Botswana Wildlife Workshop
Mission05 proudly presents Botswana’s wildlife workshop – a unique and inspirational photography-led trip based in the Okavango Delta. An expansive World Heritage Site in Botswana, this is the largest inland delta in the world. The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis, featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife. The Okavango Delta stretches over 15,000 square kilometres and is a hub of activity for all flora and fauna, big and small.
The Ultimate Experience
During this expedition, you will embark on a number of photography-focussed activities such as game viewing, fishing, bird watching or taking an authentic guided Mokoro excursion through this wetland paradise in a traditional dugout canoe. Commonly spotted animals include lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and countless species of bird. Learn to capture the wild activity that this destination has to offer, under the supervision of a world class photographer, and £50,000 worth of PhaseOne camera equipment, some of the best camera technology on the market. Yours for the duration of the expedition, learn the art of photography in a supported environment, while coming face to face with the Big Five.
Departure TimeJune to December
IncludedBotswana Wildlife Workshop
Day One - Botswana Arrival
Arrive in Maun Airport, Botswana and we will take care of things from there. Your private transfer shall meet you at the airport (after arrivals) and guide you through to the resident aircraft, that will take off to your local AirStrip near Abu Lodge. You shall step off the domestic flight from over the Botswana landscape, and transfer to your luxury tented safari camp, exclusively Mission05's for the duration of the 6 nights. Take the opportunity to relax post-flight and meet our expert photographer and travel team who will ensure you get the most out of the week ahead.
Day Two - Five - Photographic Immersion
Each day at Abu Camp, you are invited to completely immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu Herd. Form a strong emotional bond with the herd and be both humbled and inspired as you gain a deeper understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu is based. With the support of your local guide, professional photographer and PhaseOne modular camera equipment, you will learn the tricks of capturing the most incredible wildlife photos live, in the setting of true wilderness.
Morning and evening game drives will take you deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta by road, boat and Mekoro dugout canoe, depending on the seasonality. This scenically splendid concession contains a number of distinct but interwoven ecosystems, from seasonally inundated floodplains, channels and palm islands in the north-east to the dryer Kalahari ‘Sandveld Tongue’ in the west. Here, trees like Kalahari appleleaf and silver terminalia dominate, adding a greater degree of contrast to this unique area. Unlike some of the permanently inundated areas of the Delta, the habitats around Abu Camp offer a wide variety, from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels. This in turn means that big game is plentiful, allowing for good general game viewing which includes frequent sightings of classic Okavango Delta species such as Cape buffalo, African elephant and red lechwe, alongside southern giraffe, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, and the ubiquitous but beautiful impala. Burchell’s zebra, hippo and warthog are also often seen. Dominant carnivores include lion – which often move through the Concession and can be heard calling at night – and spotted hyaena, with increasingly frequent sightings of resident leopards and packs of Endangered African wild dog. For birding enthusiasts, some 380 different species have been recorded. “Okavango specials” include tiny, jewel-like malachite kingfisher, white-browed coucal, Luapula cisticola, pied kingfisher, rufous-bellied heron and great white egret.
At around 180 000 hectares (445 000 acres) in area, the Abu Concession is situated in one of the most productive areas of the Okavango Delta. Embrace and enjoy every moment of this education.
Day Six - Departure
Today we’ll depart Abu Camp and your Expedition and Photographic Team and make your way back to Maun Airport, ready to connect back home.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Abu Camp, Botswana
Luxury Tented Camp
For exclusive hire, you and your 5 comrades will learn the tricks of wildlife photography in the heart of the wilderness.
Abu Camp offers Africa’s premier elephant interaction experience where you’ll have the opportunity to see the Okavango Delta through the eyes of the herd as they accompany you into the bush, and subtly make a case for the conservation of all elephants.
The six luxury guest tents, with private plunge pools and viewing decks, peep out across a lagoon from under ancient fig trees. Game drives, guided walks, and mokoro and boat excursions reveal the many wonders of this wildlife-rich area. The Abu team delight in creating unique moments for guests, whether in the company of elephants or at night around a crackling campfire.
Founder and creator of Mission05 is awe-inspiring photographer, intrepid traveler and marketer of 30 years, PETE WEBB, Merci Visual. Named one of Europe’s leading lifestyle & adventure artists, Pete‘s style originally emerged from surf and mountain, and now boasts some of the most prestigious clients and brands in a multitude of sectors. Capturing the perfect shot in challenging environments, Pete holds an innate ability to tell a story through his images. Through Mission05, he now creates the opportunity to educate and explore the world through a lens, with the most discerning of clients.
Head of our travel and VIP services, meet REBECCA PUTTOCK - with a world of experience in the travel and concierge sectors, Rebecca boasts 13 years as a luxury travel planner to the top 1% wealthiest in the world, celebrities and royalty, and has visited over 65 countries across 05 continents. Specialising in superyacht, private jet and bespoke tailor-made, she designs, curates and manages every bespoke itinerary from scratch to ensure Mission05's experiences are not only educational, but life-changing for our clients.
The key-holder to the unimaginable limits clients experience on their Mission05 adventures, Steve boasts over 20 years as an adventurer, professional photographer, editor and author, including three international bestsellers. Highly regarded in his field, Steve's industry knowledge is showcased across all media platforms, leading him to become one of the best spokespersons, educators and judges in the photographic field. Steve shall be leading our missions for the ultimate next generation photography experiences.