Most guests arrive into Kasane International Airport from Johannesburg for the start of this safari where you will be met by a member of the Pangolin Team and driven the short distance to our award-winning 14 room Pangolin Chobe Hotel
perched on the plateau overlooking The Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains below. Built around a wildlife photography gallery once you have checked in and settled in your room you will meet the Pangolin Photo Host who will be taking care of you on your land and water based activities while in the Chobe. If you don’t have a camera and telephoto lens then we will be able to lend you one, free of charge, for the duration of your time at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel along with as many memory cards as you can fill. Please note that if you are a novice photographer without your own gear then perhaps joining our Chobe, Delta and Kalahari Hosted Photo Safari (set departure dates) might be a better option if you are looking to use one of our cameras and receive photo tuition throughout your safari from start to finish. As this safari operates throughout the year The Chobe River offers up different subject matter from month to month. In the (African) Summer months between November and April you will have amazing birdlife everywhere as the “migrants” take up their annual residency. There will still be large mammals around such as elephant, buffalo and hippo as well as resident crocs and antelope so all in all an excellent time to photograph with lots of bright green backgrounds and baby animals everywhere. The (African) winter months, between May and October, will see larger numbers of elephants as the water becomes more scarce inland and the river becomes more popular. The reason we chose to start Pangolin in The Chobe is there is always something to photograph in The Chobe. No matter when you decide to join this safari, throughout the year, you are sure to start with a bang and plenty of “keepers”. In-between game activities there will be hosted image review and group editing sessions in the editing room. For this to be truly effective you will need to have your own laptop with you with the latest version of an editing programme installed and updated to the latest version. Our software of choice is Adobe Lightroom and we have a free online course you can start before your arrival so that you are familiar with its functions if you haven’t used it before. On day three of our stay with us there is the option to visit Victoria Falls for the day – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you elect to do so you will be collected in the morning from the hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and driven across into Zimbabwe and to the “Falls”. The journey takes around 1.5 hours. You will have time to see The Falls, have some lunch (we have a couple of recommendations), perhaps take a helicopter flight for an aerial view and quickly stop off at one of the many craft stalls before heading back across the border to Botswana. If you don’t want to see The Falls, or perhaps you have visited there already, you will do the same morning and afternoon photo safaris at the hotel as you did on the previous days. The option is yours to decide upon. Please confirm with your travel planner when you book. Other than that you will be well fed and watered at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel with all the meals and drinks (soft and alcoholic) included in the package – and that goes for the whole itinerary in fact. The rooms are all en-suite and air-conditioned and are configured as double or twin beds. There is lots of storage and desk space with an abundance of plug points for charging. On day four, after the morning activity and a quick bite to eat, we will transfer you back to Kasane Airport to meet your charter flight into The Okavango Delta. The flights usually depart at around 11 am.