BOTSWANA PHOTO SAFARI

£ 2890

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Explore Botswana’s wilderness during this exclusive photo safari.

With stunning rocky landscapes, prime opportunities for big cat sightings, large herds of elephants, crystal clear starry nights and a vast array of bird species: the Tuli Block in Botswana is the perfect photo safari destination.

Join us for a weeklong adventure in this river-side wilderness, and capture some of these breath-taking sights under the guidance of wildlife and conservation photographer Alan Hewitt. You will stay at a safari-style camp in the heart of the game reserve and your days will be filled with game drives, walking safaris, photography workshops and unforgettable wildlife encounters. Along the way, you’ll receive photographic tutoring by Alan Hewitt, who will help you sharpen your skills, at whichever level you are as a photographer.

If you’re up for a longer wildlife photography adventure, you can combine this trip with our South African photo safari! Based in the Timbavati, an exclusive collection of private game reserves, this safari offers an incredible Big Five experience and it compliments the photo safari in Botswana in a great way.

QUICK FACTS
Botswana
Aug 1 – 7, 2024 / Aug 15 – 21, 2024
Wildlife Photography
Leader: Alan Hewitt
Group Size: Max. 6
All Photography Levels
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Botswana photo safari
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Exceptionally beautiful landscapes

The vistas at Tuli Block offer stunning backdrops for your wildlife photography

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Great for big cat photography

Tuli Block is home to lions, leopards and cheetahs

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Unique photographic opportunities

Visit a nearby hyena den or go on a night-drive to spot the elusive bat-eared fox

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Perfect for walking safaris

Access amazing photographic perspectives

  1. Exceptional landscapes 
  2. Big cat photography 
  3. Unique photographic opportunities
  4. Perfect for walking safaris
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THE DESTINATION

This Botswana photo safari is based in the beautiful Tuli Block. Described by Lonely Planet as ‘Botswana’s best kept secret’, Tuli Block is a nature reserve marked by far-stretching and striking landscapes: vast moon-like rocky plains, large riverbeds lined with giant trees, and stark blue skies. The dry winter season offers prime game-viewing and exceptionally clear starry nights, whilst the rainy summer season sees carpets of wildflowers spring from the ground: refreshed by spectacular thunderstorms. It is a land populated by lions, leopards, large herds of elephants, hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, and cheetahs. The Tuli Block is also home to an impressive variety of bird species, including (but certainly not limited to) Meyer’s Parrot, African Scops-Owl, Meve’s Starling, Southern Black Tit, Little Sparrowhawk, and a mating pair of Verreaux Eagles – a paradise for birding enthusiasts!

ACCOMMODATION

Sheltered by Mashatu and Apple-leaf trees and only a few hundred meters from the banks of the Limpopo River, you will be staying at a safari camp right in the heart of the wilderness you journeyed here to photograph. You will spend your nights in a comfortable two-bed safari-style tent, fully serviced with hot running water, en-suite showers, and flush toilets. There are electric fans and lamps in each tent and bedding, towels, and soap are supplied. You’ll enjoy three meals a day with your fellow attendees in the camp’s beautiful open air dining area, which also features a fire pit and a splash pool to help you unwind and cool off after a day of breath-taking wildlife photography under the African sun. 

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY

The Tuli Block is a fantastic location for photographing some of Botswana’s larger species such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants, but we’ll also focus on smaller wildlife during your photo safari, both during game drives and on foot, like jackals, honey badgers, different antelope, and birds of prey. The Tuli Block offers some unique photographic opportunities too; near our lodge, for instance, there’s a hyena den that will allow us to observe and photograph these fascinating animals from unusually nearby, and the elusive bat-eared fox can sometimes be spotted on night-drives. This area truly is brimming with life, offering a huge variety and abundance of photographic subjects to enrich your portfolio. 

The breath-taking vistas of the Tuli Block provide a unique backdrop for your wildlife photography and, for those keen, also offer exciting landscape photography opportunities. The bright, clear, and expansive night skies offer a chance to explore astrophotography too. 

Your guide, Alan, will time your game drives and walking safaris to both harness the best possible lighting conditions for your photographs, and to suit the behaviours of the animals you’re tracking; he’ll do his upmost to make sure that you’re in the right place at the right time for those prime photographic opportunities. 

PHOTOGRAPHIC TUTORING

Alan, an experienced wildlife photographer, will be there to assist you throughout your photo safari and to help you take the best possible wildlife images. His tuition will be tailored to everyone’s level; you’ll be able to get as much or as little guidance as you would like. Tuition will most likely include camera settings, exposure, aperture, creative techniques, as well as post-processing. The tuition will happen both during game drives and other activities, and during sessions at our accommodation; it’s flexible and adaptable to everyone’s needs. If there’s anything in particular you would like to learn – be sure to ask! It is our hope that you’ll return home from your Botswana photo safari with an enriched portfolio and improved photography skills that you can implement in all your future photographic expeditions. 

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YOUR 7-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1

Touch down in Botswana! We’ll collect you OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and take you on the 6-hour drive to Tuli Game Reserve. Once there, you can settle into your tent, enjoy your first meal under the riverine trees and let the hum of the African bush lull you to sleep, ready for an unforgettable week.

Day 2 - 6

You’ll spend the next five days enjoying game drives, walking safaris, photography workshops and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. Alan will be with you every step of the way, offering tailored tuition, feedback, and guidance on all things photography. 

Day 7

It’s time to head home, or to wherever you’re off to next. We’ll drive you back to Johannesburg airport with a portfolio filled with photographs of the stunning wildlife, landscapes and skyscapes to be witnessed in beautiful Botswana.

QUICK FACTS
Tuli, Botswana
Aug 1 – 7, 2024 / Aug 15 – 21, 2024
Wildlife Photography
Leader: Alan Hewitt
Group Size: Max. 6
All Photography Levels

£ 2890

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INCLUDES
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers to and from Johannesburg
  • All game drives and walking safaris
  • Photographic tutoring by Alan Hewitt
  • All entrance fees
EXCLUDES
  • International flights to Johannesburg
  • Travel insurance
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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • SLR camera
  • A range of lenses; ideally ranging from wide angle for landscape to telephoto for wildlife
  • Tripod or bean bag
  • Sturdy camera bag
  • Laptop if you’re keen to improve your post-production skills, and/or if you’d like to review your images with Alan

WORKSHOP LEADER

Alan Hewitt photography

Alan Hewitt is a wildlife and conservation photographer, writer, and workshop leader. Mainly driven by his appreciation for and fascination of wildlife, Alan’s aim with his photography is to document our natural world and use this as a tool for conservation. His work has been used to support wildlife conservation organisations in Kenya, as well as ones closer to his home in the UK, including campaigns to save nature reserves that are home to iconic and endangered species. Alan is an official UK ambassador for FUJIFILM.

£ 2890

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INCLUDES
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers to and from Johannesburg
  • All game drives and walking safaris
  • Photographic tutoring by Alan Hewitt
  • All entrance fees
EXCLUDES
  • International flights to Johannesburg
  • Travel insurance

WORKSHOP LEADER

Alan Hewitt photography

Alan Hewitt is a wildlife and conservation photographer, writer, and workshop leader. Mainly driven by his appreciation for and fascination of wildlife, Alan’s aim with his photography is to document our natural world and use this as a tool for conservation. His work has been used to support wildlife conservation organisations in Kenya, as well as ones closer to his home in the UK, including campaigns to save nature reserves that are home to iconic and endangered species. Alan is an official UK ambassador for FUJIFILM.

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