Visiting the Chobe River with clients in late November was special for me for some unexpected reasons. To start off I was truly stunned to see just how much the November season has changed over the last 10 years since I took the first CNP clients on our custom photographic boat to photograph the wildlife of this magical place. Yes, it all started in November many moons ago.

Secondly, this was my first safari of any kind after an unexpected back operation some months ago that created havoc in my little world. There is just no easier photographic safari on the Homo Sapiens body than from the CNP boat. Most mornings we glided on mirror-like water virtual owning the place with very few other boats around. Even in the worst possible windy circumstances photographing from the CNP boat is so much more comfortable than photographing from land. It is amazing how quickly one’s body can weaken after a major operation so I really appreciated the comfort of the boat, being able to stand to stretch my legs, photographing from the comfort of a chair with gimbal support while facing wildlife from a low angle and all from a unique waterside view.

Lastly, I shared the boat with amazing people, some photographing the Chobe with me and CNP for the 15th time. WOW!! As per usual our precious group consisted of experienced photographers and then we were honoured to introduce a total newbie, touching a camera for the first time, to the exciting world of wildlife photography. 

The photographs that we share with you below were taken by our clients. We do so for a very specific reason. To showcase what our clients get to photograph, even on a short 3-night trip, and more show what amazing images people go home even the new clients that’s never touched a DSLR before. Please enjoy all these amazing storytelling images with us. 

Nikon D700 | Nikon 600mm F4 + 1.4x Teleconverter @ 850mm | 1/500sec at f13 | ISO 1600 | EV -1.3

Nikon D700 | Nikon 600mm F4 + 1.4x Teleconverter @ 850mm | 1/800sec at f13 | ISO 800 | EV -1.3

Nikon D850 | Nikon 600mm F4 @ 600mm | 1/6400sec at f11 | ISO 1000 | EV -1.3

Nikon D500 | Tamron 150-600mm F5-6.3 @ 220mm | 1/2000sec at f8 | ISO 1000 | EV -0.7

Canon 7D | Tamron 150-600 F5-6.3 @ 600mm | 1/4000sec at f8 | ISO 800 | EV -1.0

Canon 7D | Tamron 150-600 F5-6.3 @ 483mm | 1/5000sec at f7.1 | ISO 1000 | EV -0.7

Nikon D850 | Tamron 150-600 F5-6.3 @ 480mm | 1/2000sec at f5.6 | ISO 800 | EV -1.3

Nikon D850 | Tamron 150-600 F5-6.3 @ 310mm | 1/4000sec at f8 | ISO 800 | EV -1.0

Nikon D4 | Nikon 600mm F4 @ 850mm | 1/6400sec at f8 | ISO 1000 | EV -1.3

Nikon D4 | Nikon 600mm F4 @ 850mm | 1/3200sec at f8 | ISO 800 | EV -1.3

I’m deliberately showing you the three images of Shannon last. So believe it or not, what you see here is the ladies’ first attempt at wildlife photography. African Skimmers flirting, a Lesser Jacana that’s just landed (oh so rare) in beautiful first light and a young bull elephant letting everything know that he owns the backwater. Thank you to Peet for nagging Shannon to try a 500mm F4.0 + 1.4 X converter that we made available to her. That was her one and only lens on the whole trip!

Nikon D700 | Nikon 500mm F4 + 1.4x Teleconverter @ 700mm | 1/2000sec at f8 | ISO 800 | EV -1.3

Nikon D700 | Nikon 500mm F4 + 1.4x Teleconverter @ 700mm | 1/8000sec at f5.6 | ISO 1250 | EV -1.3

Nikon D700 | Nikon 500mm F4 + 1.4x Teleconverter @ 700mm | 1/2000sec at f9 | ISO 800 | EV -1.3

CNP creates a photographic environment on various levels of tutoring and support that allow our clients of all levels of experience to punch with the heavyweights of wildlife photography on any given day. We can not wait to receive you on any of our exciting custom photographic platforms for an unforgettable safari in 2019. Talk to us now.

Warmest photographic regards. Lou Coetzer