Since 2009 CNP Safaris differentiated itself from all competitors by introducing the world’s first custom-built Photographic Chairs that offer aircraft seating comfort while being able to swivel seamlessly in an arc of 360 degrees.

We started out by mounting the chairs on our custom-built flat bottom boats that operate on the Chobe River in northern Botswana.

Photographing from the water not only offered a dust free environment but also provided eye-level perspectives to capture animal and bird behaviour in a way that cannot be achieved on land.  Added to this is the ability to manage effectively the wonderful nuances of African light by constantly maneouvering the boats in away that is rarely possible on land.

Thus we found that on the Chobe River we were able to take photographs that previously had only been the stuff that dreams are made of.

It is small wonder then that so many international photographic awards have been garnered by both our clients and us.


Purple Heron ( Ardea purpurea) Chobe River Botswana Date Taken

Some vital decisions were made when we manufactured the boats. The first was no fixed roof for the craft. We calculate that up to 70% of the amazing bird-action shots we take would be lost with a fixed roof and pillars obstructing our view.

Removable canopies are installed to protect against rain when required or to accommodate non-photographer clients who may wish to sit in shade while admiring the scenery or viewing the passing parade of wildlife.

Secondly, we considered the installation of a bass motor at the front of the boat to navigate us through shallow waters.  However, this was totally unnecessary since the flat-bottomed craft easily negotiates extremely shallow waters while an appendage at the front of the boat would have compromised the photographers’ views.


International clients soon requested that the innovations on the Chobe boats should also be made available on land-based vehicles.  Operating on land is much more difficult than on water so we had to redesign the swivel chairs.   This we did and the comfortable, high-backed chairs currently installed on the land-based vehicles are the most advanced of their kind in the world.

At present CNP operates five of these fully equipped vehicles across the African continent.

All of our custom built photographic vehicles are available for private rental.  Contact us for more information.

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