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Budget Bushways : The Lion Safari

Lion Trail

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.

Day 1: Chobe Area, camping
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 over lunch 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, 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)

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)

Nxai – Maun: 180km, 3-4h

Day 5: Okavango Delta, camping
Your adventure will take you in a north westerly direction from Maun to the western side of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise.  You will camp on the edge of the Okavango Delta, serenaded by the sound of hippos and bell frogs breaking the night silence.  The campsite has permanent ablution facilities.  (B, L, D)

Maun – Okavango Delta: 320km, 4h

Days 6-7: Okavango Delta, camping mokoro excursion
After transferring your equipment to motorboats, you will cruise along the narrow papyrus-lined channels of the Delta and enjoy the exquisite birdlife of the region as well as the stunning landscape.  Deeper in the Delta you will meet the local polers with their mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) and enjoy a tranquil transfer to an island. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area on mokoro excursions and taking guided walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango.  You will camp wild with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Maun, camping
Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will retrace your route to Maun. You will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta to return to Maun (1hr scenic flight is EUR 100, min. 3 guests to guarantee the flight). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s unique water system and if you choose to take the flight, you will enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Delta campsite writing postcards or reading a book while you wait for your afternoon flight.  Your guide will travel back to Maun with the vehicle to resupply for the next stage of your adventure.  After collecting you at the airport, you will shop for drinks and then spend the night at a campsite just outside Maun with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D)

Okavango Delta – Maun: 320km, 4h

Days 9-11: Moremi Game Reserve, camping
From Maun you will drive through to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas.  The next three nights 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 drive you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. On Day 11 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)

Day 9: Maun – Moremi Game Reserve: 150km, 6h (including game drive)

Days 12-13: 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. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Moremi – Savuti: 120km. 5-6h
Day 13: Savuti - Chobe River: 170km, 5h
 
Days 14–15: 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. 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.
(Day 14 – B, L & Day 15 B)

Day 14: Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h

Price 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 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.

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