This 15-day round trip visits much of Botswana’s best game areas. From the magic of Nxai Pan National Park to the unique Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. The safari starts in Kasane, ends at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The Lion Safari through Botswana is based on semi-participation, which means that guests pitch their own tents during this safari and help out with other tasks around camp, which is actually quite fun! It brings a great sense of community and accomplishment to camp with like-minded people in true wilderness! Since the tour is more affordable, a maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated in a single safari vehicle.
The safari begins in Kasane, where your journey starts right with the first highlight, a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.
The following morning starts early so that you can reach your next destination, the Nxai Pans north of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in time to sufficiently enjoy the magic of this region.
The journey continues via a peripheral area of Maun towards the Okavango Delta. Here you will have the opportunity to book a scenic flight over the incomparable natural spectacle of the Delta. You will also take mokoro rides in the waterways of the Delta and explore the area on foot with a trained guide. This area is a true paradise.
Continue towards Moremi Game Reserve, which is considered one of the best game viewing locations in Botswana. The game drives during sunrise and sunset are just too magical. Here you also have the opportunity to enjoy a helicopter flight over the delta. This flies without doors or windows which makes the experience even more authentic and allows for unique views.
Your next destination will be the southern Chobe National Park, Savuti. But before you reach it, you will stop in the Khwai River area where you will do some game drives to explore the area extensively.
The dry areas of the Savuti are best known for the numerous bull elephants that roam the landscape impressively and powerfully.
You continue to the northern part of the Chobe National Park, which in contrast to the south is characterized by flood plains and thus offers a completely new impression. Here, too, the wildlife viewing opportunities are overwhelming.
The last highlight is crossing the Botswana border into Zimbabwe, where the famous Victoria Falls await you – a truly majestic end to a safari.
- Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River
- 2 nights Nxai Pan National Park
- Optional Scenic flight over the Delta
- Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
- 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve
- 3 nights Chobe National Park
- Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (extra charges apply)
- 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
map and overview
- 1 night: Campsite, Kasane
- 2 nights: Wild camping, Nxai Pans
- 1 night: Campsite, Maun
- 2 nights: Wild camping, Okavango Delta
- 1 night: Campsite, Okavango Delta near Moremi Game Reserve
- 2 nights: Campsite, Moremi Game Reserve (west)
- 1 night: Camping, Khwai Consession
- 1 night: Campsite, Savuti
- 2 nights: Campsite, Chobe National Park
- 1 night: Lodge, Victoria Falls
Day 1: Kasane, camping
The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00. We 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)
Day 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, 6-8h
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. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Maun outskirts, camping
After enjoying a morning game drive, you will leave Nxai Pan and continue your safari to the outskirts of Maun – the gateway to the Okavango Delta. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a 45 minute scenic flight over the Delta. Rate TBA by your guide/agent. This experience has to 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 Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami. You will spend the night at a campsite just in the outskirts of Maun with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D)
Nxai – Maun: 210km, 3-4h
Day 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 mokoro (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 (mokoro) 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)
Day 7: Maun outskirts, camping
Leaving the channels of the Okavango Delta, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta where you will camp and refresh before proceeding into the reserve the next day. This afternoon you will have the option of doing a 30min flight in a helicopter with no windows and doors, allowing magnificent views from above. Rate TBA by your guide/agent. You will spend the night at a campsite just in the outskirts of Maun with permanent ablution facilities (B, L, D)
Okavango Delta – campsite outside of Maun 50km, 1.5-2h
Day 8: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping
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)
Campsite outside Maun – Western Moremi: 80km, 5-7h (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 (Savuti / 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)
Day 12: Northern Chobe National Park, 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, 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 you will then drive to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (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. (B)
Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 3h (excluding border crossing)
Day 15: End of 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 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 ask your guide for further details. (B)
Description: camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: 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 set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.
Vehicle: 4×4 safari vehicles custom-built by Bush Ways – custom built trailers.
- LOW SEASON (Jan to Jun, Nov & Dec): 2580 EUR per person sharing
- HIGH SEASON (Jul to Oct): 2790 EUR per person sharing
- LOW SEASON (Jan to Jun, Nov & Dec): 2660 EUR per person sharing
- HIGH SEASON (Jul to Oct): 2870 EUR per person sharing
# of guests: Max 12 pax – No minimum pax required, safari is guaranteed once it’s accepted and confirmed a departure.
- Camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), room 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:
- 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, 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.
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