Say Good Bye To Kaziranga and Hello To Ranthambore Bengal Tiger Harbor

Ranthambore National Park, the home of Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Samba Deer and many more Indian Wildlife

 

We arrived late night in Sawai Madhopur at a farm house. Farm house, in India? Yes, it is possible. My friend Ravindra from the Ranthambore Regency has built a farm house in a wonderful setting at the edge of the Ranthambore National Park. He offered us the house, which has 5 beautiful big rooms. It was brand new; we were the first guests among Swedish guests. The staff service was beyond many can imagine. Just one example, I have asked Ravindra for wheelchair ramps for Jan. They have put in ramps at all steps, these ramps were a tad to steep. I asked for better longer ramps not steep, showing them how long they should be. Same day, few hours later, after our safari, the new ramps were installed. This made it easier for Jan to use and move around. Special thanks to the great staff and Ravindra. You have made our stay in Ranthambore special.

Bengal Tiger eyes portrait, two eyes looking into camera

Bengal Tiger Portrait. FujiFilm X-T2; XF 100-400mm & 1.4x TC

The Exiting Wildlife, The Bengal Tiger

Yes, I stop with yada, we come to the exiting wildlife of Ranthambore. I was in touch with my guide Nafees the last 6 month to organize Ranthambore through and through. All needed to sit on the dot, which is in India quite a challenge sometimes. Here it comes, the word “but”. But when you know a bit the Asian culture and customs, as well follow the words of Jeske: “go with the flow”, nothing will be a problem, it always will work out. No worries, be happy!
Nafees organized and guided for us unforgettable safaris. He booked us 2 jeeps for the upcoming 14 safaris in Ranthambore. Himself guided us on one jeep; the second jeep took over Hansraj, fantastic great spotter & Jahid great driver and spotter as well. My compliments to them.
We had plenty of sightings of Tigers on this trip, Jan’s Indian wildlife photography wish list got shorter day by day, once a trick has been accomplished. We have sighted 2 Tigress, each with their 3 playful youngsters on a kill and in the water. It was a scene of such bliss to watch these young cubs playing. Sometimes some challenges were included to get a good composition. Branches or grass in the way and some other unwanted things. Hmmm, no hmmm, this makes you move on the jeep and not just sit and push a button. You needed to work your way around all this. Move up or down to the side and floating if you are able to. I love these challenges in photography. It makes you see not only the animal in the viewfinder, you observe around the animal. You have to work on your image; you take your time to accomplish it with or without branches the way you want. Oh well, if all odds were against me, the tiger did not fit into the image, I squeezed the tiger into a landscape photograph. (insider info of this great group, see an example of a wildlife landscape photograph

Two Bengal Tigers, mother and cub sharing a tenderness moment rubbing heads

Bengal Tigers tender moment. FujiFilm X-T2; XF 100-400mm & 1.4x TC

Seeing And Photographing A Bengal Tiger

Indian Leopards or even the very shy Sloth Bear can transform a wildlife photographers face into a very happy glowing face. Evgeny had such a face when he had his first Tiger sighting, smile from ear to ear, he was very happy with what he captured with his cameras.

One day we entered Peacock paradise. Jan & Evgeny’s playground to photograph these big birds. Big birdies everywhere, on trees, on ground, on the big wall of the Ranthambore Fort, where you looked you saw them. The mission peacock started. Get the “bigger chicken” of the jungle as you would like to photograph it. We all gave our best, not quite sure that the peacocks gave their best! We photographed them flying, dancing with their beautiful long feathers spread to a wheel to impress the females, good luck, or just doing the “gugg in die Luft” position. (gugg in die Luft > doing nothing, or in other words, the empty box is in use. Maybe zen?)

Last day has arrived and with that the last 2 drives into the bush. Carole had to fly back to Europe one day earlier, due some work related obligations. At that stage we still did not see the Indian leopard or a sloth bear. At the last safari, late afternoon, Evgeny, Jan and Jeske hit the little Jackpot. They had the pleasure to capture the Indian Leopard and Sloth Bear. Both animals are quite shy, not easy to spot. Their guide and driver managed to spot these two animals, they even spent quite a while with them. I envy them for that. What a great finale of this photo tour with a bunch of great people 🙂

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The Ultimate Photographic Safari

Botswana: The Ultimate Photographic Safari – Photo Tour 2017

 

Anette Mossbacher and Peter Delaney (BBC Wildlife Photographer of The Year in 2011, 2013) will lead a private group of six photographers into one of Africas last living Edens, Botswana. This Unique Photograhic Safari covers three of Botswana’s premier Wildlife destinations. The Okavango Delta, Savute and Chobe area. 

The Safari Photo Tour Dates: 27th October until 6th of November 2017

You arrive a day earlier in Maun, Botswana, our starting point for this photography tour. Please, meet Peter and Anette on 26th October for dinner in Maun.

 

Lioness snarling, side view of wildlife animal on ultimate photographic safari in Botswana, Africa

 

About The Photo Tour Locations: 

Okavango Delta

Is an emerald oasis in the heart of Botswana. This life giving water rises from its source in the Angolan highlands and dies in the scorching sands of the Kalahari desert. The Okavago delta during the dry season (Oct-Nov) has the highest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa. The delta fringes and flood plains attracts huge numbers of grazers which in turn attracts large numbers of predators. Lions, Hyenas, Leopards and Wild Dog can be encountered on a daily basis. 

 

Ultimate Photographic Safari, two lionesses playing, one animal tries to catch the other animal

 

Photographic highlights include the large herds of Buffalo and breeding herds of Elephants. These herds as they trek daily to the deltas waters kick up clouds of dust creating an ethereal glow in the last rays of an African sunset. The delta is home to the indigenous Lechwe who make spectacular photographic subjects as they leap through channels clear waters. Not to forget the lion prides patrolling the areas.

 

Photography tour, Lechwe jumping through the swamp of the Okavango Delta in Botswana on a ultimate photographic safari

 

Expect to see pods of Hippos in the lagoon areas of the delta. The shallow are perfect for bird species in particular the waders, storks herons and egrets.

Accommodation: 

Khwai River Lodge Day 1 -3:

The renowned Khwai River Lodge will be host to our safari group on the deltas waterway. The lodge is home to luxury rooms seated on raised wooden platforms with traditional African roof thatch. 

Each room has its own private decks with easi chairs and hammocks, perfect to relax after an action filled photographic day. Four poster beds with discreet air conditioning and elegant bathroom will ensure a comfortable nights sleep. 

 

Safari Photo Tour, Leopard sitting in tree at Sunset, photography tour Botswana 2017

 

Day 4 – 6  Savute:

Is a dry arid area within the Chobe National park created by the unpredictable water flow of the Savute channel. The animals are reliant on a few waterholes some man made. During the dry season the wildlife congregate around these vital water sources. Late afternoons entire herds of different species can be seen crowded around the same waterhole. This can lead too spectacular action photography as tolerance levels of animals are pushed to the limits. 

The Savute is renowned for its groups of spotted Hyenas and Lions which led the Derek and Beverly Joubert creating a wonderful documentary called “Eternal Enemies” 

Another wildlife phenomenon are the Lion killing Elephants of the Savute caught on camera by the BBC.

Accommodation: 

The 5 Star Savute Elephant Camp is situated in the heart of the Chobe National park. The camp is in a truly remote and wild area offering guests the complete classic African safari experience. 

The lodge hosts a cluster of twelve rooms on raised platforms. Each with its own outdoor lounge shaded by traditional African thatch. 

Rooms are luxurious with lavish ensuite bathrooms and dressing rooms with discreet air conditioning. 

 

Saddle Billed Stork caught a fish, behind elephants on a Ultimate Photographic Safari Botswana

 

Chobe River: 

Day 7 – 11:

The Chobe river marks the boundary with the Caprivi strip in Namibia. The Chobe is famed for its large populations of Buffalo and Elephant. Some 70,000 elephant are found in the Chobe National park. The highest density of Elephants in Africa. They provide wonderful photographic opportunities as they come to the river bank to drink and swim. Late afternoon you can expect to see all the animals from the nearby forest coming down to drink. 

As our small photographic safari group will be staying on the Chobes premier houseboat we can take advantage of smaller boats specially adapted to photographers needs. This allows us to get close and personal with Chobes wildlife. Photographing from a boat will allow photographers to get a complete unique photographic perspective of their subjects. 

Photographing on the Chobe River will bring an exciting and different feel to this “Ultimate Photographic Safari”.

Apart from the huge herds of Elephants, large concentrations of Buffalo, Antelope and Predators are seen. The birdlife in Chobe is prolific with close to 390 species been seen from the boats alone. 

 

Hippo fight on a ultimate photographic safari photo tour, two hippos fight in the water

 

Chobe River Accommodation:

The luxurious house boat contains three decks the lower deck boasts five ensuite cabins tastefully decorated. The middle deck contains the lounge and dining room. The open air top deck allows guests to chill and relax on sun loungers and enjoy their sundowners with snacks.

Duration of the Photo Tour: 27th October 2017 until 6th of November 2017

Arrival Day – Meeting for Dinner: 26th October 2017 in Maun, Botswana for those arriving earlier.

6th November transfer back to Kasane.

Cost per person: 9775.- $US Dollars

Reservation Fee: 2200$ US Dollars

Registration ends: 15th of July 2017

Difficulty Level: Easy

Climate: Warm – Hot

Reserve your spot for this fantastic photography tour, accompanied by two professional nature and wildlife photographers. After your confirmed booking a full detailed list will be send to you with all information you need. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries you may have.

Scheduling your arrival: You arrive on the 26th October 2017 in Maun / Botswana, a day before your photographic safari tour starts. Please meet Peter and Anette for dinner.

What Do You Need To Bring Along On Your Photographic Safari:

        • Patience and passion for wildlife, love to travel
        • Lenses for your camera bodies in the range from 16 – 600mm. The minimum tele requires around 300mm. If you do not own a tele, there are shops which rent lenses and bodies for reasonable prices in these days.
        • Camera body, 2 bodies are highly recommended. If one fails, you still have one body left in the bush!
        • Hyperdrive or Laptop, external hard drives for your photographic files storage

 

Safari Highlights

        • Opportunity to photograph in one of the last true remaining Wilderness areas. Where wildlife has no boundaries! 
        • Experienced and knowledgable field guides will drive us in private open 4×4 vehicles. Reserved for our photography tour group only.
        • Private vehicles with one person per row (3 Rows per Vehicle) plus a seat by the driver is available for lower perspectives.

 

Is This The Ultimate Photographic Safari For You? 

        • Photographers of all levels are welcome to this Photography Tour. 
        • The Photo Tour leaders are professional wildlife and landscape photographers and have experience with Canon, Nikon, DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.
        • Photo Tour leaders will gladly answer any question and share their valuable experience and knowledge.
        • This Safari Photo Tour is all about Wildlife Photography, we will maximise our time when ever possible in the field.
        • One to one help is available at the lodge.
        • Anette and Peter want all participant to have the most memorable photographic experience and will do their best to ensure this happens. 
        • This “Ultimate Photographic Safari Photo Tour”  has been designed for serious wildlife photography and game viewing. The locations chosen are some of the best wildlife photography destinations anywhere.
        • Photography and digital workflow instruction from experienced professionals.
        • The Group size will be 6 guests only.

 

What Is Included In The Photographic Safari Photo Tour?:

        • All luxury accommodations, including all meals, drinks (all house wines, local spirits, soft drinks, bottle water, tea and coffee) during the safari photo tour
        • Domestic flights in a small aircraft between each safari lodge. We have 2 extra fright seats for photography equipment on the flights between the safari lodges! Of course, it is a photography tour 🙂
        • All safaris with private 4×4 vehicles & house boat in Chobe for our photography tour group.
        • All park fees, transfer from and to Kasane airport

 

What Insurance You Should Have For This Photographic Safari Photo Tour

        • Please, make sure to have an insurance for your medical coverage over the full time for your photographic tour
        • Travel insurance
        • Camera equipment insurance

 

Information for personal care on this Photography Tour:

        • On this photographic safari photo tour we will be traveling in the African bush. Please, bring enough of any of your medication along you need for this time!
        • If you suffer of any health issues in hot environments, please seek medical advice before booking
        • Let us know, if you need a special dietary.
        • Please, check that all your vaccinations are up to date for the Southern Part of Africa.
        • Motion sickness and sea sickness medication, if needed! We will be on a boat for a few days and transfer between camps in little aircrafts!

 

About Nature Photographer Anette
See more offers on Photo Tours with two expert photographic instructors, like discovering Greenland. More information about all Photographic tours and workshops offered. Why not take a private tour to follow the funny Meerkats in Botswana!