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Staying Safe and Comfortable on a Mobile Camping Safari: Tips and Tricks

Matthys van Aswegen

Author: Matthys van Aswegen - 30 January 2024

Last Update: 29 December 2023

Part of the African Safari Collection

Mobile safaris are a great and flexible way to explore and be part of nature. They are set within the wilderness, out of sight of big structures that may be a reminder of civilisation. They are also convenient, as they do not require much time and effort to set up, especially if you are setting them up yourself.

Some reserves do setups for guests and even cater, while others only provide designated land. Because they are temporary structures, they can be moved from one place to another without having a permanent impact on the environment, making them eco-friendly.

They allow for reserve hopping and exploration without breaking the bank. Many mistake them for being inferior but they actually provide much greater exclusivity than many lodges.

Safety tips and tricks

Select the Right Safari Operator:

The cornerstone of your safari adventure is the expertise and reliability of your chosen operator. Opt for a company with a solid safety record, experienced guides, and a commitment to ecological conservation.

Mobile camp fully set up for a stay
A Mobile camp fully set up for a stay

Their proficiency will enrich every aspect of your safari, from wildlife encounters to your well-being in the wilderness. Get as local as possible; they don’t only rely on a ‘book’ but their life experiences as well. Check their foreign language skills as well; communication is key in these businesses.

Know the Climate and Pack Accordingly:

Different regions have distinct climatic conditions. Investigate the expected weather during your travel period and pack a variety of clothing. Comfortable daywear, protective gear for rain, and warmer layers for cooler evenings are essential.

Don’t forget your sunglasses and sunhat; pack extras in case of accidents. Remember to pack safari-appropriate coloured clothes to avoid scaring away animals.

Prioritise Health Precautions:

Health is a top priority. Schedule a visit to a travel health specialist to receive necessary vaccinations and medications. Bring a well-stocked first-aid kit and don’t forget prescription medications, ensuring you’re prepared for minor health issues.

Dining area underneath tent | Photo credit - Siruai Mobile Camp
Dining area underneath tent | Photo credit: Siruai Mobile Camp

Take out temporary health insurance; it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bringing your own mosquito net is not a bad idea for this kind of holiday; some places may not provide it.

Indulge in the Culinary Experience:

Most safari camps provide an array of culinary delights, blending international dishes with local flavours. Enjoy the unique dining experiences and share any dietary requirements with your hosts in advance to ensure your needs are met.

Drink lots of water to avoid being dehydrated and keep alcohol consumption very moderate. Keep an open mind and broaden your taste palette.

Tables inside a mobile camp | Photo credit: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
Tables inside a mobile camp | Photo credit: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

It’s best to have a taste rather than judge based on what you are seeing or hearing. Also, be nice; rude comments will leave a sour taste in fellow travelers mouths and probably ruin the experience. There are nice ways of saying ‘not-so-nice’ things. Engage the chef and learn a few culinary tricks.

Adhere to camp rules and Guidelines:

For your safety and that of the ecosystem, it’s crucial to respect the established guidelines of your camp. These rules are grounded in years of experience and are essential for coexisting peacefully with the surrounding wildlife. Remember to always keep the zips on your tent closed, especially when the tent is unoccupied.

View of a few camps next to each other | Photo credit: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
View of a few camps next to each other | Photo credit: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

Always pay attention to the signs around the camp and don’t walk barefoot or think you can quickly dip your feet in the river. Small things like that can lead to deadly consequences. Be considerate of fellow travelers, keep noise levels to a minimum and don’t play loud music.

Invest in Good Quality Gear:

Quality gear enhances your safari experience. Bring along robust binoculars, a camera with a good lens, and perhaps a field guidebook for identifying the diverse flora and fauna you’ll encounter. A good quality headlamp will come in handy when you indulge in some reading at night. Make sure to bring the correct plug adaptor for your electronic devices.

Respect Wildlife and the Environment:

In a world where nature rules, you are a guest. Keep a respectful distance from wildlife, stay within designated areas, and follow the guidance of your hosts to ensure both your safety and the preservation of the natural habitat.

Smokers must always use dedicated smoking places and ashtrays at all times, ensuring they discard the cigarette completely, as a failure in that regard can cause devastating results. Do not take food to your tents; the smell will attract animals—if not the big ones, then the crawlies.

Unplug and connect with your surroundings:

Safari life is a chance to disconnect from digital distractions and immerse yourself in nature. Embrace the digital detox and engage with your surroundings. Listen to the stories of your guides, are experiences with fellow travelers, and soak in the majestic landscapes around you.

Group of people sitting in a circle at camp | Photo credit: Nasikia Mobile
Group of people sitting in a circle at camp | Photo credit: Nasikia Mobile

Take the chance to look up at the night skies and admire their beauty, rest and get some much-needed good night’s sleep. Journal, exercise or just sit in total silence for some time. Your mind, body and soul will be rejuvenated.

Participate in conservation efforts:

Complement your safari journey by contributing to the preservation of the very landscapes and wildlife you’ve come to admire. Use biodegradable toiletries, spare water and electricity and use recycling bins.

Inquire about local conservation initiatives, anti-poaching units, or community outreach programs you can support, either financially or through hands-on involvement. This active participation adds a fulfilling dimension to your adventure, ensuring your visit leaves a positive impact.

People sitting around a table in their mobile camp
People sitting around a table in their mobile camp

Above is all the necessary information to prepare you for a mobile safari. Please check with your preferred destinations regarding their offers and any questions you may have. We have linked some of the best mobile camps for your convenience. Go indulge in nature.

Do a thorough background check on your chosen tour operator, read their reviews and follow them on their social media platforms. Leave only with beautiful memories; treat the environment with respect. Relax your mind and body and revive your soul.

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