Welcome to Africa
Africa is an astonishing continent. Immensely diverse in cultures, landscapes and wildlife, Africa offers the adventurous traveler an endless variety of untouched wilderness, vast herds of game, vibrant cultures, & stunning landscapes.
Indeed, Africa is the ideal destination for discovery, exploration, and adventure.
GrassTrack Safaris specializes in designing journeys of discovery throughout this magnificent continent. Our website profiles a range of safari styles that will take you throughout Africa on adventure camping safaris or luxurious lodges deep in the African bush. We have the expertise and experience to help you design a personalized journey of a lifetime.
GrassTrack Safaris is a small adventure travel company based in Lebanon, NH, USA. I specialize in designing extraordinary journeys throughout this magnificent continent. With years of safari experience and a strong passion for wildlife, wild places, and adventure, I draw on my expertise to craft unique safaris and journeys of discovery that will inspire and excite you.
My independent travels in Africa during the 1980's serve as my inspiration for the types of safaris I offer my clients: a unique, off-the-beaten path African wilderness experience. I search out operators who provide an authentic taste of wild Africa. The safaris I offer will appeal to any adventurous traveler looking to experience wild animals in wild places. Along the way you'll disconnect from your digital distractions and learn about the wildlife, conservation, and cultures of Africa.
I work closely with each client, sharing my experiences to help design a safari that matches both their budget and interests. I can arrange safaris throughout southern and eastern Africa in a variety of styles, from basic camping to luxury camping, lodge and camping combination safaris, and lodge only safaris.
Many of the itineraries you'll find here are set-departures where you'll join a group of other travelers. I can also custom design unique safaris tailored to your specific interests. Contact me to learn more details about any itinerary or to discuss your thoughts for the ideal safari.
My goal is have my clients return home with a unique experience of the African wilderness.
Discover Your Wild African Adventure
Unique Safaris with Limited Departures
The Great Elephant Safari
Join Dan Hopkins, owner of GrassTrack Safaris, for a privately guided 12-day safari along the ancient elephant paths of Botswana & Zimbabwe. We'll learn about the natural history, ecology, and conservation issues facing Africa's elephants as we journey across the elephant meccas of Chobe and Hwange National Parks.
Join Dan Hopkins, owner of GrassTrack Safaris, for a privately guided 12-day safari through the game parks of northern Tanzania. We'll visit the beautiful Tarangire National Park and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater before traveling to the Serengeti. Our visit will be near the end of the calving season when tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra give birth - surely one of the greatest natural history events on Earth!
Explore the African Adventure Blog
Read more than just an itinerary! We hope these blog posts supplement our itineraries and provide insight on Africa and the safari experience. Topics range widely, including activities you'll enjoy while on safari, tips on packing or choosing a safari, important conservation news, reviews of camps and lodges, trip reports, culture, and lots more.
As the novel coronavirus rapidly spreads across the globe another threatened species is at risk: the highly endangered mountain gorilla. Found in tiny pockets of rain forest in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo the mountain gorilla population has slowly rebounded as a result of increased tourism and strict protection. However this may all change. Tourism has…
In 1930, as many as 10 million wild elephants roamed the African continent. But decades of poaching and conflict have decimated the African elephant population, leaving less than 415,000. But not all the news is bad. Botswana & Zimbabwe are home to nearly 200,000 elephants, the largest population in Africa. Join GrassTrack Safaris and Imvelo…
A recent safari guest describes her interactions with the San Bushmen of Xai Xai deep in the Kalahari of Botswana. As part of our Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari, this small group spent two days with the San learning about their culture and everyday lives. Here, Bonnie relates her experiences with the San and her…
The “green season” is southern Africa’s summertime and in some places the rainy season. Typically it’s the least popular time for safaris, but there are some distinct advantages to traveling between January and March (see below for 11 great reasons). If you have any reservations about green season travel in Namibia, you can put those…
In 1930, as many as 10 million wild elephants roamed the African continent. But decades of poaching and conflict have decimated the African elephant populations, leaving less than 415,000. In 2016, the International Union of Conservation of Nature reported that Africa’s elephant population had seen its worst decline in 25 years. Join GrassTrack Safaris owner…
Here’s great story about camping in the Botswana wilderness by one of our clients, recently returned from our Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari. Author and safari host, Bonnie Fladung, tells an unforgettable story of an unexpected nocturnal visitor to her tent one night deep in the Botswana bush! I heard something brush against the outside…
Consider this your invitation to the safari of a lifetime! Please join me, the owner of GrassTracks Safaris, for a privately guided 12-day safari to Tanzania. I have spent extensive time in the African bush and will be your leader of this remarkable Tanzania safari where I has partnered with exceptional Tanzanian wildlife biologist guides…
Perhaps the most famous wildlife show on earth, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystem is a truly amazing event. Every year the enormous herds migrate across the vast plains of Kenya and Tanzania following the rains to find fresh grazing. It is surely one…
The Tanzanian government has announced a ban on all single-use plastic bags starting on June 21 2019, according to a press release from the Vice President’s office. The statement read in part: “The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travelers planning to travel to Tanzania that from 1st June 2019 all…
Botswana had a poor rainy season this year and the lack of rain looks to make for an extended season of phenomenal game viewing for 2019. During years of normal rainfall animals migrate away from the Okavango Delta into the surrounding Kalahari, returning to the permanent waters of the delta when the dry season begins. …
What Our Guests are Saying
A trip of a lifetime completely shaped by GrassTrack Safaris. Dan Hopkins learned what makes us tick and upon that base created a 17- day African adventure perfect in every respect - seamless transitions over multiple destinations, knowledgeable guides, exciting experiences in diverse African environments, fabulous living accommodations and all within our manageable budget.
Stuart & Penny, Strafford, Vermont
What a trip! It was absolutely perfect, perfect weather, perfect lodges, perfect guides, and perfect animals! Can't wait to share pictures and adventures with you who know and love the magic of Botswana. Thank you so much for guiding us on our trip.
Margaret, Norwich, VT
We had a fantastic adventure and saw an amazing variety of animals. GrassTrack Safaris has both the knowledge and the contacts to answer questions and add intrigue to what is one of the best undiscovered adventures. In fact, my daughters enjoyed this African safari better than the week we spent in Paris and are looking for any reason to return!
Dave, Monroe, WA
I was looking for a different type of safari that would show me the wilder side of the bush. I booked The Buffalo Safari with GrassTrack Safaris and it was an incredible experience! Grasstrack Safaris did an excellent job organizing the trip and the guides, food, and vehicles were great. It was an unforgettable experience!
Shawn, Denver, CO
My safari was incredible! A camping safari is the perfect experience for travelers with a sense of adventure and who are looking for an authentic African safari. My safari was a truly life changing experience. Highly recommended!
John, Fort Collins, CO
GrassTrack Safaris arranged our recent trip to Botswana. In every way this adventure was A plus. Every travel connection went like clockwork including flights on small planes. Each game camp ("rustic elegance!") was different -- different terrain/views and different animals and birds, and always a welcoming staff. Food and accommodations were terrific. And the guides were extraordinary in their knowledge, their ability to track the animals, and in their friendly and helpful manner. We never could have planned such a wonderful trip on our own, and in ten short days, we fell in love with Botswana.
Jim, Strafford, VT
Our leader, Dan Hopkins, and guide, Steve, demonstrated vast patience and deep curiosity in observing wildlife, and shared their compelling interest in conservation and understanding of areas of wildlife/human conflict. They could not have been more engaging, and their enthusiasm was contagious. They both combined incredible focus and wonderful good humor, and together (with our super congenial little group!) made our safari experience truly memorable. It was an amazing and wonderful trip in every way, definitely a "trip of a lifetime.
Lynn, Plainfield, NH
On behalf of Bana Ba Letsatsi, I would like to thank you for your generous support. Your contributions means a lot to us, as you made it possible for our organization to achieve its mission to put a smile on the faces of the less privileged children.
Bana Ba Letsatsi Childrens Center, Maun, Botswana
We booked the Leopard Safari and had the adventure of our lives! There is nothing that compares to lying in your tent at night listening to the elephants feeding nearby. GrassTrack Safaris walked us through all the details on packing and what to expect so we felt well prepared. Our guide and fellow travelers made this the trip of a lifetime.
Debbie, New York City, NY
It's pretty daunting to consider planning a camping safari in Botswana. Who is want to trust? It was nice to have a local company that we had read about. Grasstrack Safaris and Dan Hopkins helped us bridge that gap. We had a really good experience. The guide and cook were outstanding. The trip was well organized and we were well taken care of.
Ben and Marlene, Hanover, NH
Just back from our Botswana trip from Kasane to Maun booked with GrassTrack Safaris. We went through Chobe and Moremi parks and finished with a Mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta followed by a plane ride over the Delta. Thanks for the great help booking this wonderful adventure!
Louis & Michele, Quebec City, Canada
The Fish Eagle Safari was absolutely amazing, it far exceeded my expectations. The guide was truly knowledgeable and really understands the animals of the region. The wildlife sightings were out of this world and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so lucky. Thank you!
Lacey, New York
My husband and I just got back from the Buffalo Safari that GrassTrack Safaris helped us arrange, and we couldn't be happier. The entire experience was unbelievably awesome -- we saw every animal, up close and personal; the food was delicious and the guides were knowledgeable and efficient. I highly recommend working with Dan to get book the trip of a lifetime!
Jacque, Atlanta, GA
I highly recommend GrassTracks Safaris to anyone wanting to gain knowledge and experience of Africa. I went on a camping safari in Botswana including the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta and Chobe. All of it was awe inspiring. I made lists of the animals seen every day. So many species!! Leopards, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, zebras, so many ungulates (hoofed species!), gorgeous birds, ugly birds.... Phenomenal. Highly recommended.
Vickie, Wilder, VT
After hours of research and phone calls, I settled on trusting Dan and GrassTrack Safaris for my likely one and only trip to Africa. I contacted all of the larger operators, took notes and asked a million questions for a year. None of them could touch what Grass Track Safaris delivered! Dan is so focused and passionate about Africa and he truly is a professional. I could not be happier with the trip they arranged! Start to finish was just superb!
Kurt & Martha, Seattle, WA