Off the Beaten Track Luxury Mobile Safari

A luxurious mobile safari without compromising on adventure or authentic experiences. Set on a stunning private concession in the Okavango Delta, this is one of the few mobile outfits able offer a private and flexible safari experience away from the crowded National Parks .With your own private camp and guide the days are tailored to suit your personal interests- with a mix of game drives, walking, boating and mokoro adventures. One night is spent fly camping on a palm island guaranteed to leave you with memories for life. Perfect for families and friends travelling together.

While mobile in style, in reality this camp does not actually move during your safari. But you will! This four night safari includes one night of fly camping on a remote island located deeper in the Okavango Delta, returning to the main camp the next day. This option offers the best of both worlds- without having to move camp, the set up is able to be more substantial and comfortable, complete with all the extra little touches such as Persian rug, cushions and lanterns which create an incredibly romantic atmosphere just like the safaris of old. This camp still has a very light footprint and there are no barriers between you and the wilderness – a perfect blend of luxury and authenticity.

Your private mobile camp lies on the vast 220,000 acre private Mapula reserve, an area rich in game with good buffalo numbers attracting impressive lion prides. Leopard and cheetah are also spotted here, as are wild dog and hyena. Plains game are abundant and the scenery is beautiful.

Importantly, this is one of only a handful of camps which operate on a private concession, allowing more freedom with regards to activities – off-road drives, night drives and walking safaris are all part of the experience. These free -flowing activities ensure a more private, excusive safari experience. You are tucked away in a secluded and beautiful corner of the Okavango – the camp is entirely yours and together with your guide you plan your days pursuing your personal interests. Safari heaven!

The below itinerary offers a glimpse into your 4 night safari and is intended to give you a feel for the rhythm of the days rather than to suggest a rigid schedule. Days can be tailored according to your interests, all of which your guide will discuss in more detail upon your arrival.

It must be noted that the water activities will be subject to conditions at the time. For the best chances of enjoying water activities we recommend travelling between May-September.

For those interested in a balloon safari, this is one of the few areas which can access the launch site for the early morning balloon safari. Please ask us for more details.

Scenic helicopter flights are also particularly spectacular in this area and highly recommended. Please speak to us for more information.

Day 1 - Arrival in Maun to main camp

On arrival in Maun, Botswana, you will be welcomed by a representative guide and assisted onto your light charter flight to the Mapula Reserve, a short flight of about 25 minutes. The Okavango is spectacular from above- keep a look out for the larger animals which you can view from the aircraft. Your camp guide will be waiting on your arrival and will transfer your to camp by safari vehicle, a game drive of about 30 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

A warm Botswana welcome awaits you. After some refreshments and having been introduced to the camp and team your guide will give you a safety briefing and then you will have a chance to settle into your tent - your new Okavango home for the next few days.

No doubt you will be eager to get started with your first safari activity. This stunning area offers superb game viewing and with the arrival of the annual flood it allows for both water and land activities to be enjoyed. All this will be discussed with your guide in more detail, as he offers the latest information regarding conditions on the ground. Whatever the season, the game viewing is excellent and an exciting safari is guaranteed!

Setting out in the late afternoon for your first activity you will stop for refreshing sundowners as the sun sinks below the horizon and the nocturnal animals begin to stir. A roaring fire awaits you upon your return to camp during the early evening hours and dinner follows shortly thereafter before you retire to your comfortable bed for your first night in the Okavango Delta.

With nothing but a canvas between you and the wilderness, the sounds of the African bush can be quite thrilling. Tucked safely into your tent ,it is truly fascinating to listen to the nocturnal world goes about its business … with all the evidence left to be discovered by you the following day as the sun rises!

Day 2 - Main Camp

The next morning starts with an early morning wake-up call followed by a light breakfast before setting off on your morning activity, usually a game drive. This is the best time to catch sightings of the predators before they retire in the heat of the day.

As soon as the sun is up you are off to discover the wilderness of the north Okavango – you will explore the grass plains dotted with pretty islands, venture through forests and splash through water crossings. This diverse terrain is home to a diverse range of animals – herds of antelope graze the plains while cats stalk from the edges. Lion and wild dog are frequently seen. Leopard too.

As lunch time draws closer your guide will take you to a scenic spot for lunch, shaded beneath the canopy of obliging trees overlooking the water – a cooling and scenic spot to enjoy lunch and watch the animals come and go from the waters.

After lunch you will return to camp for a siesta – this is the hottest part of the day, when animals and you retreat to the shade. The camp is beautiful set up with plenty of inviting places to relax with a book, binoculars or simply some shut eye.

In the late afternoon you gather for high tea and then set off on your evening drive or perhaps a boat or mokoro ride. The sunset will always be celebrated with a stop to enjoy the incredible skies with a drink and snack before returning to camp for dinner below the stars.

Day 3 - Fly Camp

This morning you rise early with the dawn chorus and after a light breakfast you are off again into the Delta. Searching for animals your guide will read and interpret the tracks from the animal movements the night before, perhaps you heard something in the night - lion are often heard calling during the late hours- and now is the now to go in search of the evidence of those unidentified noises!

It is not all about the big game- much of the magic of the bushveld is in appreciating the smaller and more gentle species that thrive here. Soaking up the wonderful sight of giraffe ambling along the plains or a troop of baboons playing in the trees.

Returning to camp for lunch you will have some hours to relax in camp and have a siesta. During mid-afternoon you set off by mokoro to a little palm island – this is a stunning journey and a chance to appreciate the peaceful wilderness you are exploring and the wonders of the smaller species abounding in the delta as well as the bigger creatures.

On arrival at the island you will enjoy a short walk to your private fly camp, which lies ready and waiting for you, lanterns twinkling and fire roaring. Relish in a refreshing shower (a simple bucket shower with hot water provided) and freshen up before gathering around the fire for drinks and dinner. Finally you head to bed, sleeping on roll mattresses under mosquito nets – the stars glittering over-head. There is no other way to be closer to nature than this.

Day 4 - Main Camp

This morning you will wake early just before dawn as the animals of the bush begin to stir and the sun starts to peep over the horizon. The fire is stoked back to life and after a hot drink and breakfast you set off on a walk around the island with your guide.

Climb aboard a traditional mokoro for your journey back to camp, taking the scenic route through the beautiful flood plains, hippo trails and papyrus lined waterways.

Arriving at camp in time for lunch you, will have the opportunity to indulge in a traditional siesta before setting off on your evening game drive, or perhaps you would prefer to walk – appreciate a day completely void of motors and technology and explore the area around camp on foot instead.

Return to camp for your final night – there is always a sense of celebration on the last evening as you toast to the unforgettable memories you have created which will surely stay with you for life. Guests then retire to bed for some well earned rest after a busy adventurous day in the Delta.

Day 5 - End of Safari

By now you will be familiar with the early morning starts. You will very likely be keen to make the most of your last morning in paradise, waking up early with the dawn chorus and excited to begin your final game drive. Alternatively you may opt to enjoy a more leisurely morning in camp before your flight back to Maun.

The time for your flight to Maun will be finalized the day before and your guide will advise you as to a time you will be departing camp. The flight to Maun will always be scheduled to connect timeously with any onward travel arrangements. Depending on the confirmed time of departure as discussed with your guide, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one final morning activity and brunch before bidding farewell to the Okavango.

The flight to Maun will take approximately 30 minutes, depending on stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onward travel arrangements.

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