Exploring Botswana – Mobile Safari


Exploring Botswana on a mobile safari with Letaka

Many people find it a little daunting to travel to Africa, let alone on a mobile camping tour. Is it safe? Will I get eaten by a lion? Will an elephant trample my tent? The chances are pretty much zero of those sorts of things happening. The simplest and easiest thing to do is listen to the experienced camp staff and expert guide that will advise you on the safety measures within camp and, it might just end up being the greatest experience you’ve ever had.

By James Cameron

The tents themselves are comfortable and roomy, and set up with two beds and an ensuite toilet and bucket shower. Even little things like a mirror, canvas hand basin and shampoo are provided. Each day when you are woken at sunrise you’ll find the hand basin filled with warm water to wash the sleep out of your eyes, whilst after lunch a staff member will bring round a bucket of hot water for you to enjoy a relaxing outdoor shower.

So what does an average day entail?

Each morning you are woken just before dawn and have time to dress, wash your face and gather your camera before heading to the main dining tent to for coffee, tea and biscuits. After a quick coffee you jump in the vehicle and head out for a morning of exploration in search of wildlife. The vehicles are comfortable and all have cup holders, thick waterproof ponchos (for cold mornings or thunderstorms) and a charging station for cameras, phones or any other device.

When you return to camp the staff are at the ready with cool towels and a delicious fruity drink. Between 1100 and 1530 you have time to relax in camp, read a book, take a nap or chat with your fellow travellers in the central sitting area. A beautiful buffet style lunch is served around midday. It makes you wonder how they do it. It’s incredible what the staff can create in the middle of the bush!

After tea it is time to once again set out on a game drive. The animals are starting to become more active after resting during the heat of the day. Of course sundowners are a highlight and your guide will pick a superb spot to watch the incredible African sunset, often beside a waterhole filled with hippos where antelope or elephants come to drink.

On a ‘travel day’ you don’t return to camp after your morning activity but simply drive to the next area you will be camping at. The drive is a continuation of your morning safari, with stops for morning tea and lunch. By early afternoon you arrive in the next reserve, and start game viewing before returning a little bit earlier to camp. When you arrive, you will find the camp already set up! The only giveaway to let you know it’s a different camp is the scenery!

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