Candice Buchan has travelled extensively throughout Botswana and says she loves the fun of a tented mobile safari just as much as the top-class lodges that are the hallmark of this premier safari destination. Our Frequently Asked Questions sections are intended to help you decide if a particular destination is what you are looking for. You can email our Southern Africa team if you’d like to talk through holiday options in Botswana or ring for a chat on 020 7666 1250.
What are the safari lodges and camps like in Botswana?
Camps operate to a very high standard, with comfortable beds, spacious rooms, lighting, private facilities (most bathrooms are en suite), hot and cold running water, excellent rangers and good food. Your choice of camp will depend on the mix of activities you want, the season, the size and style of camp you prefer and the degree of luxury you'd like. Mobile camping safaris, where your camp moves with you, are also worth thinking about as you really do feel you get right to the heart of the bush. These can be semi-participatory where you help put up your own tent and there are shared loos, right the way up to silver service, fine bed linens and en suites.
Is the food pretty basic on safari?
You'd be amazed at the quality of food that can be cooked even when deep out in the bush. You'll eat very well wherever you choose to stay. Fresh ingredients are flown in and trained chefs prepare meals from scratch in the lodge’s kitchens. Food is mostly European, with African influence, and some lodges will cook local dishes in addition to the main dishes. For the most part it is good wholesome food which keeps fresh ‘on the road’ and your safari experience doesn’t have to be cut short.
Life on safari follows a similar pattern at most camps. You’re up at dawn and are served a hot drink and a snack before setting off on the early morning game drive. Once back at camp you’ll find a delicious brunch waiting. This is usually a traditional cooked English breakfast with lots of other options like breads and fruits, as well as cheeses and cold meats. A high tea is served before the late afternoon game drive, and during the evening activity, drinks and snacks are offered – you never get a chance to get hungry on safari! A three-course evening meal back at the lodge brings the day to a close, and this may be served around the campfire or in the dining room, or mess tent if you are on a mobile. Dinner is always a fun and sociable event where people sit around a central table and share safari stories.
Can the lodges cope with special dietary requirements?
Despite their remote settings, the lodges aim to cater for everyone’s needs, so if you have specific dietary requirements, allergies or medical conditions, it’s best to give us this full information, no matter how small, in advance. The lodges really pride themselves on getting every little detail right.
What are the different ways of going on safari in Botswana?
There are a variety of ways to go on safari in Botswana. We can put together a tailor-made safari for you, making use of Botswana's incredible choice of superb safari camps and lodges, taking in different types of habitat and activities, depending on your own interests and budget. You would usually fly between camps by small plane.
Alternatively, consider one of the small group mobiles which usually have no more than eight people. Some have set-departure dates, and others can be run as private safari if there are enough of you to make up your own group. This is a great option for extended families. You can also explore Botswana on foot, canoe, mekoro or on horseback. Ask us more information on these specialist trips.
See our selection of Botswana holidays and tours.
Can my kids come with us on a mobile safari?
Children are welcome but there are age restrictions at some camps – we’ve added details on a camp-by-camp basis in the website accommodation sections. &Beyond camps (Nxabega and Sandibe) offer inventive children’s programmes, the Kwando camps (Kwara, Lagoon and Labala) have a specialist children’s guide, which can add enormously to your child’s enjoyment, and some camps have family units (Chitabe, Duma Tau, Jao, Vumbura Plains).
For mobile safaris children must be 12 or over. However if you book a private departure, younger children will be considered. Mobile safaris do entail a fair amount of travelling though and younger children need to be able to cope and enjoy the adventure as they may find themselves out of their comfort zone. Only a parent will be able to make the call if this is reasonable for their children.
Can I easily add on extra pre or post safari activities?
The Victoria Falls are easily to get to, giving you a lovely relaxed end to a safari and there are lots of other things to do in the area as well. The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, whilst it’s a bit of a contrast, is a perfect choice for some superbly indulgent wining and dining, dramatic scenery and cultural activities. For beach lovers, Mauritius and Mozambique are ideal and both are reasonably accessible. The Seychelles works too, bit only on certain days of the week.