Chobe and Zambezi Carmine’s
Join me for a special journey to the waterways of Chobe and Zambezi Mubala Lodge. We will be visiting to #createandexplore all things photographic that the Chobe and Zambezi region has to offer. I guarantee you will become a more creative and inspired photographer after this adventure.
We will be spending three nights in the Chobe on a private houseboat with a road transfer to and from Zambezi Mubala Lodge. An option of an additional night at the beginning of the workshop/tour will be available as per details below. We will be staying on the banks of the magical Zambezi river at the Zambezi Mubala Lodge. This adds an additional option for diversity in the photography no other group can experience during the season with me. NO other operator or Lodge has this unprecedented access to the colony.
This is a snippet of what we got up to in November 2017
The houseboat is spread over three levels.
The lower level the houseboat has five well-appointed en-suite cabins with double or twin beds available depending on the required configuration. The beds are fitted with the finest linen and specialist mattresses. The cabins have built-in cupboards, an air conditioner and the windows are fitted with a mosquito net to allow the gentle breeze from the river and the nighttime sounds of the Chobe National Park to permeate the rooms.
The middle level is occupied by the lounge and dining area along with a deck at the rear which accommodates the Braai (barbeque). The comfortable lounge area is stocked with reference books and binoculars which are yours to use as we drift between our private mooring points. Meals are served at the large dining table and the menu varies depending on what ingredients can be locally sourced throughout the seasons. There is a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy throughout the day at the bar.
The upper level hosts a viewing deck equipped with chairs, sun loungers and a table perfect for topping up those tans in between activities and for witnessing the majestic African sunsets that grace us every evening.
Zambezi Mubala Lodge
Along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, lies the water sanctuary of Zambezi Mubala Lodge. A bird lover’s and photographers dream, this lodge is situated a 5-minute boat cruise to the home of one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters, that live along the banks of the majestic Zambezi.
Birds are often joined by the occasional hippo or crocodile, baking in the shallow waters along the banks. Guests can relax and watch the colours of life sail along the steady current of the river.
Each room overlooks the majestic Zambezi River. These spacious rooms, each has twin or double beds and en-suite bathrooms (showers). Rooms are equipped with mosquito nets and tea and coffee facilities. A small bar fridge allows you to keep any medicines and bottled water cool at all times
The Chobe River Wildlife Adventure:
Arguably one of the best wildlife destinations in Southern Africa where we spend the next 3 days. For this leg of the tour, we use professionally dedicated photo boats with custom designed and built swivel chairs with support arms and gimbal heads to offer you, the photographer the best possible platform to photograph both animals and birds. The Chobe area is home to the highest concentration of elephants in the world, and seeing these majestic animals from a low level on the private photo boat platform as they come down to the water to drink, bath and play, is something that will be ingrained in your memory for good.
Photo opportunities also include those of Buffalo, Lechwe, Sable, Crocodile, Hippo, Puku and much more. Predators include sightings of lion and leopard. The abundant birdlife is amazing with good sightings of African Fish Eagles, African Skimmers, Kingfishers, Bee-Eaters, Herons, Storks and much more. I will pass on much information and techniques that I have built up over the many visits in these areas.
The Carmine Bee-Eaters Breeding Colonies:
From early September every year, the banks of the incredible Zambezi River on Namibia’s Caprivi strip is transformed into a hive of activity, with vivid, vibrant crimson, scarlet, and blue colours flashing through the sky, creating some of the most beautiful visual imaginable in nature. The cause of this breathtaking colour explosion is the arrival of the beautiful Carmine Bee-Eaters from central Africa. They make this long journey south through Africa to their favoured breeding grounds along the banks of the Zambezi River. This spectacle is truly incredible when more than 8 000 birds inhabit a single colony. The best time to view this amazing spectacle is during the morning and evening hours.
As the insects they feed on are most active at dawn and dusk, the birds can be seen at their most active during these hours. Your photographic opportunities are endless and will include birds in flight, landing, feeding, territorial displays to name a few. Also, various raptors such as Yellow-Billed Kites feed on the Carmines in high angled attacks. Much of the bee-eater photography is done from land. However, we will have access to a boat at Kalizo and adds a new dimension to our birding and photo opportunities with some outings on the Zambezi River. A wide variety of bird species and we could encounter and photograph African skimmers, fish eagles, kingfishers, storks and Ibis to name a few.
Between the morning and afternoon activities at Chobe and Zambezi Mubala Lodge, we will be able to evaluate your work, process images and even enjoy some creative thinking about your photographic passion.
24 October 2018 – Chobe Photography Lodge ( $385 pp sharing). This is fully inclusive D, B, B and afternoon and morning photographic boat activity on the Chobe River.
TOUR: October 25th October to 31 October 2018
Estimated Cost $3250 US per person sharing: Single person supplement on request.
25/26/27 October Chobe River House Boat
28/29/30 Mubala Lodge, Zambezi River
What doe this package includes
- 3 nights at on the Houseboat on The Chobe River (Full Board)
- Houseboat includes all local beers, wine and spirits
- 6 activities on the private photographic boats on Chobe river
- Park Fees
- Transfer by road to Zambezi Mubala Lodge (2 hours approx.)
- 3 nights Accommodation at The Zambezi Mabula Lodge (Dinner, bed and breakfast and Cash Bar)
- 1 land activities per day and one by boat
- Personal expert guidance from Andrew Aveley and hosting with Caroline Aveley
- Refreshments during the activities
- Transfer by road back to Kasane
What this package does not include
- Items of a personal nature
- All lunches and drinks at Zambezi Mubala Lodge
- Flights to and from Kasane