Tuskers Explorer Camp is an eco-luxury tented safari camp on a vast private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. It is currently hosting African conservation volunteers and will reopen to safari guests in 2020 after some exciting renovations.
Find out about the accommodation, activities, and other details below, or contact us with your questions and we'll gladly give you any information you need.
Tuskers Explorer Camp is located overlooking a large waterhole on a 365 000-hectare private concession between Nxai Pan National Park in the east and Moremi Game Reserve in the west.
There are six Meru-style canvas safari tents positioned between mopane trees and looking out into the bush, offering guests seclusion and privacy during their stay. En suite bathrooms comply with the sustainable construction of the camp; each has a heated bucket shower and eco bush toilet.
The dining tent, boma, and bar overlook a waterhole and the animals that wander past and stop to drink. Tuskers is a true eco-luxury bush camp with simple comforts and tranquil charm.
Tuskers safari tents are authentic and minimalistic in design, a look and feel that is replicated in the main area of camp where guests will find a dining area, lounge, bar and fireplace. It achieves an iconic level of eco-luxury that is comfortable yet gentle on the environment.
There is a spacious safari-style dining tent where guests are seated at meal times, while a lounge area with comfortable wicker and canvas furniture and coffee tables is the ideal spot to while away the afternoon. The adjacent freestanding bar is a feature of the camp, also shaded by canvas walls and roof.
The classic open-air fire pit is centred between the bar and dining tent, all overlooking a pan frequently visited by roaming game, and offering a perfect view of the sunset on the western horizon.
Tuskers Explorer Camp has access to a vast private concession, which is ideal for game drives and unique walking experiences with Bushman guides. The location of the camp offers unbeatable exclusivity and unadulterated wildlife experiences.
Game drives: Explore the concession in an open 4x4 on morning and evening game drives, which are conducted by an expert guide. The afternoon drive continues after dark, offering the special experience of seeing the bush come alive at night. Find out more about our game drive activities here .
Bushman Tracking Experience: Step back in time and walk in the footsteps of the Kalahari Bushman as you are guided through an authentic tracking experience. Guides will demonstrate how their tribal people historically hunted, foraged, and utilised elements for shelter, fire, and nourishment. Find out more about our walking safari activities here .
Birdwatching: Bird-watch from the comfort of camp as you sit quietly with a pair of binoculars at the ready. Feel free to ask our expert guides about the birds in the area and make sure you visit during summer if you're a true twitcher! Find out more about our birdwatching activities here :
Stargazing: Take a closer look at our galaxy and let our guides show you the characters that make up the constellations in the night sky. After dinner, let your guide point out the stars and help you orientate yourself in the cosmic world. Find out more about our stargazing activities here .
Tuskers Explorer Camp lies in a private concession between Nxai Pan National Park in the east and Moremi Game Reserve in the west. Maun is just over an hour’s drive away (4x4 only) and Chobe National Park is to the north, making this an exceptional and highly accessible location.
The camp is nestled in its own 365 000 hectare concession. This is a prestigious territory in the wild wonderland of Botswana where the lack of fences allows for free-roaming wildlife, resident lions, an abundance of elephants, and incomprehensible room to explore.
Guests can self-drive from Maun or take a transfer from the airport to the camp with ease and convenience.
Self-drivers travelling from Maun will exit the airport on Airport Road and turn left at the stop street meeting Sir Seretse Khama Road.
Continue on Sir Seretse Khama Road until you exit Maun town, cross the Thamalakane River and arrive at a roundabout.
Take the first exit left off the roundabout and continue in the direction of Mababe.
The road becomes a gravel road and you will cross the vet fence.
Continue straight on the gravel road until turning right onto another gravel road and drive along the fence for +-15km until reaching Tuskers Explorer Camp.
Tuskers Explorer Camp welcomes families with children aged 12 and over.
Botswana receives rainfall in the form of afternoon thundershowers in the hot summer months between November and March. October is the hottest, driest month before the rains, and things start to cool down come April/May before winter truly sets in in June.
June, July, and August are considered the winter months and also peak safari season because of the mild daytime temperatures (±25C), dry weather, lack of mosquitos, and good opportunities for game viewing.
Summer on safari can be challenging with unpredictable rainfall, flooded roads, and sometimes searing temperatures (±40C), but those who are keen birders should know this is the season for birdwatching, as the many migrant species return for the summer.
The wildlife on Tuskers' private concession includes a great variety of animals that occur in the neighbouring Moremi Game Reserve. There are no fences dividing the reserve from surrounding concessions, so all species have the freedom to roam. The permanent water in the Delta river systems attracts wildlife year-round, so Moremi is constantly a hive of activity.
Large predators that can be seen include lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, and African wild dog; and the mega-herbivores include elephant, hippo, and giraffe. The Khwai region is known for special water-adapted antelope, such as red lechwe and waterbuck, among many other well known species.
The pan in front of Tuskers attracts plenty of elephant, buffalo, and general game as well as birds. Lion and leopard are frequently heard from camp, and can be seen moving elusively through the concession. Watch this space for a new hide that is being built!
Like many safari regions in Africa, Botswana is in a malaria-risk area. This should not be a deterrent for guests wanting to travel in Botswana and to the Okavango Delta area specifically, but measures should be taken to prevent mosquito bites and lower one’s risk of contracting malaria.
We recommend guests always consult doctors in their home countries for advice on prophylactic medication and follow the medical advice they are given. While on safari at any of our lodges located in malaria-risk areas, we provide insect repellent for guests to use and recommend wearing light-weight, high coverage clothing in the evenings.
All year round, guests should pack the essential safari items, such as cameras, binoculars, sun-block, hats, and sun glasses. The winter sun, while mild, still needs to be considered and guests should be diligent about protecting their skin even during the cooler time of year.
The winter nights and early mornings can be exceptionally chilly in Botswana, so it is essential that one packs a warm, wind-proof jacket, scarf, and warm headgear to wrap up against the cold on morning game drives in an open vehicle.
Closed shoes are essential for walking and are also recommended for nights around camp to protect against animals like scorpions, which are more prevalent on hot, summer nights.
Remember to pack all the necessary camera and device chargers and any personal medication. Things like books on the birds and mammals of the area are available for reading and reference at the lodge.