• Elephants, Chobe river, Botswana

Birding & Photography - African Pitta

This safari starts on 1 December in Victoria Falls with a road transfer to the exclusive Lukosi River Camp on the edge of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation is in en-suite walk-in safari tents right in the heart of the pitta’s territory. Pitta sightings around camp during the 2017 season were phenomenal, and 2018 promises to be just as good!

This excursion is led by renowned birders Derek Solomon and Casper Badenhorst; and the every experienced professional guides based at the camp who have an intimate knowledge of the pitta's movements as well as the host of other unusual species that occur in the woodland surrounding the camp making this a very special birding experience. Photo opportunities include Narina Trogon, Arnot’s Chat, Bradfield's Hornbill, Three-banded Courser as well as a host of other birds.

We have 3 nights at Lukosi River Camp giving ample pitta (and other) hunting outings! And there are just 3 guest tents meaning a small group of 6 birders/photographers.

Return by road to Victoria Falls on the final morning to connect with flights home or join an optional 4-day photo safari extension in Victoria Falls and on the Chobe River, Botswana with Casper.

The photographic extension includes:
- an option to visit to the Victoria Falls or a game drive on the afternoon of arrival
- overnight stay in Victoria Falls
- bird photography morning boat trip on the Zambezi River to look for the elusive African Finfoot as well as Rock Pratincoles breeding amongst the rocks in the river
- road transfer through to Chobe in neighbouring Botswana for 2 nights
- three themed photography boating excursions on the Chobe River
Departure flights are out of Kasane on the final morning.

African Pitta Photo Credit: Lukosi Camp

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival, Lukosi Safari Camp

Arriving on your Johannesburg to Victoria Falls flight you will be met by your guides and transferred to Lukosi Safari Camp in the Deka Safari and Conservation area on the edge of the Hwange National Park.

Accommodation is in safari tents.

Photo credit: Lukosi Sfari Camp

Day 2, 3 Lukosi Safari Camp

African Pitta

During our 3 nights stay there will be morning and afternoon game drives as well as walks to find and photograph the African Pitta. As well as exceptional birding there are also many game viewing opportunities. The Lukosi Safari Camp is known for its outstanding population of animals, including elephants, lions, buffalo, leopard, giraffe and so much more.

Photo credit: Lukosi Safari Camp

Day 4 - Departure or continue on a 4-day Photography Extension

Extension: Victoria Falls and Chobe Game Reserve

Arriving from Lukosi Camp guest will be transferred to either the Victoria Falls International Airport for their return flight to Johannesburg or to the Victoria Falls village to continue with the 4-day extension of this trip.

In the afternoon you will have a choice of visiting the Victoria Falls or joining a game drive in the Zambezi National park.

Accommodation: Elephant Hills Resort or similar

Day 5 - Zambezi River and Kasane

An early morning Zambezi boat trip will see us looking for the African Finfoot as well as provide photographic opportunities to capture the Zambezi sunrise  and Rock Pratincoles nesting on the rocky islands in the river.

Photographic theme - Finfoot and reflections

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Botswana border and the town of Kasane. After lunch it will be time for our first Chobe River boat trip.

Photographic theme - Skimmers and Elephants

Accommodation: Kubu Lodge or similar

Day 6 - Chobe River

Morning boat trip on the Chobe River

Photographic theme - Kingfishers, Storks and Herons

Afternoon boat trip on the Chobe River

Photographic theme - Hippos, Jacanas and Fish Eagles

Accommodation: Kubu Lodge or similar

Day 7 - Departure

Optional (depending on time of departing flight) : morning game drive in the Chobe Game Reserve at an additional fee

Transfer to Kasane International Airport