“As a professional wildlife photographer, based full-time in Africa, the question I am asked the most often is “Where is the best place in Africa is to go on safari?” This is a tough question because Africa has so many fine safari destinations, but if you really press me for an answer then I will say that the Okavango Delta is Africa’s top wilderness safari destination…” – Greg du Toit
The Okavango is not only one of Africa’s last great wildernesses and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it is also totally unique, a place where the water, desert and sky meet. It feels like the furthest place from civilization and yet the camps are luxurious and intimate. More importantly, the area consists of private concessions and each is the size of the game reserves and parks that you find in other African countries, yet there are only one or two camps per concession. This means that you will search for photographic subjects in splendid isolation, driving for hours without seeing any other vehicles.
Not only is the Okavango breathtakingly beautiful with big skies, lots of water, lush bush and beautiful birds; it is also the ultimate location in Africa to combine painted wolf and big cat photography.
For this very special safari we have secured bookings at two different camps but in adjacent concessions. Both camps are located close to the heart of the delta, the Moremi Game Reserve, but by spreading ourselves across two neighbouring concessions, we drastically increase our chances of seeing the big cats and especially the painted wolves and cheetah, whose home ranges are larger.
The Okavango delta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Africa’s most beautiful, unique and pristine wilderness wildlife areas. It is also one of the largest inland delta systems in the world.
April is a best kept secret in the Okavango. The weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold, and unlike the rest of the green season (especially November), the chances of rain are minimal. The flood waters are also low at this time, allowing you to penetrate and photograph the delta fringes.
The Okavango Delta is the best place in Africa to see both big cats and painted wolves. The Chitabe concession has consistently, for the past decade, provided the very best wildlife sightings of any concession in the delta. The newer Qorokwe concession borders it to the south, offering the same sublime wildlife opportunities. Photographing in these two adjacent concessions means that your chances of finding predators increases as you cover a wider area, one that includes entire predator territories plus painted wolf and cheetah home ranges.
This small group photo safari caters for only 3 photographers total, which means that you will receive expert personal tuition that larger scheduled safaris cannot offer. This Okavango safari plays out on two private concessions with a limited number of vehicles allowed at each sighting. With our own private safari truck, you will also spend quality time at each sighting. Off-road driving is allowed and having an entire row to yourself, you will have maximum freedom to capture exceptional wildlife images.
Professional African wildlife photographer, Greg du Toit, has spent the last decade exploring the Okavango and he will be your personal host and guide on this safari.