Ultimate Botswana Wildlife Safari

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, Zebras, Giraffe and vast 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 seems stuck in a time forgotten.

Our Botswana Wildlife Safari is a photographic journey like no other with design and dedication to capturing the wildlife of Africa while traveling in a unique and authentic local style. We travel by plane, custom safari boat and open vehicles to show you the incredible variety of wildlife that Botswana has to offer.

This trip takes us deep inside Chobe National Park where the highlights will be river cruises along the Chobe River as well as the Okavango Delta & Mashatu. We’ll explore the wildlife rich banks of the Chobe River by custom-built safari boats – allowing us to get amazingly close to large herds of elephants, impalas, buffalo and other wildlife as they appear on the banks. Incredible, full-frame eye-level shots of swimming hippos and hunting lions are possible as we cruise down river each day.

Aside from our river excursions there will also be plenty of time in open safari vehicles to capture the action. The biodiversity of wildlife here is incredible with over 50 species of mammal and 350 species of birds – so the action is literally non-stop!

Return each night to a luxurious safari-style “camp” which feature luxurious amenities, incredible food and comradery with your fellow photographers under the starry African skies.

If wildlife photography is your passion then a trip to Botswana 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 African continent.

Join us on this incredible adventure this year or next and experience the African wilderness.

Please note: This is a “standard” tour so there is little to no hiking on this trip. Most of the excursion is by boat or 4×4 safari vehicle. 


  • Photographic safari via custom river boats & vehicles
  • Massive variety of African wildlife
  • Chobe National Park
  • Okavanga Delta
  • Small Groups
  • Top-notch meals, luxurious safari “camps”
  • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

Ultimate Botswana Wildlife Safari

13 Days

Price: from $13,995 double occupancy

+$350 single occupancy (Johannesburg only)

+$1900 single occupancy (entire trip)

Deposit: $3000

Fitness Level: Easy. Standard trip with light walks

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 10 nights lodging

Start/End: Johannesburg, South Africa

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time


*trip difficulty ratings

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.

Included throughout the trip.


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

Price Includes
Most Meals, ground transportation, bush-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 & staff gratuities

Departure City

Johannesburg, South Africa


Please note: This is a “standard” tour so there is little to no hiking on this trip. Most of the excursion is by boat or 4×4 safari vehicle. 

Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day One (Travel Day)

Leave home and travel to Johannesburg, South Africa

Day Two (Travel Day) (D)

Arrive in Johannesburg in the evening. After clearing customs you will be met by our tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet and greet dinner along with orientation this evening.

Day Three (B, L,D)

We will transfer to the airport for a short flight to Mashatu. This afternoon we will have our first game-drive in Mashatu.

Days Four & Five (B, L,D)

The next three full-days will be dedicated to game-drives in Mashatu – which feautures som of the best big cat photography in Africa as well as massive Elephant Herds & unique photographic blinds. Afternoons & evenings in-between drives will be spent at our stunning safari camp/hotels.

Days Six, Seven & Eight (B, L,D)

We will take a short bush-flight to Kasane where the next three full-days will be dedicated to exploring the Chobe River via custom-built and privately chartered safari boats. This is an incredible experience as we are often able to get really close at wide variety of wildlife.

Days Nine, Ten & Eleven (B, L,D)

We will take a bush-flight to the Okavango Delta to explore this incredibly wildlife rich region. These days will be devoted to photographing a variety of wildlife in delta including giraffe, crocodiles, lions, elephants, leopards & hopefully the elusive African painted wolf (wild dogs)!

Day 12 (B, L)

After our final morning we have a short bush-flight to Johannesburg for international flights home this evening. Most international flights leave Johannesburg in the early evening.

Day 13

Arrive back home after a once in a lifetime experience. Begin pouring over your images!

Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena. 

“This is the second trip I have taken with Backcountry Journeys and it was the second outstanding experience. Great guides who really know photography and were to get the best photos. There was a pretty wide range of skill in our group of six and the guides were able to assist all levels with equal level of attention. Again, made a group of new friends. Selected restaurants and accommodations did not disappoint with open selections from the menus. Guides do the heavy lifting with the bags. Another unforgettable experience. I am sure I will tour with BCJ again.”

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