Botswana is a land of wetlands, deltas, deserts and amazing game. This small group workshop captures it all.

 In association with Journeys Unforgettable/Wilderness Safaris

January is Botswana’s summer or the green season when the wildlife comes to life, offering us astonishing photographic opportunities to immerse ourselves in the wilderness and capture iconic and evocative images of the vast diversity of animals. Summer mornings are exceptional for animal photography, when the light is at its best to capture the herds of elephants to hippos, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, and crocodiles, to name a few of over 120 species who inhabit this proposed World Heritage Site. In the afternoons dark storm clouds appear, adding an ominous mood to your photography.

The summer offers an explosion of new life, with many species giving birth, providing a rare opportunity to photograph mothers with their newborn. This is also peak predator season with the inexperienced young falling as prey. Our base camp is in the Okavango Delta, located deep in the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta, the heart of wild Africa and  ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari, with its sparkling lagoons, channels, and overgrown islands teems with wildlife. 



Pre Trip Schedule:

Sat. Jan. 17 arrive in Johannesburg,

Day 1     Johannesburg, South Africa – Maun, Botswana    Royal Tree Lodge

Sun. Jan. 18            Today depart Johannesburg Airport for Maun, Botswana, where you will be met by a Wilderness Safari representative and transported to the Royal Tree Lodge.  The Royal Tree Lodge is an oasis from the bustle of Maun, and an ideal environment to unwind after your flight. The Lodge is located on a 200-hectare wildlife estate along the Thalamakane River, a 20-minute drive from the town center. Spend the day relaxing or horseback riding or take a scenic helicopter flight. Occasionally, the lodge is visited by hyenas, leopards, crocodiles and hippos.                             

Day 2       Maun – Kalahari Plains Camp

Mon. Jan. 19            This morning transfer to the Maun Airport for our private charter.Wilderness Air Botswana flight to the Kalahari Plains Airstrip. Transfer to the Kalahari Plains Camp, located in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the worlds largest, with wooded dunes, river valleys and impressive large game that will astonish. During the dry season afternoon rains provide dramatic photographic skies. Our camp is situated on a private game reserve, ideal for your ph

Days 3 & 4

Tues/Wed. - Jan. 20/21       Summer is the only season to photograph mothers along side their newborn. The plains have one of the highest concentration of cheetah in southern Africa, and in close proximity to our camp are herds of game such as gemstock and springbok, giraffe, the black-maned lion, leopard, and the nocturnal brown hyaena. Twice daily game drives take place in open 4 x 4 vehicles and our experienced guides direct us to the best locations to photograph the wildlife.                  

Kalahari Game Camp

The eco-friendly Game Camp is located to take advantage of the famed wildlife of the reserve. The main area consists of a lounge, where our daily photography class Is held, a dining area and swimming pool. Solar power provides the lodge with electricity and hot water in the camp and insulated canvas walls and roof keep temperatures inside the units comfortable.

Day 5            Kalahari Plains Camp – Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana

Thur. Jan. 22       This morning transfer to the Kalahari Airstrip to our private charter Wilderness Air Botswana flight to Tubu Tree Camp Airstrip. In the midst of the Okavango Delta waters, located on the iconic Hunda Island, Tubu Tree Camp offers some of the most diverse wildlife viewing in Botswana.                                     

Days 6 & 7                            

Fri. & Sat. - Jan. 23 & 24        On our daily game drives in our private reserve we photograph a variety of big and small game such as elephants, lions, zebras, the southern giraffe, impala, leopards and the bushbuck.  The diverse bird life is remarkable with dry-land species seen on the large islands and all the wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.                                            

Tubu Tree Safari Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Tubu Tree Safari Camp is built in traditional safari style, with five raised en-suite tents. Your tent is surrounded with magnificent views of the delta, and where you can photograph the game as they pass by your private deck.

Day 8         

Sun. Jan. 25         Depart Tubu Tree Camp by private charter Wilderness Air Botswana for Maun Airport and your out ward bound flight to Johannesburg and your flight home. 

Travel Information

International Flights

It may take up to two days from the United States to arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, and to your connecting flight to Maun, Botswana. Plan to depart Johannesburg on Sunday January 18, 2015 for Maun, where you will be met at the Maun airport by a representative from Wilderness Safari and transferred to our hotel. Plan to depart Maun for Johannesburg on Sunday January 25, 2015.

Combining Namibia and Botswana Workshop Flights

If yoIf you u are also participating in the Namibia workshop, you will need to book your flight

Windhoek – Johannesburg – Maun flights for Sunday January 18, 2015, and your Maun – Johannesburg flight for Sunday January 25, 2015. Flight detaidetails will be available when the trip is confirmed. Note these flights are not included in the cost of the trip.

Charter flights – there is a total luggage weight limit of 60 lbs. (30kg) per person on all charter flights. The weight limit applies to all luggage including carry-on and camera equipment, and you must use soft luggage only. Our safari outfitter Wilderness Safari provides each traveler with a duffeduffell bag to be used on the trip.

Who Should Attend  

This workshop is for serious amateurs and professional still photographers and videographers who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to photograph South African wildlife and the unique delta landscape. This is an opportunity hone your photography skills while developing a new body of work.

Media and Recommended Equipment

Participants may shoot still images or video using a DSLR camera or a point and shoot camera. Optional but recommended is a computer with LightLightroom, Aperture or a digital imaging cataloging program and an external hard drive for backup. For those shooting video you should have eitheeither iMovie or Final Cut Pro for viewing and editing your videos. Bring at least one camera body, all your lenses, a tripod, extra camera battbatteries, plenty of memory cards, a flash unit(s) and any light modifiers you own, a flash light for shooting at night, all technical manuals, and a notenotebook and writing utensil.


Lenses, Camera Supports & Batteries: You will need wide 17 – 24mm to long, at least 200mm or 400mm lenses when photographing on safari. In adIn addition to your tripod, a beanbag is useful when shooting from the jeep. Bring an empty beanbag, which you can fill when arriving at the camcamp. Bring at least one extra camera battery. Remember weight is a factor.

Workshop Fee

The workshop fee is 9,950.00 and includes share accommodation, all private chartered flights from/to Windhoek, Namibia to our safari camps, all prall private game drives, a private full time English speaking guide and local guides, all meals and local beverages and wines in the camps (excinclluding premier brands of wines), all park and photography fees, and on site photography instruction. A $2,900.00 deposit must accompany your your registration forms to secure your place in this workshop. Final Payment is due by Oct. 1, 2014.                      



You are encouraged to bring a companion who will be able to participate in all workshop activities. 

Not Included are: international flights to and from Maun, Botswana, airport taxes, visas, and gratuities for our guides, drivers and lodge staff, personal expenses, personal photography fees when photographing individuals in the villages, some meals and beverages, and any optional activities, such as hot air ballooning and private helicopter flights. 

NOTE: Due to a limited number of lodge rooms, accommodations are primarily shared. Single travelers will be pared with a same gender  rororoommate. Should you wish single accommodations or if a roommate is not available the single supplement charge will apply. Trip cancellation    and interruption insurance, is strongly recommended, and medical evacuation insurance is mandatory. Recommended travel insurance companies:  and


Deposit is payable directly to the Maine Media Workshops and the balance of the workshop cost is payable to:  Arlene Collins Photography,               



The above is subject to change.  


Terms and Conditions for Destinations Workshops

1. Reservations & Payments

A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the date of departure for your workshop.  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.

2. Cancellations

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark, or upon receipt of an email providing notice of cancellation. If you provide written notice of cancellation  60 days or more prior to the departure date for your workshop, your deposit, and any additional payment, will be refunded in full, less an administration fee of $55.00. If you provide written notice of cancellation less than 60 days prior to the departure date for your workshop, your full deposit will be forfeited; any additional funds paid to Maine Media for the workshop will be refunded.  No refunds of any amount will be made to persons who (i) fail to provide written notice of cancellation, or who (ii) begin a workshop, but fail to complete the workshop.

3. Basis of Rates

All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

4. Insurance

It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.

5. Itinerary Changes

The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.

6.  Passports and Visas

A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa.  Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.

7. Medical Issues

All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.

8. Liability Waiver

Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.

9. Responsibility & Photography

To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop. 

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Arlene Collins

Arlene Collins specializes in documenting remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world. She currently produces and leads international photography workshops, offers a master photography class and topic-specific short courses in her New York City studio, lectures in the United States and abroad, and consults privately with a number of clients.

Arlene studied with Lisette Model.  She is an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design, and for 15 years she taught in the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Arlene is a world traveler, and the list of countries she has not yet visited or worked in continues to shrink. She has photographed in more than 60 international locations. She has lectured in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), at the Fototeca Center in Havana, Cuba, and at the Istanbul Center of Photography in Turkey, and she has taught workshops at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City; ROSPHOTO, the Russian State Center of Photography in St. Petersburg, Russia; at the Three Shadows Photography Center in Beijing, China; and in Lahore, Pakistan. In addition, Arlene has led intensive workshops to Turkey, Morocco, Mali, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and to Kamchatka in eastern Russia.

Arlene has created several long-term photography essays, including Boxing in New York City, Moscow, and Bangkok, and essays on the Rodeo in New Jersey and Voodoo in Western Africa, and she has documented the abandoned sites of Pripyat and the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in Ukraine, and the Vogelsang Russian military base in Germany. As she continues her international travels, Arlene also adds to her ongoing photographic essay on “UNESCO-designated” World Heritage Sites.

Arlene continues to travel and teach workshops around the world. Recently she returned from photographing in North Korea, and she plans to conduct upcoming workshops in Georgia and Armenia.




Course Dates

Jan 18 to Jan 25


$9950 see course description for details. A deposit of $2900 required at the time of registration. All further information, details, billing etc., will be handled directly by Arlene Collins.

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