The Hyena Safari
This safari brings you to the beautiful north western part of Zambia. This remote area is seldom visited and offers some of the best hyena sightings in the whole of Africa along with the largest wildebeest migration in southern Africa. Witness this spectacle as the wildebeest move from Angola to Liuwa Plains of Zambia. Along the way you'll follow the Zambezi River as you travel through villages and experience the beautiful landscapes of Zambia. You can choose to extend your safari and continue the journey to Botswana's Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve.
We are offering only one departure date (Nov 10-23, 2018) for this unique safari. Minimum of 6 guests to guarantee departure.
The Hyena Safari is a "participation mobile camping safari" because guests "participate" by setting up their own tent, carrying their luggage from the vehicle to the tent, and sleeping on a mattress pad (not a bed or cot). The safari runs with one vehicle and a trailer to haul all the supplies as you move from camp to camp. Many guests will also pitch in with the cooking, though this is not required. Each safari is accompanied by a professional guide and a camp assistant who will ensure your safari is safe, educational, and fun.
- $3095.00 (Hyena Safari only)
- $3665.00 (with optional 4 night extension)
- Single Supplement: $130
Rates per person sharing and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Length: 13 nights/14 days (with extension: 17 nights/18 days)
Route: Starts and ends in Kasane, Botswana (optional extension ends in Maun, Botswana)
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Days 1-2 Chobe Area, camping
This safari expedition starts in Kasane, Botswana at 13h00. GrassTrack Safaris is happy to assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Livingstone, Zambia or Kasane, Botswana, if required. On arrival in Kasane your guide will give you a full safari briefing over lunch and take you shopping for your safari drinks. You will then enjoy a game drive into the park and set up camp. The next day you will enjoy a morning game drive and an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner; Days 2 & 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 3 Mango Tree Road, wild camping
Today our journey to Liuwa Plains begins. After a very early start you will travel from Botswana into Zambia (visa required). After crossing seemingly endless sand dunes covered in teak forests, you will descend onto the Zambezi floodplains and travel along the beautiful and picturesque Mango Tree Road which will lead you north to Kalabo. Beautiful Zambian villages are the highlight of this journey. At the end of this long day you set up camp in the forest to camp wild. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. (Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Days 4-8 Liuwa Plains National Park, camping
You will rise with the sun and have an early breakfast before continuing your journey to Liuwa Plains National Park. On arrival, you will set up camp before exploring this unique area. During this time of the year the wildebeest migration from the Angolan Kameia National Park to the Zambian Liuwa Plains National Park can be expected. Thousands of wildebeest can be seen making this journey in search for palatable grass, following them are the kings of Liuwa plains, the hyena. The birdlife is also exceptional in this area. The next 5 days will be spent exploring this National Park during morning and afternoon game drives. Wild camping with bush ablutions. (Days 4-8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 9 Mango Tree Road, camping
You will leave Liuwa Plains National Park after an early morning drive and retrace your journey back along Mango Tree Road. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. (Day 9: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Days 10-11 Sioma Falls, camping
This morning there will be time to visit the local market in Kalabo. You will then head south toward the Sioma Falls. Sioma Falls (also known as Ngonye Falls) are, next to Victoria Falls, the most breath-taking waterfalls in Southern Africa. The horseshoe-shaped falls are mostly impressive because of the sheer volume of water that cascades over the staggered 65 foot drop. Until now, this pristine wilderness is completely unknown to tourists. The next two days will be spent exploring the falls, with a picnic lunch by the falls and swimming in the mighty Zambezi on Day 11. Camping is at a designated campsite with permanent ablutions. (Days 10-11: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Days 12-14 Livingstone, Zambia, lodge accommodation
After descending the grueling road along the western bank of the Zambezi, we cross the river and arrive in Livingstone late afternoon. You will spend the next 2 nights staying at a comfortable lodge. During your stay in Livingstone there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls, enjoy one or more of the many activities on offer in Livingstone and Victoria Falls and shop for curios. The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 14. GrassTrack Safaris is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Livingstone airport or lodges, Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost. Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (Day 12 Breakfast, Lunch; Day 13 & 14 Breakfast only)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ZAMBIAN SECTION OF THIS ITINERARY MAY BE SUBJECT TO DAILY CHANGES DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 Nights/5 Days)
Days 14-15 Chobe National Park, camping
You will depart early from Livingstone to catch the ferry at Kazangula across the Zambezi River. You will re-enter Botswana and drive to Chobe National Park through Kasane where we will resupply for the next 4 days in Botswana’s famous National Parks. On Day 14 you will enjoy an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River. The next day you will leave northern Chobe and head south to the dryer region of Savuti (Savuti Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) where elephants dot the plains. Camping will be in designated campsites with bush ablutions. (Days 14-15: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Days 16-17 Moremi Game Reserve
You will rise with the sun and head south east to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next two nights will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. (Days 16-17: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Safari ends, Maun
After a morning game drive you will travel south to Maun. GrassTrack Safaris is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers in Maun at an additional cost. (Day 18: Breakfast, Lunch).
One Departure Only This Year:
Hyena Safari: November 10-27, 2017
Optional Extension: November 27-31, 2017*
With the optional extension to Chobe and Moremi, you'll depart Livingstone on Nov 27, ending in Maun on Nov 31.
All safaris are equipped with the luxuries required for travel comfort and peaceful relaxation (custom-built safari vehicles, a mobile kitchen serving good wholesome food with an African flavor and ice-cold drinks for that tropical sundowner) while still maintaining the exhilarating spirit of the adventurous traveler.
All our vehicles are customized, tough, reliable Safari Land Rovers. Vehicles are extra wide with more seating space and have:
Folding windscreen; Removable canvas roof; Perspex windows for the cold and rain; Fridge for cold beverages,; Folding side door; Comfortable coil spring suspension; 120L water tank with tap; Open sides for unobstructed views.
Our trailers are also custom-built on Land Rover chassis:
Chair box for easy access; Easy modular packing system – saves time; Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind.
The tents are large and comfortable, the showers are private and hot and the bush toilets are clean and private.
Meals are served in a tranquil setting next to the campfire in the African bush. Traditional meals are prepared on the open fire by the camp assistant.
GROUP SIZE: Departure requires 6 guests minimum. Maximum group size is 10.
INCLUDED: Accommodation as specified in itinerary; Dome style tents with mattress (sleeping pad); Services of a professional guide and camp assistant; Transport in customized safari vehicles; Camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves; Lodge accommodation in Livingstone; All entrance fees and camping fees within Zambian or Botswana national parks and reserves; Meals, tea/coffee only, as specified in itinerary (rate does not include any other beverages); All activities as specified in the itinerary.
EXCLUDED: All international flights and departure taxes; Entry visas; Travel insurance (required); Accommodation not specified in the itinerary (i.e. pre-night in Kasane); Victoria Falls entry fee; Optional activities/excursions; Staff gratuities; All beverages (alcohol, soft drinks, and bottled mineral water); Meals in Livingstone; Sleeping bag/pillow; Livingstone Airport transfer; Items of personal nature and toiletries; Increases in park fees.
PAYMENT: A non-refundable, 20% deposit is required to confirm booking. Balance is due 7 weeks before departure. Safari rate can change based on currency fluctuations and we reserve the right to change the rate accordingly. Rate will be locked in upon confirmation.
Other terms & conditions apply.
The Spotted Hyena
The Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) is Africa's most common carnivore. Commonly thought of as a cowardly scavenger, this large, dog-like predator is in fact a highly successful hunter. With its strong jaws and efficient digestive system, hyenas will consume the bones and skin of their prey.
Hyenas live in large groups, or clans, of up to 80 individuals led by a dominant female. They produce a wide range of vocalizations, including "laughing", to communicate with clan members. Hyenas are highly social but don't cooperate to raise the cubs.
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