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Camping safaris

Immersed in the African Wilderness

Camping Safaris off the Beaten Track…

 

Experience our legendary fully serviced African Comfort Camping Safaris through pristine African wilderness, and sleeping in large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms!
Click here if you prefer to sleep in a real bed.

We colaborate with the best, hand-picked travel partners in Africa and have selected only sustainable safari experiences, based on responsible tourism practices.

Choose from our specially selected Camping Safaris:

SAFARI FAQ’s:

We’ve been there: Christine Boecker recently visited Southern and East Africa and has first-hand advice to help plan your perfect African Safari!

 

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Safari Grades:

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Tented Eco Camps
Our permanent, sustainable camps provide an exclusive yet friendly experience with a maximum of 12 – 24 guests at a time.
Tents are set on a wooden platform, are tastefully furnished and have solar powered electric lighting with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Some camps have bucket showers.

 

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About Comfort Camping Safaris with en-suite facilities:

Bucket Shower

The tents on our mobile camping safaris are 9 x 15ft wilderness tents with high roof and a 9ft covered veranda in front of the tent.

Each tent is fitted with high camp beds made up with a mattress, sheet, duvet and pillows.

They have en-suite chemical toilets and a bucket shower at the rear of the tent. Showers can be ordered as hot, warm or cold and the water is heated in a bucket on the fire.

Each tent has an oil/paraffin lamp on the verandah and in the bathroom. Within the tent itself a LED camp light is supplied along with a side table in the sleeping area.

There are family safari tents for families travelling with younger children on private trips, ensuring the children’s safety and their parent’s peace of mind. A family tent is a two-bedroom unit sleeping up to 4, with an adjoining bathroom and a lockable entrance/exit. The minimum age on our scheduled safaris is 12, and on our private safaris all ages are welcome.

Mobile Comfort Camping Safaris are fully serviced. No participation is required. Your cook prepares delicious meals and you’ll eat in the mess tent.

We’ll take care of all the logistics, leaving you to enjoy the experience!

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Camping safaris, African Safaris, Baobab

Stanley’s Best of Botswana
Serviced Mobile Tented Safaris

 

Fully serviced comfort tenting in Botswana’s exquisite wilderness areas is the base for an extraordinary wildlife experience. These popular camping safaris are a perfect way to see the most spectacular scenery, wildlife, birding, culture and natural beauty of Botswana.
Our safari vehicles are spacious and comfortable, and exceptional tent facilities include beds, linens, duvets and en-suite bathrooms. Learn more…

Choose from these mobile tented experiences:

Enquire about other serviced Comfort Camping Safari options

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Northern Highlights of Botswana

Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai, Savuti, Chobe National Park (LT01)

10 Day Small Group fully serviced Mobile en-suite Tented Safari
from Maun to Kasane (or v.v.)

Our Mobile Camping Safaris are an authentic way to experience true wild Africa in traditional safari style!
After a day of exciting game viewing in our open 4×4 safari vehicles, you’ll arrive at your mobile tented camp, which has been set up for you in an exclusive wilderness site in one of Africa’s famed national parks. A 3-course dinner awaits, which is devoured by hungry explorers sitting around a communal table in the open-sided mess tent. Listen to the sounds of the African night, revel in campfire stories under the vast African starlit sky before retiring for the night to your comfortable walk-in, en-suite tent.

We also offer special departures for keen shutter-bugs:  imagine travelling in the company of a professional photographer with many years of experience photographing Botswana. Add to the picture a safari guide, who also understands the importance of lighting, and a specially adapted safari vehicle with window seats for everyone and unobstructed views of the wildlife … the perfect focus for your safari.

Whether you are an eager beginner with your first DSLR or an experienced photographer looking to take your images to the next stage, this small-group trip ensures that you’ll have many opportunities for that perfect shot. Being in the right position is what sets this trip apart from many others.

Safari Highlights

  • The Moremi Game Reserve
  • Exploring the fringes of the Okavango Delta by mokoro
  • The freedom of the Khwai Concession Area
  • Chobe National Park (Savuti & Chobe River Front)
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Charter flight over the Okavango Delta

Tour price: from US$3,445 per person sharing
Single supplement (only if requested) from US$925

Tour dates: departs year-round

Itinerary overview
Days 1 – 3 Moremi Game Reserve
Activity guide: Game drives
Days 4 – 6 Khwai River Community
Activity guide: Game drives, night drives, guided walks, mokoro excursion
Days 7 – 10 Chobe National Park
Activity guide: Game drives
Detailed itinerary

Optional Safari Extensions: Popular requests include the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kasane and Victoria Falls.
Contact us for further info.

Includes

  • Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds and bed linen, with a private bathroom en-suite.
    More about the tents…
  • Services of a professional photographic guide, professional photographer, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle.
  • Game drives and local transfers in customized safari vehicles
  • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves
  • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves
  • All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in Tented Camps
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary

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Northern Highlights camping safari – detailed itinerary: (also offered in reverse)

Day 1: Maun to Xakanaxa
You will arrive from Johannesburg at approximately midday into Maun Airport where you will be met and flown by light aircraft into the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide.
From the air only the larger animals are easily seen. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways, pods of hippopotamus are a common sight.
Once you land in Xakanaxa and board your land cruiser, the smaller game animals can be found.

Accommodation: fully serviced en-suite tented camp
Activities:  
Game drives, scenic flight

Days 2 & 3: Xakanaxa Exploration Days – Moremi Game Reserve
Our first three nights are spent in the Xakanaxa region where we explore the surrounding wilderness on morning and afternoon game drive excursions.
Learn more about the Moremi habitat

Accommodation: fully serviced en-suite tented camp
Activities: Game Drives

Days 4,5 & 6: Khwai Exploration Days
Following an early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai Community Area. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.

The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night.
Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.
We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna.
It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.
More about the Khwai area...

Accommodation: fully serviced tented camp
Activities: Game Drive, Walking Safaris (conditions permitting), Night Drives and mokoro excursion

 

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Days 7,8 & 9: Savuti (Chobe N.P.) Exploration Days
We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, were we spend the following three nights camping in an exclusive wilderness campsite in the Savuti region, exploring the dessert-like landscape of game drives.
A fascinating days drive looking at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago. The most challenging part of the trip is crossing the Magwikwe Sand-ridge that formed the shoreline for this massive inland sea. The winding track through this deep sand makes for interesting travel in the early summer! The old lake bed is now the Mababe Depression. The dense clay floor of the depression result in high protein feed for wildlife and the area teams with game after the rains. During the rain season the depression is impassable due to the “cotton soil” and alternative routes must be used.
About the Savuti plains…

Accommodation: fully serviced tented camp
Activities: AM and PM Game Drives and Bushman Painting Walks

Day 10: Savuti to Chobe River
On our final day on safari we will leave Savuti early to travel along the Chobe River arriving at Chobe Safari Lodge where we will stop for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to end our safari us. This marks the end of your Safari.

Habitat: The habitat on today’s drive takes us through the stunted mopane scrub of the Goha clay basin, across the sand-ridge and through the wonderful Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve and along the Chobe River itself. The Chobe floodplain is tens of kilometers wide and in years of exceptional rains the water stretches as far as the eye can see.

Wildlife: While there are community areas that we pass through that are settled by local tribes, for the vast majority of the day’s drive we pass through wild country where wildlife moves uninhibited by fences or man. Roan and sable antelope thrive in the teak woodlands where the low density of predators and lack of competition for food by other ungulates makes this prime habitat for these large ungulates. Leopard occur in these woodlands in low numbers but they are highly secretive and seldom seen. The Goha region has natural waterholes that hold water well into the dry season and herds of buffalo, Burchell’s zebra, greater kudu and elephant come down to drink.

Birding: The most unusual species are to be found in the teak (Baikea plurijuga)woodlands. This broad-leafed woodland, or miombo as it is locally known, provides good pickings for insectivorous birds that favour canopy habitat. Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Pallid Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Yellow-throated Petronia, Red-headed Weaver and Violet-backed Starling are only some of the species that move around in the “bird parties” in the canopy. Dickenson’s Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Peregrine Falcon* and Lizard Buzzard are some of the raptors to keep an eye out for, while the diminutive White-faced Owl can often be seen roosting in the road-side vegetation. Flappet Lark, Fawn-coloured Lark, Dusky Lark*, Olive-Tree Warbler* and Neddicky are species more likely to be enjoyed by the birding enthusiast.

Activities: Game Drives & Chobe Boat Trip

As today is a long day we recommend either spending a night or two in Kasane, before heading to Victoria Falls. Ask us for details.

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Camping safaris

Okavango Miracle Rivers Camping Safari

Moremi Game Reserve & Khwai River Community (LT02)
7 Day Small Group fully serviced Mobile en-suite Tented Safari
starts and ends in Maun

A traditional Botswana camping safari for wildlife enthusiasts.

Safari Highlights

  • The Moremi Game Reserve.
  • Exploring the fringes of the Okavango Delta by boat.
  • The freedom of the Khwai Concession Area.
  • Charter flight over the Okavango Delta.

Tour price: from US$2,375 per person sharing
Single supplement (only if requested) from US$715

Tour dates: departs year-round

Itinerary overview
Days 1 – 3 Moremi Game Reserve
Activity guide: Game drives, Okavango boat cruise
Days 4 – 6 Khwai River Community
Activity guide: Game drives, night drives, guided walks
Day 7         Return to Maun by light aircraft
Detailed itinerary

Optional Safari Extensions: Popular requests include the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kasane and Victoria Falls.
Contact us for further info.

Includes

  • Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds and bed linen, with a private bathroom en-suite.
    More about the tents…
  • Services of a professional Letaka guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle
  • Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles
  • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves
  • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves
  • All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in Tented Camps
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary

Camping safaris

Contact Africa Travel Expert
Christine Boecker
to join this Mobile Tented Safari!

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Okavango Miracle Rivers Camping Safari – detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Maun to Xakanaxa
You will arrive from Johannesburg at approximately midday into Maun Airport where you will be met and flown by light aircraft into the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide.
From the air only the larger animals are easily seen. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways, pods of hippopotamus are a common sight.
Once you land in Xakanaxa and board your land cruiser, the smaller game animals can be found.

Accommodation: fully serviced en-suite tented camp
Activities:  
Game drives, scenic flight

Days 2 & 3: Xakanaxa Exploration Days – Moremi Game Reserve
Our first three nights are spent in the Xakanaxa region where we explore the surrounding wilderness on morning and afternoon game drive excursions.
Learn more about the Moremi habitat

Accommodation: fully serviced en-suite tented camp
Activities: Game Drives

Day 4: Xakanaxa to Khwai
Following an early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai Community Area.
The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango.
We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.

Accommodation: fully serviced tented camp
Activities: Game drive and night drive

Days 5 & 6: Khwai Exploration Days
The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night.
Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.
We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna.
It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.
More about the Khwai area…

Accommodation: fully serviced tented camp
Activities: Game Drive, Walking Safaris (conditions permitting), Night Drives and mokoro excursion

Day 7: Khwai to Maun
After breakfast we take a game-drive to the airstrip where you will be met by your charter flight back to Maun. This marks the end of your Safari.

 

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Botswana Wildlife regions in Brief:

Moremi Game Reserve

Habitat: Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.

Wildlife: Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least 4 prides of lion which may often be seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species and commonly found here.

Birding: The swampy areas of Xakanaxa are home to African Rail, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Coucal*, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake*, Black Crake, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule to name but a few. The open waters attract African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle as well as the globally threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane.

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Khwai Community Area

Habitat: We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permitting we may visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists.

Wildlife: The Khwai region boasts excellent populations of bull elephant and breeding herds. Lion, leopard, serval and African wildcat are common predators of the region with wild dog and cheetah being less common. Buffalo use this area seasonally with large herds moving in during the summer rains. The swampy areas in the west are home to red lechwe. Other ungulates include tsesebe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, roan antelope and impala.

Birding: Truly one of Botswana birding Mecca’s. The western reaches are prime habitat for the uncommon Rosy-throated Longclaw. The entire length of the river is hunting domain for the Bat-Hawk. Other interesting raptors here are Cuckoo Hawk (rare), Long-crested Eagle and Black Sparrowhawk. More commonly Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle*, Lesser-spotted Eagle*, Martial Eagle, Bateleur and African Hawk-Eagle. The waterways host Africa Rail, African Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Allen’s Gallinule, Lesser Jacana and Lesser Moorhen.

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Savuti

Habitat: Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savuti is not a totally flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the dry sand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh.

Wildlife: Undoubtedly it is the interaction between lion and elephant that is the most interesting aspect of Savuti. The area is inhabited by a huge pride of lions with numbers fluctuating from 20-30 members. These remarkable lion have learned over the years how to hunt these massive pachyderms that are supposedly above predation. Launching their attack under darkness and using their numbers, they manage to kill adolescent and even young adult elephant. The marsh is prime cheetah country and in the wet season it is not unusual to have the wild dog hunting here in Savuti.

Birding: The surface water that is pumped by the Government here provides a major attraction for birdlife. In the dry season thousands of dove and sandgrouse come down to drink in the mornings and are under constant surveillance by Yellow-billed Kite*, Tawny Eagle and African Hawk-Eagle. Red-crested Korhaan are common in the Kalahari Apple-leaf(Lonchocarpus nelsii) veld. The marsh is the summer home for good numbers of Caspian Plover* and Montague’s Harrier* as well as Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Northern Black Korhaan, Rufous-naped Lark, African Pipit and Desert Cisticola. Dickenson’s Kestrel, Amur Falcon* and Red-necked Falcon are found along the perimeter of the marsh.

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