Botswana Wildlife Photo Safari

ESCORTED BY PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL RENNER

May 16-28, 2013

This adventurous African wildlife photo safari begins as we fly from Maun to Laroo La Tao Lodge.  The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction.  After two nights at Laroo La Tao Lodge we fly to Camp Moremi, located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.  It is a protected area renowned for its frequent sighting of lion, leopard and African wild Dogs.  Our next lodge is in Savute, bordered by Chobe National Park to the east and the Okavango Delta to the west.  Savute offers one of the finest wildlife photo and nature observing opportunities in Africa.  While relaxing between game drives, watch and photograph from the deck as elephants come to drink at the watering hole right in front of you!  Our next flight takes us to Chobe Game Lodge overlooking the Chobe River.  It is the only permanent safari lodge located inside Chobe National Park.  In addition to vast herds of buffalo, antelope, zebra, and giraffe these areas have good concentrations of roan, sable, lion, leopard, impala, hippo and wild dog. Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa.   This will be a thrilling safari!  I hope you can join us.

Our safari will include game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, and boat excursions on the scenic waterways of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River.

PRICE INCLUDES:
Safari Price: $9330 (based on double occupancy)
(Single Room Supplement – $2604)
Deposit to confirm registration: $2500 per person
(Deposit is non-refundable) (Above prices based on payment by check. Extra service fee will apply if paid by credit card)

Tour Price includes:

  • Accommodations in standard room
  • Regional flights from and to Johannesburg
  • Meet & Assist at Johannesburg on arrival
  • Transfers to/from airport/hotel/camps
  • Chartered flights- Maun/Leroo La Tau/Moremi/Savute/Kasane
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides and drivers
  • Game drives in open safari vehicles
  • All National Parks and Game Reserve entrance fees
  • Meals as listed per itinerary
  • Luggage allowance is 110 pounds per person including carry-ons in Botswana
  • Luxury accommodation in Botswana with  2 game viewing activities daily, all drinks (excluding premium brands) laundry, medical evacuation insurance, park fees
  • Group size limited to 12 participants (including leader)
  • Laroo La Tao Lodge, Camp Morem, Savute Safari Lodge, and Chobe Game Lodge include: Luxury accommodation, all meals, 2 game viewing activities daily, all drinks (excluding premium brands) laundry, medical evacuation insurance, park fees

Excludes:      

      • International airfares from USA (Estimated at about $1650 plus taxes)
      • Departure taxes (taxes for regional flights estimated at $197)
      • Local Airport tax
      • Visas – required for Zambia (if needed)
      • Beverages other than specified
      • Tips for driver/guides, gratuities to porters and waiters
      • All items of a personal nature and everything else not mentioned
      • Travel insurance, applicable visas, all items of a personal nature (e.g.   telephone, fax, etc.)
      • Price of charter flights to and from the parks is subject to currency fluctuations, fuel price increases and navigation and departure tax increases.
      • Price quoted is valid only for dates specified and subject to availability at time of booking.

 

Safari Daily Itinerary:

ESCORTED BY PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL RENNER

Botswana Wildlife Photo Safari ~ May 16 – 28, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013                                Johannesburg

Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport where you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel located near the airport.  Rest of the day at leisure. SOUTHERN SUN OR TAMBO AIRPORT HOTEL

Friday, May 17                                             Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Take your complimentary shuttle to the airport and connect with your flight to Maun.  Arrive in Maun where our representative will assist you to connect with your light aircraft flight to Leroo LaTau Lodge.  Arrive in time to freshen up before lunch and the afternoon game viewing activity.

Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction.  LEROO LA TAU LODGE (BLD)

With just 12 thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathrooms, a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana.

Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.                                                                                                                     

Saturday, May 18                                         Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Day and night vehicle safaris are a feature, together with walking safaris of the lodge activities. Visits to Nxai Pan, Baine’s baobabs and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve can also be arranged. The hugely contrasting seasons and terrain make this area of the Makgadikgadi a unique haven for large herds and predators alike.  LEROO LA TAU LODGE (BLD)

Sunday, May 19                                            Moremi Game Reserve

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip to board your light aircraft for the transfer to Camp Moremi. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.

The Moremi Reserve is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture. Birding is quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed. Return back to the camp with time to freshen up in your tent before enjoying dinner.   CAMP MOREMI (BLD)                                                                                                                     

Peering out beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xaxanaka area of Moremi Game Reserve. Here, where the life-giving waters of the Okavango meet up with the vast Kalahari, ancient Mopane forests, open grassland, seasonal floodplains and Riverine habitats have formed, creating one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal sanctuaries in all of Africa. Shaded by giant ebony trees, the magnificent Moremi tree lodge is an elegant elevated thatch and timber structure, consisting of a main lounge, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar.

Monday/Tuesday May 20/21                        Moremi Game Reserve

Awake early in the morning for breakfast and the game viewing activity, which could be by an open 4×4 land rover, powerboat or traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) on the Okavango Delta’s waterways. Spend time relaxing around the pool or catch up on your reading. Depart on the afternoon game viewing activity before returning back to camp for dinner. Enjoy after dinner drinks around the campfire. CAMP MOREMI (BLD)                                                                                                                     

Wednesday, May 22                                      Savute-Chobe National Park
After breakfast and the morning game viewing activity take the chartered flight to Savute Safari Lodge. Lunch is followed by an afternoon game drive. The Savute area in Botswana is part of the Chobe National Park and boasts some of the most fascinating wildlife interactions in Africa. The Savute is unique in its erratic behavior, known for its mysterious channel that runs for almost 50 miles from the Linyanti Swamp before entering the Mababe Depression at the Savute Marsh. The Savute Marsh has been dry for more than twenty years but it is still a wildlife haven, in particular during the rainy season when thousands of animals move in to feed on the lush new grass. SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE (BLD)

It is on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, that you will find Savute Safari Lodge in a setting of singular beauty. The often dry Savute channel is part of the dynamic Savute eco system renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion and their troubled relationship. Savute’s signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks were inspired by the striking panorama. Whether seen in the dry season when it can appear desert-like and barren beyond belief or after the rain on one of those crystal clear days across the vivid green of new grass, the impression is always breathtaking.

Thursday/Friday, May 23/24                       Savute-Chobe National Park

Awake early in the morning for breakfast and the game viewing activity. Spend the morning focusing your lens on the incredible variety of wildlife and flora of this region. Relax until the afternoon game viewing activity when photographic opportunities will abound once again. Enjoy dinner back at the lodge. SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE (BLD)

Saturday, May 25                             Chobe National Park

After breakfast and the morning game viewing activity take the chartered flight to Kasane Airport. On arrival you will be transferred to Chobe Game Lodge. Arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon game viewing activity, which is either a river cruise or a 4×4 game drive. Return back to the lodge for dinner.  CHOBE GAME LODGE (BLD)
                                                                                                                                                       The Chobe National Park is renowned for Africa’s largest concentration of Elephants and is an all year round big game and birding destination. Picturesquely situated about 50 miles west of the Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park.

Sunday/Monday, May 26/27                              Chobe National Park

Awake early in the morning for breakfast and the game viewing activity. Spend the day relaxing around the pool before the afternoon game viewing activity. Enjoy dinner at the lodge. CHOBE GAME LODGE (BLD)

Tuesday, May 28                                   Johannesburg – Depart

After your final game morning activity and breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.  Arrive at Johannesburg Airport where you will remain in transit. Later this evening connect with your flight home. (B)

Botswana and Zambia Travel Information

For more information and reservations:

Contact Paul Renner at 949.295.3136

Email: paulrenner3@cox.net

OR

Gaby or Prem at Best Safaris – 800.757.6625

CST # 2073854-40

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