There are many ways to define the word ‘adventure’. From unusual and exciting, to daring and downright crazy … our most favourite explanation by far is, quite simply, ‘not knowing what comes next’.
Though we aren’t an adventure travel company by definition, the authentic and unforgettable travel experiences that we tailor-make do most certainly incorporate a wonderful sense of adventure. We take pride in surprising our guests with unexpected spoils and pampering; it is core to the &Beyond travel experience that is now offered on not one, but three different continents.
Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting that pops out of nowhere, a rarely seen, yet truly enchanting champagne tree, a private candlelit dinner-for-two under the stars, a velvety carpet of rose petals leading to an ice bucket with champagne and a steaming bubble bath … there is always an element of ‘what’s next?’ to keep our guests on their toes and, of course, to keep them coming back for more.
A perfect example of just the right mix of adventure is our ever-popular range of mobile camping expeditions, which was re-launched last year with six incredible redesigned camping safaris that explore the rustic, untamed wilderness of Botswana’s most iconic destinations. The quintessential African safari experience, these six glamping expeditions seamlessly combine comfortable mobile camping accommodation with exclusive game viewing led throughout by an experienced senior &Beyond guide. Click here to meet those guides personally.
Imagine driving through a lush mopane forest at first light, the sun’s early rays gently filtering through the leafy boughs. The guide switches off the vehicle for a moment so you can all absorb the tranquillity as he regales you with stories of wild cucumber and devil’s claw. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the distant melodic call of the endemic Arnot’s chat. Picture bountiful picnic lunches served on the river’s edge. Feast on warm, freshly-baked bread, hearty salads and chilled wine, while listening to birdsong and watching herds of elephant and buffalo in the distance slowly making their way down to the water.
No evening is without a well-earned sundowner celebration, each one in an even more magical setting. Sip on a refreshing gin and tonic amidst a mysterious, towering cluster of grand baobab trees that have managed to thrive atop volcanic rock; or toast the sunset with sparkling wine overlooking a busy hippo pool, as more than a hundred loudly grunting hippo jostle and splash about in the water.
Back at the campsite, stories and laughter are shared around a blazing fire as the chef effortlessly whips up an abundant feast on the open fire. Later, indulge in a hot al fresco shower under a vast, starry sky. There’s nothing more invigorating.
Watch this for a taste of what to expect…
Each of our six exciting, action-packed &Beyond Expeditions is tailored to suit different needs; some include a mix of camping and luxury &Beyond lodge accommodation, whereas others are geared entirely towards camping enthusiasts. They range from six to eight nights and explore the exquisite beauty of Botswana, from the game-rich Chobe National Park and remote Savute to the meandering channels of the Okavango Delta and the dramatic Nxai Pans.
To quote another one of my favourite sayings, “Forget yesterday. It has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow. You haven’t even met yet. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift: today.” So, what are you waiting for? The New Year brings with it a blank canvas. Bring your spirit of adventure and join us for an unforgettable mobile camping safari of a lifetime!