A mobile safari is an all encompassing experience. From the moment you enter the National Parks in Botswana you are surrounded by an incredibly unspoilt wilderness area, so even the transfers to the campsites are part of your safari adventure! Activities vary in different areas but your day predominantly follows the same routine, with the exception of transfer days where you move campsites.
On a full day in camp you generally wake at sunrise and join your group around the campfire for that first 'essential' cup of tea or coffee. As everyone rises and prepares for the morning game drive a light breakfast is served of cereal, toast, fruit and rusks. We head out as early as is permitted in the National Parks in order to be the first on the roads to track fresh spoor left from the animal's overnight activities – we may spot fresh lion tracks walking straight past the camp or evidence of a passing herd of buffalo not far away. Your guide assesses where would be the best area to head on your game drive depending on what calls were heard during the night as well as the tracks found on the road and off you go to investigate further. Part of the unique appeal of Botswana is that the wildlife moves naturally and you are actually 'searching' for them, which can lead to the most amazing sightings and a great appreciation and respect for the bush.
Generally on the morning game drive we stop for morning tea and generally head back to camp by late morning. In camp we enjoy a lunch or brunch, depending on the time, and then there is plenty of time for showers and that great safari tradition 'siesta time'. Many people read or write in a journal and others just catch up on sleep after their early awakening! We meet together for afternoon tea and then head out on the afternoon activity, perhaps seeking a new area or returning to a great morning sighting.
Whilst camping in the National Parks we need to return to camp by sunset to conform to the park regulations, however if camping on a private community area we are permitted to return after dark. In some areas such as Xakanaxa in Moremi or the Chobe River area we may include a boat cruise, check your itinerary for details, and some private community areas we may be permitted to go for guided walks, again check your itinerary for details. It is also a possibility that we may do a full day trip to a different area of the park with a picnic lunch.
On the days we move camp, the day follows a different pattern. The time we depart camp depends on the weather and the full itinerary – ie how much time is allocated for each campsite and for the transfer, your guide will brief you the evening prior. Your guide combines his knowledge of the wildlife, safety and road and weather conditions when planning your activities and transfers
Meals on safari:
Food is always plentiful on safari and we provide a hearty, international style of bush cuisine – all prepared over an open fire. A typical day's food offers:
- Breakfast: generally a light breakfast is served of cereals, toast, fruit and rusks with tea/coffee
- Morning tea: tea/coffee and cake or biscuits
- Lunch: generally salads, cold meats, cheese and bread with fruit.; however on some mornings we may do a cooked brunch
- Afternoon tea: tea/coffee and cake or biscuits
- Sundowner snacks
- Dinner: generally a hearty meal is served combining meat and vegetables. Examples of meals include: braai (barbeque), fillet with vegetables, chicken and vegetable stir fry, spaghetti bolognaise, beef and vegetable casserole.
- Tea and coffee is served with 'something sweet'.
Fruit and light snacks are always available. Tea, coffee and bottled water is always available. Other beverage includes depend on your specific itinerary inclusions, discuss upon booking what your preferences are (to bring your own or pay additional to have drinks included).