Lloyd Wilmot is a renowned character & an expert guide, offering memorable safaris around Botswana
Lloyd Wilmot's Mobile Camp: Our full report
Before the inception of organised camps and lodges, the wildlife areas of Botswana were visited on a traditional mobile safari. Somewhat adventurous travellers were driven around by a professional guide, the camp team and equipment travelling with them. Today, mobile safaris remain an enjoyable and popular way to travel. Privately guided versions of these are particularly special as the route, schedule and activities are organised just for you, by you.
Lloyd Wilmot is a renowned character and guide in Botswana. Once a hunter and now an ardent conservationist, he has spent almost his whole life in the bush including living for 19 years in Savute. With Lloyd as the guide, you can enjoy a memorable safari experience at one, or a combination of, areas including Savute in Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve and the Central Kalahari.
Some of our first travellers to go on a mobile safari with Lloyd described their experience as “a bit like going camping with favourite uncle, who is very knowledgeable and a bit of a character” – and we're inclined to agree!
Lloyd will take one booking at a time, for a maximum of six visitors on any one safari (larger groups of up to about eight people may be accommodate on request). Once booked, your safari is guaranteed to be exclusive; we will not ask you to mix with other travellers. This makes it a great option for families, couples and small groups – especially because children of all ages are welcome.
Whilst on safari, you will be accommodated in a mobile camp which is taken down and rebuilt on each new site as appropriate. Private campsites are booked wherever possible. Spacious walk-in 3m x 3m dome tents are kitted out with comfortable camp stretcher-beds, bedrolls, bed linen, duvets, towels and a small side table with a reading lamp. Outside each tent, private hand basins are filled with clean water regularly. A separate open-air tent enclosure holds a bucket shower that is filled with water at your chosen temperature when requested. A second separate enclosure holds a bush toilet – a short drop covered with a 'proper' toilet seat. Family sized tents can be arranged on request.
The camp's main area is a large tent with roll-up canvas sides. This provides shelter from the sun during the day or from the rain when necessary during meal times. A small camp team takes on all the chores, allowing you to relax and enjoy the undivided attention of the guide as you explore the area.
Activities on offer whilst on safari with Lloyd Wilmot are dependent on the area visited. When in a national park, the group is restricted to game drives and a possible boat cruise. When in a private or community reserve activities can also including spot-lit night drives, walking safaris, fishing and canoeing.
Our viewA safari guided by the knowledgeable and congenial Lloyd Wilmot can be an unforgettable experience. For independent travellers, a small family or group of friends who rate quality guiding and love soft adventure, a safari with Lloyd can't be too highly recommended.
Ideal length of stay: We recommend at least a 3-night stay at your mobile camp in each area with Lloyd. Longer private guided safaris covering two or more areas can be easily arranged.
Owner: Lloyd Wilmot
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: Typically, an early and light breakfast is usually offered before heading out on safari. This is set up as a buffet and includes a selection of fruit, cereals, yoghurt, cheese and bread served with tea and coffee. Morning tea is carried with you on the game drive and usually enjoyed about halfway through the morning. Brunch is served upon your return to the camp.
A mid-afternoon snack of fresh bread, cheeses, chutneys and pickles is set out before you set out for the afternoon game drive. Three course dinners cooked over the fire often end a magical day on safari. These are enjoyed at a candlelight table set with linen, crockery and glasses. A mobile safari with Lloyd Wilmot combines first-class guiding with a very good quality mobile camp.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are included in the cost of the safari. As there is limited cold storage space you will be asked for your preferred tipples before you travel. Plenty of bottled water is available throughout.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome on safari.
Generally recommended for children: Lloyd Wilmot's mobile camps are unfenced and dangerous wildlife does wander through. Because of this, children must remain under their parent's supervision at all times. Expert Africa recommends these safaris for children aged 7 years and over.
Communications: For all intents and purposes you should consider yourself out of contact whilst on a mobile safari. There is no mobile reception, no direct phone or fax and no email – this is the bush! In an emergency radio contact can be made with the main office in Maun.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A simple laundry service is offered. Note that clothing is hand washed and will not be ironed.