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Kruger National Park Camps

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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Not sure which of the thirteen Kruger National Park camps to stay at? Below are your options along with a short description of what you can expect when staying at each rest camp. From luxury accommodation to rustic, no-electricity camping, whatever kind of Kruger National Park adventure tour you're looking for, you can find the accommodation to meet your needs within the camp.


Above: Rustic camping in Kruger National Park


List of 13 Kruger National Park Camps:


1. Berg en Dal Rest Camp

As one of the newer Kruger National Park Camps, Berg en Dal offers travellers a selection of snappy bungalows, guest houses, camping and caravan spots to choose from. The area is surrounded by awesome rocky hillsides and the camp lies on the Matjulu Spruit bank. Activity wise, game drives and bush walks are available as well as trips to view the san rock painting sites.

2. Letaba Rest Camp

Letaba Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is a magical site where bird watching is really good, and your chances to spot elephant are also on the cards. A lush section of the park close to three of the area’s main dams. These dams are great for wildlife viewing, but if you wish to explore after dark, then perhaps an optional 3 hour night game drive will tickle your fancy as one of the many things to do in Kruger National Park. This Kruger National Park camp is kitted out with first aid supplies, a fuel station and banking facilities for convenience. Letaba is also home to the Goldfields Environmental Education Centre which is great for curious minds of all ages. Your night’s accommodation choices range from cottages, huts, bungalows, furnished safari tents and guest houses.


Above: View of Letaba River by Hyper7pro

3. Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

The location where Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is set is rich in history and a great starting point for Big Five tracking safaris. The Crocodile Bridge happens to be the Kruger National Park rest camp closest to the Mozambican border and Maputo. So if you’re keen to add a week in Mozambique onto your Kruger National Park safari with minimal travelling time, then this is the Kruger National Park camp you want to go for. Accommodation options include safari tents, camping sites and bungalows. There is also a Laundromat, a store and a place where you can buy alcohol. A really great camping spot.

4. Lower Sabie Rest Camp

A great place to be if you’re looking for a spot near a river. The Lower Sabie Rest Camp is on the Sabie River – a river that thrives all year around attracting hordes of wildlife. Lower Sabie has ready done it’s best to create a family friendly Kruger National Park camp environment. Bird life is plentiful in and around Lower Sabie Rest Camp. If you aren’t on a self-drive safari then you can also book both day and night drives from the camp.

5. Mopani Rest Camp

Mopani Rest Camp is the baby of the Kruger National Park camp family. The camp’s view over the Pioneer Dam promises brilliant waterbird viewing. This spot boasts good opportunity to view game without having to leave the camp! Game drives, bushwalks and a special sleep-out game viewing hide offer further opportunity to spot wildlife in the area. Rich in historical and archaeological elements, Mopani Rest Camp has its own interesting story…


Above: Mopani Rest Camp by Nathaniel S


6. Olifants Rest Camp

Olifants Rest Camp offers great stretching views that make it great for spotting wildlife. The camp has a lovely picnic site as well as a shop and fully equipped conference facility. Loads of wildlife and bird life hang around this Kruger National Park camp. You can choose from either bungalows or luxury guesthouses if you’re interested in spending the night in the camp.

7. Orpen Rest Camp

A truly beautiful little Kruger camp situated right by the Orpen Gate entrance to the park. Hugged by a bold rock garden lush with Barberton Daisies and Aloes. The stretching views make for great wildlife spotting, as does a trip down to the nearby watering hole. For a guest’s convenient, Orpen Rest Camp have a variety of facilities which include a fuel station, a first aid centre, grocery store and public phone. The Kruger National Park camp offers accommodation types that include bungalows, huts and semi-luxury family cottages.

8. Pretoriuskop Rest Camp - Oldest Kruger National Park Camp

Meet the grandfather camp in Kruger National Park. Pretoriuskop Rest Camp has been around the longest and proudly boasts good chance of viewing white rhino within its surrounds. It's safe to say that wildlife spotting opportunities are good with Pretoriuskop Rest Camp as your base, as there are many wilderness trails, game walks and game drives available. For a travellers comfort and convenience, Pretoriuskop rest camp has its own licensed restaurant, cafeteria and gorgeous natural rock swimming pool. Even though this Kruger camp has its presence steeped in history, each of the accommodation units offer modern furnishings.

9. Punda Maria Rest Camp

Rare wildlife and birdlife love this spot because of its thriving, lush vegetation. The bird viewing here is particularly good. Punda Maria rest camp is rich in prehistorical and modern historic archeology, earning its merit as a much loved Kruger camp spot. This Kruger National Park camp has it's own laundromat, store and fuel station.

10. Satara Rest Camp

Satara is a Kruger rest camp brimming with old-world personality. It's neat pathways and thatched rondawels reflect a colonial Africa ambience. Situated in the centre of  the park, this Kruger National Park camp is known for its great leopard, cheetah and lion spotting. It is also the third largest camp in Kruger National Park, with picnic facilities for day visitors. If you're keen to stay the night here your options for accommodation range from guesthouses, bungalows, camping and caravan spots.

11. Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Large herds of elephant are commonly spotted around this Kruger rest camp, and during the dry months this is a sought after spot for game viewing because of its close proximity to the river. The camp has a restaurant, swimming pool, laundry, fuel station and picnic site.

12. Skukuza Rest Camp - Biggest Kruger National Park Camp

Known as the capital of the park, Skukuza is quite possibly the most talked about Kruger National Park camp. As the biggest camp in Kruger, it should come as no surprise that guests are spoiled with facilities like a shop, ATM, internet cafe, restaurant, library, fuel station and more of course. The camp is also pimped with conference facilities, a gorgeous 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course, riverside walks, wilderness hikes and game drives. The rest camp offers a plethora of accommodation options, from your standing camping to luxury lodges. Also, the wildlife viewing options are great! Of course.


Above: Skukuza Rest Camp by Reemer


13. Tsendze Rustic Kruger National Park Camp

A new Kruger National Park camp, Tsendze is known as a rustic campsite with space for 30 small groups. Travellers who are keen to experience an 'into-africa', 'roughing-it' experience will love this. With no electricity or generators and open-air showers, this is the African experience. However, the camp does have two ablution blocks. A mere 7km from Mopani Rest Camp in Kruger Park, those who decide they aren't up for the roughing-it experience can happily upgrade. Book your Kruger National Park accommodation,  hire a car for Kruger and explore South Africa's most well managed national park on a wildlife spotting adventure. Whether you're in the mood to safari cheaply, with your family or in luxury, there are Kruger National Park lodges and camps that can happily meet your needs.

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Safari in Uganda: Best Places to Visit

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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Uganda, popularly referred to as the Pearl of Africa, is Africa’s most beautiful and diverse nation. With a range of unique attractions, a stable political atmosphere and a rapidly developing infrastructure, the country is fast becoming a favorite destination for many travelers, so much that Lonely Planet ranked Uganda the best travel destination for the year 2012. Thanks to Uganda budget safaris, a safari in Uganda, to this amazing country is possible for everyone. Uganda offers a range of opportunities to different types of travellers; from those that seek to explore untamed African wildlife offered by the Uganda safaris, to those that seek to experience nature set in tranquility and serenity. Below are the best places that will give you a satisfactory safari in Uganda experience, no matter what level of adventure you seek.

Ngamba Island

This 100 acres island is located in Lake Victoria, 23 kilometers from the landing site in Entebbe. Ngamba Island is largely covered by a rainforest and endowed with a rich diversity of wildlife that includes over 120 bird species, crocodiles, hippos, monitor lizards, and butterflies. The island has over 40 chimpanzees, protected by a wired fence. These are orphaned chimpanzees that were rescued and brought to the Island to provide for their safety.

Chimanzees feeding in the Ngamba Island

Above: Chimpanzees Feeding in Ngamba Island

The Island was opened up to adventure travellers enjoying wildlife safaris in Uganda especially for the thrilling chimpanzee experience. The Island has since become a must visit for first time travelers to Uganda. It is a great alternative to the strenuous chimpanzee treks in the rather large game parks of Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is also a great place for family and relaxation tours. Accommodation on Uganda budget safaris can be enjoyed in tents overlooking the vast waters of Lake Victoria.

Lake Bunyonyi

Located in southwestern Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi is believed to be Africa’s second deepest lake rumored to be between 44m and 900m deep, 25km long and 7km wide. Lake Bunyonyi – “Place of many little birds” - is set amidst highly terraced rolling hills with breathtaking green scenery. The lake is dotted with 29 islands that are covered in lush green, the temperatures are cool and the atmosphere is usually misty. It is no wonder Lonely Planet compares its scenery to one of the scenes in the movie “Lord of the Rings”. The lake is totally bilharzia free and safe from dangerous water creatures like crocodiles and hippos making it a perfect spot for swimming.

the Mystic Lake Bunyonyi

Above: The mystical Lake Bunyonyi on a safari in Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi is a favorite destination for adventure travelers on camping safaris and many have compared its experience to that of Switzerland. It is great for relaxation tours especially after the strenuous gorilla trekking expedition in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. One can also do canoeing and sport fishing. A range of beautiful lodges have been set up overlooking the Lake including Lake Bunyonyi Safari Resort, Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Arcadia Cottages, and Bushara Island Camp among others. If you're looking for that Uganda budget safari option, there is always a camp site near by.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest game park covering 3,940 square kilometers. It is popular for the breathtaking Murchison Falls, where the longest river in the world, the Nile, in a massive explosion of force squeezes through a teeny chasm, causing a violent tempest, 43 meters below. It is the best choice for game drives as it is well endowed with a variety of game including giraffes, lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, warthogs, hyenas, Uganda kobs, oribis, Jackson’s hartebeest, waterbucks, bushbucks and spectacular savanna landscape, making for an epic safari in Uganda.



Wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park

The highlight of a Murchison Falls tour is the thrilling 4 hour boat cruise on the Nile where you see the densest hippo population on the African continent, lots of Nile crocodiles, buffalos, lots of birds and an array of wildlife immersed in a splendid savanna landscape. South of the park is Rabongo forest home to the chimpanzees, several bird species and lots of other rainforest creatures. It is a great alternative to the traditional game drive and boat cruise where one can do chimpanzee tracking, birding, and nature walks, making for a camping safari in Africa with a difference.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park has of one of the highest biodiversity in the world ranging from open savanna to rainforest, dense papyrus and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. The park is a home to more than 100 mammal species and over 600 bird species. Elephants, hippos, giant forest hogs, the Uganda kob are popular in the Mweya Peninsula.


Above: Tree Climbing Lioness on a Uganda budget safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The remote section of Ishasha is popular for the special tree-climbing lions. Other animals include buffalos, leopards, waterbucks and hyenas. All these animals and more can be seen during a game drive on most Uganda budget safari routes. The lush Kyambura Gorge is famous for the habituated chimpanzees and chimpanzee tracking. Other primates in the gorge include Columbus monkeys, red-tail monkeys and olive baboons. Forest birds such as Hornbills, Kingfisher and Sunbirds can all be found in the gorge. More forest monkeys and a range of birds are found in the Maramagambo Forest. Flocks of flamingos are found on the crater lakes more so Lake Manyanyange. Located in southwestern Uganda, the park is a 7 hours drive from Kampala and is easily accessible compared to Murchison Falls National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable is home to about 340 Mountain Gorillas. 10 gorilla families have been habituated to allow for a one hour interaction with these shy giants. Located in southwestern Uganda, the park has become a common destination for many safari seekers from around the world for the thrilling gorilla tracking expedition. The gorilla experience is one of the most emotional wildlife experiences Africa has got to offer. A gorilla tracking permit is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and each costs USD 500. A group of not more eight people can track a particular gorilla family per day.


Above: Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a rich ecosystem with an immense diversity of species, including 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates, and about 30 forest elephants, about 360 bird species plus more than 200 butterfly species. In addition to the thrilling gorilla experience, the park gives you a true jungle safari in Africa experience. The park can be reached from Queen Elizabeth National Park in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). All roads meet at Butogota, 17 km from the Buhoma entrance gate.

Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori Mountains are the longest mountain ranges in Africa and comprise of extremely steep and rugged ranges and. The Mountain possess such fascinating beauty comprising of a combination of spectacular snow-capped peaks, glaciers, V-shapped valleys cut by a multitude of fast flowing rivers with magnificent waterfalls, clear blue skies and a unique stratified vegetation. The mountains are a world heritage site and UNESCO has ranked them among the most interesting and challenging mountains for hiking and mountaineering. There is a well established circuit that can accommodate first time hikers. Camping safari facilities are available along the hiking trail. The mountain slopes are rich in a diversity of wildlife including 89 bird species, 4 species of diurnal primates and 15 butterfly species. This will give you a unique hiking experience mixed with wildlife. Check out this great photo gallery for a visual tour of Uganda and its awesome surrounds. If you're planning to venture off on a Uganda budget safari, be sure to pick a route that gets you to all your favourite places.

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Beginners Guide to Camping Safaris - Tents, Meals and Campfire

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
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Camping safaris can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences you ever have, but only if you’re properly prepared with the right knowledge and the right gear, especially when you're venturing off on safaris in Africa. Watch this quick YouTube video about camping safari tips for beginners and get clued-up in a jiffy. Alternatively, just read the great camping tips below.


The Tent on Camping Safaris

First and foremost, you need a tent for camping safaris. The number of people you’ll have sleeping in your tent will determine the size of the tent you need. Rule of thumb: always get a tent that will sleep two more people than you intend to have. If you’re a family of four, get a six man tent. Why? You’ll need the extra room to store your duffle bags, backpacks, shoes, boots and other gear. It’s also nice, but not necessary, to have a tent you can stand up in. It makes getting in and out a little easier, as well as getting dressed and undressed. You’ll want to set your tent up on level ground, it is very uncomfortable to pitch your tent on uneven or slanted terrain. You'll need all the sleep you can get on safaris in Africa, with days filled with hiking, game viewing, dilated pupils and adventure.

Meal Planning on Camping Safaris

Okay, so you’ve made it to the campground. The tent is up, the gear is in. Well, you could take a break. I mean, you worked hard! You deserve it! Crack open a cold one and relax. Okay, enough relaxation, time to plan your meals. If you’re going camping with a group of people, then you’ve got some meal planning to do. How many people are you going to feed, and how often? Perhaps each person, or family can be responsible for one meal, or one day of meals for the entire group. Talk to each other beforehand. Good meal planning can prevent waste, and starvation. As far as what food to bring, well, whatever you normally eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner is what you’ll bring. If you're going on an overland trip with fellow passengers, your overland guide is a great source of help for what food you should prepare for an overland truck full of hungry bellies, if it's your turn to cook.

Campfire Building on Camping Safaris

Okay, now you want to get some kindling. Kindling? Small pieces of wood that will burn quickly in order to get the fire started. Go out and gather some small branches. Pick them up off the ground in the area surrounding your campsite. On a camping safari, you don't want to venture off into the bush without a guide on a safari in Africa. There are wild animals out there. Also, cutting branches off trees is a no-no. Green wood won’t burn anyway. If you bought a bag of firewood, there should be some narrowly cut wood in there. Use that. Firstly, take some newspaper, or any other paper, for that matter, scrunch it up in a ball, and place it in the middle of the fire ring. Now you are going to build a little teepee around it. Use the kindling first, then surround it with larger logs. Now you’re just about ready for ignition. Light the paper in the middle, which in turn will burn the kindling, which in turn will burn the logs. All right, you’re not going to have a real flamer in 10 seconds, it is going to take a little work: you may have to re-light it a few times, blow on the embers, stoke it a bit, but eventually you will succeed.

Camping safaris can be greatly enjoyable with a little help from great YouTube video resources, as well as your overland guide if you're venturing out on safaris in Africa.

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Meals on an Overland Trip: Good Camping Food!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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You’ve booked your place on the overland truck and received your itinerary. Now what’s on the menu for the camping trip? How about you tell us! Not only is an overland trip about lugging your backpack and body weight across Africa, but it’s also about learning to cook for a truck full of fellow hungry explorers. That’s right, you and your fellow overland truck passengers will be each other’s Gordon Ramsey’s, Nigella’s and Dr Seuss’s for the duration of your overland trip. Some overland trips offer professional safari cooks who are hired to feed you, but where’s the fun in that?

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Cooking for the group is not some kind of military enforced rule to prepare average citizens for survival situations where rations are involved; it’s actually a lot of fun. Being in a cooking team of roughly two to three members, depending on the overall group size, everyone gets a chance to cook meals, wash up and do the grocery shopping. After you’re put into a cooking team, your team is given a shopping list, wad of money and a nudge in the right direction to the nearest store to go and buy supplies. If you’re worried about buying the wrong quantity of food, or need someone to restrain you from running off and buying a Ferrari, disco ball and other useless items you won’t need on an overland trip, the guides are always more than happy to accompany you and lend their expertise.

When you arrive at the overnight camping spot, there will be a designated area for making a campfire. It’s not a very good idea to mission off on your own and find a pile of dry wood in the middle of the grass to start your cooking fire on. Chances are that in less than 24 hours you would have successfully burnt your meal of bakes beans and toast… as well as flash braai’d the surrounding big five that were innocently meandering their stretch of homeland. Not cool. If you’re worried about your Master Chef abilities, ask your guide for easy camping recipes and tips. We wouldn’t want to have a repeat of the incident where an ‘innovative’ first-time overlander decided to boil vegetables... INSIDE the kettle. That incident reminds me of a similar event which involved a kettle’s freshly boiled water being introduced to packet sauce… INSIDE the kettle.

If you think getting dog turd off a carpet is difficult, you don’t want to try get Knorr’s double thick cheese sauce out of the inner workings of a kettle. Three generous square meals are prepared every day, leaving you to waddle off once you’ve cleared your plate. There is more than enough food to keep you satisfied. Just because you’re missioning through Africa doesn’t mean you have to be fed like you’re a contestant on Survivor. In fact, 9 times out of 10 you put on weight while on an overland trip. There. Is. Enough. Food.

Overland Cooking

Three meals a day of good camping food include: Camping Breakfasts Toast, spreads, yoghurt, cereals and fruit for on-the-move mornings and not-on-the-move mornings it could be time for a good fry-up. Camping Lunch Cold meats, salads and sandwiches make for easy meals for camping. Camping Dinner A selection of casseroles, lasagnas, stews, roasts and grills with a compliment of salads and vegetables. So don’t worry, on an overland trip, we won’t let you go hungry, and most of the time, the food is delicious. On the bright side, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!

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Camping vs Accommodated: The Overland Experience

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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We understand that camping isn’t for everyone. The thought of nothing but millimetre thin canvas between you and the elements doesn’t quite strike everyone’s fancy: we get it. For this reason, we’ve made sure that there is also an ‘accommodated’ option to pair with your yearning for an overland adventure.


The camping option offers a traveller the fully blown ‘roughing-it ’experience. It’s as simple as: 1. Find a flat-ish piece of land. 2. Pitch your tent. 3. Unroll your mattress. Easily the most important item to pack on your overland trip; your sleeping bag is something you don’t want to find yourself without in the middle of Africa.



The accommodated option offers a traveller a twin room, unless a single room is requested. There are certain locations where dorms are used and ablution facilities are usually communal.

You’ll still need to pack your bag as if you were on a camping trip though.


Being able to carry your luggage comfortably on your adventure will make the experience all the more enjoyable for everyone, so leave the clunky suitcase at home and sling on a backpack. Not sure what you should be packing? We have helpful packing guidelines. The accommodation preference makes no difference to the actual experience; the journey is still classified as an adventure trip. This means you’ll need to prepare for a journey where you can carry your own bag and dig your own hole in the ground (you never know when nature might call).

Whether you choose to rough-it in a tent or venture indoors for your shut eye, the spirit of overlanding remains the same: Awesome. Get more more information on our camping trips. Get more more information on our accommodated trips.

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7 Sensational Camping Safaris in Africa

Friday, April 30th, 2010
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For those that prefer the thrill of sleeping under the stars, camping safaris offer the perfect blend of adventure, nature, wildlife and spectacular views - allowing you to experience the ultimate camping trip in some of the most beautiful destinations across Africa.

Camping Safaris

From the remote rain forests of Uganda, to the idyllic beaches of Mozambique, there is a camping tour to suit all tastes, budgets and travel needs, offering a host of activities, attractions and sights. Camping tours are ideal for travellers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty, and do not mind sleeping in the great outdoors with just their mosquito-proof dome tents to protect them against the elements. For travellers who enjoy being right in the middle of all the action however, these trips offer a memorable travel experience in Africa.

The top 7 sensational camping safaris in Africa that are simply not to be missed include:

1. Kruger National Park Kruger National Park camping safaris offer a glimpse into South Africa's largest game park. This four day safari takes you from Johannesburg to the beautiful Kruger Park, continuing to Timbavati to visit a Cheetah Breeding Centre and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. This camping trip is ideal for travellers wanting a short tour with plenty of game viewing.

2. Gorilla Trekking The five day Gorilla Trekking camping tour is one of the most memorable experiences imaginable. See highly endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, high up in the forests of Uganda. The tour starts in Kampala, and continues on to visit Kisoro and Lake Bunyoni. Gorilla trekking, plenty of game viewing and bird watching, as well as camping in the beautiful rain forests of Uganda are all just a hint of what you can expect on these camping safaris in Africa.

3.    Victoria Falls Visit the World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls, the 'smoke that thunders', and see why this mindboggling waterfall has been rated as one of the wonders of the world. There are a number of camping tour options you could consider for Victoria Falls, with many tours offering a stop-over to this iconic destination as an added option. However you get there, camping in Vic Falls is not to be missed!

4.    Namib Desert Safari Explore the land of contrasts with an eleven day Namib Desert Safari that takes you across the staggering dunes and deserts of Namibia. These camping trips start in Windhoek and head on to Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sesriem, Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon before heading back to South Africa via the Orange River.

5.    Madagascar Dhow Island Hopping Experience the serene beaches and underwater wonders of Madagascar's islands with an eight day camping safari that takes you from Antananarivo to key islands such as Hell-ville, Nosy Iranja, Mahalina, Lokobe National Park and Nosy Komba, before heading back to Antananarivo. You will be able to camp in exotic beach spots, view the islands rare and fascinating wildlife and explore the warm waters that are teeming with marine life.

6.    Botswana Delta and Chobe Expedition The beautiful Botswana hot-spots of the Okavango Delta and Chobe have been hailed as the most stunning safari destinations in Africa, and for good reason. The eight day Botswana camping tour takes you across the waterways and game-rich channels of this Botswana paradise.

7.    Mozambique Magic Mozambique Magic tours take you from South Africa to Swaziland and Hlane Royal National Park, before crossing into Mozambique to visit key destinations such as Praia do Tofo, Bazaruto, Inhambane, Maputo and more. These are the perfect camping safaris in Africa for those who enjoy beaches, friendly locals and stunning wildlife.

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