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

Elephants, Botswana

Immerse yourself deep in the bush of Botswana and witness extraordinary wildlife on a lodge or camping safaris.

Botswana Safaris

hiking sossusvlei

Journey through this ancient land of extraordinary landscapes & stunning wildlife and explore the world's oldest deserts.

Namibia Safaris

Cheetahs, Serengeti

Stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, and vibrant cultures.  Hike the volcanoes, walk with Maasai guides, or laze on a tropical beach.

Tanzania Safaris

south africa safaris

South Africa is a dynamic & vibrant country.  World class game parks, towering mountains, endless coastlines, and diverse cultures.  South Africa has it all.

South Africa Safaris

Mountain+Gorilla

This small country packs in alot!  Tracking the rare mountain gorillas, amazing game parks, and one of the largest lakes in the world.  Uganda will not disappoint!

Uganda Safaris

Victoria Falls African Safaris

Experience one of the world's largest waterfall, track big game on foot, or visit local communities.  All with the best guides in Africa.

Zimbabwe Safaris

Unique Safaris with Limited Departures

Botswana Photography Safari

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Join Grasstrack Safaris and Brenda Petrella Photography for an extraordinary photography & wildlife safari into the wilderness of Botswana. 

May 21-31, 2019

Kalahari & Okavango Safari

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Explore the vibrant "green season" in Botswana and witness the lush Kalahari, zebra migrations in Nxai Pan, and camp in the best parks in Africa!

Jan, Feb or Mar, 2019

Tanzania: A Walk in the Wild

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Join Grasstrack Safaris for a trek across the most dramatic trail in east Africa. Ascend Ol Lengai, sacred peak of the Maasai, hike the Great Rift, and visit Tarangire.

Sept 30 - Oct 9, 2019

Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari

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Join author Bonnie Fladung to experience the culture & wildlife of Botswana.  Visit a remote San Bushmen village & explore ancient rock art in the wilds of Botswana.

Aug 28 - Sept 9, 2019

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.

Southern Tanzania Safari Report, Part 1

By Dan Hopkins | November 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

In September 2018 I hosted a safari into the remote and seldom visited game parks of southern Tanzania.  Throughout our journey, I was amazed at the diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife, and birds we encountered.  We covered long distances driving from the coast into central Tanzania.  Along the way we passed through small villages, hiked…

Living With Wild Elephants

By Dan Hopkins | August 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Living in the proximity of wild elephants can be challenging and dangerous.  These iconic animals we travel so far to be see can ruin a farmer’s livelihood in one night or worse, can kill local people.  I came across this story about local villagers in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana and how they feel…

White Giraffes in Africa?

By Dan Hopkins | July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Leucistic Animals Back in 2015 a rare white giraffe was discovered in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Dr. Derek Lee, an ecologist with the Wild Nature Institute, first spotted the young calf while doing a giraffe survey in Tarangire.  Three years later while on safari in Tanzania, my group was fortunate to see this rare giraffe. …

When is the Best Time to Visit Botswana?

By Dan Hopkins | June 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Botswana is a year-round safari destination with amazing wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people.  The winter season from June-September is often cited as the best time to visit Botswana, however each season has advantages and disadvantages.  While you can expect good wildlife any time of the year, ultimately the best season is the one that…

Hydroelectric Dam Threatens Tanzania’s Largest Game Reserve

By Dan Hopkins | June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

A proposed hydroelectric dam threatens Tanzania’s largest game reserve, the Selous.  The Tanzanian government plans to begin the massive dam inside the UNESCO protected wildlife reserve in July 2018.  In preparation for construction more than 2.6 million trees will be removed from the dam and reservoir site.  The dam will be built on the Great…

Mountain Gorilla Population is Rising

By Dan Hopkins | June 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Good news for the mountain gorillas!  A recently published survey of the mountain gorilla population in the Virunga Massif has found the numbers of these endangered gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) is on the rise.  The study was conducted in the Mikeno Sector of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Volcanoes National Park in…

Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe

By Dan Hopkins | May 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Camp Hwange is a classic safari camp situated on its own private concession deep in the Sinamatella area of Hwange National Park.  This small and intimate camp offers canvas and thatch bungalow accommodations of a unique style and perfect for guests who seek a true wilderness experience and a wonderful feeling of being immersed in…

Deo’s Elephant Trench

By Dan Hopkins | April 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Uganda Elephant Conservation – Living on the border of an African national park can be a dangerous and frustrating experience.  Predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas often leave the protection of the park and can kill cattle, livestock, and even people.  Elephants, baboons, and bush pigs search the surrounding farms for easily available crops…

What is the KAZA Visa?

By Dan Hopkins | April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

You should be aware of the new KAZA Visa if you’re traveling to the Victoria Falls region and want to explore the neighboring countries of Zimbabwe or Zambia.  The KAZA Visa allows entry into participating countries with one visa. Instead of buying individual visas for Zimbabwe and Zambia the KAZA Visa allows entry into both…

Hiking Namibia’s Sossusvlei Dunes

By Dan Hopkins | March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Namibia is an ideal destination for exploring on foot and hiking the Sossusvlei dunes will take you into a unique and strange landscape.  Sossusvlei is classic Namib Desert scenery with magnificent, apricot dunes sculpted by the wind and set against a cobalt blue sky.  Hiking the Sossusvlei Dunes can be a surreal experience as you…

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