lions okavango botswana safari

Lions in the Okavango, Botswana

We explore by mokoro (dugout canoe), floating peacefully through a labyrinth of creeks, islands, green walls of papyrus, and flooded meadows, and search for an amazing variety of wildlife.

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Botswana: Okavango Explorer

Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, and Chobe National Park

Botswana: Okavango Explorer route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8495  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 10 nights private camps, 3 nights game lodges and hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)


  • Eight full days exploring the famed Okavango Delta
  • Exciting game tracking by 4WD vehicle and boat in Chobe National Park
  • Extend your trip at Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world

Trip of a lifetime, with many memories. Our guides added a wonderful perspective of growing up in Africa, tribe life, customs, history.Nancy K.—Granite Bay, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Early Sign-up Discount!

$500 discount per person for all 2016 departures

Limited to the first six sign-ups per departure. Please note that these special offers cannot be combined with other discounts.

Botswana’s diverse ecosystems are astounding, from magnificent Chobe National Park, sheltering the world’s largest elephant herds, to the wildlife paradise of the Okavango Delta, an exquisite wetland surrounded by the great Kalahari thirstlands. Our Botswana: Okavango Explorer is designed with extra time in the Okavango, exploring the papyrus-lined waterways of its farthest reaches during the best season for wildlife in the Delta. On this special safari, we overnight at a special lightweight camp for a true experience of the bush, and also have terrific gameviewing on the teeming grasslands of Chobe. We track game by 4WD vehicle, riverboat, and—a Botswana specialty—mokoro (dugout canoe), all in a breathtaking mix of Botswana’s most beautiful environments. No one else gets you this close to the action—and in such comfort!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Okavango Delta / Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaxa

We explore by 4WD and boat in Moremi Game Reserve in the northeastern Delta, looking for tsessebe and Burchell’s zebra, along with ostrich and predators such as lion, wild dog, and spotted hyena. Our camp at Xakanaxa is in a beautiful setting of secret pools, tall forest, and open grasslands.

Days 5-7
Okavango / Xugana

By mokoro (dugout canoe), we float through a labyrinth of creeks and lagoons in search of crocodiles, hippos, swamp antelope, white-necked otters, and fantastic birdlife. Day 5 is in a very remote lightweight camp on the Maunachira River, with two nights at an atmospheric lodge overlooking Xugana Lagoon.

Days 8-9
Okavango / Khwai River Floodplain

Regular sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah are one of the joys of Khwai Camp on the floodplain of the Khwai River.

Days 10-11
Chobe National Park / Savuti

Heading into the southern reaches of huge Chobe National Park, we explore the Savuti area, a vast grassland interspersed with game-rich woodlands. Savuti attracts large migrating herds and their attending predators.

Days 12-14
Chobe National Park / Serondella

Chobe’s Serondella region is world-famous for its teeming elephant population. We set out for game drives among huge herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest, and take a memorable sunset cruise on the Chobe. Transfer to Zambia and Depart on Day 14, or extend your stay at Victoria Falls.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate. It is a vehicle-based camping safari, with nine nights camping in the bush (with one night in a simple lightweight camp), and four nights in basic bungalows. It will enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Although the trip is not rigorous, it does involve some long driving days over rough roads and game tracks. We recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Our mobile tented camping safaris in Botswana provide a true bush experience without sacrificing comfort. Our comfortable walk-in tents feature cozy beds, linens, tent lamps, and have en suite bathrooms with a toilet, mirror, sink, and hot water shower. Our crew sets up camp and prepares all meals. Delicious food is served in a comfortable dining tent. You’ll find camping delight­ful and very comfortable, and you will appreci­ate how close to nature you feel, away from the lights and distractions of the lodges.

We spend one overnight (Day 5) in a simple lightweight camp that allows us access to very remote areas. The camp consists of dome tents in which it is (just) possible to stand. The tents have bedrolls, thick foam sleeping pads, duvet, sheets, and pillows. There is a shared toilet tent. We enjoy our meals sitting around the fire as this lightweight camp has no dining tent.

We travel by Toyota 4WD Land Cruiser “go-anywhere” safari vehicles equipped with a refrigerator for cold drinks and a reference library on flora, fauna, and avifauna. They carry five trip members per vehicle, with guaranteed window seating­.

During drives and walks, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no trip can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Created by WT Client Shane Hedges

Departures & Leaders

Jun 26-Jul 9, 2016   Stanley Dube
Aug 21-Sep 3, 2016   Stanley Dube

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$8495 (8-10 members)
$8795 (4-7 members)
Single supplement: $1250
Forced single supplement: $1050
Internal airfare: $240 (subject to change)
Park fees: $270
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Extension Costs
Johannesburg Extension
   from: $1095
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $995
Victoria Falls Extension
   from: $695

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Safari camp staff
  • Chobe River sunset cruise
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • Zambia visa at border

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to/from Africa; flight from Johannesburg to Maun and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg; internal charter flights; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; airport departure taxes; optional excursions at Victoria Falls; optional gratuities to leaders or staff; additional hotel nights necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any); travel insurance, passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Maun, Botswana
Date: Day 1
Suggested arrival time: before 5:00 pm

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Maun, Botswana (airport code MUB) via Johannesburg, South Africa (airport code JNB)
Livingstone, Zambia
Date: Day 14
Suggested departure time: after 1:00 pm

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Livingstone, Zambia (airport code LVI)

Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Day 1 (1 night), Maun, Botswana

Royal Tree Lodge, set on a game farm outside Maun, features seven spacious, tastefully furnished tents on raised decks, complete with en suite ...
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Botswana—Okavango Explorer—Mobile Safari Camping

Botswana—Okavango Explorer—Mobile Safari Camping

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Moremi Game Reserve,
Day 5 (1 night), Maunachira River, Okavango Delta,
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Khwai River Floodplain,
Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park,
Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Serondella, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Our private campsites offer relaxing solitude and an authentic bush atmosphere while still maintaining a great deal of comfort. We sleep in walk-in ...
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Xugana Island Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Set deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the edge of a lovely lagoon, Xugana is the perfect base for exploring Okavango’s ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Stanley Dube

Departure Dates: June 26-July 9, 2016, August 21-September 3, 2016

For the past 15 years, Stanley Dube has been guiding trips for WT throughout Botswana. Originally from Zimbabwe, Stanley grew up on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. In 1996, he obtained his Zimbabwe Guides License and by 1999, his ...
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Shane Hedges

As a third generation safari guide, Shane’s passion for the African wilderness is a huge part of his heritage (he’s the son of one of our beloved guides, Adam Hedges!). Born and raised in the small town of Maun near the edge of the Okavango Delta, Shane has experienced the safari ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

South Africa

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Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

south africa vineyards winelands

Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1


victoria falls zambezi river zimbabwe zambia

Victoria Falls Extension

One of the World’s Natural Wonders

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2


victoria falls zambezi river zimbabwe zambia

Victoria Falls Extension

One of the World’s Natural Wonders

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

Trip of a lifetime, with many memories. Our guides added a wonderful perspective of growing up in Africa, tribe life, customs, history. Nancy K., Granite Bay, CA This was the trip of a lifetime. Every day was an unparalleled adventure, expertly arranged and professionally guided. The Okavango Delta is an amazing miracle of water in an otherwise arid landscape—a true miracle of the natural world. We saw so many exquisite birds and hundreds of animals. The lodges and hotel were gorgeous and the mobile tent camping felt like a real safari. We traveled by 4-wheel-drive jeep, boats, and bush airplanes taking off from airstrips that were little more than a strip of grass traversed by impala and elephant. The people, the land, and the animals of Botswana came alive for us and will live in our memories and in our hearts for all our days. Eva D., Makawao, HI
How do you improve on perfection? Chris L., Daly City, CA We had a fantastic trip. It was our first trip to Africa and when people ask what we saw in terms of wildlife, we tell them to ask us what we didn't see. The trip was so much more than we imagined. Jim and Carol B., Kensington, MD

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