I met our clients, based all of the world, early at OR Tambo International Airport before our safari to Chobe/Kalizo. Our conversations soon turned into photography only talk.
The excitement was high – from Phil who was on his maiden trip with CNP Safaris (although we met before in Birmingham where he attended one of our workshops) to the “old timers” Regula, Patrick, and Carol who travels with us on a regular basis. They all started sharing their experiences and photos from recent trips.
As usual, the quick 1h30min jet flight to Kasane departed and arrived on time. After checking into our marvelous rooms at Chobe Safari Lodge and an introductory briefing, we were all on the boat and ready to explore the wonders of the Chobe River.
The Chobe with it’s incredible, constant action photographic opportunities place high demands on ones’ photography skills and it takes the best of 3 sessions to get back into rhythm, get used to the mechanics of the custom photography boat and swiveling chair. This time around was no exception even for the experienced Chobe visitors.
Chobe didn’t only offer us magnificent opportunities for great action photography, but the amazing variety of species honed our photographic skills in preparation for the thousands of Carmine Bee-eaters of Kalizo. After photographing the Carmine Bee-eaters up close, we all agreed that the CNP itinerary was perfectly planned. Using the Chobe with its enormous variety of birds like the African Skimmers, allowed for some very good practice to sharpen one’s hand-eye coordination in preparation for what was to come. The Carmine’s are very fast and even more difficult to photograph because we get so close to them thereby reducing our angle of view. Now you see them and now you don’t! These colourful little friends of ours require extreme focus, determination and require hard work to photograph!
Please enjoy some of our clients’ images from the recent Chobe/Kalizo trip.
Photography greetings, Johan