General Mobile Camping Safaris information
A mobile safari is essentially a safari where you travel through the parks and reserves of Botswana as a unit with your camp. This allows you to experience the adventure of bygone days, travelling through diverse areas, witnessing the transformation as desert meets delta.
On a privately guided safari you will travel as one unit with your Professional Guide and camp assistant in a private safari vehicle with a fully equipped trailer. Accommodation is set up for you upon arrival in camp whilst you relax with refreshments and stretch your legs after the transfer into camp. We provide spacious dome tents with bedding (bedroll – mattress, pillow and sheets/duvet and towels) and set up bush showers and toilets that are shared facilities.
All meals are prepared for you over an open fire, whetting your appetite with tantalizing aromas as we cook and offer hearty and healthy bush cuisine. Meals can either be taken at a set dining table or enjoyed in a relaxed manner around the campfire. Evenings are spent relaxing and star gazing, as the guide/camp assistant takes care of cleaning up after dinner.
Your days will be spent exploring the national parks and reserves on game drives in an open safari vehicle, designed for optimal game viewing and photography in safety.
A mobile safari is an all encompassing experience. From the moment you enter the National Parks in Botswana you are surrounded by an incredibly unspoilt wilderness area, so even the transfers to the campsites are part of your safari adventure! Activities vary in different areas but your day predominantly follows the same routine, with the exception of transfer days where you move campsites.
On a full day in camp you generally wake at sunrise and join your group around the campfire for that first ‘essential’ cup of tea or coffee. As everyone rises and prepares for the morning game drive a light breakfast is served of cereal, toast, fruit and rusks. We head out as early as is permitted in the National Parks in order to be the first on the roads to track fresh spoor left from the animal’s overnight activities – we may spot fresh lion tracks walking straight past the camp or evidence of a passing herd of buffalo not far away. Your guide assesses where would be the best area to head on your game drive depending on what calls were heard during the night as well as the tracks found on the road and off you go to investigate further. Part of the unique appeal of Botswana is that the wildlife moves naturally and you are actually ‘searching’ for them, which can lead to the most amazing sightings and a great appreciation and respect for the bush.
Generally on the morning game drive we stop for morning tea and generally head back to camp by late morning. In camp we enjoy a lunch or brunch, depending on the time, and then there is plenty of time for showers and that great safari tradition ‘siesta time’. Many people read or write in a journal and others just catch up on sleep after their early awakening! We meet together for afternoon tea and then head out on the afternoon activity, perhaps seeking a new area or returning to a great morning sighting.
Whilst camping in the National Parks we need to return to camp by sunset to conform to the park regulations, however if camping on a private community area we are permitted to return after dark. It is also a possibility that we may do a full day trip to a different area of the park with a picnic lunch.
On the days we move camp, the day follows a different pattern. The time we depart camp depends on the weather and the full itinerary – ie how much time is allocated for each campsite and for the transfer, your guide will brief you the evening prior. Your guide combines his knowledge of the wildlife, safety and road and weather conditions when planning your activities and transfers.
Meals on safari
Food is always plentiful on safari and we provide a hearty, African style of bush cuisine – all prepared over an open fire. A typical day’s food offers:
Breakfast: generally a light breakfast is served of cereals, toast, fruit and rusks with tea/coffee
Lunch: generally salads, cold meats, cheese and bread with fruit.; however on some mornings we may do a cooked brunch
Dinner: generally a hearty meal is served combining meat and vegetables. Examples of meals include: braai (barbeque), fillet with vegetables, chicken and vegetable stir fry, spaghetti bolognaise, beef and vegetable casserole
Tea and coffee is served
Should you have any special meal requirements (vegetarian, lactose intolerant etc) we do need to know in advance so that the supplies can be provided accordingly. Please note that there are no shops in the bush, so we need to bring everything with us- so it is very difficult to accommodate special meal requirements without advance notice. The very nature of a camping safari affects they type of provisions that we can bring along and supplies can be seasonal, however we do guarantee that there will be a variety of healthy and flavoursome food provided throughout.
Oddballs’ is situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp is accessible by light aircraft only and is a 20-minute scenic flight from Maun over the Delta. On your arrival you will be met at the airstrip and welcomed to the island by the camp managers who will introduce you to your guide. Your guide will be yours for the duration of your stay.
Accommodation is in 2 man dome tents that are set on elevated wooden decks, and shaded by shelters. Each en-suite tent is equipped with mattresses, duvets, linen, pillows, towels and a light with beautiful outdoor showers and ablutions.
The Family Unit comprises of 2 en-suite tents set closer together with decking joining the two tents. This unit is ideal for families or friends travelling together.
The central bar and lounge area has comfortable chairs and sofas, and a raised viewing deck overlooks the sweep of the delta – the perfect place to sip a sundowner and watch the sun set over the palm trees, and view whatever wildlife may be visiting.
Activities are conducted by your own professional guide (a maximum of two guests per guide), a man of the swamp, born and bred. He has a mokoro (dug-out canoe) in which he will take you to nearby islands, where you will walk to view game and the spectacular landscape that is the Okavango. It might also be possible to visit his village, meet the elders and perhaps his family.
7 – Days standard level lodge and mobile camping safari
November & December 2013 special
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RATES QUOTED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE DUE TO AN INCREASE IN FUEL PRICE OR GOVERNMENT TAXES AND PARK FEES BEYOND OUR CONTROL
Our Standard Level Mobile Camping Safaris offer a wonderful more affordable way to see the wilderness areas of Botswana. Accommodation is in 2.5m x 2.5m dome tents with stretcher beds and linen. These safaris are based on a non-participation basis allowing you more time to relax and enjoy the experience.
Start from Maun end in Maun
2 nights Khwai area / Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
2 nights Xakanaxa or Greater Xakanaxa area / Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
2 nights Oddballs / Okavango Delta – guided game walks, mokoro excursions and village visits
Please note: This itinerary might change due to seasonal variations
US$2586.00 per person sharing Single person in a group: US$3016.00
*PLEASE NOTE: MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE REQUIRED FOR ALL SAFARIS TO RUN*
*RATES FOR 2 PEOPLE ON REQUEST*
03 – 09 November – Tour Code: SLA030911
20 – 26 November – Tour Code: SLA202611
28 November – 04 December – Tour Code: SLA280412
14 – 20 December – Tour Code: SLA142012
Included in this package:
Airport pick-up from Maun airport and road transfer to your campsite at Khwai
2 Nights en-suite tented accommodation on Standard Level Mobile Safari in Khwai
Road transfer incorporating game viewing from Khwai to the Moremi Game Reserve
2 Nights en-suite tented accommodation on Standard Level Mobile Safari in the Moremi Game Reserve
Scenic air transfer from an airstrip in the Moremi Game Reserve to Oddballs
2 Nights en-suite Basic Tented accommodation at Oddballs’
All meals, teas and coffees
4 x 4 game drives in the National Parks on Standard Level Mobile Safari
Guided game walks, mokoro excursions and village visits at Oddballs
Scenic air transfer from Oddballs’ to Maun Airport for your onward travel arrangements
Excluded from the package:
Visas and travel insurance
Gratuities and items of a personal nature.
Notes: Departure from Maun Airport will be early and it is recommended that one spends the night before departure in Maun. Dumela Botswana can arrange this pre-safari accommodation for you.Visit Site E-Mail