What to Expect at Mobile Camping
Mobile Camping is affordable and comfortable safari experience that is set in some of Africa’s greatest wildernesses. Instead of staying in lodges, you stay in a series of tented camps, national parks and game reserves (We camps on prime areas of the park or reserve depending on animal movement by the time and always on dry river banks or lakes), moving every few days by road or air to a new location. Although you’re ‘giving up’ a swimming pool, air conditioning, spa treatments and Internet connectivity, but you rewarded with…. get much, much closer to the wilderness in a maximum group of four travellers: it’s crowd-free, luxury ‘glamping’!
Here are a few handy hints to get the most out of your mobile safari.
The dome tents are fairly spacious and equipped with either twins or a double matress, we advise you to bring your own head on normal light.
It is crucial to keep the zips to your tent closed – be sure to zip up every time you enter or exit to prevent insects or inquisitive vervet monkeys from getting into your tent. You will be able to stand up in your tent.
TIP; Take a personal headlamp – although we bring the lamps on camp site, the light they cast may not be sufficient if you are sorting through your luggage or want to read a book after dark.
- Nature Calls
These is always a big question when it come to Camping Safaris;
As an inseparable part of a safari adventure, for the toileting, you will have to rely on bush toilets. As for the showering, we will provide a few liters of water for rubbing and moisturizing your body, as we will be traveling to the wilderness with a very limited amount of water.
For longer safari trips, we offer a day stops at the lodges where you can refresh yourself and take a proper shower before going back to the wilds.
TIP It is inevitable that, at some point, you will need to take a ‘bush break’ while out on a game drive. Don’t be embarrassed to ask your guide if it’s safe to duck behind a rock or tree – they’re there to ensure your safety. Never leave toilet paper or tissues lying out in the open; if you must use paper, then either bag it in a ziplock bag and stash it in your day pack to take back to camp, or bury eco-friendly paper that breaks down.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and moderate your intake of alcohol.
Pack a small medicine bag with painkillers and tablets for common ailments like upset tummies, constipation, sinusitis, hay fever, motion sickness and sunburn. Avoid liquid medicines as they may leak or break.
If you suffer from chronic conditions, always consult your GP or travel clinic before undertaking a trip and be sure to bring extra medication as well as all its prescriptions. Always let your safari consultant know about any chronic condition.
Also chat to your GP or travel clinic about malaria precautions and tell him or her if you are going scuba diving after your mobile camping safari. It is worth considering the more expensive medication that has fewer side-effects and only needs to be taken during your vacation.
In the dry season, there is plenty of dust around that can trigger allergies or irritate your eyes and nose. Chat to your pharmacist about remedies for this. Dust is less of an issue in the early cold months (June to July).
As all the camps are on prime areas of the park, animals can wander through, which is absolutely thrilling but you can never forget that they are wild creatures. Over a -day safari, we had honey badgers, elephants, hyenas, vervet monkeys and a leopard visit us – it’s a great advantage of mobile camping to see wild game in ‘your’ space so enjoy it safely by always listening to your guide and never approaching a wild animal. we some timehave armerd renger crew in case of emergency but these are never, deployed. It is very normal at night anxiously listened to every sound of the wilderness at night – even sleeping through lions roaring and hyenas whooping. This style of safari camping has pretty much been perfected and is conducted year round with impeccable safety records.
Depending on your itinerary, you will move between camps either by light aircraft or a 4×4 game drive vehicle.
If you are flying in, then be sure to adhere to the air company’s baggage weight and size restrictions – bags must be soft and manoveaurable so they can be fitted into the plane’s small hold. Remember that small planes are not pressured and do not have air conditioning so take precautions if you’re prone to motion sickness.
5.What to Eat
The unique safari restaurant is set up under the lush shade of the treetops during the day offering privacy and spectacular views of the landscape. At night, discover the star-lit African sky while you dine by an open fire. Also, there is an unlimited drinking water supply provided. In addition, there is a bottle of wine, local beer or juice and soft drinks to choose from offered each night.
Your guide/driver will be cooking for you very tasteful meals – the hygiene and food preparing standards are the same as at the lodge.
6.The Heat of the Day
Without a swimming pool or air conditioning, you may find it gets very hot in the afternoons, depending on the time of year you travel and your destination. Our suggestion is to take your cue from the animals: find a shady spot and have a siesta. The more you move around or wave your arms trying to fan yourself, the hotter you’ll make yourself.
Drink plenty of water.
Wet a small towel, facecloth or your buff and rest on your forehead or the nape of your neck – the evaporating moisture is wonderfully cooling.
Wipe your face, arms and legs with wet wipes to remove the dust from your morning game drive – dust makes you feel hotter.
Avoid dressing in black or dark blue. Not only do these colours attract tsetse flies but they’re much hotter than appropriate safari colours like khaki, beige, tan, light brown and olive green. Dress in the dominant colours found in nature. Although animals are colour-blind, they’re highly alert to contrastand bright colours or black and white will make you stand out more, scaring them off.
Although specialist safari gear and clothing isn’t necessary, pack light cottons and dress in layers to peel off as the day heats up. A broad-brimmed hat is essential.
Dispense with make-up. Layers of foundation and powder won’t feel great in the heat.
Mobile camping isn’t for everyone – think twice if you can’t live without Wi-Fi, need a pool and have to have running water 24/7.
But for those of us who enjoy being as close to the wilderness as possible without compromising on creature comforts, these expeditions are definitely ideal. The combination of being so close to nature all the time, the camaraderie of guests and crew, and the fun of living in a tent just cannot be beaten!
Mobile Camping Itineraries