Tuskers Bush Camp lies between Nxai Pan National Park in the east and Moremi Game Reserve in the west, within the Kwatale Conservancy. Tuskers encompasses 365 000 hectares of acacia scrub and mopane woodland, plus the northern tip of the Botswana Kalahari, making this exclusive tract of land ideal for game drives, and nature walks led by the local San people as part of our Bushman experience.
6 Meru-style canvas safari tents are located between the evergreen mopane trees, looking out into the veld and offering guests seclusion and privacy during their stay. En suite bathrooms comply with the sustainable construction of the camp, with heated bucket showers and eco bush toilets.
The main dining tent, boma, and bar overlook a waterhole, and the free-flow of animals create a wild and untamed ambience throughout. Tuskers is a true canvas bush camp with added luxuries; and is located in a true wilderness region of Botswana. Experience game drives, a bushman walk, and sundowners when you stay at Tuskers.
Tuskers is located only 1.5 to 2 hour drive (4 x 4 only) from Maun, and is easily and afforably accessed by self-drivers (4 x 4 only) from Maun Airport. Alternatively, a road transfer from the airport to the camp can be arranged.
Self-drivers (4 x 4 only) travelling from Maun will exit the airport on Airport Rd and turn left at the stop street meeting Sir Seretse Khama Rd. Continue on Sir Seretse Khama Rd 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 Bush Camp.
SAN BUSHMAN EXPERIENSE
The San People are the ancients of southern Africa, believed to have a genetic lineage dating back some 80 000 years. It’s without a doubt that the humble hunter-gatherer San people are the oldest inhabitants of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa. The hunter-gatherer communities found within various regions in southern Africa pre-dated the arrival of other humans, and over centuries they were eventually forced to live a more modern lifestyle. To date there are many direct descendants of the Bushmen dwelling within certain pockets of wilderness in southern Africa, where they either live as close to their original lifestyle as possible or spend time educating and introducing others to the original San way of life. At Tuskers Bush Camp we now offer a Bushman experience that introduces guests to the traditional Bushman lifestyle.
Tuskers Bush Camp occupies a vast concession neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve and is home to lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, various antelope, and a plethora of birds.
TOP WILDLIFE MOMENTS AT TUSKERS
PEACEFUL ELEPHANT BULLS AT TUSKERS
Tuskers Bush Camp is located in a vast private concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve, and sightings like these are plentiful and entirely exclusive.
ELEPHANTS AT A WATERHOLE
A fantastic sighting of a breeding herd of elephants seen in Tuskers Bush Camp private concession on the eastern border of Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
BIRDLIFE AT TUSKERS: GREATER PAINTED SNIPE
The greater painted snipe is a fascinating and unusual species of wader occurring in the marshy wetlands of Botswana and elsewhere.
Tuskers offers highly sought after game drives in the Kalahari acacia bushveld that flourishes in parts of the concession. Explore the bush and encounter wild animals, recognise their tracks and signs, and discover smaller details of the bush. Traditional game drives, as well as night drives, offer up close game viewing experiences with the population of wildlife that moves freely between the concession and the bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Tuskers safari experience includes: Morning and afternoon game drives, as well as night drives in the concession Birdwatching from the camp Sundowners at various waterholes and pans in the concession The option of having a bush dinner set-up under the trees Walk with the San Bushman Experience : This needs to be arranged prior to arrival, and takes the place of the morning game drive. The walk is aimed at introducing guests to the hunter/gatherer lifestyle of the ancients.
WHEN TO GO
Botswana is a year-round destination and ‘when to go’ depends on preference regarding game viewing, landscape and weather.
In September and October, temperatures can soar to the early-40°Cs and it is the driest period, with game keeping close to the remaining water. The rain begins in summer, and runs from November to April and transforms Botswana into a prime birding destination.
For unforgettable big game viewing, the winter months (June, July, August) are the best as the bush is thinner, making visibility better, and water is scarcer, meaning the permanent waterholes and lagoons are alive with wildlife.
WHAT TO PACK
The climate in Botswana brings very hot, dry periods and also very wet seasons. Winter (June, July, August) packs cold nights and mild, dry days. Depending on what time of year you travel, you will need certain essentials.
Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short sleeves
Bring sun protection in the form of sunblock, sun hats, and glasses.
Scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early mornings on the boat, especially in winter.
Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as is sun protection in the form of hats, sunglasses and sun block.
Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The classic ambience of this bush camp is a traditional ‘under canvas’ experience and is ecologically respectful. The camp lacks frills and luxuries, and has an emphasis on the closeness to nature, which encapsulates the underlying appeal.
Guests will feel blissfully lost in Botswana’s great wilderness. Expect to be transported to an era of classic safari explorations in the wild wonderland of Botswana, where canvas tents and crackling campfires are key.
The vast area in which Tuskers in located is largely home to elephant, which thrive in the mopane woodland, so always have your eyes open for wandering visitors.
ABOUT THE CAMP
Tuskers Bush Camp is the ultimate bushveld retreat. The old-world safari tents are authentic and simplistic, a design that is replicated in the main area of camp where guests will find a dining area, lounge, bar and fireplace. 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.
FEATURES AND FACILITIES
6 Classic Meru-style safari tents each sleeping two people
En suite bathrooms with flush-toilet, wash basins, and bucket showers
Safari-style dining tent forming the central area of the camp
Open-air boma/campfire in the main area overlooking the pan
Coffee station in the dining tent
Drinking water provided in rooms, but tap water not palatable
Solar-powered lighting for bedroom and en suite bathrooms
Charging station available for cameras and other devices in camp.
WiFi is available in the main area.
Tuskers Bush Camp Rates
|Rate||Green Season||Shoulder Season||High Season|
|1 December 2019 to 31 March 2020||1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 & November 2020||1 July 2023 to 31 October 2020|
|RACK RATE||US$295 per person per night||US$350 per person per night||US$395 per person per night|
|CHILDREN AGED 6-12||50% of the adult rate||50% of the adult rate||50% of the adult rate|
|SINGLE SUPPLEMENT||No single supplement||No single supplement||No single supplement|
All meals, game activities (morning and afternoon/night drives and walking safaris offered between May to September), teas & coffees, bottled water, taxes & Botswana bed levy, emergency medical evacuation insurance.
All drinks, Moremi park entry fee if electing to participate in the Full Day Moremi Day Trip (BWP120 per person), gratuities, all items of a personal nature, any item not described above.
Children aged 6 to 12 are accepted at the camp and pay 50% of the adult rate. Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate.
SELF DRIVE GUESTS
Please note that the camp is only accessible with a proper 4 x 4 vehcile.
TERMS & CONDITIONS AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Please download our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy which apply to all bookings.
- Rates are quoted in US$.
- Rates are quoted per person per night.
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes where applicable. If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly.
The below road transfers can be booked through Tuskers reservations in conjunction with a stay at Tuskers Bush Camp. Please note that the road transfers are scheduled to tie in with the arrival and departure of flights into and out of Maun. As such the transfers are scheduled and not private.
|2019||Price per person|
|Maun to Tuskers Bush Camp||US$85 per person|
|Tuskers Bush Camp to Maun||US$85 per person|