Even for those with just a passing interest in photography are going to get a lot out of these camps and being able to use the camp’s cameras and lenses makes it even more accessible to every traveller.
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New for 2021 is the semi-mobile Pangolin Photo Camp, a seasonal camp open between March and November on the NG16 private concession in the north-east of the Okavango Delta.
Not only is the photographic focus of this camp something which sets it apart (more to come on that later) the semi-mobile nature brings a real, adventurous, light touch to this camp which we love. The camp, which can cater for a maximum of just eight people will only stay in place for two weeks at a time before moving to another of the seven pitches it has available within the private concession.
Pangolin Photo Camp has 30,000 hectares of a varied environment to explore, consisting of open plains, small stands of woodland and brush, bisected by the Selinda Spillway and other seasonal streams, waterways and lagoons. In our experience this area of the Delta is a particular favourite of wild dogs and a stay here of three or four night gives you a great chance of bumping into a pack or two.
As previously mentioned anyone with photographic tendencies- from a seasoned pro to those who just enjoy taking pictures with their mobile phone is going to love this camp. Not only is it hosted by a specialist photographic guide who is on hand for advice and guidance throughout your stay but there are also cameras, lenses and even a ready supply of memory cards free for all to use. So you don’t even need to have your own equipment to make the most of this camp and the stunning photographic opportunities!
This is a small, intimate camp and it only has five rooms, catering to a maximum of eight guests. As this camp is semi-mobile, the tents are fairly rustic and simple in their design but they have everything you will need for a comfortable stay. The tents are Meru in style with two single beds or a double bed, complete with storage areas for your clothes and a small seating area at the front of the room. Towards the back is an ensuite bucket shower, basin and flushing toilet. Solar power in the rooms is also on hand to use for electric lights, charging batteries, a fan and even a CPAP machine if required.
Don’t let the basic nature of the rooms put you off, given the wildlife action on the reserve you are likely to be out on night and day game drives in the specially adapted photographic vehicles most of the time or perhaps relaxing in the central lounge tent or reviewing images in the editing suite.
Plans are also afoot to construct a wildlife hide nearby which will overlook at waterhole, giving the chance for wonderful images of animals as they come to drink.
Facilities include a comfortable lounge, firepit and dining area, photo editing suite, access to photographic equipment, guidance, and specially adapted vehicles.
By its very nature being a semi-mobile camp that moves every two weeks it has to step very lightly on the environment. There is no hard or permanent infrastructure here and it feels more like the safari days of old in the use of candles, bucket showers and gravitating around the campfire in the evening. Only spending two weeks in each spot also gives the camp area time to recover and re-wild between each sitting.