Comments from our mobile safari clients ...

“We had a really great time in the Okavango and will definitely recommend Phakawe and Umvuvu warmly!...”
Claire and Cris, AUSTRALIA

“Thank you for an absolutely fabulous time, the kids are now saving their pocket money ready for the next trip ...” Lydia Morrison & Family, UK

“Thank you for an absolutely incredible experience on the safari!”
Jamie, LA

“It was a trip of our lifetime. It was just what we expected and much more - wild nature and adventure we were dreaming of.”

“... we had an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING safari with you...!. Lets was so fantastic ... finding all the animals was because of his fantastic bush skills! ... we will definitely be recommending Phakawe to our friends...”
Michelle and Simon, Perth, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

“I enjoyed the safari greatly and have only good memories of the safari and the people that I met in Botswana ... I cannot think of any aspect of the Phakawe Safari that was not first class ... I would not hesitate to book another safari with you or recommend your company to others.”
Paul Taylor

“We had a great time. The small group size ... camping among the wildlife ... a very authentic experience ... We were very fortunate to have such an experienced guide - his knowledge of the bush and game tracking skills were superb ... I also appreciated the cost savings with a full-participation safari vs. a luxury-style one. It seemed we had similar (and sometimes better) experiences to the non-participation safaris ... The kids had a great time as well- they weren't bored or scared and had plenty of time to catch up on their sleep during the mid-day rests. I will certainly refer others to your company.”

“Jason & I had a truly wonderful trip... We came to see the animals, but also to learn about the environment and culture, and were very pleased with the experience. I think one of the most memorable things was listening to the animals at night - also watching the elephant stroll through camp during dinner at Savuti!

“Francis and Haina were perfect! We had a spectacular trip in CKGR. Top notch the whole way. Can’t get over that unimog vehicle! Thanx 2 Francis, we saw 4 lion just after a kill from about 5m. We were between 20 jackals and the lions with the carcass. Very thrilling!”
David Kao, USA
Our mobile safaris, guided by local people, attract
open-minded travelers wanting small exclusive groups
to enjoy the unpredictable nature of a real bush safari.
Our scheduled mobile camping safaris are full participation safaris, all equipment included.
All our safaris start in Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana, and end in either Maun or Kasane with transfers to Vic Falls or Livingstone.

We prefer spending at least two nights in one place so we're not continually pitching then striking camp. Most campsites have basic showers and toilets but some of the private bush camp sites have no facilities, so your guide will erect a bush shower and toilet for you.

Please note that none of the camp sites in Botswana National Parks and Reserves are fenced.

Camping Equipment
All camping equipment is included in our mobile camping safaris: tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, cooking equipment, bucket showers, tents, mattresses etc.

You will sleep in dome tents, on mattresses with covers/sheets.

Please note: we do not provide sleeping bags, camping pillows or towels. You will need to bring your own on safari.

We do not accept children under the age of 16 on our scheduled mobile camping safaris. However, we will take children between the ages of 10 and 15 on private mobile camping safaris, on condition that the children are solely the parent/s responsibility at all times whilst on safari, and that the children share a tent with the parent/s.

Please bear in mind that children's normal movement/activities are restricted on mobile camping safari, and they can and do get bored very quickly sitting in a vehicle for long hours.

Everyone helps with the day-to-day chores of vehicle packing, pitching & striking camp, cooking, and washing up. Our guides and camp assistants will assist wherever possible.

If you would prefer to have a cook on safari then we can arrange this for an extra fee.

We provide purified drinking water, cooldrink mix; fruit juice; local beers and wines. If you would like to have spirits on safari then you are welcome to purchase your own. We do not supply any cola’s or canned drinks.

It is advisable to bring along your own water bottle to keep with you on the vehicle during game drives.

All our guides are qualified Botswana Safari guides with a love of the bush, and an enthusiasm to pass on their knowledge of Botswana's fauna and flora to you.

Your guide will be your tour leader, guide, and driver of the safari vehicle.

Group Size
We don't believe in the "cattle truck" mentality. All our safaris have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people per trip. We can accommodate larger groups on request.

It is essential to take out Medical Insurance which includes emergency medical evacuation for the duration of your safari. It is also advisable to have travel insurance.

Some of our safaris include the first and/or last night in a lodge. Accommodation is in en-suite chalets or rooms, on a bed & breakfast basis. Dinner, drinks and any other extras are for your own account.

Our scheduled safaris are all budget safaris, and thus the lodge accommodation is not up-market. If you wish to upgrade your lodge accommodation you are welcome to do so but this will be for your own account.

You will be limited to a luggage allowance of two pieces per person the total weight not exceeding 15kg in soft bags only - no hard suitcases. Rucksacks/backpacks are permitted as long as they are not too bulky.

You can also bring along a camera case and/or handbag. If you have extra luggage then it can be stored in our Maun office.

Please note that the 15kg limit is strictly enforced for all air charter flights.

Our guide and camp assistant will help you to prepare the meals, set up camp, collect firewood, and make the camp fires, but the guide’s strength lies in animal spotting and bush lore, and the camp assistant is more proficient at setting up camp and washing the dishes - not cuisine!

We provide you with menus and recipes which include preparation instructions. The menu includes toast, yogurt and cereal for breakfast; sandwiches, cold meats, salads, & cheeses at lunchtime; hot, tasty stews with rice/pasta/potatoes and vegetables for dinner.

We do our best to accommodate those with special dietary requirements but supplies and variety are dependent on local availability.

If you would prefer to have a cook on safari then we can arrange this for an extra fee.

There will be a first aid kit on the safari vehicle, but it is advisable to bring along your own small personal kit.

Botswana is a malaria area, so please consult your doctor or local travel clinic in regard to precautionary medications.

It is not necessary to have any other inoculations when visiting Botswana, except for yellow fever if you are entering from a country which has yellow fever.

If you require medical evacuation for a serious illness/injury then you will need medical
insurance to cover the evacuation, as well as hospital medical costs, to a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Night Drives
Night game drives are not permitted in Botswana National Parks and Reserves.

Pre-safari Accommodation
Pre-safari accommodation is only included in a few of our safari tours. It is advisable to arrive in Maun the day prior to your safari departure date. All our mobile safaris depart Maun between 9 and 10.30am.

Those safaris which start with a three night stay at a camp in the Okavango Delta can arrive in Maun on the first day of the safari, and fly directly out to the camp. Please take note that the latest time to fly out to the Delta is 4pm.

It's getting harder and harder to offer quality safaris at reasonable prices in Botswana, however, we are committed to providing you with the best possible value for money. For our 2008 scheduled safaris we are offering a discount off the normal tour rate for any booking of 5 or 6 people (in one booking).

Typical Day on Mobile Camping Safari
A typical day on mobile camping safari will include morning and afternoon game drives, with the midday hours spent in camp.

We get up early, between 5 and 6am, have coffee and tea round the camp fire, as well as a light breakfast if you wish, before heading out for our morning game drive.

We return to camp in the mid to late morning. The length of the game drive is dependant upon what we spot while on our morning game drive. After breakfast/brunch, you are free to relax in camp: reading; chatting, have a siesta; bird spotting; take a shower etc.

After tea, in the mid to late afternoon, we head out for our afternoon game drive, returning to camp just after sunset, in time to prepare your evening meal.

On days when you move camp, you will pack up camp after your early morning tea/coffee and breakfast. When moving to a different campsite within the various parks and reserves, the transfer will be a game drive, with a stop for lunch along the way on the longer routes.

Whilst on mobile camping safari you will be in an open game-viewing 4x4 vehicle. As the maximum number of people on any safari will be six, this will afford each person an outer seat.

Walking is not permitted in Botswana National Parks and Reserves. However, in the Okavango Delta section of our mobile camping safaris, you will be afforded the opportunity to walk on the islands in the Delta, accompanied by a guide (un-armed).

What our travellers
say ...

“Our trip was really a great success, rough enough to be an adventure, but organised enough to feel safe ... a wonderful experience ... we left feeling we'd received a real education as well as a fantastic holiday... I will very gladly shout the Phakawe name from every roof top...”
Steven Flowers & Family, UK

“... we had a wonderful time ... everything was wonderful. The accommodations, transfers, food, service, people and safaris were fabulous!!! Everything was perfect. was your quick response and attentions to details that gave us the confidence we needed to set this up long distance...”
Rosemarie Hunter, USA

“Our safari was wonderful. We both really enjoyed the experience - the trip was well-planned, there was plenty of food, and the terrain and animals were beautiful.
Shaun was awesome ... extremely helpful, knowledgeable and very easygoing ... we will recommend your company to friends and family planning an African adventure ...”
Julie and Keith Lloyd

“I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our safari ... Our time in the Kalahari was really amazing and our 6 days camping were absolutely wonderful. Seeing all these animals for the first time was absolutely magical for both of us...”
Myriam and Manuel dos Santos, Angola

“... thanks for everything. It was a big ask to expect a full blown safari to be organised from scratch in less than 1 week, but you pulled it off very well indeed. We are both especially grateful to your family and friends for helping us out at the start when our luggage didn't arrive. I don't think I will ever forget Arthur’s coat, and the picture of me trekking through the Delta sporting an Australian cricket hat will linger for a while...”
Dermot and Sarah, IRELAND

"Phakawe strikes a perfect balance which is perhaps only possible in a participation safari. We were absolutely immersed in the direct experience of Africa AND we were expertly guided and protected throughout. If you want to feel pampered and see some animals on the side, there are many safari operators who can provide that. If you want to be completely engaged in living in the bush, not just visiting a large zoo, contact Phakawe. In short, we had a great time and will recommend Phakawe to everyone we can! ... we want to thank you again for a great safari ...”
Barry Wright

I'm very pleased that I chose Phakawe. I'd definitely recommend it to my friends.”
Terry & Jason Fiala

My thanks to you for the excellent organisation for our safari. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Our guides were totally professional and great company, the food was superb and the recipes first rate...
We felt really fortunate in our time at the Delta in coming across a lion kill one morning and the experience of being at one with the animals was great. We would have no hesitation in recommending Phakawe to anyone wishing to see Botswana at "grass roots" and thank you once again
Mathew and Vanessa Vujcich
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