Situated in the centre of southern Africa, Botswana lies at about 950 metres above sea level and more than 600 kilometres from the nearest coast. The country’s most striking features are its flatness and aridity. With the exception of the eastern part of Botswana – where the great majority of Batswana live and where the summer rainfall is slightly higher – three-quarters of the country constitutes the Kalahari Desert. This is what makes for its most remarkable aspect: The Okavango Delta is a wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling in central Africa, 1000 km away.
Each year floodwater flows into the Okavango from its source in the moist central African highlands southwards and into the Kalahari Desert to create a unique wetland that supports and sustains a huge diversity of wildlife. Apart from year-round excellent game viewing, the beauty of this water wonderland is awe-inspiring. To the north-east of the Okavango Delta are the Chobe and Linyanti Game Reserves where the many varied habitats within the Chobe and Linyanti parks have created an area renowned for its predators and large concentrations of game, particularly elephant. The grasslands of the Kalahari together with the lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi saltpans complement and are in thrilling contrast to the verdant, game-rich north.
As many as 580 bird species have been recorded in Botswana with 75 larger mammal species known to occur and more than 80 fish species identified in the Okavango. But overall it is often the sense of wilderness and pristine functioning ecosystems that has the most significant impact on visitors.
Our Favourite Photographic Destinations in Botswana
Kings Pool Camp | Linyanti
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve has abundant wildlife in a wide variety of species, but is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game is abundant, such as impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and bushbuck, and their predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope also emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.
From a photographic perspective, guests can spend their siesta watching game come down to drink at the camp’s unique underground hide, where the water is at eye level. Seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience that transcends that of an ordinary safari. Read More…
Mashatu Tented Camp | Tuli Block
Mashatu Tented Camp is well known for its photographic opportunities both on drive and from the custom built Matebole and Elephant Valley photographic hides. Both hides are located in animal-rich areas where predators are also abundant. The hides can take 4 photographers at a time and can be booked as an additional activity during your stay at the Mashatu Tented camp.
The best time of year for viewing from the hides around Mashatu Tented Camp is June to November when the elephants generally visit the waterhole every day. Morning sessions are usually better than evening sessions at the hides.
There is also a custom built photographic vehicle at Mashatu Tented Camp which is equipped with sliding gimble heads allowing for comfortable, quick and well supported photography in a 270 degree radius for each photographer. Bean bag arches allow you even faster access to get the initial shot. Cushioned, dust and waterproof bag storage compartments allow for fast access to your lenses and other photographic equipment. The vehicle comes with your specialised photographic guide and a Mashatu field ranger. Read More
Chobe Princess Houseboats
Owing to the wonderful sightings that both the wildlife and birds provide, the Chobe Princess River Lodges are perfectly situated to offer fantastic photographic safaris. To aid in capturing that perfect moment, we have a customized photographic boat available to guests on request, that allows great stability, 360 views and pure comfort.
The angles and light that being on the river delivers offers clients some of the most breathtaking photos and it is for this reason that the Chobe River has become one of the wildlife photographers hotspots in Africa. Read More
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