Mobile camping safaris are non-permanent tented camps, which are set and broken down every few days (usually two) in different wildlife areas. Guests will be travelling as a group by road (meaning not flying! In the bush and inside the Parks there are no tarred roads) from place to place on an open game viewer vehicle.
Regardless of the comfort level, mobile safaris are offered on a schedule basis (itinerary and departure dates are set) or on a private basis (dates may be chosen as well as itinerary. You will only travel with your own group i.e family or friends.
Depending on how adventurous your spirit is and your budget, the possible options are:
A semi-participation mobile: here you are encouraged to assist with the setting up and putting down of your tents, although the camp staff will be on hand to do all the cooking and cleaning. This safari experience is ideal for the ones, who wish to live a real encounter with nature and the budget conscious traveller. Dome tents, thin foam mattress as well as all meals will be provided (drinks to be purchased prior to the safari –own account). Bucket shower and bush toilet will be shared amongst all the travellers in the group.
On the other hand, a luxury mobile tented safari offers the finest camping experience (aka “glamping”) and is the ideal option for those looking for a bit more comfort and still enjoying closeness to nature. These safaris are carried out in groups, usually no larger than 9 guests. The meru tents are spacious and feature en-suite toilet and shower. All meals and drinks will be provided.
To make the best out of your, please bear in mind our comments below
- Safaris are led by an experienced professional guide (sometimes also your driver) often with a back- up team of staff (dependant on level of comfort) to assist in making the overall camping experience smooth and enjoyable. All guides in Botswana must be certified and provide validity of their guiding license
- Experience travelling from place to place through Botswana’s changing lapes
- Designated campsites will be used to pitch the tents and set up the camp. These campsites are either private, meaning your campsite will be the only one in the area and you will have bush ablutions set up by the team (fully serviced) or shared ones (semi-participation) – or public meaning other fellow travellers will be camping nearby and the permanent ablution blocks and communal areas will be shared.
- Space in the truck vehicles is very limited. When packing always use a soft travel bag or backpack, no hard suitcases are allowed, and take some minutes to think about what you really need to bring: comfortable and fresh pants and t-shirts (no bright flashy colours), walking shoes, a pair of flip-flops, toiletries and basic first aid items, a towel, warm jacket and scarf for the winter months, sun cream, lip balm, sunglasses, hat and mosquito repellent. To bring a thin raincoat is also a good idea!!
- Phone coverage will be non- existent – the beauty of being in the bush! However, most operators provide a small charging station for your camera battery installed on the safari vehicle. This will be shared with the other travellers and it only works when the vehicle is running.