Keen wildlife photographers are invited to join Pui Hang for this eight-night photography holiday to capture images of the wildlife of the Chobe River during September 2024.


Chobe National Park has an impressive abundance of animal life. Elephant & buffalo are a constant presence on the riverbanks in the dry months. Burchell's zebra is very common, while you can find smaller numbers of sable, roan & greater kudu in the park interior. Lion, wild dog, & cheetah are all frequently found.

The areas alongside the Chobe river are photography heaven, where the light varies dramatically during the day. The golden flush of sunrise accompanies early morning; warm, iridescent light spreads through the park. Rich yellows, reds, & oranges catch the mists above the Zambezi River & bathe the park in a spectral glow.

Thousands of animals on the floodplains kick up a lot of dust, creating fabulous photo opportunities as the sun goes down. Less apparent are some of the smaller mammals, such as the Chobe subspecies of bushbuck. The red lechwe is prevalent in marshy areas. Some of the small predators include Selous' mongoose, serval & wild cat.

The Chobe & Zambezi Rivers form the northern edge of the park & the borders between Botswana, Namibia & Zambia.

Chobe perpetually has water, so it's an incredibly popular migratory destination. Animals start arriving from May onward & by July, the wildlife population has swelled to a truly massive size.

The best time to visit Chobe is between June & September, at the height of the dry season, when the vegetation is at its lowest & the animal population is at its highest.

Simply put, Chobe National Park is one of 's most prolific photographic safari destinations.

We have two bases for this eight-night photography holiday to capture images of the , the first is the famous Pangolin Chobe Hotel, whilst the second is the new Pangolin Photo Camp, a tented camp located in the delta itself. Situated in a particularly game-rich area of the park, it is not uncommon to see as much wildlife in the camp as on the game drives. You can watch hippos & elephants from the camp's deck, as well as enjoy Chobe River's extraordinary birdlife.

What animals are to be found on the Chobe River?


The area includes the largest congregation of African elephants in the world. Up to 150,000 of these large mammals live in relative peace on both sides of the river, crossing from one side to another at their convenience.

There's no lack of wildlife & variety in the Chobe National Park; you will be able to photograph elephants, giraffes, hippo's, many species of antelope & birds. During this eight-night wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday, we hope to provide you with photographic opportunities with the wildlife up close on all of the land & water-based safaris within our itinerary.

Cape congregate in large herds, whilst the distinctive stripes of the zebra are a common sight. Rivers are filled with hippos, grunting & guffawing during the day. Crocodiles sunbathe on the banks of the river, causing an uproar when grazers come close.

High in the trees, Baboons cause a commotion whilst various large antelope species graze around the riverbanks. You will see endangered puku, tsessebe, & many more.

Chobe National Park is also the home of predators. Within the national park, lions, , cheetahs, hyenas, & even wild dogs are found.

What Birds are found alongside the Chobe River?


Chobe National Park is a hotspot for bird photography. It has the highest density of raptor species in Southern , including the bateleur eagle & the vulnerable lappet-faced vulture. Other important species include the kori bustard (Africa's biggest flying bird), the Pel's fishing owl, & the pallid harrier, a near-threatened Palearctic migrant. African skimmers can be found near the river; burrows line the banks of the Chobe, made by the magnificent Southern Carmine Bee-Eater.

What animals are to be found within the Okavango Delta?

The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin & is often referred to as the ‘jewel' of the Kalahari.


The main species that we will be hoping for within the Okavango Delta include elephant, , , zebra, hippo, crocodile, , red lechwe, , reedbuck, duiker, , kudu, steenbok, , hartebeest, sable, roan, tsessebe, lion, leopard, cheetah, genet, serval & along with an immense variety of birds – land & water, resident & migratory, some of which are rare & endangered.

When is the best time to visit the Chobe River?


There is no such thing when it comes to the Chobe; the National Park changes dramatically with the seasons, making it a year-round destination. has both wet & dry seasons. In Chobe National Park, you will find a wider variety of bird species through the wet season. When it comes to game migration: during the dry season, most animals linger around the riverside. When the wet season commences, the area of Savuti provides spectacular game sightings. Although this is worth visiting all year round, April, May & November are excellent times.
An image typical of those that you should be able to capture during our Fantastic Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday

Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River Photography Holiday Itinerary

The following is the proposed itinerary for this photography holiday, it should be considered provisional & subject to change.
  • Day 1 - Kasane Airport - transfer to to our hotel alongside the Chobe River - overnight Pangolin Chobe Hotel
  • Day 2 - Morning & afternoon boat photography safaris on the Chobe River - overnight Pangolin Chobe Hotel
  • Day 3 - Morning & afternoon boat photography safaris on the Chobe River - overnight Pangolin Chobe Hotel
  • Day 4 - Morning & afternoon boat photography safaris on the Chobe River - overnight Pangolin Chobe Hotel
  • Day 5 - Morning boat photography safari on the Chobe River - transfer to Okavango Delta - Afternoon safari taking photographic opportunities with the wildlife found within the Okavango Delta - overnight Photo camp within the Okavango Delta
  • Day 6 - Morning & afternoon safaris taking photographic opportunities with the wildlife found within the Okavango Delta - overnight Photo camp within the Okavango Delta
  • Day 7 - Morning & afternoon safaris taking photographic opportunities with the wildlife found within the Okavango Delta - overnight Photo camp within the Okavango Delta
  • Day 8 - transfer to Kasane - overnight Kasane
  • Day 9 - transfer to Kasane AIrport
An image typical of those that you should be able to capture during our Fantastic Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday

Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River Photography Holiday Highlights

We have taken care to refine the itinerary for this wildlife photography holiday; as such, we consider the following to be amongst the highlights of this tour.
  • Chobe is home to the four of the Big Five, there are no rhinos in the park
  • Regular sightings of lion, the usually elusive cheetah, wild dog & leopard
  • Chobe has the world’s biggest concentration of elephants
  • Our itinerary includes plenty of boat-based game viewing
  • As well as elephants in the waters of the river – hippos & crocodiles are plentiful
  • Chobe National Park is renowned for its birdlife
  • There are more than 450 species of birds found in the park, including cormorants, pelicans, herons, egrets, bustards, cranes, plovers, lapwings, storks, giant kingfishers, bee eaters, & of course, the iconic African fish eagle
  • Our itinerary starts & ends at Victoria Falls, Africa’s biggest waterfall & one of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • Great guide to client ratio of 1:4
  • May be combined with our Awe-inspiring Wildlife of Mana Pools photography holiday for those who want a longer trip
An image typical of those that you should be able to capture during our Fantastic Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday
An image typical of those that you should be able to capture during our Fantastic Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday
An image typical of those that you should be able to capture during our Fantastic Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance – it is a requirement when booking on any wildlife photography holiday scheduled by NaturesLens that you have adequate travel insurance, we suggest a policy from TrailFinders or Campbell Irvine.

Camera Insurance

Insuring your camera equipment before embarking on any wildlife photographic holiday is crucial. Our trips often involve venturing into remote, & sometimes unpredictable environments where accidents & unexpected incidents occur. Insuring your camera gear provides financial protection against theft, loss, or damage, ensuring your investment is safeguarded.

Wildlife photography involves capturing unique & irreplaceable moments, & without proper insurance, any unforeseen mishap could result in significant monetary losses. By insuring your equipment, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unfortunate events, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of wildlife & capture stunning photographs without worry.

We recommend PhotoGuard for amateur photographers or Glover Howe, who we use.

An image typical of those that you should be able to capture during our Fantastic Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday

The Elephants of the Chobe River

The Chobe River region has the most significant concentration of African elephants worldwide. Up to 150,000 of these giant mammals live in relative serenity on both sides of the river, traversing from one side to the other at their pleasure.

You are invited to join us for our eight-night itinerary to photograph large herds of cape buffalo grazing at the edge of the River Chobe, elephants taking a bath in the waters & much more

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday is a eight-night duration event, that costs £6499 & takes place in Victoria Falls in Botswana, between the dates of 13th - 21st September 2024. It is ideal for photographing large herds of cape buffalo grazing at the edge of the River Chobe, elephants taking a bath in the waters & much more within the Okavango Delta. This photography holiday is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday is offered on a full board, shared - single occupancy is available at cost basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 7, plus Pui Hang.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday starts & ends at Victoria Falls Airport. Transfers are included between Victoria Falls Airport & Victoria Falls then onwards to the Chobe River & Okavango Delta.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday requires a deposit of £1300 to secure a place.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday is a eight-night duration event, that costs £6499 & takes place in Victoria Falls in Botswana, between the dates of 13th - 21st September 2024. It is ideal for photographing large herds of cape buffalo grazing at the edge of the River Chobe, elephants taking a bath in the waters & much more within the Okavango Delta. This photography holiday is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday is offered on a full board, shared - single occupancy is available at cost basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 7, plus Pui Hang.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday starts & ends at Victoria Falls Airport. Transfers are included between Victoria Falls Airport & Victoria Falls then onwards to the Chobe River & Okavango Delta.

The Amazing Wildlife of the Chobe River photography holiday requires a deposit of £1300 to secure a place.

NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead.

In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.

All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.

NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.

NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.

NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday participants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.

Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

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