Botswana and Zimbabwe (The Elephant Safari)

Camp and Safari Photos

 
This page provides links to photos in and around both the camps I use on this Safari as well as the hotel I use at Victoria Falls. It also provides links to the camps and hotels own websites.
 
The safari camps offer the visitor a true bush wilderness experience in areas carefully chosen to provide you with access to some of the purest remaining tracts of unspoilt game viewing in Africa and their associated photo opportunities.
 
Kubu Lodge and Illa Lodge hotel have been chosen to provide comfort and ready access to the sites and opportunities we will be visiting.
 
 
Kazuma Trails Mobile Safaris - Chobe National Park.
 
Most visitors to the area stay in the large lodges neighbouring Kasane on the Eastern side of the park and set out each day from there. This does mean however that they can’t travel very far and simply don’t experience the magic of the area. I solve this by using a private mobile camp run by Dave Carson, a highly respected and qualified Zimbabwe professional safari guide. With most travellers concentrating on the river areas within easy reach of Kasane this approach, whilst still allowing us to explore the river, will also give us access to other more remote areas of bush further into the reserve.
The camp is erected just for us and the accommodation is in spacious walk-in  insect proof tents furnished with proper beds, a bedside table, hanging cupboard, luggage rack and safari chairs. Accessed through the rear of the tent are the en suite facilities consisting of a traditional safari bucket shower and short drop/chemical loo. In the front of the tent is a furnished verandah with two safari chairs and a wash basin.
 
A full safari crew caters for our every requirement from mixing hot and cold water for that perfect shower, to preparing meals, waiting at table, and moving camp. Good wholesome food is prepared fresh in camp by the experienced safari chef. A lightweight mess tent is taken on all safaris and used for dining when the weather is inclement.
 
Kazuma Trails Mobile Safaris Photo Gallery Kazuma Trails Website
 
 
 
Kubu Lodge - base for private chartered boat safaris.  
The highlight of this part of the trip are the 3 1/2 day boat safaris. The bird life, especially along the river, is spectacular but the Chobe is perhaps more famous for its large herds, especially of elephant and buffalo which frequent the river courses. To achieve superb photos and benefit most from the river I charter a unique boat. The boat has been specifically designed for photographers and has an almost flat bottom, to navigate extremely shallow waters and a quality of lead in the bow for stability. It has just one row of fully revolving seats, each equipped with an adjustable Wimberley-type head making it possible to photograph with a mounted camera and long lens. The boat’s captain is extremely experienced and will get us into the great positions making the best use of all lighting conditions to provide us with unique opportunities for some stunning pictures.
 
Our base for this part of the trip is Kubu Lodge is a small, privately owned and run lodge on the banks of the Chobe River in between Kazangula and Kasane. It has eleven comfortable thatched chalets, each built on stilts with en suite facilities and ceiling fans, overlook a shaded lawn that spreads beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees to the river's edge, whilst higher up the river bank overlooking the lawn is the central reception area, dining room, bar and lounge. There is a swimming pool near the river's edge, and a small beauty salon offering a range of treatments. It's a spot to unwind and take stock of the first part of the trip and conveniently near the boat quay.
 
 
 
 
Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls.  
No visit to this area is complete without an excursion to see the magnificent Victoria Falls. We will break our overland journey from Botswana to Zimbabwe by staying one night at the Ilala Lodge hotel which is ideally situated within a 10 minute walk from the falls.
 
David Livingstone was the first European to ‘discover’ the falls when he visited then in November 1855. He later wrote, “no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
 
Ilala Lodge and surroundings Ilala Lodge Website Ilala Lodge's trip advisor page
 
 
Camp Hawange, Zimbabwe.
 
The camp is excellently situated in a private concession inside the Hwange National Park, just 3 hours by road from Victoria Falls. It is the newest safari camp to be built in Hwange in an area famous for its large elephant population. It is owned and run by professional safari guide Dave Carson and his guides are amongst the very best in Africa, known for their love of nature and the wide open spaces. Our activities will be based around a combination of excellent walks, game drives (day and early evening) and use of the excellent hides (one of which is situated at the camp overlooking the waterhole).
 
The camp accommodates 16 guests in eight thatched canvas chalets which stretch out either side of the cosy lounge and dining area. The chalets are spaced far apart to afford maximum privacy and overlook the waterhole.
Each  is set on its own plinth and has canvas walls and a thatch roof. They are comfortably furnished with twin or double beds and have en suite bathrooms consisting of a shower, vanity, and separate toilet. At the front is a verandah with views over to the waterhole. Hot water is provided through solar heaters. Solar electricity is used to provide lighting and operate the overhead fans.
 
Camp Hawange Photos Camp Hawange Website Camp's trip advisor page
 
 

 

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