GARDEN OF EDEN, BOTSWANA
6th - 15th November 2020
Come with us to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa’s last Eden. On this trip we will stay at the two most exclusive private concessions of the whole Okavango delta, one of Africa’s best wildlife areas. This will be indeed a trip of a lifetime.
Botswana has placed strong emphasis on its deliberate “high price – low impact” policy in order to successfully preserve its fragile eco-systems and rich wildlife. This makes the country a highly sought after, truly African wildlife experience, living up to its status as the “Gem of Africa” and truly a Garden of Eden.
There are an incredible variety of great National Parks to visit, the most breathtaking being the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and the Okavango Delta, which is the world’s largest inland delta, a seasonal wetland of channels, palm lined islands and wide grassy floodplains, visible from outer space. This is where we will spend all our time, surrounded by thousands of animals in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the whole African continent.
During this photographic safari we will photograph, from land and water and in all light conditions, the abundant wildlife in the incredible landscape of the Okavango. This trip will take place in November, when the weather, sky and wildlife converge to provide some of the most photogenic conditions of the whole year.
Thousands of animals all around you. The Okavango delta is considered to be one of the best places to view and photograph wildlife in the whole African continent.
Many different ecosystems rub shoulders within the Okavango Delta: open grasslands, marshlands, waterways, dry acacia and mopane woodland and flooded plains.
We will not only photograph animals, but a glorious landscape filled with amazing flora, crowned by the mighty Baobab tree, able to dwarf an elephant.
Rafael Rojas (Master Hasselblad 2014, MA Photography, ARPS) is a Swiss-Spanish fine art photographer, author and lecturer whose work frequently focuses on concepts like time, decay and renewal, the raw latent energy found in the landscape and the ephemeral qualities of existence. He strives to encapsulate concept, emotion and spirituality in his work.
Rafael has been involved in teaching since he was in his teens, and well before he took a camera for the first time. First helping out young students, then teaching undergrads and later on as a University lecturer. Nowadays, as a full time professional photographer, lecturer, author and creativity mentor, he deeply enjoys helping other photographers grow as artists, slow down and look at the world with different eyes.
He is the founder of the online MasterCOURSE "Photography with Intent", a unique, comprehensive and structured one year course devoted to the whole photographic process from message to print.
Rafael is also co-owner and co-director of “Platinum Press Editions”, an independent finer art photography publishing company devoted to the creation of photography books of the highest quality.
Rafael speaks English, French, Spanish, Romanian and Italian.
Anca Minican, the partner of Rafael Rojas, provides a very special touch to all our photographic workshops and trips. Trained as an architect, she is a true lover of nature and the wilderness and always accompanies Rafael on his photographic expeditions all over the planet.
Her broad experience in the corporate world, her professionalism and her methodical and serious approach make her a valuable asset for the organization, on-site logistics and the support to customers during our workshops and photographic trips. She also plays a key role in the team building and knows how to create an amicable environment with a personal touch as all our clients can testify!
Anca is co-owner and co-founder of “Platinum Press Editions”, an exclusive editorial house specialized in the creation of unique fine art photography books of the highest quality. She is also part of the management staff of the Photo School “Photography with Intent”.
She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian.
All transfers during this photographic trip will be done by plane, flying over the maze-like landscape of the Okavango delta. Wonderful photographic opportunities await you!
During the safari, we will use private open vehicles with one photographer per row of seating, allowing access to both sides for each participant and plenty of space.
We will take a boat and a traditional mokoro to have access to yet another world, the Okavango waters. Birds, mammals and wonderful papyrus reflected under the light of dusk.