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Botswana photo safari with Jonathan Scott
27th February 2013
16th November 2013 - 24th November 2013
Join naturalist, photographer and TV presenter Jonathan Scott for a holiday of a lifetime in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
- Hosted throughout by distinguished photographer and naturalist, Jonathan Scott.
- Spend 4 nights each at luxurious Duba Plains and Zarafa Camps, which are synonymous with outstanding game watching and hospitality.
- Zarafa is renowned for vast buffalo and elephant herds, leopard and lion sightings, and even African wild dogs.
- Duba Reserve is home to extraordinary lion versus buffalo interactions, which are often witnessed during daylight.
- November is prime time for photography with dramatic light caused by the build-up of thunder clouds.
- Jonathan will be with you at all times on safari, imparting his impressive knowledge on animal behaviour and helping you to take memorable photographs of Botswana’s legendary big game.
- Whether a keen wildlife photographer or just somebody that wants an unbeatable wildlife holiday in the warm company of an African expert, this trip is for you.
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Meet Jonathan Scott
JONATHAN SCOTT is a world-famous wildlife photographer, award-winning author and presenter of some of TV’s best-loved series about Africa’s incredible predators. A past winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Jonathan is now an ambassador for Canon – one of a cadre of professionals using their work and ethos to inspire other photographers. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife, Angela, who is also an award-winning photographer.
Join naturalist and photographer Jonathan Scott for a holiday of a lifetime in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Spend nine glorious days exploring one of Africa’s greatest wildernesses and honing your photography skills – with Jonathan as your personal guide, host and tutor.
The adventure starts at Duba Plains Camp. Small and intimate, it is renowned as a key location for photographing battles between lions and buffalos, and as a hotspot for elephants, hippos, red lechwe, spotted hyenas, tsessebe, slaty egrets and wattled cranes.
Then, at luxurious Zarafa Camp, you’ll photograph vast herds of elephants and buffalos forging through shallow waters. Watch for the resident lions – known for their penchant for hunting hippos – and try to spot roan and sable antelope, aardwolf and even wild dogs.
With a group of just eight guests you’ll enjoy daily game drives alongside Jonathan, whose talent for sharing his exceptional knowledge will help you improve your shots of Botswana’s big game.
Each evening you’ll discuss the day’s encounters and your images – so, whatever your level, you are sure to learn new skills and master familiar ones.
Whether you’re a keen photographer or just looking to experience the best of Africa, it’s sure to be an unforgettable holiday.
A WORD FROM JONATHAN SCOTT
My philosophy for hosting trips is to get the maximum out of each location. At times this means being up before dawn, thermoses of hot coffee, tea and biscuits stowed safely in the picnic box, allowing plenty of time to photograph the sunrise and to savour the exquisite early morning light as we search for predators.
I make no apologies for the fact that I like to travel as comfortably as possible without compromising my objective of being in the right place at the right time to make the most of the natural and cultural highlights of the region we are visiting.
Where possible I like to spend extended time in a place to avoid becoming travel-weary.
Both Angie and I love to take photographs, but when hosting a group we try to ensure that this adds to your experience rather than detracts from it. Fulfilling your expectations is my priority. I firmly believe that staying at first class hotels or lodges will allow you to relax and forget about your worries – even if only for a few precious days.
Best regards Jonathan
TIME WITH JONATHAN
Jonathan Scott will be joining the group in Botswana as your host. He will join you on each game drive/activity taken and will endeavour to switch between vehicles on each drive so clients have equal exposure to him.
In addition there will be local guides to interpret the wildlife’s behaviour and to give added perspective on your safari.
The priority is to spend as much time out in the field as possible where Jonathan will give insight on what is being seen and where practical, will give advice on how best to photograph what is in front of you.
This means that time spent on giving tuition back at camp will be limited, however if time allows for it, Jonathan will be happy to critique your images. To make this possible, Jonathan recommends you bring with you a lap top or a hard drive with a screen on which to view your images.
Jonathan will join you when lunch or dinner is served at camp and will generally make himself accessible over pre dinner drinks round the fire.
During your stay Jonathan will give two presentations as follows:
- An Introduction to Wildlife Photography in the Digital Age.
- Seeing the Light: The Art of Wildlife and Travel Photography
It would be short sighted to pigeon-hole Jonathan Scott as merely a wildlife photographer when his knowledge of all things Africa is so comprehensive.
A safari in his company is a privilege and so Steppes is delighted to be working with such a respected African expert.
Photographic skills you will develop
- Start with the basics - keep it simple, learn the basics (or refresh them if you are already up and running)
- Review your equipment and make sure you know how to use the most important camera functions
- Understanding light and exposure - and how to create more dynamic compositions.
- Understanding depth of field - how to get the best from your portraits and landscapes.
- Assignment Botswana - develop a portfolio of images that give a sense of the place and its wildlife.
- How to get the best out of the action - we will be hoping for some dramatic encounters with the lions at Duba. Learn how to capture the action on camera.
- Learn more about lion behaviour - and hopefully wild dogs too!
Where: Duba Plains Camp, Okavango Delta; Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve
When: 16–24 November 2013
Cost: £8,295 per person on a twin-share basis (excl. international flights)
Group size: 8 people
Local Conditions: November is at the very beginning of the Okavango Delta’s wet summer season and so for many (especially photographers) is the perfect time to visit with beautiful light, dramatic skies yet still not a deluge of water. The temperature will be hot and there is a likelihood of rain. As always pack fleeces for early morning and late evenings.
Visas: British nationals do not require visas to enter South Africa or Botswana for a stay of up to 90 days.
- Please make sure you have an up to date yellow fever certificate as this is required when you re-enter South Africa from Botswana.
- Botswana is a malarial area so please seek advice from your GP or local travel health clinic on what prophylaxis you should take.
Health and Fitness: This is not an overtly strenuous trip but there will be early starts and an option of game walking so a moderate level of fitness is preferred.
To book and for full terms and conditions contact Steppes Discovery (details below)