Trip Tips

Travel and Photo Tips: Things NOT to do on Safari

July 14, 2010
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Travel and Photo Tips: Things NOT to do on Safari

I think it is important to remind folks of things to avoid when on safari.  Some of the items I will list have to do with personal safety, some with respect for wildlife and some are to help us preserve the natural environment of the park: Personal Safety Do not get out of the...

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John Huxley: Our safari in northern Botswana

July 3, 2010
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John Huxley:  Our safari in northern Botswana

From time to time, ChobeSafari likes to feature travel stories of others to the region so one can gain a broad view of a typical safari vacation.  Here is a recent trip summary by John Huxley. by John Huxley Seriously, our guide Thuso Sarefo says with a wide, Batswana smile, there is an ever-present...

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Travel Tip/Food Tip – Have you had your Mopane Worms Today?

May 11, 2010
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Travel Tip/Food Tip – Have you had your Mopane Worms Today?

I’m planning an article of the local foods one may encounter while in Botswana.  Having been there, I loved the food and felt it important to tease you with potential meals to order. I’ve been contacting lodges and friends that live in the region.  That’s the background.  Now here was my surprise. I’ve heard...

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Photo Tip/Travel Tip – Determining How Long You Have Before the Sun Goes Down on You

May 8, 2010
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Photo Tip/Travel Tip – Determining How Long You Have Before the Sun Goes Down on You

The golden hours of sunset are a great time to shoot your photography.  Unfortunately, there are times when you are getting those memory shots, but you know you need to get back closer to civilization before the sun goes down.  This could be anywhere from a desert location, out on open water, or (for...

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Early Safari Planning Tip: Things to consider

April 23, 2010
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Early Safari Planning Tip: Things to consider

1. Do you want your trip to be dedicated to photography or a vacation mixed with photography? This is a particularly big decision if you are traveling with others who are not dedicated to photography.  For me, if traveling with others, I can be up at sunrise, shoot the golden hours and often be...

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Photo and Travel Tip: Yes, Elephants Can Hide

April 7, 2010
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Photo and Travel Tip: Yes, Elephants Can Hide

I recently ran into this ‘fun’ image at Art Wolfe’s blog: While it wasn’t hard to see this elephant, it brought back a lot of memories from my last safari.  On that trip, my son, Justin Eleazer, wanted to explore more inland and much further west than we had ever traveled before within Chobe...

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Travel Tip/Photo Tip – Photographing The Soul of Botswana – the People

March 21, 2010
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Travel Tip/Photo Tip – Photographing The Soul of Botswana – the People

As you prepare for a safari, most of us think a lot about the animals, the equipment, the accommodations and travel details.  If you are going to Chobe, these are important things; however, it is also important for you to remember that you will be a visitor in this country and this is your...

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Avoiding Overcrowding – A Small Tempest Brewing Around Safari Options

February 28, 2010
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Avoiding Overcrowding – A Small Tempest Brewing Around Safari Options

On my last trip to Chobe National Park, I heard comments from locals related to new controls on tour groups entering the reserves.  For us, the question was whether we were considered an official ‘tour group’.  More importantly, it was hinted that our methods for safari are in some jeopardy going forward. A little...

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Elephants – Minimizing the chance of a charge .. and How To handle a charge

February 18, 2010
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Elephants – Minimizing the chance of a charge .. and How To handle a charge

We certainly don’t want to say that Chobe National Park is just about elephants, but they will be one of your most common sightings.  If you look through the articles at ChobeSafari.com, you may have already guessed this.  When in the park, (or even on the roads around the park) you will see elephants...

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Cover to Cover: 5 favourite African reads

February 10, 2010
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Cover to Cover: 5 favourite African reads

I found this blog by thefynbosguy in South Africa at mySafari (one of our recommended blog links) while surfing the web.  We’ve recommended books on southern Africa in the past, but never commented on these five.  Of the group, the only one I have personaly read is Michener’s “The Covenant”.  It was a great...

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