A picture perfect service from Orient-Express Safaris, Botswana
14th June 2011 - Getting the perfect picture on safari is something that everyone aspires to, making a camera an essential item to pack. But bulky lenses and tripods are not the most space friendly items, and the fear of expensive photographic equipment being lost or damaged in transit is always present. With this in mind, Orient-Express’ stunning safari camps now offer a fantastic range of top spec photographic equipment for guests to use during their stay.
Orient-Express’ three luxurious safari camps: Khwai River Lodge which overlooks the Moremi Game Reserve, Eagle Island Camp nestled in the heart of the Okavango Delta and Savute Elephant Camp superbly placed in the Chobe Desert, in Northern Botswana, are all ideally located to spot some of Africa’s most famous and majestic inhabitants. Now stocked with a variety of Canon and Nikon cameras, telephoto lenses and tripods, guests at the camps will be ideally equipped to go after the perfect safari picture. For guests who cannot be prised away from their own camera, the hiring of extra equipment such as a super long lens and tripod to use with their own Canon or Nikon camera body is also an option.
Those who are new to the art of photography or are simply looking to brush up on their skills, will have the services of professional wildlife photographers on hand for private tutorials. Specialising in capturing some of Africa’s plentiful wildlife at its best, the instructors offer advice and instruction on snapping the mesmerising flora and fauna of the African landscape including, if guests are lucky, the famed ‘big five’.
The Orient-Express safari camps offer guests an insight into three of Africa’s diverse eco systems from the swamps of the Okavango Delta, to the plains of the Chobe Desert, to the tree lined banks of the Kwahi River. Small and unobtrusive, they are designed to work in harmony with the local environment and give guests the best opportunity to observe the wildlife whilst luxuriating in utmost comfort.
Overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains, the elegant tented accommodation of the Khwai River Lodge gives guests prime viewing of a large variety of African game from their private viewing decks. The lodge boasts a relaxing spa, offering a host of treatments derived from local plants, to be enjoyed alfresco. Whilst Eagle Island Camp is set amongst the heart of the Okavango Delta overlooking the lagoon, into which guests can take a guided tour by makoro canoe, gliding silently amongst the water lilies to chance a glimpse of hippos, giraffes, elephants and some of the 460 species of bird, including the rare fish eagle, that call the delta home. Exhilarating motor boat and helicopter rides are also on offer to guests craving a little more adventure. Finally, The Savute Elephant Camp is perched on the edge of what was once a simple watering hole, but after nearly 30 years of being dry, the Savute Channel recently began to flow again, turning the waterhole into a spectacular river. The previously harsh terrain is transforming into lush vegetation, attracting an abundance of wildlife to the area. Along with excursions to see ancient rock paintings by San Bushmen and the nearby breathtaking Victoria Falls, the Savute Elephant Camp gives guests an exciting experience right in the heart of the African bush.
With such diverse camps to choose from, guests can tailor make their itinerary to ensure that all of these incredible ecosystems are made the most of, and with short air transfers between the camps, guests can be sure not to miss a moment of action.
Prices start from US$ 1,845 (approx £1,136) per person per night including inter camp flights from Maun. Guests who have booked one of Orient-Express’ pre tailored ‘Journey Package’ itineraries to the Orient-Express Safari Camps can utilise the camera equipment at no extra charge as part of their package, otherwise hiring equipment starts from US$ 115.00 (approx £70) per day. The photography tuition starts from US$385.00 (approx £237) per couple/group per day.
For further information and reservations, please visit http://www.orient-express-safaris.co.za / call 0845 077 2222
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Orient-Express, (NYSE: OEH, www.orient-express.com) the name behind an elite collection of travel experiences, first came into being in 1883 as one of the world’s most exciting and indulgent train journeys. Today that evocative name also embraces hotels, cruises and other luxury rail adventures in 24 countries, across five continents. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it first purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly afterwards, recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities. Today, the company owns or part-owns and manages 50 businesses, 41 of which are highly acclaimed hotels, each unique in style, from the Mount Nelson in Cape Town and Rio’s Copacabana Palace, to the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. There are six luxury tourist trains, two river cruise operations and ‘21’, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants.
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