In contrast to the ever-changing faces of the people you meet on a fly-in safari visiting the permanent tented camps in Botswana, a comfortable mobile camping safari offers you a welcome sense of continuity, and the opportunity to get to know your guide and fellow travelling companions.
Each comfortable camping safari is led by a knowledgeable and personable guide who is passionate about the bush and its wildlife. Not only will they have extensive knowledge of Botswana's flora and fauna, but they are also fully trained in the complexities of a walking safari; so the opportunity to take guided walks with them can be one of the highlights of your trip.
On days spent moving from one location to the next, the safari camp team will pack down the camp, travel ahead in the supply vehicle and prepare the next camp ready for your arrival. This team is typically made up of a safari chef and camp assistants who are there to carry out all the daily camp chores, helping to make your safari as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Mobile camp sites
Botswana is especially fortunate in that the Hospitality and Tourism Association (HATAB), in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, has set aside private wilderness sites for the exclusive use of licensed Botswana safari operators. These private wilderness camping sites are used wherever possible on the Northern Botswana Safari, ensuring that you have a truly exclusive bush experience.
Accommodation whilst on safari through Botswana will be in spacious walk-in tents, each with an en-suite 'bush' bathroom. The tents are 3x4 metres with a high ceiling and a covered veranda area. Provided in each are two single camp beds, set with mattresses, sheets, duvets and pillows; a bedside table and an LED rechargeable lantern.
The 2x3 metre private en-suite, open-air bathroom is reached through a door at the rear of the tent. Here you'd find a short-drop with a 'proper' toilet seat cover and a bucket shower - water will be heated for you on request. Towels are also provided. Note that on days when the camp is being moved from one location to the next you may only arrive in the late afternoon and so showers won't be possible until then.
Each tent will have an oil or paraffin lantern set out on the veranda and in the bathroom after night falls. In front of the tent is a wash-basin with a small mirror. The basin is filled with fresh warm water first thing in the morning and again whenever you return to camp after a safari activity.
There is a dining tent where meals are served, but, because of the generally excellent weather and wonderful skies, dinner is served in the open beneath the stars whenever possible. The safari chef prepares all meals using fresh ingredients and cooks over an open fire. Sumptuous three-course bush dinners, guaranteed to satisfy any appetite, are served in style at a beautifully laid table and accompanied by freshly baked bread.
Whilst in Maun and Livingstone most lunches and dinners are for your own account and the bill is to be settled directly with the lodge or hotel before you depart.
The vehicles used on these safaris are custom-made open 4WD Landcruiser's designed for optimal game viewing. Each is spacious and comfortable with three rows of three individual bucket seats. For 2016 the tours take a maximum of 9 passengers. For 2017 each tour will take a maximum of 7 passengers.
Each vehicle is fitted with seatbelts. A canvas canopy offers shade from the sun's glare and the windscreen folds down for uninterrupted game views. The vehicles are equipped with a 40 litre fridge to keep drinks refreshingly cool throughout the day, and HF radios allow for 24-hour communication with the Maun base.
Each vehicle is fitted with an inverter and a strip of plugs allowing travellers the opportunity to charge batteries whilst on safari using the standard two-pin charger that is usually supplied when you buy electrical equipment. If you do not have a two-pin charger, we recommend you purchase an adaptor. Botswana uses plugs with 3 large round pins - the same plug that is used in South Africa. It is relatively easy to find an adaptor for use in South Africa which would also work in Botswana.
The plugs on the vehicles are only to be used to recharge necessary items such as camera batteries; they are not to be used for charging electric toothbrushes or mobile phones.