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  • Dear Rob, just to let you know we are safely back after a great holiday. All arrangements went beautifully and all lodges were excellent with good food and friendly staff. Overall, we were very happy with our holiday even though animal viewing in Botswana was not as good as Kenya and East Africa. However, we had a good balance of interesting birds and animals, which is what we wanted. We would definitely recommend all lodges and all your arrangements and connections worked extremely well – no hitches at all. So thank you for organising such a good holiday for us and we will definitely pass on our recommendation to use Safari Consultants in the future and would definitely use you again for trips to Africa! I’ll do a more detailed report of various experiences later, but just want to say thank you for organising the trip which was a great success!

    Anthony and Barbara from Kent travelled to see Victoria Falls and northern Botswana
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Botswana

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

Most of the safari camps in Botswana we recommend offer game drives with between 4 and 8 guests on a vehicle. In typical game-viewing circumstances, the best camps and lodges will usually not put more than 6 guests on one vehicle.

Whilst sharing your experiences with a few other guests is normal, and often great fun, it is usually possible to pay extra for ‘exclusive-use’ of a vehicle for all or part of your safari. A private vehicle naturally comes with a private guide and tends to be very appealing to more experienced travellers who have very specific interests such as birding or photography. Not all camps offer this option, and some camps charge significantly more than others. Taking a private vehicle is not necessary for most people, but it is an option to consider if you have specialist interests or simply would like to prioritise the flexibility and exclusivity that having a private vehicle and guide will offer.

Taking things one step further, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’ in Botswana. This can be within the framework of permanent camps and lodges, or connected with some kind of private mobile safari, walking or horse-riding trail. There is always the option to explore regions such as the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area, Savuti Marsh, Chobe River, Nxai Pans, Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari on a private mobile safari. The benefits of such a safari are heavily orientated around your guide, the private nature of your camp, and the activities. With many years experience as a leading Africa specialist we know personally, and have worked with, a wide range of specialist and professional guides in Botswana. These guides are ‘the best of the best’ and experts in their field. We highly recommend this form of private guiding.

If you feel that you would appreciate a private vehicle and/or a specialist private guide for all or part of your safari, please advise us when you speak to us. We are very flexible and different regions present different opportunities, so we will simply work with you to include the level of exclusivity and guiding that you desire.