Nile Crocodile Botswana with Amos Nachoum
2012: June 5 - 14, July 12 - 20
Research Adventure Photography
Worldwide Nile Crocodile
Experience: 2 years
Where: Botswana, Okavango Delta
The croc was about four meters long sliding into the water. We followed it in our boat, and dove in to find it
lying on the gray soil bottom of the river, its large head under a broken tree trunk. I swam to the other side
of the croc and poised myself to take its picture — my guide on the other side. Suddenly, the croc went into
reverse, freeing itself from the broken tree trunk. It was now going full speed head-first toward my guide.
We were only at 5 meters depth and the visibilility was still clear.
Seeing the croc coming at him, my guide raised his Hawaiian spear in defense. The croc pushed against
the spear, pinning my guide to the river bottom. The two of them swung from left to right while my guide
clutched tightly to his spear. It looked almost like they were dancing, but they were actually locked in a
I swam toward my guide up current, finning as hard as I could to capture the action up close, when a
thought crossed my mind: "Should I continue take pictures? Or should I join my guide to push this croc
away? " Before I could decide, the croc backed off and turned away. But not before it reached the surface
and opened its jaws wide, for one more fantastic photo opportunity (see image on the right) .
See You in the Nile, Crocodile!
The best and only time to be in the water with
the Nile croc is in June and July — during winter
— when the water in the Okavango Delta is clear
enough (15-20 feet) and cold enough (55-60°F).
When the water is cold, crocs like to sunbathe,
so we will first see them on the surface. When
they hear or see us arrive, they immediately dive
for safety. However, being reptiles, the cold water
makes crocs lethargic and slow.
Crocs are harmless underwater because their
eyesight is poor — they evolved in murky water,
never needing good eyesight. Instead, they have
great sensors for touch. Since their eyesight is
limited they cannot see us getting close.
Our guide Brad, is the best in the world at what
he does. As a third generation Botswanan, he has
been diving with crocs for over eleven years.
Comfort on the Delta
For this challenging operation, we set home base
at the Nxamaseri Island Lodge, nestled at the edge
of the main channel off the Okavango Delta.
Nxamaseri Lodge is a unique African experience
on an island in the permanent waters of Botswana's
Okavango Delta. Small and exclusive it is one of the
oldest in the delta, with six double in-suite chalets
— each secluded by indigenous forest and
each with a private deck over looking the water.
Teak walkways link the rooms to the main area.
Date: June 5 - 14; July 12 - 20, 2012
Duration: 10 days
Cost: $12,900 per person (based on single occupancy)
Max No. of Guests: 2 guests
Note: Prices above do not include airfare
- Mountain Gorillas - Rwanda
June 2-6, 2012: $8,400 (based on two guests & double occupancy)
- Cat Photo Safari - Botswana
Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Wild Dog
June 14-24, 2012
l. 10 day luxury tented safari; $12,400
ll. 6 day luxury tented safari + 4 night best safari lodges accommodations; $22,800
(based on two guests & double occupancy)
Crocodile: Nxamaseri Lodge
Gorillas: Private housing
Cat Photo Safari: Luxury camp and safari lodges
Activities: Diving, photography, exploration, hiking, safari
Temperature Okavango River: 55 - 60°F or 15 - 17°C,
Air: 68 - 84°F or 20 - 28°C
All photos Amos Nachoum.
Dates and prices subject to change without prior notice.
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