The Safari experience: Botswana

Your choice of accommodation helps shape or safari experience. Semunyeni offers all types of accommodation to cater to your specials requests and holiday needs. The options may sound bamboozling: staying in a luxurious lodge, a luxury tent, a dome tent, whether to do tented camps of mobile safaris? From our experience, it’s the latter that is more likely to lead to the visceral and exhilarating encounters with a sense of being immersed in nature and all its wildlife.

In a number of the travel magazines such as Travel Africa, they describe lodges and tented camps as ‘hotels in the bush’: a more permanent, open all year, with rooms constructed from building material with restaurant type dining. A city appeal in the African bush.

In contrast, mobile safaris are similar to bush camps, except, they’re not permanent. Tents create ‘intimate, low-impact hideaways that sweep you away to an isolated getaway where all you experience is nature at its best, a glass of wine by a crackling fire and peace. Exclusivity hosted no more than a dozen guests at a time and unfenced to allow an immersive experience as the animals stroll freely through the camp. Wildlife comes to you. Tented camping areas can be stylish, as in our Glamping Safari range, where you experience comfort without luxuries such as an aircon. But there are memory foam mattresses, Egyptian cotton duvets, and sheets, handcrafted teak bedside tables, steaming water in the bucket shower, and flushable toilets that create a sense of security while away from home. A double bed and al-fresco en-suite bush bathroom. After a dirt runway pick-up, a few stops looking at the lazy lions, and the wild painted dogs, you reach a secluded campsite and welcomed by smiling staff, fresh towels, and a welcome drink – Homemade ice tea. Glamping is for those who are beginners in being introduced to wild Botswana.

A dome tent offers a thin barrier between you and what’s outside, allowing you to be surrounded by pulse-raising roars and howls of the animals of the night. For those who are looking for a more rustic experience with comfort, a more experienced traveller familiar with the wilds of Botswana, camping is the accommodation for you. A dome tent with an en-suite simplistic bathroom, comfortable foam mattresses, material stretchers, and soft pillows allows for easy sleeping in a spacious senior tent.

Nomads often travel light and are never in the same place for too long. For the younger adventurers who want to make the travels of their youth memorable often opt for the Participation safaris. Where the dews of your labour make that ice-cold beer taste that much better. Experience the lifestyle of the trekkers of Botswana by helping put up your own tent and sleeping arrangements, have the freedom to plan your holiday as you please while being guided by an experienced safari host.