Mobile Tented Safaris

 

Camping?... Seriously...?

A Mobile Camping Safari is closer to the traditional view of what a safari should be. Livingstone would have traveled up through southern Africa with his oxen and horses, backed up by a full compliment of staff and would carry everything with them that they needed for months of travel. They would set up camp for a few days at a time, then pack up and move the whole ensemble to the next destination. Your mobile campsite is often erected for you whilst you enjoy the bush.

 

Essentially our Mobile Safaris are the modern equivalent of Livingstone’s. The main differences are that the locations are chosen for their wildlife and scenic value and the oxen are replaced by a more comfortable modes of transport. You will still experience what some of the great pioneers experienced, and nothing gets you closer to the bush than a Mobile Tented Safari.

Camping in style with classic Mobile Tented Safari Accommodation in Botswana

Mobile Camping is perfect for...

Small Groups

Close To Nature

Flexibility

Kids Safaris

Budget

A Mobile Tented Safari is ideal if you have a group of 4 or more as you can undertake a private safari for you and your friends

Staying in canvas tents in completely unfenced and private campsites within the National Parks... This is as close as you can get to the wildlife around you, as the game often wanders through camp.

Whether departing on a scheduled trip or a private mobile safari, you can choose your own timescale to suit the time you can get away from it all.

Similarly, whereas its not so easy to get you and your family to lodges, which may not have room for your family, you and the kids can enjoy some time close with each other and not have to worry about other guests. Book a private safari for just your family.

A Mobile Tented Safari is a great way to save a little. These safaris can be far less expensive than a lodge safari, but they don’t skimp on service and adventure. There are "no-frills" safaris right up to the luxurious here.

Scheduled or Tailor Made?

 

Set Departures (Scheduled)

The majority of the Mobile Safari industry within Botswana operates on the basis of a set departure date and set route. Generally this means that if you book on one of these mobile safaris, then you will be joining a group of other like-minded people and will have the benefit of choosing one of the many departure dates available throughout the year for the trip.

View all our Scheduled Mobile Tented Safaris

SCHEDULED MOBILES

Tailor Made

Outside of set departures, you have the ability to book a Mobile Tented Safari and choose your own departure date and work on any route you wish to take, you are often provided with suggested itineraries. This is more suitable for private bookings or a family or group, and you will not be joining others whom you don’t know. The price of these Tailor Made trips can be more expensive than Set Departures and is dependent on the number of people travelling.

 

Safari Lifestyles will advise you of any routing and  will provide you with all the options for your Tailor Made mobile safari.

Mobile Lifestyles

 

We think of Mobile Tented Safaris as being classified into three categories, each describe in general terms what you can expect. We would like to stress that these categories are not absolute so we would urge you to study in detail each safari listed on the "Scheduled Mobiles" button above, in order to establish exactly what each one has to offer.

Luxury

Well… as far as possible in the African bush, no expense is spared here… and these Luxury Mobiles are certainly fully serviced. Generally these will be Tailor Made; often planned to use permanent or semi permanent tented camps as well as full mobile camps within private areas or National Parks. They will have the highest standards of accommodation including a dinning area and lounge and the specification of the tents will be first class, of a very good size, sometimes even including a bath.

 

Food on these mobiles will be of near gourmet standard and very good wines will often be provided for your libation.

Luxury Tents - Beautifully Appointed
Luxury Tents - Beautifully Appointed
Luxury Rooms - Ordained with quality  soft furnishings
Luxury Rooms - Ordained with quality soft furnishings
Well stocked bar to make you feel at home
Well stocked bar to make you feel at home
Campsites - Right in the bush and with no fences
Campsites - Right in the bush and with no fences
Superb breakfasts, lunches and dinner
Superb breakfasts, lunches and dinner
Professionally converted 4X4
Professionally converted 4X4 "Game Viewers"

Classic

Safari Lifestyles classes this as "non-participation" or "fully serviced", and will take form of a Set Departure but can also fall into the Tailor Made category. Essentially everything is done for you. Staff will be on hand to ensure that your experience is as relaxed as possible. They will prepare all the food for your stay and beak down camp when need be.

 

Your accommodation can also be more comfortable, tents may be larger and will be Dome or more likely, a Meru style, and will generally contain an en-suite private shower and toilet area. Tent frills will be of a higher quality including raised bedding and a veranda. The camp may possibly include a canvas dinning area and even a lounge.

 

Food will generally be of a higher quality than a Budget Mobile and local alcohol will be provided.

 

Safari Lifestyles Classic Mobiles are our most popular Mobile Tented Safaris.

Classic Tents are very similar to Luxury Tents
Classic Tents are very similar to Luxury Tents
C;assic Rooms - Large and with plenty of space
C;assic Rooms - Large and with plenty of space
All drinks are provided on safari
All drinks are provided on safari
Classic Campsites
Classic Campsites
Classic breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
Classic breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
Classic Vehicles - Same standad as luxury
Classic Vehicles - Same standad as luxury

Budget

Pretty much as it states. This reflects the level of accommodation and “frills” included. Tents will generally be a Dome Tent with shared ablutions amongst the group. Some Budget Safaris may provide a mattress but no bedding, which can either be brought by the client or hired from the operator. Meals can be more basic and drinks will generally not be supplied free gratis.

 

Budget Safaris are classed as "participation" safaris and will be a set departure. A great way of experiencing as close to a real expedition as possible is to get more involved. These mobile safaris will often be provided with a guide who is also the cook. The guests will be required to help in the preparation of the meals and the putting up and breaking down of camps.

 

The term Budget Safari is partly a misnomer, as although you are required to help in the day-to-day chores, you still travel to the same areas and experience the same game as the more expensive mobile safaris. They are designed to make your trip more affordable.

Budget Tents - Dome tents with shared ablutions
Budget Tents - Dome tents with shared ablutions
Budget Campsites - in the thick of wilderness areas
Budget Campsites - in the thick of wilderness areas
Budget Food - Wholesome meals are prepared
Budget Food - Wholesome meals are prepared
Budget Vehicles - up to 12 passengers
Budget Vehicles - up to 12 passengers
Budget Touches
Budget Touches

TOP TIPS

 

  • Bring a good pair of walking shoes with you. Your camp is on the ground and you will be walking around a bit. Trainers or Boots will do but don’t forget open toed sandals for your rest periods
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  • Bring a torch or head-torch. lighting in the tent and outside is not as good as in a lodge
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  • Pack simply and neatly so that you can get to things easily in your accommodation
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  • Keep tent zips closed at all times, this helps minimise creepy crawlies from entering
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  • Use your bucket shower sparingly... there is no running water in these camps
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  • Drink plenty of water to keep cool... wet a small towel and drape around your neck... works wonders when its very hot.
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  • Ladies..!  No make-up is necessary here

A word about animals...

 

In all instances during a mobile tented safari you will probably find yourself in private campsites right in the middle of a wildlife area. Animals are free roaming in Botswana and there are no fences like you may find in Kruger, South Africa, for instance.

 

Animals are free to wander in and out of camp as they wish, this includes elephants and predators such as lions. During the day animals are often skittish and may stay away. At night its a bit different and many nocturnal species such as hyena will positively investigate your camp mainly looking for tit bits of food left over.

 

In all cases you are perfectly safe... animals do not like humans and see you as a major threat. Whatever tents you are in, it will be on the ground and animals may at night come very close, they do not however see you, rather they just see a tent like shape.

 

Common sense prevails. Where campsites are used regularly, animals such as elephants may come very close during the day to seek out feeding grounds such as a camel-thorn tree they have been eating from for decades. They can see you easily and feel comfortable in approaching your camp. You should keep your distance at all times... its still a wild animal

 

 

 

In all instances listen to your guide

You are perfectly safe

... and remember to have fun!

 

 

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Camping in style with classic Mobile Tented Safari Accommodation in Botswana

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Destinations 11 -  21

Camping in style with classic Mobile Tented Safari Accommodation in Botswana

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Special Interest 41 - 52

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Camping in style with classic Mobile Tented Safari Accommodation in Botswana

Small Groups

A Mobile Tented Safari is ideal if you have a group of 4 or more as you can undertake a private safari for you and your friends

Kids Safaris

Similarly, whereas its not so easy to get you and your family to lodges, which may not have room for all your family, you and the kids can enjoy some time close with each other and not have to worry about other guests. Book a private safari for just your family.

Close To Nature

Staying in canvas tents in completely unfenced and private campsites within the National Parks... This is as close as you can get to the wildlife around you, as the game often wanders through camp.

Budget

A Mobile Tented Safari is a great way to save a little. These safaris can be far less expensive than a lodge safari, but they don’t skimp on service and adventure. There are "no-frills" safaris right up to the luxurious here.

Flexibility

Whether departing on a scheduled trip or a private mobile safari, you can choose your own timescale to suit the time you can get away from it all.