CROCODILE DIVING

Botswana

2017
Jul. 17 – 24, 2017

  • Crocodile Experience: 3 years
  • Where: Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Max No. of Guests: 3
  • Pricing: Please Inquire Below
  • Accommodations:
    • 2015: High quality safari lodge
  • Activities: Crocodile diving, photography, exploration
  • Temperature:
    • Water 58 – 62°F (14 – 17°F)
    • Land 50 – 80°F (10 – 27°F)

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ITINERARYDETAILSTERMS—CONDITIONS
Day 1
– Arrive: Johannesburg. Spend overnight at airport hotel.

Day 2
– Fly from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana. We will pick you up at the airport for the five-hour drive and cruise to our safari camp.

Days 3 – 7
– Five days of extraordinary crocodile diving and adventure in the Okavango river with Nile crocs.

Days 6
– Depart: Guadalupe by 2Pm on the last day of diving and start the 18 to 20- hour cruise back to Ensenada.

Day 8
– Depart: 30-minute boat ride and five-hour car ride to Maun for flight to
Johannesburg. Connect to your flight to your next destination.

The Experience

The African crocodile (crocodylus niloticus) is one of the largest living reptiles in the world and the biggest adult on record measures 20 feet in length and weighs 2,000 pounds. We could easily fill entire pages discussing the amazing facts and characteristics that define these huge, cold-blooded animals, but the simple fact remains that we are inextricably drawn to predators. We know how dangerous they are, but we want more than anything to get close to them. This Big Animals expe- dition is your chance to be in the water with an apex predator capable of taking down animals far larger and stronger than humans, yet being able to calmly interact with them and capture images that illustrate them in a different light.

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 under- water 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 that 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, espe- cially 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.

Closely shadowing the expedition leader at the river bottom and followed by a safety diver with light and camera in hand, we drift down current near the bank searching for camouflaged crocs resting as they hide in debris and weeds.

The current is often very strong and just like the crocodile does, we drift with the current and do not fight against it. We might need to dig into the sand bed with a hand or brace against the bottom with our knees just to try to stay in place. This can make an already dif- ficult search even harder, but that is all part of the adventure. The crocodile’s body color and shape blends with the river’s dark soil, especially near trees and papyrus reeds, making them challenging to locate. We move cautiously and quietly as we search.

We look for a line of jagged white teeth, since it is the most easily distinguishing characteristic of a croc as they hide in the shadows of the riverbank. They usually remain completely motionless, perfectly camouflaged in their environment with the exception of those gleaming, white teeth.
Then we see them, but they probably don’t see us. With their thick nictitating membranes drawn over their eyes for protection, their vision underwater is limited and they won’t notice our slow and stealthy approach.

The team leader carefully gets closer and closer with the guest remaining behind with the safety diver. When the “safe to approach” signal is given, the guest (perfect buoyancy is required for this adventure) moves side by side with the safety diver to a distance of no less than 12 inches. While they are not known to be aggressive underwater, it is wise to at least allow this minimum amount of space between their mouth and your port. in addition to boasting the most powerful jaws in the animal kingdom, crocodiles have sensors in their lower jaw that help them interpret spatial relationships to objects to compensate for their poor underwater vision; invading their
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 that 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.

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • 6 nights at our safari camp– accommodations plus all meals
  • 5 days of exclusive crocodile diving photo services with Amos and Walter
  • All diving equipment, including tanks and weights
  • medic escort
  • Film permits, taxes and fees
  • Excess gear transport, ground transport across Botswana

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • international flight
  • charter flight in Botswana
  • hotel overnight in Johannesburg
  • Gratuities to crew
  • items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry and drinks
  • items not mentioned above

PAYMENT & DEPOSIT POLICY

When we receive your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive and detailed Trip Preparation Bulletin about the experience and the destination. All trip costs are subject to change without prior notice until your reservation is confirmed.

  • A deposit of 33% of the total trip price is required to secure space on the trip.
  • Full payment is due no later than 90 days before departure.
  • We reserve the right to sell any space that is not paid in full by 60 days before departure.
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Must be made in writing.
    • More than 90 days before trip: Deposit will be refunded in full.
    • 90 days or less before trip: Deposit will be refunded if space is sold, less unrecoverable costs of sales, and administration costs.
    • No refund is made for unused part of the itinerary.
  • The following are subject to change:
    • Cost of services which are not included in the expedition price
    • Flight time and schedule
    • Weather, water temperature, and animal behavior

Insurance: you MUST provide proof of travel and diving insurance

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Expedition Leader

Amos Nachoum

Expedition Leader

Amos has 30 years experience diving with Great White Sharks off Long Island New York, Australia, South Africa, and off the Farallon Islands, San Francisco.

Amos is also a very accomplished professional photographer who was the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2007 and 2008.

Throughout your trip Amos will be available to provide you with expert coaching on various aspects of photographing the sharks and their environment, with special attention paid to how to get the best performance from your equipment using both strobes and ambient-light photography.

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