While all safaris can be beautiful, they aren’t all designed with the photographer in mind. Some don’t offer game drives with adequate equipment. Others have lodges that don’t offer photographic opportunities. Finding a safari lodge that keeps the photographer in mind can be a bit tough.
Here are three different photography-centered safari lodges located in Botswana. Each of these offers plenty of opportunities for photographing your favorite wildlife.
Pangolin Photo Safaris.
Pangolin has grown to become one of the most beloved photo safari companies in all of Africa. They offer photo safari lodges in a variety of locations, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Their goal has been to provide the best possible experience to photographers while using the best possible equipment. They were first able to accomplish this goal by contracting Aliboats in Maun to build a custom boat from scratch for their safaris. The boat is designed with custom camera mounts that can rotate a full 360 degrees. It’s powered by a 100 hp engine that is capable of pushing high speeds while remaining stealthy.
Of course, no safari is complete without an off-road excursion. For this, Pangolin utilizes the Unimog. The Unimog is an off-road vehicle that was originally designed during the 1950’s by the Germans. It has remained relatively the same over the years and is still a very capable machine. It can handle dry sands, wet terrain, and tough bush. It also has enough room for eight photographers on the move.
The company also acquired a high-quality houseboat in 2015. The boat travels along the Zambezi river. It provides a relaxing ride with plenty of opportunities to photograph wildlife. It has been customized to some degree to accommodate for photographers.
Overall, Pangolin has received very favorable reviews from their customers. They offer a variety of packages, ranging from single trips to week long safari adventures. No matter your budget, you can find a package that suits your needs.
AndBeyond Safari Lodge.
AndBeyond offers another great photographic safari experience in Botswana. They focus heavily on providing ideal lodging to their guests. Their lodge comes with Wi-Fi, a library, a gift shop, and a complimentary laundry service. There are also 12 suites with air conditioning, private pools, and outdoor showers.
When you aren’t staying indoors and enjoying the lodge you will be spending time snapping photographs on a safari. AndBeyond offers game drives in the morning and the evening. There are also bush walks and helicopter flights. You can expect to see elephants, lions, wild dogs, hippos, giraffes, and more.
They have several of these lodges located throughout Botswana. Their most popular are located in the Chobe National Park. The Chobe Park is known for its abundance of game and beautiful scenery. It’s the ideal safari destination for any photographer.
Desert & Delta Safaris.
One final company with photographic safari lodges in Botswana is Desert & Delta Safaris. As with Pangolin and AndBeyond, their primary lodge destination in Botswana is located in the Chobe National Park. They have a second lodge in the Okavango Delta that is very popular as well.
Desert & Delta was launched in early 1982. They started by acquiring some of the best safari lodges in the region and then improving them. They pride themselves on having the best lodges and offering the best full safari circuit in all of Botswana.
Choose Your Favorite.
You’re advised to do your research and choose a safari lodge that suits you best. Consider the locations, the equipment, and the reputation of the company offering the safari. Each of the lodges above has something different to offer the photographer in you.