Canoe Excursion, Okavango Delta, Botwana

DECEMBER 2011 – A guide gently moves a canoe with a tourist through a river arm of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The were a few ‘greatest moments’ at the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This is most certainly one of them: a morning excursion on a canoe. There is nothing but silence around you, no technical noises whatsoever. Total peace and tranquility as you move gently along the water with your experienced tour guide who moves the canoe with a long stick, continuing an old tradition of his ancesters.

Having said that, you may wonder about the safety of such excursions. After all, you don’t want to get into any conflict with a Hippo that suddenly emerges from the water. Now, they have a fast motor boat about one hundred and fifty meters in front of the canoes, always hiding behind the next corner of the river arm. This boat checks the situation for suspicious activity and alerts the guide via radio should they see something. We felt 100% safe in the hands of our experienced guides.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time03-DEC-2011, 10:05
LocationGunn’s Camp, Botsuana
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/1250 sec at f/10
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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