13-day Botswana Photographic Safari with Tyler Garnham

16 to 28 of March 2024

This is an exclusive opportunity to travel with one of the best travel and adventure photographers out there – Tyler Garnham. With more than 20 years as a professional in the competitive Canadian pro photographic industry, Tyler has a passion for the outdoors and for travel. You will be sure to learn an immense amount of techniques, and see a lot on this special, one off trip.

Visit Tyler’s website to see what he does – www.tylergarnham.com
Find Tyler on Facebook –¬†facebook.com/tylergarnhamphoto

Clinton Рyour professional safari guide  Рwas born and raised in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. He is both a Botswana and Zimbabwe-qualified safari guide. In the recent years he has worked in the filming industry for independent filming companies, as well as working on filming projects for National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He best describes himself as a passionate naturalist, having fine-tuned interests and skills in the fields of both fauna and flora including a good knowledge of photography. He also has extensive experience with walking safaris.

There are limited remaining seats on this photographic safari.

Highlights

  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Khwai Community Area
  • Savuti, Chobe National Park
  • Kasane
  • Zimbabwe

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Moremi Game Reserve

Greetings, and welcome to Maun, Botswana ~ gateway to the Okavango Delta! Your adventure is about to begin...

On arrival at the airport, please complete entry formalities - proceed through customs and immigration, collect your luggage and make your way to the arrivals hall. Your professional guide, Clinton and photographer, Tyler will be there eagerly awaiting your appearance.

Once everyone has connected, you will make your way to the first of the mobile sites, in the magnificent Moremi Game Reserve area. As this is a private safari, enjoy the peaceful ambience of the camp and the sights and sounds of the wilderness and wildlife nearby. A mobile safari is an all encompassing experience. From the moment you enter the National Parks in Botswana you are surrounded by an incredibly un-spoilt wilderness area, even the transfers to the campsites are part of your safari adventure!

As you will experience, activities vary in different areas but your day predominantly follows the same routine, with the exception of transfer days where you move campsites. Today, depending on the time of arrival at your site, you may get out for a late afternoon game drive, Clinton and Tyler will be keen to show you all the creatures great and small that make up this incredible area. On return to camp, freshen up before gathering around the fire for fireside refreshments, tales of the day, followed by a delicious dinner and a well earned nights sleep.

All meals are prepared over an open fire, whetting your appetite with tantalizing aromas and offering hearty and healthy bush cuisine. Meals can either be taken at a set dining table or enjoyed in a relaxed manner around the campfire. Evenings are spent relaxing and star gazing, as the guide and camp crew take care of cleaning up after dinner.

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Day 2 – 3 : Moremi Game Reserve

On a full day in camp you generally wake at sunrise and gather around the campfire for that 'essential' cup of tea or coffee. As everyone rises and prepares for the morning game drive, a light breakfast is served of cereal, toast, fruit and rusks.¬†Heading out as early as is permitted to be the first on the roads to track fresh spoor left from the animal's overnight activities ‚Äď you may spot fresh lion tracks walking straight past the camp or evidence of a passing herd of buffalo not far away.¬†Your guide assesses where would be the best area to head on your game drive depending on what calls were heard during the night as well as the tracks found on the road and you will go of to investigate further. Part of the unique appeal of Botswana is that the wildlife moves naturally and you are actually 'searching' for them, which can lead to the most amazing sightings and a great appreciation and respect for the bush.

On the morning game drives, you will stop for morning tea and generally head back to camp by late morning. In camp we enjoy a lunch or brunch, depending on the time, and then there is plenty of time for showers and that great safari tradition 'siesta time'. Many people read or write in a journal and others just catch up on sleep after their early awakening! Meeting together for afternoon tea and then heading out on the afternoon activity, perhaps seeking a new area or returning to a great morning sighting.  Returning to camp in the evening to gather around the fire before dinner and retiring for the night.

A boat cruise is included during your stay in Moremi - your guide will discuss the details with you in camp and when would be best to go - the water aspect offers alternative photographic opportunities so be sure to have your camera gear ready.

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Day 4 : Khwai Community Area

Today is a camp to camp transfer day as you pack down and make your way to the Khwai Community Conservancy.

On the days that the camp is moved, the day follows a different pattern in that the time you depart from camp depends on the weather and how much time is allocated for each campsite and for the transfer to it. Your guide will brief you the evening prior and combine his knowledge of the wildlife, safety, road and weather conditions when planning your activities and transfers throughout the trip.

Depending on the time of arrival at the next site, you may get out for a late afternoon game drive, before returning to camp to freshen up before dinner and another nights well earned rest.

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Day 5 – 6 : Khwai Community Area

Falling into the daily routine, spend the next two days exploring this fascinating community conservancy area.

Morning and afternoon game drives as well as game walks, night drives and a mokoro excursion are included in your three night stay here. After each day's adventure, return to camp to gather around the fire before dinner and retiring for the night.

A mokoro excursion is included during your stay in Khwai - your guide will discuss the details with you in camp and when would be best to go - the community interaction (mokoro poler), use of a traditional vessel and water aspect offer unique photographic opportunities so be sure to have your camera gear ready.

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Day 7 – 9 : Savuti, Chobe National Park

Today is a camp to camp transfer day as you pack down and make your way to the Savuti area of Chobe National Park. As  previously detailed, your guide will brief you the evening prior on the day's plan and you will head off for the next site, game viewing along the way. Depending on the time of arrival, you may get out for a late afternoon game drive, before returning to camp to freshen up before dinner and a good nights sleep.

Expect to spend the next two day's exploring the area, enjoying exceptional game viewing and wildlife encounters. Each day, set off to search out the best sightings and photo opportunities; returning to camp each evening for dinner and fireside talks, then drifting off to the night sounds.

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Day 10 : Chobe National Park

Today, camp is taken down for the last time as you make your way through to Kasane - the mobile safari ends and you bid farewell to the camp crew on arrival in Kasane. Your guide will discuss the departure time with you the night prior.

On arrival in Kasane, check in and freshen up before meeting up in the main area for lunch (excluding drinks). Later, you will gather again at reception for an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River including park fees and more exceptional photographic opportunities. On return to the lodge, relax before dinner (excluding drinks) and prepare for your final night in Botswana. Tomorrow, you make your way to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for your final two nights stay.

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Day 11 – 12 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, at a time to be advised by your guide, you will be met at reception and transferred by road to Victoria Falls. Please ensure your passports and travel documents are in order for the border formalities as you exit Botswana and enter Zimbabwe.

On arrival in Victoria Falls, check in, freshen up and enjoy the views from the rooftop bar while you plan your last afternoon and full day. A tour of the Falls is a must do, and can be done on your own - speak to your guide to do this together at a convenient time (entry fee is for your own account).

Additional meals, drinks and activities are at leisure and are for your own account. These can easily be booked with the lodge hosts, and friendly transport can be arranged if required. While you enjoy the last of your time in the adventure capital of the nation there are lots of things to see and do but to give you a hand; some of the activities and dining options we recommend are:

  • Activities - usually include return transfers and park fees
    • An exhilarating helicopter flight -¬†to put the Victoria Falls into perspective when seen from both land and the air
    • A sunset cruise on the Ra-Ikane including drinks and gourmet snacks
  • Dining options - additional transport will need to be arranged
    • For something with a tribal kick - try out the Jungle Junction at The Victoria Falls Hotel¬† (the tribal entertainment is from 19h30, be sure to be seated so as not to miss the action) or the Dusty Road Township Experience
    • For Instagram worthy¬†views and amazing selfies - try out The Lookout Caf√©
    • If you want to rub shoulders with the local residents - try out The Three Monkeys
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Day 13 : Departure

It's time to bid your guide and photographer farewell and prepare yourselves for departure. At a time to be advised by your guide, you will be met at reception and transferred by road to Victoria Falls Airport to check-in and continue with your onward arrangements.

We hope you have had an amazing safari and wish you the very best on your journey home. Thank you for travelling with Safari Life Africa, Safari Life Travel and Tyler Garnham Photography - if you liked this trip, tell us and share the love on social media...

Included

Professional photographer Tyler Garnham and Professional safari guide Clinton Edwards are your hosts during this safari!

9- nights private mobile tented camp in Moremi, Khwai and Savuti on a fully inclusive basis – all meals, local drinks, game & photographic activities, park fees, & inter-camp transfers
Boat cruise in Moremi
Mokoro excursion in Khwai
1-night Chobe Bush Lodge including lunch on day of arrival, dinner & breakfast
Afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River including park fees, snacks and limited drinks
Okavango Air Rescue in Botswana
Road transfer from Chobe Bush Lodge to 528 Victoria Falls
2-nights 528 Victoria Falls including bed & breakfast
Road transfer from 528 Victoria Falls to Victoria Falls Airport

Excluded

International, regional & domestic flights & airport taxes
Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas
Personal, baggage and medical insurance
Any optional activities in Botswana and Victoria Falls
Any pre or post accommodation and associated meals, drinks & activities
Additional meals, drinks and activities other than those specified in the itinerary
Items of a personal nature, personal spending, extra services provided by the lodges (laundry, internet access, etc.)
Toiletries other than toilet paper on the mobile safari
Extras such as flashlights and batteries
Guide gratuities, tipping & porter/baggage handling fees