Crocodiles of Botswana

Nile crocodiles like to bask in the sun along riverbanks in the Okavango Delta. During June and July (Botswana’s winter), the water is a chilly 55-62° F, and underwater visibility is about twenty feet. These huge reptiles spend many hours every day soaking up the heat from the sun’s rays, but the moment a crocodile spots our boat, they dive seeking security in the water.

Cold water makes them lethargic and slow, and their poor underwater vision provides us with a great opportunity to photograph these heavily armored crocodilians with most powerful jaws bite, greater of the Great White shark. Taking advantage of the crocodile’s habits, our days on the delta begin between 9-10 am so we can view basking crocodiles.

The moment the croc seeks refuge under water, we stop our boat approximately 100 yards away. Quickly donning scuba tanks over the 5 to 7mm wetsuits, we enter the water. Our descent is direct; we do not want to remain on the water’s surface, known as the croc’s “kill zone.” The reptile is attracted to subjects on the water’s surface, especially those that are silhouetted against the sun, so it is imperative that we descend quickly and spend as little time on the surface as possible so as not to look like a potential meal.

Day: 

Day 1

Depart your home state to Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg and overnight at airport hotel

Day 3

Fly from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana. Transfer to accommodation, approx. 5hrs. road trip First night will be at Swamp Stop.

Day 4 – Day 8

First early morning by boat, we get suited up and equipped with camera and scuba. Luggage is transferred to the exclusive camp along the river. Start 5 Days of extraordinary adventure in the Okavango River with Nile Crocs.

Day 9

Depart the island by boat and than connect with our vehicle, 5 hours road trip to Maun. Fly to

Johannesburg. Connect to your evening flight to your next destination.

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Travel to Botswana with Amos to photograph nile crocs underwater (yep, you read that right!). In late May the rains fall on the Angola heights and cause a huge surge of cold clean water to flush out the Okavango Delta. In early June we can get a secondary push further cleaning up the Delta. The cold current coupled with the cool ambient air temperature gives us the conditions to enable us to dive with the Nile Croc. Amos has led dives here for the past 8 years including doing a National Geographic production called “Feed the Dragon”

Date:

Jul 28-Aug 5, 2021 (group size: 3)

Price: $16,900