Our guide to
Mobile camping safaris
Sleep under canvas
Mobile safari holidays in Africa are all about getting you off the beaten track and keeping you on the move so you can see more. On a mobile camping safari, you can truly experience a glimpse of the Out of Africa bygone era, flying in by light aircraft,4×4 driving and walking with exceptionally trained and experienced guides and trackers before returning to set up campsites, campfire nights and retiring to an evening of blissful sleep under canvas.
Whether you venture out with your own private guide and team or as part of a small group mobile safari tour, the immersive experience will get you deep in wilderness that teems with wildlife.
Mobile camping safaris are all about adventure, but that doesn’t mean we compromise luxury.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a warm Africa smile and taken great care of by the best safari guides in the business.
Choose from our affordable adventure, mid-range magic to uber-luxury camping safaris.
To keep the costs down, go for a small group set departure camping safari. If you’re happy to spend a little more, allow us to tailor a mobile camping safari that’s exactly right for you.
For those wanting the ultimate safari experience, we recommend what we call ‘purely private Africa’ which includes private guide and accommodation in private safari houses or exclusive use luxury camps.
When to go
There is never a bad time to consider a mobile camping safari in Africa generally speaking. If you are going for adventure and camping in dome style tents, we recommend avoiding rainy season because there really is nothing worse than constant wet tents, moist clothes and dampened spirits.
If you cope well with the heat, go in peak summer when wildlife is abundant around waterholes.
If you travel in the low season, it usually heralds rain so just be prepared for possibly getting wet – it’s all part of the adventure. Botswana green season is vibrant and such fun and mobile camping is a sure way of immersing yourself in the world’s spectacular delta system of the Okavango.
Good to know
Mobile camping doesn’t necessarily mean roughing it – although we can offer an affordable adventure option. There are all levels of comfort from basic adventure style where you semi participate in the tour to full blown private luxury with your own guide, chef and camp team that move ahead of you to set up each time you venture to a new region.
In all styles of mobile safari holidays and Africa camping tours, tents and bedding is provided, all meals, park fees and activities
Our favourite country for mobile camping safaris is Botswana with outstanding campsites in spectacular wilderness, great guides, various tent sizes and styles and multiple activities on offer like 4×4, walking, boating and canoeing.
We recommend at least 4 nights on a mobile safari so you can truly immerse in the wilderness learning about the rhythms of Botswana’s bush life. Small Group Botswana mobile camping tours start at five nights and can run in excess of fifteen nights incorporating other regions like Victoria Falls and into Namibia.
Mobile camping Tanzania is an outstanding safari experience allowing guests to take in sensational landscapes and national parks like Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. There are multiple options available, from adventure to mid range and uber luxury, depending on how you would like to travel. With your very own dedicated guide and custom built 4×4, you simply go where the wildlife takes you and arrive into camp each night already set up with cold drink and warm shower awaiting!
Small group mobile safaris Tanzania are also available if you prefer to travel with others.
Kenya mobile camping safari holidays are becoming more and more popular amongst our adventure safari travellers and the higher-end guest seeking total exclusivity and privacy. Your mobile camp, whether adventure or exclusive is set up each day so you focus on the wildlife safari experience and return for sundowners, dinner and campfire nights. Wake to an early morning cup of tea or coffee delivered by staff before heading out on game drive into Africa’s wilderness.
Private mobile safaris are ideal for families and groups of friends. Our mobile camping safari tour packages in Kenya cater for all ages, fitness and preferred levels of comfort from affordable adventure to exclusive luxury.
Mobile safari feedback
From those who have ventured
We could not have done what we did in Botswana on our own and what Encompass Africa created was magic.