A Tour of Wildest Botswana with Afrika Ecco Mobile Safaris

To be where the wild things roam is to be in remotest Botswana. Settling at a secluded safari lodge is one thing, but being on the move and keeping your profile as low as possible is what really invites Africa in. Afrika Ecco Mobile Safaris takes its adventurous guests deep into some of the most exceptional areas of Botswana, demonstrating the diversity of landscapes and watching animals at their most primal.

Camp in traditional canvas tents with nothing surrounding you but the stellar night sky, the croaks of frogs, grunts of hippos, and the whooping calls of hyenas.

Afrika Ecco's traditional safari tents with ensuite bathrooms. Set up and ready for when you arrive. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

Afrika Ecco’s traditional safari tents with ensuite bathrooms. Set up and ready for when you arrive. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

The aim of Afrika Ecco Mobile Safaris is to put its guests in touch with nature, but not to create work for those on holiday. This is a non-participation safari where all the pitching of tents, stoking of fires, and pouring of drinks is done for you. All that is required of you is a little rough living, and there’s nothing that a camper likes more than to wake up under the dew-topped tent to the smell of coffee cooking on the embers.

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The flexibility of being mobile in the depths of Botswana and the thrill of unbound campsites combine to produce the ultimate safari experience. Each morning, guests at Afrika Ecco will rise at dawn and awaken their senses with a gulp of something hot before heading out on a game drive traversing the area they are currently in. Be it the mystical Okavango Delta, the unexplored Moremi, the famed Chobe Game Reserve, the illuminating Makgadikgadi Pans, or the vast and diverse Central Kalahari – Afrika Ecco explores the hidden secrets kept there.

Out on game drive, or an on-foot safari, professional and passionate guides lead you through the region’s most precious nooks and crannies, exposing the lives that thrive in wild Botswana. Mokoro cruises and boating safaris are conducted in wetland areas, offering the full experience on both land and water. Dipping below the eye-line of land-dwelling animals and getting comfortable among the reed beds introduces you to the reptilian and amphibious members of the wild. Glide passed a pod of hippos or a crocodile sunning itself on a riverbank, a herd of elephants playfully cooling off in the water, or lechwe antelope bounding through the waterways.

Mokoro safaris with Afrika Ecco. Photo by Kevin macLaughlin.

Mokoro safaris with Afrika Ecco. Photo by Kevin macLaughlin.

Baby crocodile on the banks of the Okavango. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

Baby crocodile on the banks of the Okavango. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

African pygmy goose in flight in the Okavango Delta. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

African pygmy goose in flight in the Okavango Delta. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

A prepared lunch somewhere in the middle of the beauty of it all is well received and offers some time to talk to one another about the sights and sounds of the day. Or to fill your tummy in silence…you decide. By the time you get to that night’s particular campsite, it is set up for you. All the comforts of your stretcher bed, ensuite bathroom and bucket shower await, while a circle of welcoming safari loungers face the dancing flames of the fire.

The ease and flexibility of Afrika Ecco Mobile Safaris means that game activities happen at your own pace and you can structure the experience to suit your preferences. Before sunsets you cover more ground than would be possible at any stationary lodge, and before sunrises you drift away under a boundless African sky with a belly full of fire-cooked food and a mind at peace with nature. This is where you truly break away and relinquish the duty to be in touch.

Relaxing beside the fire in the wilderness of Botswana with Afrika Ecco Safaris. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

Relaxing beside the fire in the wilderness of Botswana with Afrika Ecco Safaris. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

Dinner is served at Afrika Ecco. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

Dinner is served at Afrika Ecco. Photo by Kevin MacLaughlin.

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