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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, Chobe National Park, and Victoria Falls

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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

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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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.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

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 12-13
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.

Day 14
Victoria Falls

We end our safari with a quick stop at Victoria Falls, where the mile-wide Zambezi plunges into swirling mists, and depart on homeward-bound flights.

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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 canvas beds, linens, mirror, tent lamps, chairs, and washbasins. Behind each tent are separate toilet and hot water shower tents. 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

Aug 21-Sep 3, 2015  Stanley Dube
Jun 26-Jul 9, 2016
Aug 21-Sep 3, 2016

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
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3795

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% 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, arriving to Maun, Botswana and departing from Livingstone, Zambia. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

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.

Stanley Dube

Stanley Dube was born and raised in Zimbabwe on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for the wildlife began at an early age. After attending Gwanda Teachers College in 1985, he taught African languages and history in Bulawayo until 1995. He then began his apprentice guide training in Zimbabwe’s Matusadona National Park, passing his full Zimbabwe Guides License in 1998. He later moved to Botswana to further his career in guiding, attaining his Botswana Guides License in 2004. Since then, Stanley has been guiding for us throughout northern Botswana. He is a keen birder and speaks fluent English, Ndebele, and Tswana.

Upcoming Trips:

Botswana Wildlife Safari, August 2-13, 2015
Botswana: Okavango Explorer, August 21-September 3, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, September 6-17, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, September 20-October 1, 2015

Client Testimonials:

Not only was Stanley experienced and professional, he was also fun. He and the rest of the crew were absolutely wonderful. They each deserve a box of gold stars! Martha S., Carlsbad, NM Stanley was the best in every way. We enjoyed his company always. He told great stories and I felt totally safe with Stanley in charge. Jane H., Carlsbad, NM Stanley is the “heart and soul” of an Africa safari. I was forever changed and touched by his knowledge, love, and enthusiasm for the African wilderness. Abbe E., Ann Arbor, MI Stanley was adept at locating the animals and also a pleasure to be with. Colleen C., Berkeley, CA Stanley is a great leader! He is very accommodating, and he always went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy. Joan V., Virginia Beach, VA Stanley has outstanding leadership skills and experience but, most importantly, he is a fine human being. Wayne N., Las Vegas, NV Stanley was an excellent travel guide—good at tracking, always concerned about our welfare, and a good storyteller at campfire! Cheryl B., San Francisco, CA We were both very pleased with his knowledge of the areas visited. He was extremely concerned about the environment. Herbert and Franziska B., Ottawa, Canada
Botswana Wildlife Safari
A great guide and a great teacher. Stanley’s knowledge of animal behavior and of Botswana is exceptional. Scott B., Brownsburg, IN
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was great. He handled the group very well and knew everything about the area. Rob D., Minneapolis MN
Bostswana Wildlife Safari
Wonderful guide! He taught us so much, and he was extremely thoughtful, patient, and fun to travel with. He made it an outstanding experience. Thank you! Margaret K., San Francisco, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley is an incredibly competent and knowledgeable leader and well versed not only in wildlife but also history, ecology, hydrology, geology, politics—he is the total package! And, a great sense of humor! Lee M., Cambridge, MA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley is a terrific guide: calm, helpful, caring, and an expert in the region, the mammals, and the birds. One of the best guides ever. Peter W., Berkeley, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Very knowledgeable, professional, patient, sociable, and a good communicator. Ann C., Portland, OR
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was terrific, helpful, cheerful, and attentive to all our needs and questions. His preparation of background history and other details was wonderful. Valerie M., Mill Valley, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was an amazing guide. His expansive knowledge of the areas visited and wildlife was a fantastic plus for all of us and we enjoyed his enthusiasm for guiding and teaching. Julie D., North Salem, NY
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is so knowledgable, a lovely individual who guided us every step of the way and was as excited as we were each day. Paula E., W. Newton, MA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Among all the very, very impressive guides we have had on our Wilderness Travel trips, Stanley tops the list. He was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, skilled, had a great way with people and a great sense of humor, and was a great storyteller. Really very impressive. Susan F., Seattle, WA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is an amazing individual and we felt honored to be part of his trip. We would go anywhere with him! Lynn & Kellan H., Palo Alto, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was fantastic. He knew all the birds and the plants as well as the large mammals, and answered our gazillion questions with incredible patience. Then there was the night when we were sitting around the fire and he HEARD a leopard enter the camp. Awesome! Karen and John P., Castro Valley, CA
Stanley was an amazing guide. His combination of knowledge, disposition, and general passion for the animals and parks made it a trip of a lifetime. Brad G., San Francisco, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
We travel extensively—and Stanley was the best guide/trip leader we have had the pleasure to be with. In addition to his extraordinary knowledge and quiet and open manner, his continual attention to our comfort and safety were exceptional. John M., Alexandria, VA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was awesome! He had a way of relating to each of us in a way that made us feel that we were his 'favorite' group. Very patient, kind, and generous. Betsy S., Hamilton, MT
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley has patience, quiet confidence, knowledge of area, and ability to share information with humor and organization. Holly M., Hopkinton, MA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley was the best! His incredible knowledge of the natural world of Botswana and his incredible patience with all of us was beyond amazing! Susie S., Lafayette, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley's deep knowledge and love of the country, as well as his desire to show travelers everything possible, was clear in everything he planned and did. He had wonderful relationships with all the staff and it was clear that they are a cohesive team. Patty D., Mill Creek, WA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is a wonderful ambassador for Africa and Wilderness Travel. His patience, management of the camp, of staff, guests, and safety concerns gave us an assurance that we welcomed. His engaging conversations were a delight in the evenings and around the bush TV. He will not be forgotten! Dave & Deb S., Jonesborough, TN
Botswana Wildlife Safari
We felt so lucky to have Stanley as our trip leader. Can't thank him enough for all he did for us to make the adventure very special. Susan C., Colorado Springs, CO
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
Stanley was terrific! His tracking ability astounded us; his informative talks at tea time were always interesting; his delight in his surroundings and his guide role were wonderful. Linda N., Palo Alto, CA
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
What Stanley does NOT know about Botswana, its history and peoples, its flora and fauna could probably be written on the head of a pin. Peter F., Cambria, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley's interest in and love of the wildlife came through at all times and helped make the trip special. He was also excellent at spotting wildlife. Kitty C., Nashville, TN
Botswana Wildlife Safari
I can't say enough good things about Stanley. He imparted broad insight about animals, plants, ecology, and Botswana history and culture, and exhibited great care for the environment and for our safety. Susan S., Lexington, KY
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is knowledgable, calm, professional, and personable. We so enjoyed his insights. Everything seemed to run so smoothly...which, of course, means that he was on top of everything at all times! Jerri M., Oakland, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is a gem. His knowledge, patience, and professionalism make him an outstanding guide. Karen B., Lexington, SC
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley was excellent and we are pleased with his leadership. Very thoughtful, knowledgeable, educated. Nancy K., Granite Bay, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley is a terrific guide, knows birds, and can spot them through their song and a bit of movement. A lovely and knowledgeable leader with a kind heart, whose sweetness belies a good sense of humor. Vicky L., San Rafael, CA
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
Couldn't be better! He was also flexible and very organized. We always felt we were in good hands. Charlie F., Happy Valley, OR
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was the BEST guide! Karen S., Tesuque, NM
Botswana Wildlife Safari

Optional Extensions

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


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Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

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Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

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Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

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Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

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 How do you improve on perfection? Chris L., Daly City, 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 landscapemdash;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
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