Botswana: The Premier Wildlife Safari
Explore the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta while staying at luxury lodges on this tour with African wildlife photographer and conservationalist Andy Biggs. This safari and workshop combines some of the finest wildlife photography anywhere, Botswana’s best safari camps, and photographic and digital workflow instruction.
“Northern Botswana is a very unique and remote location,” says Biggs. “The Okavango Delta, with its abundant water, brings life to the Kalahari desert. We have amazing sightings, ranging from leopards, lions, elephants, kudu, zebra, and wildebeest to honey badgers.”
Participants rise before sunrise and have breakfast at camp before heading out on a morning game drive, where Biggs leads discussions on determining what a subject is, what it is doing and why it is doing it, how best to photograph the animal, and when to take the best shot. Lectures and lunch at the camp follow before the group heads back out on an afternoon game drive.
“I want my travelers to come home with rich memories as well as great photographs,” says Biggs, who left his job as a software consultant 10 years ago to backpack across east Africa with his wife and came home a month and a half later with a business plan to lead photographic safaris in Africa.
Before participants arrive, Biggs identifies what each person needs as a photographer, whether it is technical or creative. He teaches students while they are on game drives or back at camp in group lectures or one-on-one sessions.
His technique must be working — former students have had their work featured in magazines and galleries and some have won photographic contests, such as the famed BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Four fall trips offered. From $9,975. andybiggs.com
Of note: While guests venture out on game drives in Land Rovers, private airplanes tranport them from one luxurious camp to the next.