Botswana is one of the best safari destinations in Africa and has many different areas to visit from the deserts in the south to the waterways of the Okavango and the woodland of Chobe National Park and Linyanti. Many years ago the Botswana government decided on a policy to help preserve their natural habitat of high value, low impact tourism, restricting the numbers and encouraging high end establishments in order to reduce impact on the environment.
This policy has led to Botswana being the most expensive safari destination in Africa. This leaves many people priced out of the fixed Lodge market meaning many cannot afford to visit Botswana. However there is another option and that is the Mobile Safari.
What is a Mobile Safari?
Like an overland safari there is no internal flying involved and all your transfers between camps are in the game viewing viewing. They are also camping safaris where you can take part in the camps' chores on participation trips or be looked after by the staff in the non-participation safaris.
Tents are often 3x3m square with a height of about 1.85m in the middle of the dome with a long drop toilet and bucket shower attached to the back of the tent.
This style of safari is much more affordable than the luxury lodges dotted about the private areas and you generally visit the National Parks. The wildlife, however, is just as good as they don't know which camp you're staying in.
Despite the tents being relatively small they are still very comfortable and quite roomy, the up side is that as you will be on safari you will be unlikely to be spending too much time in them anyway.
You can join our mobile safaris, which visit most of the best areas, with our expert guides by checking out our webpage.
Martin Smith, Managing Director, Bush Pilot, Lodge General Manager and Travel Agent