African Photo Safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta
May 29 – June 6, 2024
Join us for unparalleled wildlife photography on this small-group safari at two exclusive Botswana’s Okavango Delta camps. At each camp, we’ll photograph from safari vehicles and also boats. Your own row in our safari vehicles will provide plenty of space for you and your equipment and allow unobstructed photography.
Learn what it’s like to pursue wildlife without stressing it, and become immersed in the experience so that you, too, can appreciate all the skills it takes to locate and compose wildlife photography in the wild. We expect to photograph lions, leopards, wild dogs—and even the rare roan antelope! Photographing wildlife from a boat offers an excellent opportunity to create water-level compositions or capture incredible scenes of large herds of up to a thousand elephants.
At the Okavango Explorers camp, each tent is nestled below tall forests with a private deck overlooking the expansive lagoon and floodplain. While staying at the Dubs Explorers camp, you’ll have exclusive access to the large preserve providing access to all the wildlife possible.
Our camps offer Muench-style comfort with all the expected amenities: fantastic food, luxurious accommodations with en-suite facilities, and hot showers. Expect to be immersed in photography and safari from sunrise until sunset. Learn from the pro while positioning the vehicle or maneuvering the boats to find the perfect background for each specific encounter. Then follow up with a one-on-one review of your images at night by the fire.
Join us on this safari of a lifetime!
About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
May 29, 2024: Arrive this day in Maun, Botswana, and we’ll escort you to our bush plane to take everyone to our first safari camp. You will arrive at camp with time to settle in and spend time with your pro to discuss and review your safari.
For the following four nights, we’re on safari in the Okavango River Delta at the Selinda Reserve.
May 30 – June 2, 2024: We’re up early before sunrise and are greeted with a cup of hot coffee or tea, a small snack, and then we head out on our morning game drive. We’ll stay out as long as possible, returning to camp for late breakfast or brunch. There is a concentration of lions, leopards, and wild dogs. This location combines two iconic ecosystems at the upper Okavango Delta water system and the famed Selinda Spillway. In addition to the predators, there are also large elephant herds, giraffes, buffalo, and antelope like the roan, sable, and eland.
Some days we bring breakfast for a safari meal under the towering ebony trees. We’ll be back to camp for lunch and a short rest, with enough time to download images from the morning. Then we’ll be off to photograph from a boat or vehicle until the sun sets.
On our last morning here, we’ll have a morning game drive, breakfast, and then a short thirty-minute flight to our next camp.
June 2–5, 2024: A short flight to our new camp tucked away in the northeast corner of Botswana’s Duba Plains Concession, a 33,000-hectare private reserve. We’ll arrive at our camp for lunch and a quick rest. Then it’s time to head out on safari again. We’ll follow a similar photo safari schedule with an early wake-up coffee, tea, and snack, followed by our morning game drive. We’ll go out in a boat or our safari vehicles every afternoon for more wildlife photography. The days will be filled with photography and discussions of composition, post-processing, and stories of our adventures. This location is a permanent floodplain surrounded by landscapes filled with packets of moping and acacia woodlands and waterways.
Each night, we’ll spend more time reviewing the images captured on safari that day or enjoying the views from our private deck after a hearty meal prepared by experienced chefs.
June 6, 2024: We have time for a morning game drive and a hearty breakfast before packing up for our flights back to Maun, departing at around 11:00 AM. We’ll all fly together to Maun, where everyone can connect with the regular flights back to Johannesburg that board around 2:00 PM.
Safari Camp Life—What To Expect
In short, you'll feel like you're in a luxury hotel! We've handpicked both camps for comfort, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great food, and convenience to our main objective, the wildlife. We also place considerable value on isolation and exclusivity. You won't find us in areas where dozens of other vehicles are at a sighting—you'll feel like you own the land, and the animals are there just for you! Typical tented accommodations feature twin beds or a queen bed, high thread-count linens, storage for clothing, a sitting area, a verandah, and of course, en-suite bathrooms with toilets, hot water, and showers. They are enormous in size, bright, open, and airy.
Our days start early, before sunrise. We'll have a quick coffee or tea, maybe a cookie, and off on our first game drive of the day. The animals start to stir as the day begins, and we want to be there in the best light. Depending on the sightings, we'll stay out for a few to several hours. After a mid-drive coffee break, we'll continue until mid to late morning. We typically have breakfast in the field to maximize our game-viewing and photographing time. Back in camp, it's time for offloading cards, one-on-one instruction, or just relaxing and doing nothing. Read a book, take a walk, or take a nap and recharge. Of course, there will be lunch, and then In the mid to late afternoon, we'll again head out for another game drive, chasing the best sightings. Enjoying your favorite drink while watching and photographing the sunset is popular. Arrive back at camp after sundown, enjoy a hot shower if you like, and then join us by the campfire or in the living area for cocktails, followed by dinner.
Food in our camps is superb—you'll be served both dishes you know and local specialties, too. Of course, any dietary needs can be accommodated.We've arranged for the best safari vehicles—custom Land Cruisers that feature ample room for you and your gear and excellent visibility. And only one photographer per row of seats (note that the front seat next to the driver counts as a row). Our camps feature optional daily laundry service (but not on days we travel between camps).
Why a Muench Workshops Safari?
We know you have choices, and yes, you can spend less on another Safari. We aim to give you the best possible experience, maximizing your time and minimizing the hassle while providing the best photographic experience and instruction available anywhere.
Photography and Safari Guiding: We've personally chosen only the best local safari guides for this photographic safari.
Details Matter: Our itinerary is set to bring you the best game viewing and all the region offers. We arrange things so that we're in areas that are not overly crowded with many other safari vehicles, and we get off-road when possible so we can get close to the action and our subjects.
Photography Instruction: This is a workshop, not just a tour. We will work hard on this safari, with instruction in the field and camp. Many evenings feature image reviews and post-processing instruction after dinner, and during the daytime, we offer one-on-one instruction as needed. You'll come away with a wealth of new knowledge on creating fantastic imagery and how best to process those images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Years of Experience—Happy Repeat Customers: We've been leading, guiding, and teaching photographers for a long time—and we have thrilled customers who come back on our workshops again and again to prove it. If you'd like to speak to someone who has been with us on a workshop or safari, just let us know, we'd be happy to arrange a phone call.
Easy: You must be able to get in and out of the safari vehicles, ride in the vehicles on bumpy tracks, and handle carrying your gear.
Arrive Maun Airport (MUB), Maun, Botswana before 2:00 PM on May 29, 2024. Flights out can be made after 1:00 PM on June 6, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,500 supplement. (4 available )
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- Internal flights during the workshop.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Richard Bernabe.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Maun, Botswana.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,500 supplement. (4 available )
- Your non-refundable deposit of $5,495 will hold your space in this workshop.
- Further non-refundable payment of $6,000 is due by November 1, 2023.
- The non-refundable balance is due not later than February 1, 2024.
- In addition to our standard Terms and Conditions, for this workshop all payments are non-refundable, and this is why we recommend comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancelation.
- Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.
“My tenth trip with Richard. I know I'm in good hands. He is always enthusiastic, supportive, and always there to help with any level question. He is the best of the best. ”
“I have taken a number of workshops with other professional photographers and this one in by far the best. The amount of individualized help throughout the workshop and the care that went into taking us to the best places to photograph made the difference. I have been with other workshop leaders who seem primarily interested and getting their own photos and only answer questions when asked. ”