Lion Camping Safari – Botswana

15 Feb

Lion Camping Safari – Botswana

15 day safari starting in Kasane & ending at Vic Falls, Livingstone Zambia

Okavango delta & Chobe area map
exceptional bush experiences and safari adventures with a difference


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.  

 Highlights – Lion Camping Safari

Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River
2 nights Nxai Pan National Park
Central Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
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 

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Itinerary Lion Camping Safari 

Day 1: Chobe Area, camping

The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00.
We are 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- 3: Nxai Pan National Park, private designated camp

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 salt pan. Camping with be at a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Day 2 : Kasane – Nxai Pan: 500km, 6h

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. You will camp overnight at a site with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D)
Day 4 : Nxai – Maun: 180km, 3-4h

Days 5 – 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 – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h

Day 7: Okavango Delta – campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h  

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.

Days 8-10: 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 – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive)

Days 11-13: 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)
Days 14-15: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

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.
Day 14 – B, L &
Day 15 – B

Day 14: Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)

We are 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.

 

Price includes:

camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), room 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.

 Price 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.

On line quote / booking reservation for Lion Camping Safari

Semi Participation Guest Info

semi-participatory safaris – means that you are only asked to carry your own luggage to / from your tent and to put up / take down your own ‘user-friendly’ tent 

Personal Equipment 

• Passport and valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
• Warm sleeping bag. A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired
 Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
• Hat/cap and gloves in winter months (May – Sept)
• 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 okay 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 batteries and spare memory cards are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
• Water bottle and a small day pack for walks 

Luggage 

• One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides)
• One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack)
• Main luggage: max. weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
• Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari
• 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 and secure

Travel Documentation

• Valid passport – it must have at least 6 months validity before your passport expires and at least 6 blank visa pages
• Citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Botswana. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking
• For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy

Safari Vehicle
 * The safari vehicle utilised is a custom fitted 4 x 4 vehicle

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Toiletries and First Aid 

• Personal toiletries and medications in a small bag, not a vanity case
• Sunscreen lotion and block out for the face
• Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
• Malaria prophylaxis
• 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 and camera cards 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


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.

The vehicle model we have come to trust is a Landrover Defender TD5. We strip the vehicles apart and made them 2m wide and 5 m long. This now allows us to seat up to 16 guests. However, to make it even more comfortable, we have limited our maximum capacity to 12 guests on our Semi Participation Safaris and a maximum of 9 guests on our Fully Serviced Safaris. This allows plenty of space on each row for daypacks, camera equipment and space between guests. Each vehicle has 4 rows with a maximum of 3 guests per row for increased guest comfort and space. Our seats are bench seats to allow for great flexibility and are not bucket seats which can be restricting. Each vehicle has coil springs with double shocks – this reduces the bouncing felt by guests on very bumpy bush roads.

Another crucial feature beside the comfort and provided space is visibility out of the vehicle. All our

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Safari Vehicles are fitted with a windscreen that can be placed flat on the bonnet so guests can enjoy unobstructed views/photographic opportunities on game drives. Further the canvas roof is removable, which enables guests to stand up on seats and enjoy the sights and smells of the African bush from a higher perspective. Perspex windows can be easily put up to protect against the cold and rain or wind on long drives. There is no separation between the guide and the guests which allows for communication and interaction between the guest/guide at any time.

Additionally, we also provide extra features which we found important during a safari. Every vehicle has a fridge for cold beverages for that perfect sun downers or a cool drink during game drives in the hot African Bush. There is an inverter (220VAC with two pin euro plug adapter) that guests are welcome to use to charge camera batteries. The side door can be folded down completely and provides easy access and exits – which is more convenient than climbing up and down a high vehicle as it is with the usual safari vehicles

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.

– Chair box for easy access

– Easy modular packing system – saves time

– Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind 

We offer two styles of camping safaris: Semi Participation Safaris and Fully Serviced Safaris Semi Participation 

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Camping equipment 

Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m easy-to-erect bow tents, which have treated mosquito mesh covering all the windows and doors.

Provided are 5cm high-density foam camping mattresses for each guest

Bush ablutions consist of high-slung bucket showers and bush toilets with private canvas screens.

– 200V/2pin (round) power units are available on vehicles to recharge cameras. Please bring  suitable adapters.

Please note that there are Internet cafes/photo shops that will download digital photos in Maun

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– High slung bucket showers

– 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m easy-to-erect bow tents which have treated mosquito mesh covering all the windows and doors.

– Comfortable 5cm high density foam camping mattresses

Fully Serviced 


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– 3m x 3m x 1.95m bow tents which have treated mosquito mesh covering all the windows and doors.

– Comfortable camp bed with bedrolls and bedding for each guest.

– En-suite bush ablutions consist of high slung bucket showers and bush toilets with private canvas screens

Life at camp / on safari

Meals are served in a tranquil setting next to the campfire in the African bush. Traditional meals are prepared on the open fire by the camp assistant.(towels are also provided).

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