Hyena Safari

This very UNIQUE safari only takes place in November,  around the time of year that the "Wildebeest" (gnus) migration from Angola to Zambia can be expected. You will travel to the remote, northwestern part of Zambia, which offers some of the best hyena sightings in the whole of Africa, as wel as magnificent falls, fauna and flora. Top it off by extending your journey into Botswana.

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Accommodation type: 
Duration: 
13 nights/14 days - with optional extension: 17 nights/18 days
Country: 

Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Minimum age: 
12
Activity: 
Type: 

Highlights

  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • 4 nights in Liuwa plains, Zambia
  • 2 nights at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • 3 nights Chobe National Park (optional extension)
  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve (optional extension)

PLEASE NOTE

  • All tours and prices are subject to availability. This exclusive tour requires a minimum number of 6 participants and a maximum of 10 guests. Please check with YŪGEN tours before booking your flights. 
  • A visa is required for the border crossings into Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are several types of visa available. Please contact the embassy well before departure to inquire about the right visa for your nationality and according to your travel plans ( single entry and multiple entry visas are available).
  • THE ZAMBIAN SECTION OF THIS ITINERARY MAY BE SUBJECT TO DAILY CHANGES DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS.

Itinerary

Ready for a real off the beaten track adventure? Go camping with us in a remote part of Zambia. Together we will look for exceptional birds, thousands of migrating Wildebeest, and the king of the Liuwa plains: the hyena!  Swim in the mighty Zambezi river and explore the breathtaking Sioma Falls and the Victoria Falls. This safari starts in Kasane and ends in Victoria Falls. If you choose to extend your camping safari into Botswana the tour will end in Maun, Botswana.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to guarantee its departure – Max 10 guests.
  • THE ZAMBIAN SECTION OF THIS ITINERARY MAY BE SUBJECT TO DAILY CHANGES DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS.
  • We only offer this tour in November, around the time of year that the the Wildebeest migration from Angola to Zambia can be expected.

 

Days 1-2: Chobe Area, camping

This safari expedition starts in Kasane, Botswana at 1:00 PM  (noon). On arrival in Kasane your guide will give you a full safari briefing over lunch and take you shopping for your safari drinks. You will then enjoy a game drive into the park and set up camp. The next day you will enjoy a morning game drive and an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions.

Day 1: Lunch and dinner included - Day 2: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

YŪGEN tours is happy to assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Kasane, Botswana

Day 3: Mango Tree Road, wild camping

Today our journey to Liuwa Plains begins. After a very early start you will travel from Botswana into Zambia (Visa required). After crossing seemingly endless sand dunes covered in teak forests, you will descend onto the Zambezi floodplains and travel along the beautiful and picturesque Mango Tree Road which will lead you north to Kalabo. Beautiful Zambian villages are the highlight of this journey. At the end of this long day you set up camp in the forest to camp wild. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

PLEASE NOTE that a visa is required for the border crossing into Zambia. There are several types of visa available. Please contact the embassy well before departure to inquire about the right visa for your nationality and according to your travel plans ( single entry and multiple entry visas are available).

Days 4-8: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

You will rise with the sun and have an early breakfast before continuing your journey to Liuwa Plains National Park. On arrival, you will set up camp before exploring this unique area. During this time of the year the wildebeest migration from the Angolan Kameia National Park to the Zambian Liuwa Plains National Park can be expected. Thousands of wildebeest can be seen making this journey in search for palatable grass, following them are the kings of Liuwa plains, the hyena. The birdlife is also exceptional in this area. The next 5 days will be spent exploring this National Park during morning and afternoon game drives. Wild camping with bush ablutions.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9: Mango Tree Road, camping

You will leave Liuwa Plains National Park after an early morning drive and retrace your journey back along Mango Tree Road. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Days 10-11: Sioma Falls, camping

This morning there will be time to visit the local market in Kalabo. You will then head south toward the Sioma Falls. Sioma Falls (also known as Ngonye Falls) are, next to Victoria Falls, the most breath-taking waterfalls in Southern Africa. The horseshoe-shaped falls are mostly impressive because of the sheer volume of water that cascades over the staggered twenty meter drop. Until now, this pristine wilderness is completely unknown to tourists. The next two days will be spent exploring the falls, with a picnic lunch by the falls and swimming in the mighty Zambezi on Day 11. Camping is at a designated campsite with permanent ablutions. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Days 12-14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge

After descending along the western bank of the Zambezi, we cross over into Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. You will stay at a comfortable lodge. Visa required for Zimbabwe.

The 13 night -version of this safari officially ends after breakfast on Day 14.

Day 12: Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner not included.

Days 13 & 14: Breakfast included. Lunch and Dinner not included.

YŪGEN tours is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and/or transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges or lodges in Kasane, Botswana at an additional cost.  

But...Why quite when you are having fun? You can also join us during our optional extension in Botswana where you will enjoy game drives in beautiful Chobe and in Moremi Game Reserve.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 nights/5 days): Days 14-15: Chobe National Park, camping

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 Nights/5 Days)

You will depart early from Victoria Falls to re-enter Botswana and drive to Chobe National Park through Kasane where we will resupply for the next 4 days in Botswana’s famous National Parks.  On Day 14 you will enjoy an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River. The next day you will leave northern Chobe and head south to the dryer region of Savute (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) where elephants dot the plains. Camping will be in designated campsites with bush ablutions.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 nights/5 days): Days 16-17: Moremi Game Reserve

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 Nights/5 Days)

On day 16 you will rise with the sun and head south east to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas.  These 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. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION ( 4 nights/5 days): Day 18 Safari ends, Maun

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 Nights/5 Days)

Day 18: After a morning game drive you will travel south to Maun, where this adventure comes to an end upon arrival.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

YŪGEN tours is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers in Maun at an additional cost. 

Prices 2019*

The Hyena Safari only takes place on 09th of November until the 22nd (13 nights), or, until the 26th (optional extension of 4 nights, total: 17 nights) of November 2019. 

13 nights: 2590 €
17 nights: 3100 €

(*) All prices include tax, and are subject to changes in exchange fluctuations, government taxes, change in Park fees or levies.  Prices on our website are no “as of” prices but changes may occur before we can adapt the website. Therefor we ask our providers to always confirm the price at the moment we check availability with them. We ask you to fill out our contact form in order to inquire about availability and to verify if any price changes have occurred very recently.

The safari price includes

Camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls as per itinerary & all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated as included, and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

The safari price does not include

Flights to the tour starting point and flights back home, restaurant meals (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions, beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow), any increase in National Park Fees.

Price indications for extra services and options

Single supplement: 110 € for single use of a tent

As a single traveler you are very welcome to join our safari. We only charge a single supplement for our camping safaris if you wish to guarantee a tent by yourself. If you are willing to share with another guest of the same gender there is no supplement charged, even if it eventually turns out that there is no other guest of the same gender to share with.

Sleeping bag hire: 20 € per person

You can bring your own sleeping bag. In case you would prefer to rent one, we do have sleeping bags, and a small pillow, available for rent at 20 € per person per safari. Please advise us at the time of booking.

Extra mattress hire: 10 € per person

A mattress of 5 cm high density foam is included. In case you would prefer to rent an extra mattress, this is available for 10 € per person per safari and subject to availability.

Extra transfers and accommodation

Transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges, or Kasane, Botswana can be arranged at an additional cost. All depends on your personal schedule and flight schedule.

Okavango Air Rescue: 15 € / 17 USD

Okavango Air Rescue transports medical assistance directly to their members, by helicopter, if they have a medical emergency. OAR provides a fully equipped helicopter with an emergency Doctor to treat and stabilize the patient on the spot and takes them to the nearest appropriate location from where further arrangements will be made. Okavango Air Rescue aims to provide around the clock Maun-based service. Their current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari.

OAR is a private organization. It is financed by the annual subscriptions of its Patrons. The Patron’s contribution is not an insurance premium, but a contribution which helps keeping the helicopter airborne. Additional funds will be sourced, on invoice, from a Patron’s insurance company after medically necessitated rescue is complete.

As the Patronage System has not been created to work free of charge for insurances, but is purely here to eliminate financial worries and provide fast assistance during an emergency, the Patron will never be invoiced by OAR.

If Patrons who have received the assistance of the OAR do have an insurance, OAR will deal directly with the insurers regarding any payments. This will be the responsibility of the OAR and not the Patron.

YŪGEN tours can assist you to become a Patron of Okavango Air Rescue.

The patronage is valid for one year (the validity will start on the date of your choice). It entitles you to one free medical necessitated rescue annually. If the patronage is not renewed it will expire 12 months after your initial payment. Every Patron will be issued with an identifying personal patronage card on receipt of payment. For more information please visit http://www.okavangorescue.com

Important information

Travel insurance

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance, covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details at the time of booking so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer’s Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone from Botswana – USA 800 numbers do not work from Botswana).

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from/going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from/going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice. Therefor we do advise to make sure you have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you.

Travel documentation

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before traveling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas. For up-to-date visa requirements, check with your Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment
  • Requirements for minors traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
  • Effective from the 1st of October 2016 minors traveling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not traveling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
  • As of 1st of June 2017, all travelers to Botswana are required to pay a Tourism Development Levy of USD 30 per person to enter the country. For more information please check: http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy

Luggage restrictions

  • One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-­‐hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • The sleeping bag can be carried outside the main luggage.
  • 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 in a secured area while you will be staying on a small island, with transfers by traditional dugout canoes.
  • Remember that on safari you need far less clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

Food

  • You will enjoy a wide variety of meals during your safari and we attempt to include an ‘African’ flavor in our safari menus
  • All meals are cooked on an open fire
  • It is possible for us to cater for specific dietary requirements, provided we are notified when making your booking. Please note that specialist gluten free/vegan foods are not always available in Botswana. Therefor, if you require any specialist food please bring it on safari with you.
  • All food is pre-ordered and supplied from either Maun or Kasane base which means there is good consistency of quality as well as minimizing any time wasted if your guide had to visit the supermarket.
  • It is important to advise us if you are a vegetarian, or have any allergies or intolerances prior to coming on safari so we can plan for and accommodate your dietary requirements.

Safari Drinks

  • Drinks ( water, softs and alcohol) are not included on all our camping safaris and are to be bought the day prior if your safari leaves early on day 1, or, on the day if your safari starts at noon.
  • Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.
  • A minimum 3 liters of drinking water is recommended per person per day
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis
  • Please find below the approximate prices for drinks in Botswana (note that these are subject to change)
    Water 5 l Pula 20-25
    Water 1 l Pula 7-10
    6 cans of beer Pula 70-80
    6 cans of Coke/Fanta/etc Pula 50
    2 l Red wine (box) Pula 115
    5 l Red wine (box) Pula 215
    2 l White wine (box) Pula 115
    5 l White wine (box) Pula 215
    1 l Fruit juice Pula 25
    330 ml fruit juice Pula 17
    6 cans of Tonic Water/Dry Lemon/Lemonade Pula 50

 

On November 9th, 2018, 1 euro was about 12 Pula. However, the rates are subject to change, and, the exchange rates change constantly. We advise you to check the most current exchange rate before your departure to have an indication of prices.