Many years ago when safari was a true pioneering venture of either the brave or the misguided, adventurers would explore Africa’s wilderness areas in mobile safari camps.
These camps moved every 3 or 4 days taking in as much as possible and being as close to nature as one could possibly get. Whilst things have moved on a bit since those glorious days to large luxury camps and permanent lodges, it is still possible to venture back in time and experience that quintessential truly authentic and adventurous safari with some of Africa’s top professional safari guides.
One of our directors is himself an ex-professional guide who feels very passionately about challenging guests to do safari by this medium and we enormously proud to support many of the remaining high quality mobile safari operators.
The magic of these mobile safaris is difficult to put into words. But, being in a small camp environment with its right in the heart of the bush feel, all the sights, sounds and smells are a hugely pleasant assault on your senses and take you back to a time when man and nature were at peace with each other and we belonged out in the wild. We believe, as we are all descendants from our African Mother all those centuries ago, that these mobile safaris more than any other form of Africa travel make most visitors feel as though they have returned home.
The safari days themselves run similarly to a more modern take on safari with a long morning activity followed by siesta and an afternoon/evening activity, however it is the flexibility that the guides who run these mobile safaris bring to the table that means anything is possible. That is the freedom mobile safaris offer.
In Botswana we feel that there are 4 or 5 top class operations that we would happily promote and proactively recommend to would-be adventurers. They all have their own variations of set departure and totally tailor made private trips which you can read about under each one’s portfolio below.
Mobile safaris of this nature are not for everyone and it is important that you have open and honest discussions with Tailormade Africa so that we may get to know you and help you ascertain whether or not you have the safari personality and sense of adventure to fully appreciate and enjoy this remarkable form of Africa safari.
Botswana Mobile Safaris FAQs
Why a mobile camping safari is the best way to see Botswana?
Imagine being transported into the heart of the Botswana wilderness. This is what a mobile safari in Botswana is all about. Because of the remoteness of the locations, the safaris are intimate and of an exceptionally high standard.
For those who are looking for an authentic safari experience a Botswana Private Mobile Safari is an exciting option. We work with four of the best Botswana mobile safari operators, providing some of the best guiding experiences you will have in Africa.
Can luxury adventure and mobile safaris be mentioned in the same sentence?
Although mobile camping safaris are true camping experiences, there are still some luxuries to be experienced. Privately guided mobile safaris in the northern part of Botswana offer a great experience with some great luxury adventures too.
John Chase, Letaka and Beyond are well known for adding in those all too familiar luxuries, even though you're submersed in the heart of the bush.
Mobile safaris – camping or glamping?
We have to be honest here, mobile safaris are no 2-man tent expeditions where you are left to your own devices and probably won't end up having a great experience either. Glamping is again maybe a bit of a push to the other extreme.
The idea of a mobile safari is to be closer to nature and get to experience more of what is around you, really getting to feel Africa and all she has to offer, without those ultimate luxury distractions. Many that have experiences mobile safaris comment on all the small things that many times go unnoticed on a more traditional luxury safari.
What are the elements of authentic mobile camping safaris?
The first and most important element that makes an authentic mobile camping safari is, of course, that fact that it is mobile. Here today, gone tomorrow without leaving any impact on the piece of land that was used. Some of the other aspects include walking safaris, night drives and exceptional quality guiding. Being more remote and closer to nature allows for more meaningful wildlife experiences. For those travellers with a sense of adventure we definitely recommend including a mobile safari as part of your itinerary at least once.
Why Tailormade Africa?
Botswana Safari Experts
Clyde & Rob are two of the most knowledgeable experts on Botswana safaris in the world and have travelled extensively to all of Botswana’s National Parks, and to the majority of camps and lodges.
With our well established, strong personal relationships with all of our ground operators, National Park Authorities and Conservation Management teams in Botswana, we are always kept up to date on the most recent information of wildlife & conservation projects, ensuring you get to see wildlife viewings like never before.
Bespoke Botswana Safaris
With Tailormade Africa, no two safari holiday itineraries are ever the same. The combination of our in-depth knowledge of the country and taking the time to get to know all of our clients' travel personalities ensures truly bespoke itineraries and a trip specifically tailored to you.
Our Top Botswana Mobile Camps
John Chase Safaris
John Chase Safaris is a luxury mobile operation with a 16-year history in offering highly professional guided safaris of Botswana’s top safari area. We really appreciate how much they go above and beyond when it comes to guests’ camping comfort ... Read more
Kazuma Trails is owned, guided by and managed by Zimbabwean professional guide, Dave Carson and his lovely wife Antonette. His operation is as old school as it gets, with green canvas Meru tents which are simple but incredibly comfortable ... Read more
Letaka mobile safaris are arguably the finest mobile safari operation in all of Botswana. Owned, managed and guided by the Reed brothers, Grant and Brent whom have over 40 years if guiding and safari experience between them ... Read more
Beyond Mobile Expeditions
Beyond are an exceptional safari company all across Africa with some of the continent’s most luxurious safari camps and lodges along with wonderful operating ethics, excellent guides, Conservation & Community projects ... Read more
Book Your Botswana Mobile Safari Today!
At Tailormade Africa we pride ourselves on being Botswana mobile safari experts. Who are we to say so? Have a look at our independent reviews from Safari Bookings. Botswana is one of the kings of the mobile safari world where authentic tented accommodations, great food & wine, as well as superior service are concerned. Botswana, manages to combine these with experiential safari and remoteness of the location, rather gloriously too, giving you everything you could imagine and then some.
Time, isolation and uniqueness of experience should all be major focal points when considering a Botswana mobile safari as all three of those elements have become synonymous with modern mobile safari travel in Botswana and Africa.
We love Botswana for its all-out dedication to conserving and protecting its natural resources. Nowhere else in Africa will you see wildlife on top of the agenda as it is here. We create bespoke Botswana mobile safari holidays for travellers from all over the world. Unlike most safari operators, we specialise in bespoke trips based on a combination of your desires and our team’s expertise. We’ve travelled all over Africa, and know from experience how to craft the best safari experience for you. Contact Rob or Clyde today to start planning your next adventure in Africa!