! After the first night in a quite camp outside Maun, lull’d by the sound of  painted reed frogs, we’ll move to our exclusive mobile tented camp, set up and waiting for us in Xakanaka, where we will experience the bush with no fences, but not without comforts: to name one, our chef will spoil us cooking delicious dishes from sunrise to sunset. At night, only the noises of the bush around us. Xakanaka is part of the Moremi Game Reserve, which,  undoubtedly, ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. Moremi covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combines permanent water with drier areas, which create some startling and unexpected contrasts. Our activities will be split between land 4×4 game drives, mokoro and boat safaris, to discover the secret life of the small inhabitants of the maze of channels of the Khwai River. So it will be in our next stop: Khwai, always in Moremi. Moving on we’ll head North towards the famous Savuti Marsh area, where we will look for territorial predators and big elephant bulls, the latter have a peculiar predilection for this area. The last area we are going to explore during this journey is the Chobe, in the extreme North of Botswana, from where we will explore, on a private boat and by car, one of the most distinct ecosystems in Africa and probably one of the world’s last true remaining wilderness areas.

Every day sunrise and sunset activities ( both on land and water ) and the tuition of the hosting wildlife photographer available at all times.

But if this is not enough, don’t lose the opportunity to visit the world famous Victoria Falls, in 2 days of extension. Enjoy all the activities at sunset and during the day. The end point of this trip, on the Chobe River, is only one hour and a half from the Falls. Send us an email for info and rates.

TEN DAYS IN MOBILE TENTED CAMP

11-20 August 2018

WE GIVE YOU OUR BEST FOR

USD 4990

FOR 4 PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

AMAZING ACTIVITIES

Our small group ( up to 4 guests ) will enjoy life in the bush without fences throughout this journey, exploring this country from land, water and air. Every day activities at sunrise and sunset: long game drives in 4×4, private boat safaris and a stunning helicopter scenic flight over the Okavango Delta will make this trip memorable!

BOOK YOUR EXTENSION
Two days of extension, in Zimbabwe, to admire the impressive Victoria Falls, just one hour drive from Kasane, ending point of our tour. Relax on a sunset cruise, and enjoy the day with a guided tour of the world famous falls, photographing them both from the ground and from the air.

PHOTOGRAPHIC TUTORING 24/7

Improve your photographic skills, with the tuition of a wildlife photographer always on your side. Photographers of every level are welcome. Send us an email for any question about the suggested gear for this trip. If you want, you can also rent your equipment and fetch it at Johannesburg airport. It has never been easier! Nature always does its best, now it’s your turn!

OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC TARGETS

During this trip we will visit some very different areas, each of them offering amazing photographic opportunities. Our trip will start with a breathtaking 45 minutes flight in helicopter over the Okavango delta, where we will have amazing photographic opportunities. Our itinerary will go throught four different areas of Botswana: Xakanaxa, Khwai, Savuti marsh and Chobe. Each with its own characteristics and with different photographic opportunities. In Khwai and Xakanaxa we’ll be close to the water. Moremi Game Reserve, set in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, is famous for the abundance and diversity of its wildlife: here we will find species other than those who live in the north of the country. It combines woods and forests of acacia trees, swamps and lagoons; this makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Water and vegetation attract large amount of birds: among the others, fish eagles, African golden orioles, black herons, various species of ducks, starling, kingfishers, herons, parrots, hoopoes, hornbills and storks. There are many species of antelopes and gazelles, for example sitatunga, lechwe, greater kudus and impala. There are also the larger mammals, like elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, hippos and the other common herbivores. Predators are equally numerous, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, and leopards are on the menu for our photographic appetites. Both the Khwai River and the Xakanaxa channels will surprise you, a pleasant excursion in mokoro (traditional wooden canoe) will take you between the quiet waters of the delta, surrounded by water lilies. In the Savute marsh area we will go for the big prides of lions and all other predators that always remain in their territories. The Savute became famous, many years ago, for the interaction between lions and elephant: during the dry season lions hunted elephants, and this was quite common! With the Savute channel flowing into the marsh, the frequency of these interactions diminished. We can expect to see bat eared foxes, cheetah and leopards, but also jackals, hyena and even wild dogs are easy to spot in dry conditions.The Savuti region is an exceptional area for bird watching. Among the diverse list of species are the Abdim’s storks, kori bustards, large secretary birds and many different birds of prey. On the Chobe River we will focus on the big herds of elephants and buffaloes that every day reach the river banks to drink and cool off (or to play and swim, in the case of elephants), but also on birds, this is the period when the first migratory birds start to land. Pygmy geese, malachite kingfishers and lovely jacanas trotting over the nymphaea leaves are only a few examples of what we are going to meet. The private boat photo safaris will leave you speechless, allowing you to shoot from a very low angle. 

If you reserve the extension, you will end with the stunning world-famous Victoria Falls, where water will be your primary subject.

ACCOMMODATION

After spending the first night at the Duncan’s Camp (1hr.30min. from Maun, close to Moremi Game Reserve entrance gate)  we will move into our mobile tented camp, which will always be placed in unfenced areas.

We will sleep in spacious tents 3mx3m, 2.20m high, with mosquito nets windows and private bathroom with a chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water. Double mattresses, duvet, linen, pillows and towels are provided. We will enjoy our meals in the shade of a large tent or around the fire, where we will spend our night, surrounded only by the noises of the bush.

We will not have electricity but it will be possible to recharge the batteries on the safari vehicle. The camp will be set up and moved by the staff.

IN & OUT

THE RATE INCLUDES: 9 nights in private mobile tented camp on full board treatment, including all the game drives and boat safaris, all the activities, meals, water, tea and coffe; transfers as per program;  45 min helicopter flight; taxes, chef, camp staff and private professional guide. Photographic tuition 24/7. Please contact us for detailed program

THE RATE EXCLUDES: international flights and airport taxes; visas; travel and medical insurance ( compulsory ); tips and any item of a personal nature; Victoria Falls extension ( prices on request ); any other items not specified in “the rate includes”

Prices are intended per person sharing

Single supplement USD 500

The trip will take place with 4 guests. 

Reservations close  on June 1st 2018

FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILED PROGRAM

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For the adventure of a lifetime

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Please fill out the form below to learn more or to book your place on this trip. We will respond to you within 24 hrs.

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