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Photography Safaris in Chobe National Park

Have you ever wanted to improve your photography skills or just have fun while taking as many photos as you can? Then Chobe National Park is the right destination for you because we believe it is the best wildlife photo safari destination in Southern Africa. You will be taking photos of the wildlife within the National park and the common species you should look out for include large herds of elephants, hyenas, zebras, hippos, buffalos, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, leopards, kudus, and different antelope species among others. Common bird species in the National park include thrush nightingale, red-necked falcon, swamp nightjar, Meyer’s parrot, rosy-throated longclaw, Souza’s shrike, and Pel’s fishing owl among others.

Planning a photo safari to Chobe National Park is like any other safari but there are a few things that you need to have a successful photo safari. You will need equipment for your safari and these include the following:

A camera: this is essential in a photo safari and it should be the first thing you pack. You do not need to be a professional photographer to enjoy this type of safari but for as long as you love what you do, you will be able to take good and clear photos. You can carry your camera and if this is not possible, there are a few safari cameras for hire in the shops around the National Park and you can ask your guide to help you choose the perfect camera. As you choose one, make sure that you get a mirrorless camera.

Binoculars: these are to help you see the wildlife clearly including the one that is far away from you. Binoculars with a magnification of 8x33mm will do for your photo safari and do not forget to carry a lens cleaner to wipe off the dust.

A camera bag: the camera bag should be waterproof to protect your camera and the camera equipment. This is where you are to keep all your extra batteries, extra cameras for emergencies, and other relevant equipment.

After getting to know what exactly you need for a photo safari in Chobe, the next step is to make a checklist of what you need for proper planning. Below are some valuable tips that you can follow as you plan for your photo safari in Chobe.

Know what you want: this step is to help you create a list of what you want to take photos of. You need to do a lot of research about your destination and what to expect and as you plan, put it into consideration. A few questions that you should ask yourself as you plan for a photo safari to Chobe are how long will you spend on your safari, are you going to be travelling alone or with a group, what you would like to see ad take photos of and the type of accommodation that is budget, mid-range or luxury facilities.

When to travel: this is an important aspect that you should look into as you plan your photo safari to Chobe National Park. The best time to go will depend on your interests and budget. Chobe is an all-year-round destination with lots of interesting things to see behind the camera lens. The dry season is good for game drives and you will be able to take photos of the different animal species within the National Park and the wet season also known as the green season should not be ignored as this is the best season for birding and you get to take many photos of the different bird species, the few animals that are scarcely seen and the beautiful landscape that dramatically changes and is filled with greenery. Do not ignore the shoulder season (between the dry and wet seasons) as it has a lot to offer. Note that the dry season is also a peak season and the costs are high as compared to the low season.

Search for a good safari company: this is the next step in planning a photo safari to Chobe National Park. Do a lot of research about the different local companies and choose one that works well for you or just follow your gut and choose one that has good reviews. A good local safari company will offer you a 4×4 safari vehicle with lots of space for your equipment and a pop up roof so that you can easily take your photos. Make sure that you get a reliable and qualified safari operator who is good at organizing photo safaris.

Get a guide who is good at photography: in most cases, it is hard for you to choose your guide but if possible, you can put in a request to get a guide who will help with the setting up of the photo equipment and help you will all that you need while taking photos.

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Photo safaris in Chobe

Photo safaris in Chobe National Park can be carried out as you enjoy other activities and some of the best ways to enjoy a photo safari have been listed below so that you can get to choose what works best.

Boat safaris

Boats are a means of transport along the Chobe River and is one of the ways how tourists get to take good shots of the wildlife as the boat glides along. The boats that are used for this kind of safari have custom made chairs that have a 360 rotation cycle and you can get photos all around you just by turning the chair around. There are also camera mounts and gimbals on the boats for your use. The photo tour guide who is on board the boat will help you set up your equipment, placing them in the perfect position to take better shots.

Guided nature walks

Photo safaris are also possible when having a guided nature walk around Chobe National Park. The tour guide will give you all the necessary safety precautions that are needed for a successful photo safari and you will need to follow all the guidelines that are given to you. There are gazetted areas where the guided walks take place and when you get there, you can set up your equipment and take as many photos as you need of animals, birds, and the unique Chobe landscape.

Game drives

Game drives also known as safari drives are the most common activity carried out in Chobe National Park. 4×4 vehicles with an open roof allow tourists to see the wildlife and take good and clear photos. The roofs on the vehicles are to keep the overhead sun from affecting the photos that you take.

Organizing safari photos is quite easy and you can contact us for more information on how to plan an exciting photo safari to Chobe National Park.