What to expect on a Mobile Safari in Botswana

Fun, thrill and adventure are what lies in store for anybody heading out on a mobile safari in Botswana. Experience the intimacy of nature by staying in unfenced campsites in some of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas in the world.  From your tent listen to the heart stopping roar of lions in the distance, the splashing and trudging of a hippo on the waters edge or the humorous whooping of hyenas late in to the night, and you will feel a closeness to nature like never before.

Mobile safaris allow you to travel in a safari vehicle through the highlights of Botswna with a guide, camping in designated campsites en route. Escape the rush of everyday life and take some time to experience absolute wilderness, where emails and cell phones are just a distant memory. One of the biggest advantages of a mobile safari is that you will have the same professional guide throughout your trip, unlike when you fly from lodge to lodge and change guide each time. This allows him/her to learn your interests and what excites you, ensuring you get the absolute best out of a safari.

Fully Serviced or Participation?

Camping and ‘roughing it’ is certainly not for everyone, and if this is also you then a “Semi Luxury” mobile safari might be the best choice. Semi Luxury or Fully Serviced mobile safaris provide you with more spacious tents (usually 3m x 3m) each with a private en suite bush bathroom and comofrtable beds with full linen. mobile2A back up team will travel ahead and ensure everything is prepared for you, so when you arrive at camp after a thrilling day of game viewing, all that awaits you is a comfy chair around the campfire and a cold drink.

If you are an adventure enthusiast, and happy to experience more basic accommodation and service, then a “Participation” mobile safari is ideal. Participation safaris are exactly that – you will be asked to assist with basic camp duties such as helping to put up and take down your tent, collect firewood or help to tidy up after dinner. The tents are generally dome tents, and bush bathroom facilities are shared amongst the group.  This is the more affordable option, and also allows you a much more ‘hands on’ way of experiencing Botswana’s wildlife.

Scheduled Group safari or Private Tailor Made?

For solo travellers or couples, a scheduled group safari is a great way to meet new people and keep costs reasonable. Since like minded adventurers are usually on mobile safaris, you can often find yourself sat up long in to the night around the campfire sharing stories with newfound friends. The most enjoyable part about a group safari, in my opinion, is sharing memorable experiences with others! To witness a dramatic predator kill from your group safari vehicle bonds you all in a unique way like no other.

mobile1If you are travelling with family or a small group of friends, or perhaps you just prefer to avoid travelling with strangers, then a private safari is a great choice. Private tailor made safaris allow you to choose the trip you want, how many nights in each region, and the level of luxury preferred. The trip can be MUCH more flexible (ideal for those travelling with children) as everything is catered to your needs. If you want to do a longer game drive one day, or perhaps return early for a lazy afternoon, there is no compromise required like on a group safari.

What to pack?

Layers layers layers! On a mobile safari you are often out very early in the morning, returning late in the evening, and being exposed to the elements means that you need a variety of different clothings. All year round we advise packing shorts, t-shirts, long trousers, suncream, sunhat, good walking closed toe shoes, a torch and a warm fleeced sweater. In Winter it is very cold at night-time and in the early mornings, so good fleeces are required. In Summer, a good raincoat and some sealable plastic bags for keeping items dry is worth remembering.

mobile3Our suggestions:

6 nights Fully Serviced Safari –

2 nights Moremi Game Reserve, 2 night Savuti, 2 nights Chobe National Park. Includes a Chobe River boat cruise and a Mokoro Trail in Moremi

From USD 2 320.00 per person sharing


10 nights Fish Eagle Participation Safari –

2 nights Okavango Delta, 1 night Maun, 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve, 3 nights Savuti, 1 night Livingstone Zambia. Includes a boat cruise in the Okavango Delta & Mokoro Trail.

From USD 1 810.00 per person sharing


9 nights Northern Highlights Safari (Fully Serviced) –

3 nights Moremi Game Reserve, 3 nights Khwai Concession, 3 nights Savuti

Includes a scenic light aircraft transfer, Chobe River boat cruise and Mokoro Trail.

From USD 4 760.00 per person sharing


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