Best of Chobe, Botswana – Photo Safari


Various Dates Are Available (7 Days).  Please check “Overview” for actual departure dates.

We firmly believe that The Chobe is one of the best wildlife photography destinations in Southern Africa – if not the whole continent.

With the completion of the Pangolin Chobe Hotel in 2018,  our partner and us can now offer the most comprehensive Chobe photographic experience on land as well as the river in one simple and great value itinerary. Three nights at the Pangolin Mobile Camp and then three more at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel.

These safaris are offered on set departure dates of no more than eight clients accompanied by a Pangolin Photo Host throughout. We also supply you with cameras and telephoto lenses (subject to availability) to use for the duration should you require.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Bird, Camping, Landscape, Photo Tours, Safari, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Best of Chobe, Botswana – Photo Safari.


  • Photograph the best of Chobe National Park with a professional photo host
  • Stay at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel, a photography-inspired hotel designed specially for photographers
  • 3 nights “Glamping” experience & 3 nights at the hotel
  • Intensive photo opportunities

If you have any questions in regards to this trip, please use the following form to contact us:

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 3 nights at The Pangolin Mobile Camp
  • 3 nights at Pangolin Chobe Hotel
  • Twice daily game activities
  • Photo Tuition from The Pangolin Photo Host
  • Cameras, lenses and memory cards (subject to availability)
  • Daily photo review sessions (own laptop needed)
  • All meals and drinks
  • Airport transfers (if required)
  • Park fees and tourism levies
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International air-tickets (return)
  • Meals not indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses: meals, drinks, telephone calls, room service, laundry, etc.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new and sudden increase of Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for tour leader, driver and staff on tours
  • Single supplement of $650 for solo travellers
  • All Other Services not mentioned above
  1. Day 1 Please enquire for available dates

    The mobile camp is hosted by one of the Pangolin Photo Hosts who will supply you with a camera and telephoto lens and show you how to make the most of every photo opportunity on the morning and afternoon game drives. The same photo host will be with you throughout this safari and the intention is that you will be a far better photographer at the end with an “armoury” of new photographic skills at your disposal.

    This safari starts with a game drive through the national park in our custom 8-seater (everyone has a window seat) Landcruiser to the Pangolin Mobile Camp which is based in the North Westerly sector of the park. We make use of private campsites deep in the bush reserved exclusively for our camp. There are five large walk-in tents sleeping a maximum of eight guests (room for a couple of singles) with a dining tent that doubles as an editing area.

    Each of the tents has twin (proper) beds with quality linen and a private ensuite bathroom behind. This comprises a toilet, basin and a bucket shower that can be filled to the brim with warm water straight from the campfire when needed. This is “glamping”!

    Our chefs are masters at producing delicious meals from the nearby bush kitchen and the support vehicle has enough cold storage to make sure the drinks are always chilled. After dinner, there is time to sit around the campfire and enjoy this true wilderness experience.

    The animals of The Chobe are generally very relaxed, which is one of the main reason why photography is so good, and you will often have herds of herbivores like elephants, zebra and buffalo wandering past the camp during the day.

  2. Day 2 Please enquire for available dates

    Full day at Chobe National Park with twice daily game drives, looking out for fantastic wildlife photo opportunities.

  3. Day 3 Please enquire for available dates

    Full day at Chobe National Park with twice daily game drives, looking out for fantastic wildlife photo opportunities.

  4. Day 4 Please enquire for available dates

    Today, we will pack up the vehicles and head East towards the Pangolin Chobe Hotel.

    The Pangolin Chobe Hotel sits on the plateau overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi Floodplains below. Completed in 2018 the hotel has 14 guide rooms and is designed around a wildlife photography gallery featuring inspiring images from Africa and beyond.

    With its proximity to the Chobe river, the majority of the game activities are done on the Pangolin Photo Boats with the same photo host who accompanied you on the first part of the trip.

    By this time you will have improved your photography and will be feeling confident shooting on the manual camera settings. This will allow you more creative control over your images and we spend more time on the boats perfecting various techniques.

    The boats seat 8 people all in a row down the middle with room for everyone to rotate 360 degrees. Each seat is has a custom camera gimbal on which we mount your camera and lens. We tend to use bigger telephoto lenses (150-600mm) on the river than on the game drives (100-400mm) as you don’t need to hand hold the cameras on the boat.

    We do twice daily game activities on the river and also one or two game drives on a very productive part of the Chobe that we could not get to from the mobile camp.

    In between the activities you can relax at the eco-pool or make use of our air-conditioned editing room at the end of the gallery. Your photo host will be on hand during the day to help you with post-production. Access to computers is limited in the Chobe so we suggest that you perhaps bring a laptop with you for image review sessions.

    Meals are taken as often as possible out on the deck or the inter-leading dining room with our fabulous chefs dishing out wholesome meals with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The evening meals vary from Braai (Barbeque) Nights to gourmet pizzas cooked in our woodfired oven. Most dietary needs can be catered for.

    The Pangolin bar on the upper floor has spectacular views and the best cocktails in Kasane and is a great place to relax after dinner with your fellow travellers. Alternatively, the sunken fire pit is always a hit!

  5. Day 5 Please enquire for available dates

    Full day at Chobe National Park with twice daily game drives or boating activities, looking out for fantastic wildlife photo opportunities.

  6. Day 6 Please enquire for available dates

    Full day at Chobe National Park with twice daily game drives or boating activities, looking out for fantastic wildlife photo opportunities.

  7. Day 7 Please enquire for available dates

    On the final day we will either transfer you to the airport if you are heading home or we can arrange extensions at any of our partner properties in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Please chat to your travel designer about options.


Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

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