A Luxury Mobile Tented Camp allows you the flexibility and ability to be where the action is at any time of the year, since they are completely mobile. For, in Africa, no two seasons are exactly alike; no two years exactly the same. Since the movement of the vast array of herbivores and their attendant predators is triggered by rainfall, lush new growth and surface water, flexibility is a luxury that a mobile camp can offer a traveller. However, that said, any time of the year can be the ‘best time’ in East Africa due to such varied topography and altitude range – each of which yields habitats that have their own specific charm and their own attractions in terms of wildlife and scenery.
East Africa enjoys two rainy seasons a year. What are known as the “short rains” fall in October, November and early December, and the “long rains” begin at the end of March, go into April and sometimes May. Wet periods yield bountiful green vegetation, pastures carpeted with flowers, gaily coloured butterflies and an astonishing array of bird and insect life, all busy with the task of procreation. Warm, clear and dry days always intersperse wet thundery weather, so the wet seasons can be amazingly beautiful, the air as clear as crystal and the landscape looking its best. Warmest months are October through to May with temperature highs in the 80 & 90’s (minus humidity) whilst the coolest months are June through to August coinciding with the onset of the next rains. However, whatever time of the year suits our guest’s schedule, a fascinating itinerary can be crafted to enable you to enjoy the best of what is on offer at any time of the year.
Camp and Crew
Luxury camping is all and more than the words imply. The tents are huge and comfortable; insect proofed, each with its own veranda in front, with en-suite bathroom, shower, toilet and separate changing area behind. Your tent will be furnished with twin-size single or double beds, luxurious mattresses, the finest bed linen, duvets and your bed will be warmed for comfort by hot water bottles in chilly conditions. You will have a canvas wardrobe for your clothing, bedside tables, solar powered electric lights, and, in fact, everything anyone would expect in a luxury fixed lodge, including scented candles and fresh flowers.
The Dining Area, which incorporates a lounge and Bar area is spacious and also insect proofed when necessary. In there, delicious multi-course gourmet meals are served, all cooked by skilled chefs on the camp stove and oven. The stove is a pile of coals, the oven is a tin box, and the temperature is controlled simply by slightly shifting the coals on, under, or alongside the box. Menus include a variety of meats, fish and fowl, pastas pizzas and fresh salads, plus plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables brought in whenever needed, with bread baked daily. A refrigerator and deep freeze ensures that food is kept fresh and that ice is ever plentiful.
The Safari crew plays a vital role in making each safari memorable. Besides the wildlife ‘spotters’ and ‘trackers’, and the polished kitchen and dining staff, your unobtrusive tent butler will clean your tent during your absence, return your laundered clothes, clean and beautifully pressed every day in camp, polish your shoes, bring you hot and cold water whenever needed, and be at your call to keep you as comfortable and as happy as possible.
Location and Itinerary
Our mobile luxury tented camps will take you to prime concession areas negotiated in the finest game viewing locations in East Africa (Southern Africa does not have the same tradition of Luxury Mobile tented camps), which can be either inside a National Park or Game Reserve, or on private land or on huge wildlife ranches, where the freedom of walking and driving at night add another dimension to your African adventure. Some of these areas are vast, others relatively small, but all are special places ideally located to impart that unique feeling that you are a part of exclusive Africa during the time you are there.
To organise your custom safari itinerary, we put heads together, to work out your particular interests and needs considering the time of year and where the action is best. The luxury of mobility gives you a customized safari that you will remember all your life.