Botswana Lion
This adventure safari covers some of the best wilderness areas in Botswana, from the magic of Nxai Pan through the unique Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. Starting in Kasane and ending at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, it offers unbeatable value for money.

Lion Safari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price per person twin share

November to June $3,020 Single Supplement $175
July to October $3,285 Single Supplement $175

Number of Days:  15

Note:

  1. Price is valid until 31 December 2017. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices
  2. Safari departs Kasane on selected dates.. Please see below for exact departure dates
  3. Minimum 1 passengers, maximum 12 passengers
  4. Camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by our team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River
• 2 nights Nxai Pan National Park
• Central Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
• Motorboat in the Delta
• Optional Game/Scenic Delta flight
• 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve
• 3 nights Chobe National Park
• Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
• 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, Zambia

Includes:

  • All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses)
  • Rooms at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone
  • All transfers and activities as per the itinerary
  • All meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L -lunch, D – dinner) and tea/coffees
  • Services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant
  • All Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary
  • Transport in specialised safari vehicles.

Excludes:

  • Restaurant meals (Livingstone, Zambia)
  • Entrance to the Falls
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls,)
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors
  • Any increase in National Park fees

Safari Departure Dates:
22 April 2017
06 & 20 May 2017
10 & 24 June 2017
08 & 22 July 2017
05 & 19 August 2017
02, 16 & 30 September 2017
14 & 28 October 2017
09 December 2017

ABOUT SEMI PARTICIPATION SAFARIS
Description: camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by our team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

Equipment: Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m. A 5cm high density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Ablutions are shared and bush ablutions are set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.

Vehicle: 4×4 safari vehicles custom-built by with custom built trailers.

Profile: The semi participation safaris offer a genuine and authentic safari experience.

Day 1: Kasane, camping
The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00. Wild Africa Travel Company 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 campsite with permanent ablutions. (L, D)

Day 2 to 3: Nxai Pan National Park, camping
Rising with the sun, your route takes you 500 kilometres 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, immortalised by the explorer Baines’ painting, are situated on the edge of an expansive saltpan. Camping with be at a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D).
Day 2 – Kasane to Nxai Pan: 500km, 6hrs

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 Maun you will have time to visit the shops and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA). 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 Hippopotami. You will camp overnight at a site with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D).
Day 4 – Nxai to Maun: 180km, 3-4hrs

Day 5 to 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. (B, L, D).
Day 5 – Maun to Okavango Delta: 320km, 4hrs
Day 7 – Okavango Delat – community campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2hrs

NOTE: on day 5 you will leave your main luggage in the trailer and will need to pack a smaller bag (small backpack, hand luggage) with what you need for the 2 days on the island. Transfers from the mainland to the island where you will stay are done on traditional dugout canoes (mekoros) which cannot accommodate large bags. Your main luggage will safely remain in the vehicle that will be parked in a secured area while you are on the island.

Day 8 to 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). (B, L, D).
Day 8 – Community campsite outside Moremi to Western Moremi Game: 80km, 3-4hrs (transfer and game drive)

Day 11 to 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 (Day 11), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront (Days 12 & 13). (B, L, D).
Day 11 – Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive)
Day 12 – Savuti – Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive)

Day 14 to 15:  A night in a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, chalet accommodation
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.

Wild Africa Travel Company 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. (Day 14 – B, L & Day 15 – B).
Day 14 – Chobe River to Livingstone: 100km, 2-3hrs

When travelling on a mobile safari, luggage must be compact, light and easy to pack into the trailer. Each guest is strictly limited to 12kg of luggage in a soft carrier bag,  no hard suitcases, an additional small day bag plus limited camera equipment. Please note that a mattress is supplied but sleeping bag are not supplied on the Buffalo Camping Safari.

We suggest you bring the following:

  • Good quality flashlight and spare batteries/bulbs
  • Camera with spare batteries, film or memory cards
  • South African plug adaptor for charging video/camera batteries
  • Good quality pair of binoculars (8×30 or better)
  • Natural, earthy or khaki toned clothes (to prevent any undue attention from wild animals)
  • Long sleeves, long trousers to help prevent tick and mosquito bites
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals or flip-flops
  • Light clothing during the summer months; e.g. t-shirts, shorts
  • Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer Nov – April (sporadic thunderstorms)
  • Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket due to colder nights during the winter season – May – Aug
  • Beanies, scarf and gloves for the cold early morning game drives in winter – it can reach 0˚C
  • Sun block, lip balm, sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, insect repellent, malaria prophylaxis
  • Toiletries and any medicines

Camping Accommodation

On a semi-participation safaris, guests are only required to pitch and fold their own tent. All cooking, cleaning and any other camp chores are taken care of by the Bush Ways Safari team, made up of an experienced local safari guide and a camp assistant.
For these semi-participation safaris, the tents are 2.1mx2.1m with a comfortable high density mattress and sleeping bag (which can be hired from us for the duration of the safari).

We mostly camp in areas with no formal ablutions, and therefore build our own bush toilette and shower when camping in these areas.

There is no minimum number of guests required on our semi-participation safaris as all of our departures are guaranteed (except for the Hyena trail).  The maximum number is 12 guests.

Our Equipment

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 flavour and ice-cold drinks for that tropical sundowner) while still maintaining the exhilarating adventurous spirit of the pioneer.

All our customised safari vehicles are extra wide allowing for 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 custom designed vehicles and trailers are ideally suited for photographic safaris in the African bush.

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.

 

 

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