Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Okavango Delta - Mark Dumbleton

C4 Images and Safaris has just returned from another successful photo workshop at Chiefs Camp in the Okavango Delta. Here is what Mark Dumbleton, one of our clients, had to say.

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Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta, Botswana was the destination of my previous safari, staying at a camp called "Chiefs Camp". The safari was run by C4 Images-Safaris and all I can say is the delta is one incredible photographic destination.

We caught a flight from Johannesburg to Maun, and from Maun a short 25 minute chartered flight to Chiefs Camp. We would spend the next 4 days exploring and photographing the beauty of the Okavango Delta.

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Its very hard to explain to someone that has not been to the Delta before how truly amazing it is. The abundance of life is incredible, and I would highly recommend any nature lover visit the area atleast once in a lifetime.

The camp we stayed at was very well serviced, with very friendly staff and we were very well looked after. The safari was hosted by Isak Pretorius and Albie Venter, and everyone got on great and a super time was had by all.

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The photography was superb. We had numerous sightings of Lions, Leopards, Elephant, we sighted a massive herd of about 700 Buffalo, Hyena, huge herds of Red Lechwe, Jackal, Impala, Zebra and many other. The birding was excellent, with many sightings of rare birds and delta specials - Slaty Egret, 4 types of Coucal, Wattled Cranes, and huge amounts of Kingfishers and Fish-Eagles to name a few.

Two highlights of the trip were a helicopter ride over the delta photographing the beauty from above, and also a Mokoro trip down one of the channels at sunset, which gave a very unique perspective on the delta in super afternoon light.

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Thanks to C4, the hosts, fellow guests and staff of the camp for a superb photographic safari. Certainly a huge highlight in my life as a naturalist and wildlife photographer. All images by Mark Dumbleton - www.markdumbleton.com

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