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Southwest African lion, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaSpringbok, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaKalahari Plains Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaSouthern Carmine Bee-eater, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaSouthwest African lion, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaAfrican wild dog, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaMokoro, Okavango Delta, BotswanaOkavango Delta, BotswanaOkavango Delta, BotswanaSteenbuck, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaBlack Rhino, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, ZambiaVictoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Nico Smit: Lion
Mark Hickey:  Jeep crossing river, Mokoro
David Luck: Delta aerial
Alek Komarnitsky: Elephant
Court Whelan: Wild Dog
Grant Atkinson: Gemsbock, Bee-eater
Dana Allen: Kalahari Plains Camp main area
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Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond

On This Green Season Safari, Lush Grass Draws Prolific Wildlife & New Babies Abound!
Botswana’s lush summer, its most productive and colorful time, offers natural spectacles most travelers miss. Sporadic light rains in the Kalahari mark a time of dramatic change, signaling a great influx of migrating wildlife and plains animal births—"bush babies" are everywhere! The Kalahari’s high game concentrations and expansive open vistas make for some of the best cheetah viewing in southern Africa. Green vegetation springs to life on the bleached plains of Deception Valley, attracting herds from all over the reserve. The drier region of the Okavango Delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve is also superb for wildlife viewing, with stable populations of lion, leopard and wild dog active within a wide range of diverse habitats.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the Kalahari during its greatest wildlife season, when water is a magnet for desert species, and explore the vast Linyanti, teeming with migratory birds and mammals
  • Journey by 4x4 and on foot from remote tented camps for unsurpassed game viewing, at the time of year when new births fill the plains and predators abound
  • Witness the thunder of Victoria Falls during its mightiest seasonal flow, producing enough spray to create a rain forest microclimate on the rim of the Zambezi Gorge
The Best Southern Summer-Season Safari You'll Find
Experiencing the Kalahari Desert and Botswana’s sprawling Okavango Delta in the heart of the green season is a distinctive nature adventure in its own right. But to do it the way we do it—maximizing seclusion and intimate wildlife encounters in especially remote areas—takes this safari to a whole different level. Read about the important differences in how we operate this safari:
  1. Maximum Group Size Just 7 Guests
    Nature travel happens best in small groups, so we run this safari with a maximum of seven guests. This especially small group size ensures the most secluded and personalized safari experience possible.
  2. Diverse Summer Season Itinerary 
    This special itinerary offers an exceptional experience of Botswana's prolific wildlife during a season when new life is prolific but visitors are few. With the guidance of our partners in travel, World Wildlife Fund, we’ve designed it to maximize a diverse array of habitats and settings, for the best range of wildlife viewing.
  3. Stay on Private Reserves 
    In counterpoint to more heavily visited national parks, we stay in seclusion on some of Botswana’s premier private reserves. Wildlife viewing is excellent during the green season, when a range of habitats nourished by fresh rains supports a large herbivore and predator population. In addition to regular daytime safari drives, we can also do exciting night drives (not allowed on public lands) in search of nocturnal wildlife. 
  4. Private Verandas for Personal Wildlife Viewing 
    Our luxury tented safari camps feature private verandas so you never miss a chance to encounter animals that may wander past – in the privacy of your own secluded space.
  5. Charter Flights Maximize Your Time on Safari
    Charter flights between safari locations enhance your time with wildlife in the bush and maximize your comfort, too, eliminating long drives over rough dirt roads. 
  6. The World's Finest Naturalist Guides 
    We’re proud to provide some of the best trained, most experienced naturalist guides in all of Africa—a Nat Hab hallmark. Rather than relying on various local guides at each camp, your NHA Safari Expedition Leader accompanies your group from start to finish, ensuring a highly personalized safari. Our Expedition Leaders are among the most qualified guides in Africa, averaging 15 years' guiding experience each, with additional training resources provided by WWF’s top scientists. Our philosophy on this is simple: an African safari is only as good as the guide, so we must provide the very best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Safari 
    Every traveler receives Natural Habitat’s exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise. 
  8. Feel Good About the Way You Travel 
    We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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