This range of packages are booked exclusively with Wilderness Safaris and represent the ideal option for those travellers with a sense of adventure and a tighter budget. The three main categories used in these packages are the Discoverer, Adventurer and Trails camps.
Discoverer Explorations are a deluxe range of mobile safaris that have the advantage of superb locations, taking our guests on a select, spectacular journey through the most remote wilderness areas to enjoy outstanding wildlife viewing in Africa. Our itineraries provide exciting encounters with the most diverse, renowned and scenic areas in each country. These safaris combine Wilderness Safaris’ fixed camps with exclusive trails camps. Such camps are always located in private concessions, ensuring not only private accommodation but also meeting other Wilderness Safaris guests. We have developed an innovative Meru-style canvas tent for the Discoverer trails camps. This design, with its hexagonal shape, walk-in structure and en-suite separate toilet and shower areas, allows for a sense of space, matchless views and privacy. The interiors of the tents have been redesigned to create a sense of stepping back in time, with flowing linen of pure cottons and essential “old style” finishes.
Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the evening camp ambience. Fresh, sumptuous meals are usually prepared around a fire by safari staff, and the dining area is under stars (although a canopy dining tent is always erected), creating that matchless ‘camping wilderness’ experience. A small reference library is also provided. Discoverer camps are designed to bring the guest closer to nature; they are specially outfitted to ensure the camping feel with a clear emphasis on necessary and stylish comfortable interiors. This warm, inviting atmosphere, with its lantern-lit meals and cheerful campfire, is complemented by the comfort and added luxury of the permanent lodges visited.
Wilderness Adventures represents the roots of Wilderness Safaris’ first forays into tented camps in the late 1980s and is a company within the Wilderness Group that came about as the result of partnerships between Wilderness Safaris and various local communities in southern Africa’s prime wildlife and wilderness areas.
It was born out of a need for an authentic back-to-basics experience that is aimed at everyone from nature enthusiasts to young-at-heart travellers and families. The camps are larger than those of Wilderness Safaris, consisting of smaller, yet comfortable, en-suite canvas and thatch tents with rustic finishes. The emphasis in each camp though is on its main area, a convivial, friendly place to relax and enjoy good food and excellent company, the outcome being an active, involved and vibrant safari experience.
These Explorations are about reconnecting with nature and embracing the elements away from the luxury of vehicles, on foot or on mountain bikes, whether on the rocky plains of the Kaokoveld, in a canoe on the waters of the Zambezi, or on foot on the fine alluvial sands of Pafuri and Selinda. Walking on safari has always been regarded as the finest way to really get a feel for the African wilderness. The walking trail experience allows guests to get their feet on the ground and really feel, smell and touch Africa. We will walk for several hours a day, but it is done at a moderate pace and can be enjoyed by most guests, with plenty of time for quality game viewing and birding on foot.
Packages in this Category
An area of 15 000km2 filled with water channels, lagoons and islands, the Okavango Delta is known for its rich and varied ecosystem. As the world’s largest inland delta, it is arguably one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries and the perfect place for scenic beauty and extraordinary wildlife encounters. The Delta Adventurer is a wonderful way of experiencing this wetland wonderland and its many habitats. The first camp, Xigera Mokoro Trails, is set up on a vegetated island in the remote Xigera area, exposing the permanently flooded inner Delta. Here the islands and serene waterways enable up close and personal encounters with birdlife and wildlife, particularly those specially adapted to water. Khwai Discoverer Camp in the Khwai Concession just north of the Khwai River is where woodland meets floodplains, wetlands and grasslands. The area is home to a plethora of large mammals and elusive predators.
This is the ultimate African adventure where guests will explore this unique water-filled land by foot, traditional mokoro and game drives. Your journey is rounded off with stunning aerial views of the area, not for nothing known as the “Jewel of the Kalahari.”
Days 1 – 2: Fly by light aircraft from Maun Airport to Xigera Concession, Moremi Game Reserve, then by mokoro to Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp, set on a remote island.
Days 3 – 5: Transfer by light aircraft to Khwai Discoverer Camp, Khwai Concession.
Day 6: Bid farewell to the adventure as we transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.
This short nature- and wildlife-focused route explores the thundering waters of the Victoria Falls, the continually moving wildlife of northern Botswana within the broad vistas of the Linyanti with its wooded deciduous forests and the crystal-clear waterways and fertile green islands of the Okavango Delta. Staying in private wilderness areas and with a diverse range of activities, we follow the fault lines of northern Botswana, covering these unique and wild areas from the air, by vehicle, on foot and in mokoro, ensuring a close connection with nature and spectacular game viewing. A visit to iconic and resurgent Savute Channel is included.
Day 1: Arrival in Livingstone, Guided tour of the Victoria Falls and then road transfer to The River Club or Toka Leya Camp, Livingstone.
Days 2, 3 & 4: Road transfer to Kasane for a river boat cruise in the Chobe National Park and then drive to Linyanti Adventurer Camp, Linyanti concession
Days 5, 6 & 7: Fly to Khwai Adventurer Camp, Khwai Concession, North Eastern Okavango Delta
Days 8 & 9: Fly to Xigera Mokoro Trails, Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango Delta
Day 10: Fly to Maun
This canoeing and walking adventure safari navigates some 45km along the Selinda Spillway in the heart of the Selinda Reserve. Days are spent paddling eastwards, in stable Canadian-style canoes with cushioned seats, along the Spillway, viewing wildlife and bird species that may be seen along the banks. Nights are spent in fly camps (comprising dome tents with hot bucket showers and short-drop toilets) along the way. The area is well known for elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, roan antelope and wild dog, as well as some 300 bird species. Cheetah, lion and leopard are occasionally seen. The area evokes remoteness and solitude.
Days 1, 2 & 3: Game drive transfer from Selinda airstrip to starting point on the spillway, paddling downstream, overnighting in true wilderness areas for 3 nights.
Day 4: Transfer by road to Selinda airstrip for onward arrangements.