Discover Botswana 2024

      Chobe National Park, and the Okavango Delta, Botswana

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      David W. Shaw Photo Workshops
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      31 reviews
      Apr 22 - May 4, 2024
      Group size: 3 - 10
      Discover Botswana 2024
      Chobe National Park, and the Okavango Delta, Botswana

      David W. Shaw Photo Workshops
      • Email address verified
      31 reviews

      Apr 22 - May 4, 2024
      Group size: 3 - 10

      About this trip

      With over 500 species of birds and 160 mammals, northern Botswana is one of the world’s great wildlife destinations. A vast area with few people, the region is home to the iconic Okavango Delta, an enormous wetland where rivers flow in, but never out, providing a literal oasis in the desert. Despite the natural wonders, it is uncrowded, and very frequently, we will be alone with the wildlife. Our trip utilizes comfortable mobile tent camps, which allow us privacy, isolation, and a connection to the place that no hotel can provide. Fully equipped with good beds, great food, and hot showers, this is truly the way to experience Botswana.  Scheduled for the early dry season, the timing of this workshop means fewer tourists, more birds, and the unique opportunity to photograph and view wildlife during the northward migration of animals from the Kalahari to Chobe National Park.

      What’s included

      • Meals
        All meals after arrival in Johannesburg.
      • Transportation
        From Johannesburg to Botswana and return, plus all ground transport.
      • Safari
      • Safari Lodging
        Comfortable mobile tent camps
      • 2 nights hotel
        Pre and post safari in Johannesburg, South Africa
      • Guide Service
        Photo guides, and local safari guides

      What’s not included

      • Tips

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy

      Select if you are traveling with a companion who will be sharing your accommodations.

      $7,500
      Deposit: $500
      Single Occupancy

      Select if you are traveling alone and will have single accommodations. 

      $7,900
      Deposit: $500


      Itinerary

      Day 1
      Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa

      As you clear customs in Johannesburg, a driver will be waiting to whisk you off to our local guesthouse, a short distance from the airport. There, we'll meet for our first dinner, where we can meet our fellow travelers, discuss the upcoming adventure, and answer any last-minute questions you have. The next morning, we'll be off to Botswana!

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      David W. Shaw Photo Workshops
      31 reviews
      David W. Shaw Photography Workshops offers small group photo workshops and tours in Alaska, the lower 48, Africa, South, and Central America. Custom trips and scheduled workshops will take you from the wilds of Alaska's Brooks Range to the wildlife-filled wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Join me!

      Reviews

      It was a fantastic experience. David is an amazing photographer and workshop leader! Couldn’t have asked for more. Highly recommend and I will definitely join him on another adventure in the future!
      By Dean D for Bears of Katmai National Park 2024 on Jul 16, 2024
      The trip was awesome. Well planned. Transportation, lodging, and food were excellent. Great variety as we visited Brooks Falls/Katmai Natl Park, Lake Clark Natl Park, Homer area, and a cruise on the waters in the Homer area. Several short side treks that kept us busy and were also interesting. Dave and Mark (tour operator and guides) were very knowledgeable and experience added great value. Would highly recommend touring with David Shaw Photography.
      By David G for Bears of Katmai National Park 2024 on Jul 15, 2024
      I signed up for Dave’s workshop a year in advance (to join Discover Botswana - April 2024) because it offered me the opportunity to fully immerse and really focus on my photography craft. Essential skills such as understanding my camera capabilities and settings, lighting and basic photo editing software (Lightroom) and skills while being safe yet totally off the grid for 10 days. I walked away from the experience and journey by road across Botswana having truly had the TIME OF MY LIFE, the most enjoyable, knowledge gaining, wildlife and photography focused adventure. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from this experience. Dave communicated clearly with all required information and logistics before and during the trip, he was quick to respond to any questions and his depth of kindness and warmth made this adventure extra special. You could see he had a great relationship with the safari team at Early Kingfisher Safaris (think this was his 8th year traveling with them). Connecting with people is an important value to me and Dave was warm, welcoming and joyful while also inviting the group to some form of photography or editing lesson after our lunch. Yet again, I got to meet and nurture new amazing friendships with the rest of the group and hold now cherished memories from our two weeks together in Botswana. I would thoroughly recommend Dave and his vision for photography and adventure to anyone looking to gift themselves with such an experience. I have already signed up to my next trip with Dave for January 2025.
      By Ronnie G for Discover Botswana 2024 on May 19, 2024
      An amazing experience traveling from Maun to Kasane, staying in 3 camps and 1 lodge along the way. The game drives were incredible experiences with knowledgable local guides and trackers (Sam and Paul) and excellent photography coaching from Dave and Jennifer (one in each vehicle). On several days we had some lunchtime coaching sessions on camera settings and editing photos that were really helpful. One evening we had coaching on night sky photography as we gaped in awe at the starry sky and milky way! We saw so many different animals, with multiple African Wild Dog sightings - including a hunt!! Lions and cubs, Leopards, two Cheetah brothers in the golden afternoon hours, Buffalo, Elephants, Zebra, Servals, Jackals, Honey Badgers, Antelopes galore in all shapes and sizes...the list goes on. Between the great guides/trackers, Dave and Jennifer we moved into great positions for photography. We were well fed - 5 times a day! I do think my favorite was the morning tea time stop, when "Sam's Cafe" opened out in the field and we would stretch our legs drink tea or coffee and munch on the wonderful rusks. In the evenings in camp you could hear (and sometimes almost feel) the lions roar, hyenas and elephants (in fact I learned elephants can make a growling sound too!). Overall I could not have asked for a better experience.
      By Elaine P for Discover Botswana 2024 on May 14, 2024
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      This trip was full of adventure, fun, good food lovely people and great pro photographers to fill my brain with ideas and creativity. We fully enjoyed the trip, the trackers were incredible and the abundance of animals we saw was indescribable . Thank you Dave, Sam and Paul, Chef Pk, Bara and Beezee and the rest of the staff!
      By Diane B for Discover Botswana 2024 on May 13, 2024
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      Dave's workshops are incredible! I did the Bears of Brooks last July and we saw them all over the park even though the salmon weren't running. Dave knows all the best spots/timing plus he's super knowledgeable about not only the bears but photography of course, the best of both worlds.. When we had a planned fly in from Homer canceled due to weather, Dave worked to find an alternative and we had a great experience boating in ridiculously close to bears out of Soldotna. Like in a rowboat 10 feet away on the water, an experience that even beats going to Brooks (alternative is flying in and being on the ground with them). You also get time in Homer where you do a marine cruise and see so many animals including puffin and otters- a unique trip. Dave takes care of everything, and tailors to the members of the group needs. Multiple times, a part of our group chose to go for a walk or an extra trip to lower river while waiting on the water taxi, while others waited at the lodge for us. Or, when we had to leave Brooks early one day, he offered a hike around the area or downtime-with a small group we had lots of options when we had downtime. He is also great at helping both advanced photographers and newbies like me get the most out of the experience. I cannot recommend him enough. I'm going to Africa with him next and wish I could just do his workshops all year long.
      By Christi C on 25 Jan, 2024