Fly Camping

Amidst all of the luxury of the tented camps and lodges, sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics, and this where fly camping comes in. Often combined with a walking safari, a fly camp is a simple remote camp, located some distance from your main safari camp.  Typically, you’d leave camp in the late afternoon, and do an hour or so’s walk, ending up in your fly camp. There’s a real satisfaction to be felt in walking, rather than driving, between camps and more often than not you’ll be rewarded with cool drink at the other end.

Fly Camping with Norman Carr SafarisThe set up of a fly camp varies, depending on the site and time of year, but you’ll usually sleep in a small dome tent, or gauze mosquito net cube, in a simple bed roll.  There’s generally a simple, clean, short-drop loo and a bucket shower, with a fire to sit around, and a table open to the skies. After your night’s sleep out, you’ll eat breakfast around the campfire, before walking out of camp and on to your next adventure. Generally a night or two’s fly camping is enough for most people, but if you utterly adore it, we can arrange a longer basic camping safari in both Namibia and Northern Tanzania.

This is the ultimate opportunity to reconnect with the wilderness, and for those who try it, it’s often a highlight of their safari. It is pretty wild- you’ll use a short-drop loo, and the sounds of the animals are very much right there – so fly camping is not for everyone, but if you’re interested in trying it out we can incorporate it into numerous safaris in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, the Selous and Ruaha in Tanzania, and in the private conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara in Kenya.

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