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SEMI PARTICIPATION 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 Livingstone, 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, Livingstone, Zambia (US$ 20, subject to change)
  • 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, Zambia

Trip Details

Bushways Map lion17(all nights camping semi participation unless specified)

Day 1: Kasane – Big 5 Chobe 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 – Audi Camp campsite or similar – 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: Community campsite outside Moremi Game Reserve (Kazikini) – game drive

Day 8: Western Moremi Game Reserve – game drives

Day 9: Western Moremi Game Reserve – game drives

Day 10: Eastern Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession – 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: Livingstone – standard ensuite tent at Maramba River Lodge or similar – 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 2018 SEASON
 BWL 1804 24 Mar - 07 Apr Low
 BWL 1805 07 Apr - 21 Apr Low
 BWL 1806 21 Apr - 05 May Low
 BWL 1807 05 May - 19 May Low
 BWL 1808 19 May - 02 Jun Low
 BWL 1809 09 Jun - 23 Jun Low
 BWL 1810 23 Jun - 07 Jul High
 BWL 1811 07 Jul - 21 Jul High
 BWL 1812 21 Jul - 04 Aug High
 BWL 1813 04 Aug - 18 Aug High
 BWL 1814 18 Aug - 01 Sep High
 BWL 1815 01 Sep - 15 Sep High
 BWL 1816 15 Sep - 29 Sep High
 BWL 1817 29 Sep - 13 Oct High
 BWL 1818 20 Oct - 03 Nov High
 BWL 1819 03 Nov - 17 Nov Low
 BWL 1820 24 Nov - 08 Dec Low
 BWL 1821 15 Dec - 29 Dec Low
PLEASE NOTE THAT SLIGHT CHANGES OF ITINERARY MAY OCCUR IN 2019. CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
CODE Safari Dates 2019 SEASON
 BWL 1904 23-Mar  06-Apr  Low 
 BWL 1905 06-Apr  20-Apr  Low 
 BWL 1906 20-Apr  04-May  Low 
 BWL 1907 04-May  18-May  Low 
 BWL 1908  18-May 01-Jun  Low 
 BWL 1909 08-Jun  22-Jun  Low 
 BWL 1910 22-Jun - 06-Jul Low
 BWL 1911 06-Jul - 20-Jul High
 BWL 1912 20-Jul - 03-Aug High
 BWL 1913 03-Aug - 17-Aug High
 BWL 1914 17-Aug - 31-Aug High
 BWL 1915 31-Aug - 14-Sep High
 BWL 1916 14-Sep - 28-Sep High
 BWL 1917 28-Sep - 12-Oct High
 BWL 1918 19-Oct - 02-Nov High
 BWL 1919 02-Nov - 16-Nov Low
 BWL 1920 16-Nov - 30-Nov Low
 BWL 1921 14-Dec - 28-Dec Low

 

Rates

 2018

Low Season: EUR 2,160 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 2,350 per person sharing

 

Rates

 2019

Work in progress

 

Price includes:

Camping equipment and 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 and transport in specialised safari vehicles.

 

Does not include:

Restaurant meals (Livingstone, Zambia), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls,), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), 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

Chobe2

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 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. (L, D)

Nxai13Day 2: 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. Camping will be at a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Kasane – Nxai Pan: 500km, 6h

Day 3: Nxai Pan National Park, camping

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.

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 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). 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)

Nxai – Maun: 180km, 3-4h

Delta18Day 5: 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. (B,L,D)

Maun – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h

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 6: Okavango Delta, camping

Mokoro excursions and nature walks to explore the islands and waterways of the Okavango Delta. (B,L,D)

Days 7: Community campsite outside Moremi Game Reserve

Leaving the channels of the Okavango Delta, 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)

Okavango Delta – community campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h

Day 8: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping

Moremi Khwai11

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. (B, L, D)

Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive)

Day 9: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping

Game drives to explore the Moremi Game Reserve around the 3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa areas.  (B,L,D)

Day 10: North-East Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession, camping

Transfer/game drive from Western Moremi to the region surrounding the Khwai river (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). Game drives to explore the areas. (B,L,D)

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 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)

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

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

Transfer / game drive from Southern Chobe National Park to the Chobe river floodplain. Game drives to explore Northern Chobe National Park. (B,L,D)

Savuti - 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: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

After a short 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. (B,L)

Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)

Day 15: END OF THE SAFARI

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

Bush Ways 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. (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)

Check out the following page (link to Semi Participation page)

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
  • Toilet paper (this is only necessary if you prefer 2 or 3 ply toilet paper)
  • 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.
  • As of 1 June 2017, all travelers to Botswana are required to pay a Tourism Development Levy of USD 30 per person to enter the country. For more information please check: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy

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 can assist you to sign up for the Okavango Air Rescue membership. 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. Although the OAR membership is not compulsory and does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation (which remains compulsory with or without OAR membership), we highly recommend to sign up for the OAR membership which is only BWP175 / USD 17 / EUR 15.
  • 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 (water, soft 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.
  • 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