African Safari – Botswana (October 10-20 2015)
Botswana – Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers
October 10 – 20, 2015
Join us in October 2015 in Botswana, where we will be uniquely positioned to shoot in three of Northern Botswana’s most famous wildlife areas: The Okavango Delta, Linyanti Reserve, and Chobe Riverfront. We are combining three camps this safari workshop, each located in its own distinctly different habitat. This lets us maximize our exposure to the widest variety of wildife.
Take a look at this short video which shows how our photographic safari is different from any other safari in Africa.
Safari Camp Life – What to Expect
In short, you’ll feel like you’re in a luxury hotel! We’ve hand picked our camps for comfort, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great food and convenience to our main objective, the wildlife. Typical tented accommodations feature twin beds or king/queen bed, high thread-count linens, dressers for clothing, sitting area, verandah, and of course en suite bathrooms, with flush toilets, hot water and showers. They are extremely roomy, bright, open and airy.
Our days start early, before sunrise. You are gently awakened by the camp staff, and they bring coffee or tea as you like and a very light bite. Then we’re off on our first game drive of the day. The animals are just starting to stir as the day starts, and we want to be there, and in the best light. We’ll stay out for a couple to several hours, depending on the sightings. After a mid-drive coffee break, we’ll continue on until mid to late morning. Back in camp, it’s time for offloading memory cards, one-on-one instruction, or just taking time to relax and do nothing. Read a book, take a walk, or take a nap and recharge. In the afternoon, we’ll again head out for another game drive, chasing the best sightings. A “sundowner” cocktail while watching / photographing the sunset is a popular activity. We arrive back at camp after sundown, enjoy a hot shower if you like, and then join us by the campfire or in the living area for cocktails followed by dinner.
Food in our camps is superb – you’ll be served foods you know as well as local specialties – and of course any dietary needs can be accommodated. Soft drinks, house wine, beer and spirits are included, so enjoy! Some days we’ll enjoy breakfast or lunch outside or in the bush, and some days in camp.
We’ve arranged for the best safari vehicles and guides to be with us the entire time – custom Land Rovers which feature ample room for you and your gear, and great visibility. And only one photographer per row of seats (note that the front seat next to driver guide counts as a row). All of our camps feature daily laundry service (but not on days we travel in between camps). Speaking of travel between camps, we’ll always fly, to maximize your time – no wasted days spent on dusty and bumpy roads! And we’ve allowed for plenty of extra weight allowance for your personal luggage and your camera gear.
October 10, 2015: Johannesburg
Fly from your home to arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 10th. We’ll meet late in the day, at our hotel, the D’Oreale Grande and enjoy a great meal, and get to know each other over dinner. The hotel features beautiful rooms, swimming pool, wifi, a spa and more.
October 11 – 14, 2015: Okavango Delta, Khwai
We’ll fly from Johannesburg to Maun, and then on to Khwai. The Okavango Delta is an incredibly diverse mosaic of woodland, water, and floodplains, filled with a wide variety of animal life. Our time at Khwai will be spent doing game drives along the edges of seasonal channels and fringing floodplains, as well as in the woodlands that border the area. Aside from the stunning scenic beauty of the Khwai, we can also expect to enjoy some high-quality encounters with its wildlife. Khwai is home to plenty of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala and more. It is known as a place where some exceptionally large bull elephants spend time. Here we may also have our best chance of seeing the endangered African wild dog. Over the past few seasons, more than one pack of these highly social carnivores has frequented this area. Spending time with an active pack of wild dogs is a photographers delight, as they are high-energy animals, and often exciting to watch. Khwai is also a great place for birds of prey.
Here our camp will be Khwai Tented Camp. Providing a peaceful co-existence between man and nature, the Khwai Community Concession allows us to experience the best of wildlife in Botswana’s iconic Moremi Game Reserve, combining our safari with a taste of culture in the old village of Khwai.
Our group will have exclusive use of the camp. Combining luxury with the rustic wilderness setting, Khwai Tented Camp allows for the best wildlife experiences set in a community based wildlife resource area. The magnificent Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area, and is the hub for some of the most outstanding wildlife viewing in the region.
In addition to twice-daily game drives, there are guided walks and village visits to the Khwai Community that can be arranged. A benefit of the community concession is that we are able to conduct walking activities, which are not permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserves. We’re also able to free off-road here, which allows us to get as close as possible to our wildlife subjects.
October 14 – 17, 2015: Linyanti
From our camp in Khwai we fly via charter to Linyanti. Bordering the Chobe National Park lies the forgotten paradise of Linyanti. Our camp here will be Linyanti Bush Camp. Linyanti Bush camp is situated right on the banks of the Linyanti River, in a private concession area. Remote and rugged, the woodlands and marshes of the Linyanti support good numbers of elephants, hippo and a wide variety of Botswana’s wildlife species including giraffe, leopard and lion. Primate species that can be seen here include vervet monkey and chacma baboon. African wild dogs also move through this area. The Linyanti provides year-round water for many of the animals here, and the dry season (while we’ll be there) is the best time to take advantage of this scenario. The variety of habitats include the lily-dotted lagoons and winding channels of the river, along with narrow belts of riverine forest, and grassy plains. In our private concession we will be able to go off-road for better photographic positioning, and we will also be able to return to camp after dark if we so wish. One of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Africa, Linyanti offers more remote, private safari opportunities than the national parks allow, with walking and night drives possible, as well as off-road driving.
This magnificent area boasts of unparalleled wilderness with big herds of buffalo in the dry season, large herds of elephants at the rivers and waterholes, and many zebra concentrated in the winter before heading south. Other wildlife seen includes lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena, aardvark and various other nocturnal species.The endless vistas of the Linyanti marsh are an incredible playing field for the avid bird watcher combined with breathtaking views of a scenery carved by forces of nature. Water birds, including pelican, are common.
Oh did we mention, that here at Linyanti, we’ll be up above the animals in a helicopter, everyone will get a 30 minute ride included! If you want more time in the air, that can be arranged at extra cost, just ask.
October 17 – 20, 2015: Chobe River
For our last leg, we again fly from Linyanti to our camp at Chobe. The Chobe is arguably Botswana’s most famous wildlife destination, and for good reason. During the dry season, the river becomes a vital water source for large numbers of elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala and warthog. The Chobe river is also one of the best places to photograph hippos and crocodiles. Waterbirds abound, and add an entirely new chapter to our photographic opportunities, as do some of the raptors that occur in the area. By basing ourselves in Namibia for this part of our visit, we are able to take full advantage of the light, without being subject to the time restrictions of the National Park itself.
Situated in the Eastern Caprivi of Namibia, on a peninsula on the northern bank of the Chobe River, Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats. Our lodge here is relaxed and informal, set in a classic African Savanna environment with sweeping vistas. The focal point of the lodge is a thatched open sided main building which features a 270 degree view over the Chobe River and beyond to the Chobe National Park. Your chalet will have a private deck, a combined bedroom / lounge area and en-suite bathroom. All chalets are furnished in subtle earth tones and dark woods in a contemporary African theme, are air conditioned, and have complimentary mini bars and overhead ceiling fans. After a long and successful game drive, take a dip in the pool if you like!
The charm of Chobe Savanna Lodge, with its sweeping views and wide vistas, lies in its beauty, tranquility and peaceful atmosphere, far from the crowds of large cruise boats and game drive vehicles. The emphasis here is on complete relaxation and solace. Unlike other properties, wherein regimented game activities are prioritized, Chobe Savanna Lodge offers guests the choice of just taking ‘time out’ or joining in on one of the many safari activities offered at the lodge.
October 20, 2015: Johannesburg and Home
On October 20, we’ll have a morning game drive, breakfast, and then fly back to Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport. Flights home can typically be that evening. With our partner, Eyes on Africa, we can gladly arrange extensions and book your flights.
Why a Muench Workshops Safari?
We know you have choices, and yes, you can spend less on another Safari. Our aim is to give you the best possible experience, maximizing your time and minimizing the hassle, while providing the best photographic experience and instruction.
Photography and Safari Guiding: We’ve personally chosen only the best safari guides for this photographic safari. And we know them.
Details Matter: We’ve thought through everything – to bring you the best game viewing, accommodations and overall safari experience!
Photography Instruction: This is a workshop, not just a tour. We will work hard on this safari, with instruction in-the-field and in camp. Most days feature critiques and post-processing instruction either mid-day or after dinner, and during the daytime we offer one-on-one instruction as needed. You’ll come away with a wealth of new knowledge not only on how to create great imagery but how best to process those images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Years of Experience – Happy Repeat Customers: We’ve been leading, guiding and teaching photographers for a long time – and we have thrilled customers who come back on our workshops again and again to prove it. If you’d like to speak to someone who has been with us on a workshop or safari, just let us know, we’d be happy to arrange a phone call. We know this is a big deal for you – feel free to call us anytime with questions about the safari: +1 630-550-5211 or contact us.
The Fine Print
- All meals, transportation, lodging and photographic guiding and instruction from two professional photographers from the time we meet you on October 10, 2015 in Johannesburg until the time we return to Johannesburg on October 20, 2015.
- Photographic guiding and instruction by myself and Randy Hanna.
- Game drives every day, photography instruction in the field, and critiques/post-processing most evenings.
- The finest safari vehicles for the duration of our Safari. Only one guest per row in the vehicles, but do note that the front seat next to the driver counts as a row.
- Daily laundry service (except on days we travel between camps).
- Soft drinks, bottled water, house wine, beer and spirits.
- All park fees and conservation fees.
- Double occupancy accommodations at all camps and lodges. We’ll match you up with a roommate of the same gender if needed and available. If you are single and we cannot pair you up, there may be a single supplement fee.
What’s Not Included?
- Round Trip air transportation from your home to Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Entry Visas and any airport departure fees.
- Single rooming arrangements, if available.
- Premium wines and spirits.
- Any items of a personal nature purchased at camps and lodges.
- Tips for our guides and camp staff.
- Anything else not specifically listed in “What’s Included” above.
$5000 non-refundable deposit to book your place on this safari, due immediately
Final payment due July 15, 2015
We recommend trip and cancellation insurance.
All of our standard terms and conditions (except for non-refundable deposit, see above) apply.
You’ll sign up by clicking the button below, registering with Muench Workshops for this safari. Then, we’ll connect you with our agent Eyes On Adventure. Pam from EOA will handle any questions you have!