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BOTSWANA

OKAVANGO DELTA

aerial photographic workshop

INTRODUCTION

Nestled in the far north western section of Botswana, lies a unique place of unparalleled natural beauty, The Okavango Delta.

The Okavango is a photographer’s dream with an endless variety of photographic potential. Join professional aerial photographers Jan and Jay Roode on an intensive five-day aerial photographic workshop, where you will experience first-hand the mind-boggling beauty of this vast delta as seen from above.

 

Botswana is a country sculpted by water, wind and time, with some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife and one of the most diverse landscapes on earth. Endless vistas, vast herds of elephant and buffalo, graceful lechwe bounding across the marshlands, regal kudu and the illusive sitatunga all set on an enormous canvas of the largest inland delta on earth.

Main Features:

  • Professional aerial photographic tuition and guiding

  • Small private groups ensuring one on one tuition

  • Specialized aircraft that will allow you to get the best shots

  • Experience the Okavango in a way that few people can

  • Access to some of the most unique and beautiful locations this watery wonderland has to offer from a bird’s eye perspective

  • Superlative exploratory ground-based experiences where photographers will also have the opportunity to photograph landscapes, wildlife, night skies and get up close and personal to some Africa’s most iconic wildlife from the seat of a game drive vehicle or mokoro.

  • One on one post processing tuition each day

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​PHOTOGRAPHIC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exclusive use of a private helicopter

  • Take to the air and embark on a captivating 5-day photographic adventure through the beauty of the Okavango Delta in a private helicopter. Immerse yourself in the wild and explore one of southern Africa’s greatest wildernesses from above.

  • With many of Botswana’s very remote areas being generally inaccessible, an aerial perspective is one of the best ways to get a true feeling and to photograph this country's vast open spaces.

  • Be in the unique position to capture wandering herds of elephant, red lechwe and buffalo on the verdant green floodplains.

  • Enjoy one of the most incredible game viewing experiences on earth from the seat of a helicopter. The Okavango holds one of Africa’s highest concentration of elephant and a profusion of other wildlife including African wild dog, leopard, lion, giraffe, plains game and the illusive sitatunga antelope.

  • Revel in landscapes that defy description in one of the most pristine areas left on earth; a world of vast open spaces, endless horizons, dramatic waterscapes and spectacular otherworldly vistas

DAY 1 : MAUN / OKAVANGO DELTA

 

Day 1: We arrive at the small frontier town of Maun situated on the south eastern edge of the Okavango Delta. From here we transfer to our accommodation for the next five nights; Tshilli Farm.

Situated in the southern section of the Okavango Delta on a magnificent island surrounded by gallery forest and flood plains, this magical working farm and eco-lodge borders an unspoilt concession boasting the big five, offers mokoro trips on the doorstep (in season), amazing views of the sun kissed floodplains, tasteful décor and accommodation, great food and of course unforgettable evenings around the campfire exchanging safari stories!

Everything at the lodge is created with thought and sustainability in mind with an abundance of wildlife and birds around every corner… a perfect location from which to host our aerial photographic workshops.

Arriving at the farm you will be given space to settle in and enjoy a scrumptious lunch and explore the farm before retiring for sundowners on the deck overlooking the floodplains for a debrief of what the next few days have to offer.

Accommodation options: Tshilli Farm*

Included: Full Board

 * depending on availability. All accommodation will be confirmed before bookings are finalized.

DAYS 2-4 : MAUN / OKAVANGO DELTA 

MORNING FLIGHT: After a cup of coffee we wander down to the flood plains where our Bell Jet Ranger helicopter and crew will be waiting to fly us over the Okavango Delta. Making the most of the early morning light we set out to discover and photograph the changing landscapes and abundant wildlife of this incredible place.

Returning for breakfast we will then have time to review the images we have taken, sedately enjoy the lodge and surroundings or for the more adventurous partake in a myriad of activities on offer including game drives, mokoro trips, cycling, walking and cultural experiences.

AFTERNOON FLIGHT: We again take the skies in the late afternoon to capture golden hour over the Delta. Included is a Champaign sundowners in the middle of the wilderness. The helicopter will land on a sandbar or a private island where we can enjoy the tranquility and abundance of wildlife the Okavango brings before returning home for a debrief and dinner under the stars.

Each day we will widely explore different sectors of the Delta, each with its own unique character and flare. Our expert local knowledge of the Delta will ensure that seasonality is taken into account and that we focus on areas of greatest wildlife abundance.

Accommodation options: Tshilli Farm*

Included: Full Board

 * depending on availability. All accommodation will be confirmed before bookings are finalized.

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DAYS 5 : MAUN / OKAVANGO DELTA

 

On our last day at the lodge, guests can opt for a lazy breakfast followed by a game drive or mokoro safari before being transferred back to Maun or alternately can extend their safari to include a river safari along the tranquil Boro River or head out to one of the private lodges elsewhere in the Delta.

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Price Guide for 4 night Okavango Delta Photographic Workshop

$USD 1,225*

Per person, per night sharing

Single Supplement:  $USD 100-132* pppn

* Price dependent on size of group (min 2 people, max 6 people)

Total estimated flying time: 9.5 hours

Included:

Bel Jet Ranger Helicopter Hire (or similar depending on availability)

Meals - as indicated

Excursions - as indicated