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What’s new in Botswana – new safaris, old ways

It is unbelievably refreshing that although 30 years may have passed, nothing has changed and we are delighted to be able to introduce some bold new mobile safaris from our private guides in Botswana. Each safari can be 3/4 nights and so happily several safaris can be included on one magic itinerary.

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In the 1980s accommodation on safari was usually a tented camp which was mobile and traditional in style. Often the camp had to be lifted at the end of the safari season. Due to demand, the safari seasons extended and the camps became permanent. Tents were raised on platforms, decking and walkways appeared, central buildings replaced the classic mess tent.

Luxury lodges were next, with fabulous villas, stylish interiors, swimming pools and spas, located on private reserves. Each one is a hugely successful conservation story and they now host some of the most exclusive game viewing in Africa.

Over time, private guides across Africa have continued to keep that thread of vintage Africa – the mobile camp -going. It is their way of accessing areas where there are few other visitors. The mobile camp moves ahead with the full team of camp staff as you traverse a pristine wildlife area led by your expert guide who knows his area better than anyone. In this way your safari becomes a journey in the true sense of the word ‘safari’.

It is unbelievably refreshing that although 30 years may have passed, nothing has changed and we are delighted to be able to introduce some bold new mobile safaris from our private guides in Botswana. Each safari can be 3/4 nights and so happily several safaris can be included on one magic itinerary.

David Foot – new walking safaris in the Okavango Delta

Classic mobile walking safari in David’s new Okavango Delta concession area. Access is by foot, horse or canoe; no vehicles are involved.  Days are governed by the movement of wildlife rather than time.

3 night walking safari – from US $650/£500 per person per night, minimum 3 guests.

 David Foot – new riding safaris in the Okavango Delta

In the same concession area and the perfect complement to David’s well-established riding safaris in the Kalahari. The Delta is a horse rider’s Eden with exhilarating wildlife encounters for the experienced rider. The lightweight mobile camp is moved by a flotilla of traditional dugout canoes or by a train of pack donkeys depending on the water level. This Delta Ride is unlike any other.

3 night riding safari – from US $500/£385 per person per night, minimum 2 guests.

7 night set departures – from US $3550/£2730 per person, maximum of 8 guests.

Roger Dugmore – new Makgadikgadi quad bike expeditions

Epic quad bike expeditions to the Makgadikadi saltpans, one of the largest salt pans in the world and the most unique and untouched wilderness areas of Botswana. The camp is moved by transport vehicles. See desert species in the grasslands near the pans and flamingoes in their tens, if not hundreds of thousands. Sleeping out at night under the stars.

4 night quad bike safari – US $850/£655 per person per night, minimum 4 guests.

Jacques Conradie – boating safaris across the Okavango Delta

This safari is not new, but brilliant, and it sits very well on an itinerary with the other safaris. A fabulous way to experience the Okavango Delta using custom-designed game viewing boats. The mobile camp is moved by transport boats and set up on remote islands boating by day, short walks on islands are also an option with great guiding.

6 night set departure boat safari – US $1750/£1345 per person, maximum 12 guests.

4 night private boat safari – US $2400/£1840 to US $3850/£2960 per person (depending on number of guests in private party).

Soren Lindstrom – private guide

Also, 25 years later, our top private guide Soren Lindstrom continues to lead our guests on private safaris in Botswana and all over Africa, such is the genius of Soren.

Prices are for 2018. It costs less to join a private guide on one of these unusual safaris than it does to stay in most camps/lodges in Botswana. Many find that the real Africa safari experience is even better when staying in a mobile camp.

Walking safari with David Foot, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Lunch on the Okavango Delta Ride with David Foot

Roger Dugmore's mobile tented camp

A table with a view, Botswana

Sunset in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

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