If your dream safari is a contemporary take on the expeditions of early explorers, then a mobile safari could well be for you. There is something thrilling about sleeping in a tent, no barrier of brick and glass between you and nature, only the romance of lantern light and lullaby of the African night.
This type of journey offers adventurous travellers an original safari experience, complete with walk-in tents, crisp linen on comfortable double beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot bucket-showers. And a team of staff taking care of you. Each evening, you arrive at a new setting to a flawlessly recreated camp… and ice-cold sundowners.
A mobile safari is a go-anywhere, see-anything, experience-all way to travel. Giving the mobility of an entire fully-equipped camp on wheels, this intimate method of travelling is an excellent way for a private group to be in an exclusive camp, with furnished tents, en-suite bathrooms, a private chef, camp staff and vehicles for your sole use and of course, your own private guide(s).
At breakfast around the fire, the sounds of the previous night and the tracks of the various animals that may have passed through the camp, can be used as clues in planning the day’s exploration of the surrounding bush; and by night the day’s sightings can be discussed with a drink by the fire under a starry African sky.
Lunch in the mess tent (typically buffet-style) and dinner under the stars (typically three courses) are both served by experienced and friendly camp staff. A fully-stocked bar is on offer and there are always cold drinks, tea, coffee and drinking water available throughout the day.
Tanzania and Kenya are Africa’s original mobile safari destinations and home to the best of East Africa’s Big 5 game viewing. The Great Migration sees a million wildebeest follow an epic path from the rolling plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya across crocodile infested rivers into the grasslands of the Serengeti in Tanzania, and back again.
This natural spectacle is affected by seasonal variations in rainfall and grazing, which makes the flexibility of a mobile camp perfectly suited to putting you in the right place at the right time. Head out on game drives and guided nature walks from your tented camp, and experience superb year-round game viewing.
When it comes to mobile safari destinations in Southern Africa, Botswana is the ideal choice. See all the best parks and reserves, from the haunting salt flats of the Makgadikgadi Pans to the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta and the legendary elephant watering holes of the Chobe. Combination safaris are also popular and feature mobile camps mixed in with stays in permanent lodges.