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Botswana: Land of Giants
Trip Overview
Botswana remains one of the greatest countries on the continent of Africa for wildlife photography. It’s remote, seemingly limitless wilderness is vast and untrammeled by the hand of man. Lions, leopards, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and herds of African elephants roam the expansive plains of this land-locked country situated between South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Explore the wilds of an Africa that remains in a time gone by.

Our ‘Botswana: Land of Giants’ tour will take us to Mashatu, a picturesque and privately owned 72,000-acre game reserve, where we’ll spend six days photographing a wide-array of wildlife found inside the preserved wilderness. Mashatu means “land of the giants,” which is a reference to the huge trees that dominate the landscape.

Mashatu will provide Backcountry Journeys photographers a more serene and exclusive experience as we enjoy its sanctuary to the largest herds of elephant on the continent. Picture yourself, and your camera, so close to those elephants that you feel as if they might be breathing down your neck.

While on our game drives we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe; the world’s largest antelope, the eland; the world’s largest bird, the ostrich. The biodiversity of wildlife here is incredible. Three members of the ‘Big Five,’ namely the leopard, the lion, and the elephant are found here, and are complemented by some lesser well-known, but interesting, species, including the aardwolf (or “earth wolf”), the bat-eared fox, the African wildcat, the honey badger, the spotted hyena, and the black-backed jackal. Cheetah’s roam far and wide on the landscape of Mashatu and this is likely the best safari on the planet for big cat photography.

Birders will delight as Mashatu is home to more than 350 bird species including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller, and the Kori Bustard, which is not only the largest flying bird native to Africa, it is also the national bird of Botswana.

Return each night to your choice of either a luxurious safari-style “camp,” where you’ll find comradery with your fellow photographers under the starry African skies, or, to your lodge room designed for absolute privacy.

Either choice will offer luxurious amenities and incredible accommodations. If your idea of becoming “one with nature” is an outdoor shower under the stars, the Tent Camp is for you. If the luxury of air conditioning is something you can’t live without, choose dates with lodge availability.

If wildlife photography is your passion then a trip to ‘The Land of Giants’ with Backcountry Journeys needs to be on your list. Our meticulous scouting, camp selection, and world-class logistics leave no stone unturned in creating the most memorable travel experience to the continent of Africa.

Botswana: Land of Giants

8 Days / 7 Nights

Price: 
from $6995 double occupancy (Tented Camp)
+$1100 single occupancy


from $7995 double occupancy (Mashatu Lodge)
+$1400 single occupancy


Deposit: $2500

Fitness Level: 
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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 7 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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Trip Details
Physical Requirements 
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to walk a day-pack.


Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.


Accommodation
Included throughout the trip.


Meals
Most meals are included during the trip dates (please see itinerary).


Price Includes
Most Meals, ground transportation, in-country flights, accommodation during the trip dates, expert local guides, professional photography instruction.


Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide / trip leader gratuities.

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  • Massive Variety of African Wildlife
Botswana remains one of the greatest countries on the continent of Africa for wildlife photography. This includes the best big cat photography in Africa and photographing huge herds of African Elephants from our custom 4x4 vehicle.
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting some of the most incredible African wildlife.
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for wildlife photography to more advanced techniques.
  • Small Groups

We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
Ask our past guests – one of the best parts about our trips is the food! On this tour you'll be able to choose from a Tent Camp or a Lodge.
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • A Great Expereince!

    What a great experience! The trip was well-organized from start to finish. Great photography locations from deep jungle to beach to river boat to night hikes. The schedule kept us busy but never hectic, and the accommodations were super comfortable. Shout out to our guide Ben - we saw so much wildlife! I'd highly recommend a trip with them.


  • In October I traveled with BCJ to Joshua Tree Natl Park for their night sky photography trip. This was my third trip with BCJ and I just reserved another trip. I keep coming back to this company because of the great experiences I'm having. I love the small groups and excellent guides. 


  • This was my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was excellent, and I have since booked two more trips. The itinerary, and the guides were excellent.

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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
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CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2022
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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