Your own private piece of wilderness…. One of the best and most authentic ways to enjoy Africa is on a mobile camping safari. Absorb the rustic atmosphere but with comfort. Now this does not mean that your accommodation will be basic – far from it - one can choose the level of luxury in terms of sleeping arrangements – this could be large walk in tents with attached safari bathrooms (hot water bucket showers on pulleys and ash loos to the rear of the tent), or smaller 3x3 tents (stand up) with en-suite ash loo and shared safari shower per 2 tents.
All the tents are insect proof and have either proper beds or stretcher beds and mattresses with pillows and duvets. You will certainly not go hungry either as you are fed three gorgeous meals per day – prepared for you by the camp crew. You don’t have to feel guilty for having that extra piece of pie as your safari is likely to include some walking too.
On your mobile camping safari you will be led by an experienced licensed guide and have a back up crew to set up camp and do all the chores. Your private guide will lead you through the wilderness opening your eyes to these wide open spaces and teaching you about the different animals and trees on your route.
Apart from where you stay each day – we recommend you stay for at least three nights in one area, you can enjoy your early breakfast whilst watching zebra and wildebeest quietly graze, before setting off in the vehicle or on foot to read the signs left by the nocturnal animals. At the end of the day sip a sundowner as giraffe and elephant soak up the day’s final rays.
During the chilly winter evenings, the open camp fire is the place to congregate after a day’s game viewing. You can even snuggle up under a blanket around the fire place; enjoy a glass of red wine whilst listening to the sounds of the African bush.
Your day’s activities are not set in stone to a routine. Instead, the guides prefer to tailor your time around you – it’s your safari after all. These mobile safaris move through the parks and wilderness and as they are private this means that you have valuable wildlife viewing opportunities.
Mobile safaris can be customised to your own interest and travel off the beaten track to remote areas. Mobile camping is possible in most parks in Zimbabwe and the best are probably Mana Pools, Hwange and Gonarezhou. In Mana Pools the mobile camping can be in another form – canoeing down the Zambezi by day and camping on the river banks by night. This is also possible in Upper Zambezi near Victoria Falls.
The canoeing is fabulous, adventurous and highly recommended and you are bound to see crocodiles, bushbuck, hippo, kudu and warthog as well as elephant on the way.
Bird life in the area is prolific (400+ species) and varied, with species frequenting the teak woodlands as well as those typical of the drier Kalahari camel thorn and acacia forests.
Whilst it is wonderful to indulge in spending time in luxury safari camps, sleeping in simple mobile semi permanent camps with starry nights really allows one to get in touch with nature; this is the heart and soul of an authentic safari and is often the highlight of any safari All Pictures by courtesy of Kazuma
All Pictures by courtesy of Kazuma
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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