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ADVENTURE CAMPING • 14 NIGHTS

THE LION SAFARI

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 to the famous Chobe river. Starting in Kasane and ending at the Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, it offers unbeatable value for money.

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Highlights

  • Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • 2 nights Nxai Pan National Park
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta (Rate TBA)
  • Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
  • 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve
  • 3 nights Chobe National Park
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (US$ 30, subject to change)
  • 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Highlights

Trip Details

Bushways Map lion19(all nights camping semi participation unless specified)

Day 1: Kasane – Thebe River Lodge campsite or similar – Chobe boat cruise

Day 2: Nxai Pan National Park – game drives

Day 3: Nxai Pan National Park – game drives

Day 4: Maun outskirts – Optional scenic flight over the Delta

Day 5: Southern Okavango Delta – Mokoro safari & nature walks

Day 6: Southern Okavango Delta – Mokoro safari & nature walks

Day 7: Southern Okavango Delta – Mokoro safari & nature walks – Optional helicopter flight over the Delta

Day 8: Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaka/3rd Bridge/Khwai – game drives

Day 9: Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaka/3rd Bridge/Khwai – game drives

Day 10: Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaka/3rd Bridge/Khwai – game drives

Day 11: Southern Chobe National Park (Savute / Zwei Zwei) – game drives

Day 12: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives

Day 13: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives

Day 14: Victoria Falls – comfortable lodge – optional visit of The Victoria Falls

Day 15: END of the safari at the lodge after breakfast

Contact us to check availability.

CODE SAFARI DATES 2024  SEASON
BWL2405 30-Mar - 13-Apr Low
BWL2411 29-Jun - 13-Jul High
BWL2412 13-Jul - 27-Jul High
BWL2413 27-Jul - 10-Aug High
BWL2413C 10-Aug - 24-Aug High
BWL2414 24-Aug - 07-Sep High
BWL2415 07-Sep - 21-Sep High
BWL2416 21-Sep - 05-Oct High
BWL2417 05-Oct - 19-Oct High

Rates 

2024

Low Season: EUR 2, 660 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 2, 870 per person sharing

 

Price includes:

Camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner) and filtered drinking water, tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.

Does not include:

Covid-19 PCR test fees (please note your travel insurance must cover for COVID-9). Restaurant meals (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Victoria Falls,), beverages (alcohol and soft drinks), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors, any increase in National Park Fees.

Day 1: Kasane, camping

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The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00. Bush Ways Safaris is happy to assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 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. (L, D)

Nxai13Day 2 - 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 before reaching your campsite. You will explore Nxai Pan and enjoy the plains which are often dotted with grazing herds of impala and springbok. You will also visit the magnificent Baines Baobabs. These regal trees, immortalised by the explorer Baines’ painting, are situated on the edge of an expansive saltpan. Camping will be at private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Kasane – Nxai Pan: 500km, 8h

Day 4: Maun outskirts, camping

After enjoying an early morning breakfast, you will leave Nxai Pan and continue your safari to the outskirts of Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta. You will pass by Maun for drinks shopping, essential for the remainder of your safari.  You will spend the night at a campsite just on the outskirts of Maun with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D)

Nxai – Maun: 210km, 4-5h

Delta18Day 5 - 7: Okavango Delta, camping

Your adventure will then take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Okavango Delta by the Gomoti River, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoro (dugout canoes). Quietly cruising along river 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 three 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 and one night lagoon side.

On the afternoon of the third day, you will have the option of taking a 30min flight in a helicopter with doors removed, allowing magnificent views from above. Rate TBA by your guide/agent. This experience must be booked during the safari, and payment made in USD cash only. The flight over the Okavango gives you an eagle’s eye perspective of the area and it is even possible to spot large game animals such as elephants, giraffes and hippopotami. (B, L, D)

NOTE: 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 (mokoros) 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 - 10 Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaka/3rd Bridge and Khwai, camping

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After an early breakfast, as the sun rises you will make your way to 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. You will spend 3 nights exploring this wonderful Game Reserve, at two different campsites. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Okavango Delta –Moremi: 90km, 5h (transfer and game drive)

 

Day 11: Southern Chobe National Park (Savute / Zwei Zwei), 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 Savute where bull elephants dot the plains. The Savute region is known for its dynamic ecosystems, which can undergo significant changes over time. The presence of waterholes, river channels, and marshes can attract a diverse range of animals, making each game drive a thrilling and unpredictable adventure. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Moremi – Savute : 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive)

Chobe37Day 12: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain), camping

You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, following the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle.  Enjoy a wide variety of animals including puku and Chobe bushbuck, as well as stunning birdlife in this unique river environment.  Transfer / game drive from Southern Chobe National Park to the Chobe River floodplain. Game drives to explore Northern Chobe National Park. (B, L, D)

Savute - Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive)

Day 13: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain), camping

Game drives to explore Northern Chobe and floodplain. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge

After a short morning game drive your guide will take you to the Kazungula border where you will meet the transfer vehicle for your lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Visa required). 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. Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense. (B)

Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 3h (excluding border crossing)

Day 15: END OF THE SAFARI

The safari officially endsafter breakfast on Day 15, at the lodge.

Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost.  Activities in Victoria Falls include white water rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, canoeing on the upper Zambezi and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, please the lodge reception for further details. (B)

 

 

Bush Ways Safaris10Description

Camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to the 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 set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.

Vehicle

4x4 safari vehicles custom-built by Bush Ways - custom built trailers.
# of guests: Max 12 pax - departure is guaranteed as soon as we have confirmed 1 guest (except Hyena Safari: min. 6 pax - max 10 pax)

LUGGAGE

  • One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • The sleeping bag can be carried outside the main luggage.
  • If you are travelling with us to the Delta we request that you take only what you need for the 2/3 nights in a smaller pack. You can leave the large bag with the vehicle which will be locked in a secured area while you will be staying on a small island, with transfers by traditional dugout canoes.
  • Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (note that nights can be chilly all year round and cold in winter, therefore, a warm sleeping bag is advised). A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired (EUR 20 for the duration of the safari, please book this in advance)
  • Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
  • Hat/cap
  • Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months – note that if you also have gardening or working gloves, they can be convenient to set up & pack your tent)
  • Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May - Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov - Mar)
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of lightweight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)
  • Please note that camouflage printed clothing is fine for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and flip-flops/sandals
  • Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
  • Adapters for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station
  • Water bottle and a small daypack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

  • Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
  • Sunscreen
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see below section "medical precautions" for further information)
  • Mosquito repellents/lotion/spray
  • Waterproof/zip lock bags for storing personal items to keep dust free and/or dry.
  • Personal First Aid Kit
    Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
  • For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.
  • Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
    Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.
  • Bush Ways Safaris provides Okavango Air Rescue membership for the duration of the safari nights. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Please note this cover does not include pre and post safari arrangements.
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer's Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana - USA 800 numbers don't work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

  • Drinks (soft drinks and alcohol) are not included on all our camping safaris and are to be bought the day prior if your safari leaves early on day 1 or on the day if your safari starts at 13h00.
  • We provide filtered drinking water during the entire duration of the safari
  • Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.
  • A minimum 3 litres of drinking water is recommended per person per day
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis

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