Chobe and Zambezi Carmines
Join me for a special journey to the Chobe and Zambezi Carmines We will be visiting to capture all things photographic that the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers region has to offer. I guarantee you will become a more creative and inspired photographer after this adventure.
As we know wildlife photography is never predictable so we need to adapt to each sighting when it presents itself. With this said, I will share with you techniques and also creative ideas to improve your photography portfolio with the Chobe and Zambezi Carmines adventure
Chobe and Zambezi Carmines Opportunities
- The power of composition
- Low and wide-angle photography
- The importance of depth of field
- Slow shutter speed and panning
- The basics of birds in flight
- Low light and ISO control
- Camera and lens techniques
- Image management and development (as required)
We will be spending three nights at a private Photography lodge, two nights on the Chobe River on a private houseboat and then three nights at the incredible Mubala Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi river. I have chosen the dates for the Carmine visit to coincide with the height of feeding activities of the young carmines who have hatched and are hidden deep underground in the nests,
This is a snippet of what we got up to in November 2017
Chobe Photographic Lodge Kasane – 2 Night Stay
The lodge is situated on a hill overlooking the Chobe River and its floodplains. The bedrooms are all ensuite and are all air-conditioned with plenty of plug points, tea and coffee station. Great space to store camera gear and luggage along with a safe. Here we will enjoy land and water-based activities.
The houseboat has five well-appointed en-suite cabins with double or twin beds available. 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 River to serenade you to sleep in the rooms.
The middle level is occupied by the lounge and dining area along 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. There is a large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy when and if you need.
The upper level hosts a viewing deck equipped with chairs, sun loungers and a table perfect for witnessing the majestic surrounding along the river or to enjoy the African sunrises and sunsets that grace us every day.
The Chobe River :
Arguably the best wildlife destinations in Southern Africa where we spend the 3 days on the Chobe river. For this leg of the tour, we use a professionally dedicated photo boat. It is fitted with custom designed swivel chairs, support arms and gimbal heads to offer you 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 you will be able to enjoy memories of for a very long time.
Species that could be photographed include those of Buffalo, Lechwe, Sable, Crocodile, Hippo, Puku and more. Predators include sightings of lion and leopard but timing to find these majestic cats is everything.
The birdlife is amazing with regular sightings of African Fish Eagles, African Skimmers, Kingfishers, Bee-Eaters, Herons, Storks just to mention a few. I will pass on much information and techniques to you that I have built up over the many visits to these areas.
Zambezi Mubala Lodge
Along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, lies the secluded Zambezi Mubala Lodge. A bird and nature photographers dream. The biggest feature of this lodge is that it is situated only a 5-minute boat cruise to the home of one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters along the banks of the majestic Zambezi.
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 Carmine Bee-Eaters Breeding Colonies:
From late August every year, the banks of the 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, teh Carmine Bee-eaters..
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 the breeding grounds along 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 early morning and late afternoon.
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 Mubala Lodge 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.
TOUR: October 22nd October to 28th October 2019 (To be confirmed)
Cost From $3995 US per person sharing: Single person supplement on request.
24/25 October Photographic Lodge – Kasane
26/27 October Private House Boat – Chobe River
28/29/30 October Mubala Lodge – Zambezi River ( Namibia)
What doe this Chobe and Zambezi Carmines package includes
- 3 Nights Chobe Photography Lodge (2 activities per day)
- 2 nights on the private Houseboat on The Chobe River (Full Board)
- Lodge & Houseboat includes all local beers, wine and spirits
- 4 activities on the private photographic boats on Chobe river
- Park Fees and bed levies
- Transfer by road to Zambezi Mubala Lodge (2 1/2 hours approx.)
- 3 nights 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
- 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