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African Fish Eagle_African Conservation Photography_© Peter Chadwick

Lying on the border between Namibia and Botswana, the Chobe River is one of Africa's finest wildlife photographic destinations with teaming herds of wildlife and a matching diversity of bird species being on offer. Large herds of African Elephant and Cape Buffaloes swim  across the crocodile infested river during the dry winter months on a daily basis to reach the lush grass covered islands.

As a birding destination, the Chobe lies at the intersection between southern African species and those emanating from the tropics. Many specials such as Rock Pratincole, Coppery-Tailed Coucal, Hartlaubs Babbler and African Skimmer may be found in good numbers and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Storks and herons of many species hunt in the shallow waters alongside kingfishers and as African Fish Eagles and colourful Carmine Bee-Eaters grace the skies.

From a photographic perspective the best way to see and photograph the Chobe is undoubtedly to join Pangolin Safari’s on one of their photographic packages. They have specially designed photographic boats and also provide the opportunity to hire photographic gear. The guides know the river intimately and therefore take one immediately to the best photographic locations. Below are a small selection of images from a recent visit that I undertook to the Chobe.

African Jacana on Hippos back African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

1 of 12: African Jacana on the back of a hippo.

African Elephant portrait African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

2 of 12: African Elephant covered in water from swimming across the Chobe River.

Red Lechwe African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

3 of 12: A bachelor herd of Red Lechwe.

African Spoonbil African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

4 of 12: An African Spoonbill searches for food along the lush banks of the Chobe River.

Cape Buffalo crossing the Chobe Rover African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

5 of 12: A Cape Buffalo swims from the mainland to one of the islands in the Chobe River were lush grasses are still in abundance.

Rock Pratincole African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

6 of 12: A Rock Pratincole suns itself in the early morning light. The Chobe is one of the best places to view this highly sought after species.

Nile Crocodile feeding African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

7 of 12: A 4m Nile Crocodile feeds on the remains of a Red Lechwe.

Carmine Bee-Eater take off  African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

8 of 12: A Carmine Bee-Eater takes off from a perch to catch a flying insect.

Hippo portrait African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

9 of 12: The Chobe River has dense populations of Hippo that spend the day lazing in the shallows.

Wire-Tailed Swallows African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

10 of 12: A pair of White-Throated Swallows perches on a dead tree stump in the Chobe River.

Rock Monitor Lizard African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

11 of 12: A Water Monitor-Lizard searches for prey amongst the water-logged islands of the Chobe River.

Sunset on the chobe African Conservation Photography  Peter Chadwick

12 of 12: Sunset reflects on the rippled waters of the Chobe River.

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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.