This was my very first experience of an Explorations safari and, whilst we did not follow the itinerary from start to finish, we popped in to Linyanti Discoverer Camp and the new Gomoti Tented Camp to have a look and get the feel for what Wilderness Safaris' version of ‘deluxe’ camping is all about.
And I can tell you it's the very definition of ‘glamping’. That means you get a beautiful tent as your bedroom and you sleep in a proper bed, with real linen; you have a flush loo, a shower and a basin, all en suite! At Linyanti Discoverer Camp a little verandah at the front of your tent overlooks the Linyanti River where hippo shlomp, chomp and splash all night long. You get to eat delicious meals that are cooked for you, but yet you still have your feet on the ground around the evening camp-fire where you enjoy an aperitif and tell stories.
After dinner, you finish up with a nightcap around the fire then your guide escorts you to your tent (which you don’t have to put up or take down) after which you gently retire to the sounds of the guinea fowl roosting in the trees above, the hippo doing their shlompy thing in the Linyanti River alongside the myriad other sounds of night life in the bush. The new Gomoti Tented Camp is a fantastic replacement for the Khwai Discoverer. It is set amongst camelthorn acacia trees in the heart of the bush and gives a diverse game and habitat offering.
The key difference between an Explorations safari and other safaris, is that here your route is on a set itinerary to include three camps in very different areas to make the offering a very diverse one. You have your own personal guide for the entire trip – so you get to know one another and ultimately make a new friend. Not only that, but you also get to break all the rules of the typical safari insofar as you get to run to your own time with your guide. So if you feel like doing a full day outing to look for something in particular, you can take a packed lunch and go out for as long as you need to.
Deluxe camping is the top-end of exploring wild Africa that includes activities such as walking and mekoro (in appropriate areas), as well as morning or evening game drives. Wonderful photographic opportunities abound in beautiful areas where you feel like you are on a safari, but yet you have those basic comforts that just take the edge off the ‘real deal’ .
Pictures: Mike Myers