My wife and I spend a fantastic 5 days on a camping safari with James (our guide), Kilos (the cook), and Gabriel (the camphand). We saw all the wildlife we had hoped to see, including lions, a leopard, African wild dogs with cubs, giraffes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and so on – all very close! Camping out in the Botswanian bush was definitely a very intense experience, partly because of all the sounds you could hear at night (hyenas, lions, hippos, …). But we felt absolutely safe in our tent. There was also a surprising level of comfort, including a shower with hot water and a decent improvised bush toilet. Our guide, James, was very knowledgeable and amazing at spotting the smallest of animals in the distance. Kilos managed to create delicious meals – vegetarian as we had requested – in “the middle of nowhere”. The communication by email before our trip was very professional and timely.
Overall, we can definitely recommend a camping safari in Botswana and Mosu as an operator. Just some things to keep in mind. First, try to go during the dry season, i.e. the winter of the Southern hemisphere, which is the summer of the Northern hemisphere. We went in late July and the weather was perfect, the game was easy to spot, and there were very little mosquitos. In the dry season you’re also less likely to get stuck in mud. Second, be prepared for long hours driving. We typically spent 8-10 hours driving each day, either as part of a game drive or moving to the next camp site. You might want to look into paying a bit extra and flying from one site to the next, even if that means having separate crews. Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about the local culture and, say, traditional dances be sure to let the organizers know in advance. Though our crew made a serious effort it was impossible to arrange this with just a few hours notice.
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