Okavango Adventure a pixelchrome phototour 12 - 23 Dec, 2017

an exclusive 11-day photo safari at just one camp

Welcome to one of Africa’s most iconic landscapes. There is something elemental about the Okavango Delta — the rising and falling of its waters, the daily drama of its wildlife encounters, its soundtrack of lions roaring, saw-throated leopard barks and the crazy whoop of a running hyena, the mysteries concealed by its papyrus reeds swaying gently in the evening breeze. Viewed from above on a scenic flight from Maun, the countless tributaries of the Okavango Delta can seem like an eagle’s talon clutching at the country and not letting go.

Hyaenas chase each other in play

The stirring counterpoint to the Kalahari Desert that consumes so much of the country, the Okavango Delta, the up-to-18,000-sq-km expansion and expiration of the Okavango River, is Southern Africa’s massive outpouring of fertility. Indeed, the contrast the Okavango presents compared to the rest of Botswana is one of her most beguiling aspects: here, in the heart of the thirst lands, is one of the world’s largest inland river deltas, an unceasing web of water, rushing, standing, flooding, dying. And the waters do die. They never make it to the sea, soaking instead into the salt pans of central Botswana. But before they do, they sustain vast quantities of wildlife that shift with the seasons in this mother of waters — Lonely Planet

the start of the rainy season brings beautiful skies

Grumpy hippos guard their ponds selfishly

the daily rhythm of life and death
A young cub, scared of us during our first encounter, very comfortable with our presence a week later

leopards everywhere

a leopard at the end of the rainbow

peeing…sniffing…climbing

Burchell's zebra in mock battle

predators are king

Left: cheetah, right top: male lion, bottom: wild dog

"so where is this?", I hear you ask

a cheetah prepares to scent mark

kwara

The 175 000 ha (432 000 acre) Kwara Concession shares a 30km water boundary with Moremi Game Reserve but being a private concession offers night drives, boat and mekoro trips, walking and fishing that cannot be offered in the Game Reserve. The concession has both permanent water and seasonal flood plains ensuring the best of the Okavango Delta as well as extensive dry bush wilderness. Favoured with labyrinths of permanent water channels and secret islands the concession offers you the privacy and tranquillity available in the Okavango Delta. The camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta. This region offers a contrasting experience, as its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing.

Xubega Lagoon, Moremi National Park

Your accommodation will be in traditionally styled tents on raised decks, each offering superb views of the lagoon. Towering African ebony and mangosteen trees ensure that the camp is always cool while the hundreds of birds add to the feeling of serenity in one of the Okavango's best kept secrets.

traditionally styled tents on raised decks — image © wendy freer
image © wendy freer

Within the exclusive concession in which it is located, a wide variety of activities. In addition to game drives, both day and night, the camp offers game walks and mokoro trips, as well as power boating and fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fisherman need to bring their own equipment).

An evening cruise out the rookery at Xubega lagoon

A post from a participant on the recent December 2016 tour:

In December, I was fortunate to travel to Botswana for an 11-day stay at a private camp named Kwara, with Jeremy Woodhouse. During that stay we went on 22 game drives, 11 included sunrise, and 11 included sunset. The advantage of being at a private game reserve (thousands of acres), is that our safari vehicles could go anywhere we wanted to get near the animals. In national parks in Africa, you are limited to staying on the roads, even if the animal activity is hundreds of yards away. This allowed us to get very close to many animals, predators and others, since they were all used to the presence of the safari vehicles. As a result, we were only 20-30 feet away from 2 lions killing a wildebeest, and very close to leopards hunting, cheetahs, hyenas, etc.

chacma baboons gather wild figs

and always a firm favorite, the lilac-breasted roller

a male lion surveys his domain

our daily routine

We will be up daily at 4:45AM for an early breakfast before heading out into the concession for our sunrise shoot and morning game drive — the smell of the wild sage and the fresh morning air will invigorate your senses. Once we return to camp we will be served a delicious brunch, before taking the middle of the day off to rest, review, and work on your images from the day in the comfortable lounge, or soak in the camp pool (watch out for the baboons). At 4PM, we will be served a light snack and cake, after which we will leave for the evening game drive. WARNING: The food is really good and it will affect your waistline

"taking the middle of the day off to rest"

We will have the opportunity to take private boat rides into the Moremi Game Reserve where we will cruise in the permanent channels of the Okavango Delta. We will see elephants, hippo, and plenty of birds, and we will end up at a breeding rookery at Xubega Lagoon where we will photograph Yellow-Billed Storks, Marabou Storks & Sacred Ibis at their nests.

marabou and yellow-billed storks

itinerary

Day 1 – December 12, 2017 — Arrive Johannesburg under own arrangements. Meet at 08:00AM at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. Connect to your air Botswana flight BP212 to Maun, departing Johannesburg at 11:40AM arriving Maun at 13:20PM.

On arrival in Maun, you will be met by your Moremi Air pilot for your 30-minute light aircraft flight to Kwara Camp — make sure you have your camera handy as the views from the air are stunning.

Day 2 – 11, December 13 - 23, 2016 – Kwara Camp is nestled on a vast lush palm dotted island in the central Okavango Delta, bordering the Moremi Reserve. It is a deluxe yet traditional safari experience with the emphasis on service, personal attention and great game viewing in specially adapted open vehicles.

Kwara is situated in an exclusive concession area and big game such as Elephant, Cape buffalo, Southern giraffe, Hippopotamus, Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck, Impala, Red Lechwe, Tsessebe and Blue Wildebeest are regularly sighted, as are the primates, such as Baboon and Vervet Monkey. Predators include Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena and Wild Dog. Nocturnal species such as Porcupine, Civet, and Genet, White-tailed mongoose, Antbear, Honey badger, Bat Eared Fox, and the Pel’s Fishing Owl are spotted on night drives.

A elephant feast on papyrus

Day 12 – December 23, 2017 — After a morning drive and brunch, Transfer to Kwara Airstrip for your 20-minute charter flight to Maun.

a cheetah uses a camelthorn to look for prey

…and if you thought you hadn't seen enough leopards…

Top: leopard on a dead branch, Lower left: in tall grass, right:territorial call of the wild
young cheetah cubs still very shy

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a male leopard sits against a steel-blue storm sky
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