Pangolin Khwai Camp is a built-for-purpose lodge that seeks to improve your skills and elevate your enjoyment of wildlife photography. Lying in the private Khwai Reserve on the edge of the Okavango Delta and bordering the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Pangolin Khwai Camp certainly has the right location, giving you access to a magical landscape of stunning scenery and teeming wildlife.
Khwai’s wetlands and rivers are home to hippos and crocodiles, its woodlands hide shy sable antelope and leopard while lions and cheetahs patrol the open floodplains for prey. The birdlife is amazing and the area has a reputation for rarities like wild dogs, serval cats, honey badgers and of course the kgaga - the local name for the ever-elusive pangolin. This scaled creature can roll itself up into a protective and impenetrable ball when approached by predators, and seeing one will be highlight of any safari.
Because Pangolin Khwai Camp has a private setting, your guide is allowed to drive off-road for close-up sightings as well as conduct night drives, both of which make for more detailed and atmospheric images. Guided walks and canoe trips (when water levels allow) add to the ways you can experience and photograph the landscape. On mekoro trips, look out for aquatic birds like jacana, tiny painted reed frogs, elephants wading in the water and gorgeous water lilies.
Built by photographers for photographers, the camp is sensible about what is needed. There is the usual comfort and convenience – convivial camp fires, en suite tented accommodation and suppers under starlight – but a quality SLR camera, lens and SD cards are also provided, and there is a photographic expert on hand for advice and instruction. You will find a dedicated area for photo editing and plenty of recharging points. The game-viewing vehicles are well-suited for the task – taking a maximum of four guests, they have camera mounts built into the arm rests and offer every passenger a window seat.