The Botswana photographic experience that will blow your mind
In 2016 Lonely Planet declared Botswana the top country in the world to visit! It grabs the top spot thanks to its unusual combination of desert and delta that draws an immense concentration of wildlife!
The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometre upon kilometre of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. But when you immerse yourself on a “Junglers” photographic safari this all changes…
Botswana is so full of life-changing experiences it would be easier to list the things that aren’t remarkable. It is a photographers delight within the world’s largest intact inland Delta; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park. Botswana is the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, including Wild Dog, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Cape Vulture, Wattled Crane, Kori Bustard, and Pel’s Fishing Owl
- Central Kalahari National Park
Nothing can prepare you for the mystery and intensity of southern Africa’s largest and remotest park.
“Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting,” Botswana Tourism
- Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
For most of the year, the series of ‘Pans’ remain desolate and arid! In fact no plant life ever grows on the salt pans, but the fringes are painted with grasslands. And following floods, the two largest pans attract wildlife and most eye-catching are the tens of thousands of flamingos.
“During this time, the pans can be transformed into a powder blue lake, the waters gently lapping the shorelines, and flowing over the pebble beaches – a clear indication of the gigantic, prehistoric lake the Makgadikgadi once was. Research suggests that the Makgadikgadi is a relic of what was once one of the biggest inland lakes Africa has ever had,” Botswana Tourism
- Moremi National Park
It continues to rank as one of the most appealing reserves on the African continent with its rich ecosystem. The annual flood marks a spectacular performance of interaction when wildlife synchronize their movement with the seasonal flood
“Contained within an area of approximately 3900 sq kms, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests. This terrain makes driving Moremi’s many loops and trails both delightful and, at times, totally inspiring,” Botswana Tourism
• Chobe National Park
The Chobe River will wind you in with it’s vast surrounding terrains, ecosystems, and different vibes. It is also famous for its massive populations of both herds of elephant and buffalo.
“Here you may see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may be surrounded by elephants, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross the main road to make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play,” Botswana Tourism
- Savuti National Park
Truly at the interior of the park, Savuté boasts most of the chobe species, except for water-loving antelope. It is best known for its predators,particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations.
“Geographically, Savuté is an area of many curiosities. One of its greatest mysteries is the Savuté channel itself, which has over the past 100 year inexplicably dried up and recommenced its flow several times. This irregular water flow explains the numerous dead trees that line the channel, for they have germinated and grown when the channel was dry and drowned when the channel flowed again,” Botswana Tourism
Junglers Adventure tours is a sustainable service provider who prides themself by offering you some of the best guides on the block! Their guides are all well trained, well-educated and passionate young individuals with a love for travel and tourism. They are all registered with the correct tourism entities, legally well qualified and endorsed by the relevant training institutions such as FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) and DEAT (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism) as well as all of them having First Aid Qualifications as a legal requirement in Southern and East Africa. Their excellent knowledge, skills and experience will provide you with a fun and educational experience throughout your tour.
Day 1: Arrival – Maun Lodge
15 January 2020
Upon arrival at Maun Airport, we will be collected and transferred to the Drifters Maun
Lodge. The Lodge is located on the seasonal bank of the Boteti River. The Lodge offers comfortable
accommodation in tented units overlooking the river.
Guests have the opportunity in the afternoon to swim in the pool or relax, enjoying the serenity of the area. Dinner will be prepared by the Lodge this evening.
Meals Provided: Dinner (Lunch upon arrival in Maun – own expense)
Day 2 – 3: Central Kalahari
16 – 17 January 2020
After a sumptuous breakfast we make our way towards the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the Southern part of Botswana. It is also the second largest Game Reserve in the World. Upon arrival at the gate, lunch is served before we head out for the afternoon game drive on the way to our camp. We will spend 2 nights in the Central Kalahari wild camping.
Meals Provided: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – on both days
Day 4: Makgadikgadi Pans
18 January 2020
Today we venture eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Besides the stark scenery, the Pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert adapted animals. Without disturbing the surface, we make our way to a remote site where we set up camp and take in the isolation and serenity of this expanse. Although we set up tents, we encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars.
Meals Provided: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5: Maun Lodge
19 January 2020
After a relaxed morning we make our way out of the pans and back to the Drifters Maun Lodge.
Time to relax, freshen up and enjoy a meal catered by the Lodge.
Meals Provided: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 6 – 10: Game Reserve and National Parks of Botswana (Moremi, Savuti & Chobe)
20 – 24 January 2020
We say goodbye to the staff at the lodge and make our way to the Game Reserves and
National Parks of Botswana.
In our well-equipped 4×4 vehicle we head into the wilderness, passing remote villages along the way.
We will spend most our time in the parks in search of animals and our guide will take time to explain
the behaviour of the animals we encounter. The vegetation is constantly changing, from open plains,
palm trees and marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands and Acacia scrub as we travel through
Moremi into Savuti and finally into the Chobe flats known for its great herds of elephants.
Each night we will camp in pristine, remote, private sites where there is no sign of Mans existence –
we leave each site in the same condition with the only thing taken are photos and the only thing left
Meals Provided: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – on all 5 days