Most good quality safari camps in Botswana offer game drives with between 4 and 7 guests on a vehicle.
A small number of camps will put a maximum of just 4 guests on one vehicle, which makes for very exclusive game viewing. However, if you would prefer totally private guiding and game viewing, it is usually possible to pay extra for ‘exclusive-use’ 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.
One of best safaris available in Botswana is a private mobile safari, which can be undertaken through Moremi Game Reserve and the bordering Khwai Community Concession (all part of the Okavango Delta), the Savuti Marsh and Chobe River regions of Chobe National Park, and the Kalahari regions of Nxai Pans, Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari. The benefits of such a safari are heavily orientated around your guide and the private nature of your camp, though such safaris tend to be more adventurous in style and rarely operate in private concessions.
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.
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. For the right group of travellers, we highly recommend this form of private guiding, however all camps we recommend have their own local guides who are friendly and knowledgeable.
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.