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On this Camping Safari You'll Find Yourself in the Vast Grasslands of Nxai Pan, Paddling to Your Camp Deep in the Okavango, and Witnessing the Famous Wildlife of Moremi & Chobe.

The Lion Safari: A 15 Day Camping Adventure

The Lion Safari

This adventure safari is perfect for those who want to visit the great wilderness areas of Botswana.  Starting in Kasane, Botswana and ending at Victoria Falls, this affordable safari is full of adventure and ideal for those wanting a unique safari.  On the Lion Safari you’ll experience the vast grasslands of Nxai Pan, the swamps of the Okavango Delta, and the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.  These reserves offer some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa.  Located in the remote bush, many campsites are private, wild, and unfenced.  The Lion Safari is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily rhythms and magic of the African wilderness.

The Lion 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.

Botswana African Safari

2018 Rates

  • $2870.00 (July-Oct)
  • $2655.00 (Nov-June)
  • Single Supplement: $130

Rates per person and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Length: 14 nights/15 days

Route:  Starts in Kasane, Botswana, ends in Livingstone, Zambia (in yellow on map).

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BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Kasane, camping

The safari officially begins 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 and take you shopping for your safari drinks. The first highlight of your safari will be a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Camping will be in Kasane at a public campsite with permanent ablutions. (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner).

Day 2-3: Nxai Pan National Park, camping

Rising with the sun, your route takes you 300 miles south to Nxai Pan National Park where sweet grasses host a variety of wildlife. You will stop en route for a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park before getting to your campsite. The next day you will explore Nxai Pan and enjoy the plains which are often dotted with grazing herds of impala and springbok. In the afternoon you will visit the magnificent Baines Baobabs. These regal trees, immortalized by the explorer Baines’ painting, are situated on the edge of an expansive salt pan. Camping will be at a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (Days 2 & 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Maun, camping

After enjoying a morning game drive, you will leave Nxai Pan and continue your safari to Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 minute flight at extra cost). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotamus. You will camp overnight at a site with permanent ablution facilities.  (Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Days 5-7: Okavango Delta, camping

Your adventure will take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoros (traditional dugout canoes). Quietly cruising along reed lined channels and floodplains, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer taking you deeper inside the Delta. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area with mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild with bush ablutions on a small island for two nights.

On day 7, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta and camp in a concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. (Days 5-7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 8-10: Moremi Game Reserve, camping

Early morning of Day 8, you will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three days 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. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. On Day 10 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi).  (Days 8-10: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 11-13: Chobe National Park, camping

Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination.  As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains.  You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) (Day 11), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront (Days 12 & 13).   (Days 11-13: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 14-15: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

After a morning game drive you will cross the Zambezi River by ferry and then drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios.  Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.  The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 15.   (Day 14 – Breakfast, Lunch; Day 15 - Breakfast) 

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.

2018 Departures

 

Departs Kasane

Ends Livingstone

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Jan 6

Jan 20

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Jan 27

Feb 10

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Feb 17

Mar 3

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Mar 10

Mar 24

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Apr 7

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May 5

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May 19

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Jun 9

Jun 23

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Jul 7

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 Jul 21

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Aug 4

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Aug 18

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18 Aug

Sep 1

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Sep 15

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Sep 29

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Nov 17

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Dec 8

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Dec 29

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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 windscreenRemovable 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:  Departures guaranteed with 2 people minimum.  Maximum group size is 12.

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 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; Airport transfers in Maun only.

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.

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The African Lion

The African lion (Panthera leo) is the largest of the African cats and is the only truly social cat.  Lions live in groups called prides of 15 or so related females and led by a dominant male.  Females do most of the hunting for zebras, wildebeest, giraffe and even young elephants when food is scarce.

Lion populations are facing serious threats from habitat loss and conflicts from humans.  Unfortunately lion numbers are falling across Africa, but Botswana still has a healthy, viable population and you'll have a good chance of seeing these magnificent cats in Moremi and Chobe.

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