Location of Adventure
Botswana and Namibia
Group Size Limit
Approximately 7 Travelers
A very important feature of this Botswana & Namibia safari is the small group size, as African safari are best experienced with fewer travelers in order to enhance intimate wildlife encounters.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
An essential element of this safari is our use of specialized 4x4 vehicles, facilitating unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities. Typically, we use open 4x4 Land Rovers, with a unique suspension system and an open-top, open-sided, tiered seating arrangement designed to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities and comfort over the sometimes uneven terrain of Namibia and Botswana's desert and delta environs. On occasion, we will use 4x4 Stretch Land Cruisers with a similar design. During the green season, it is common to have a shade net over the vehicle to provide sun protection and cover during the rains. This protective net comes off during the cooler summer months to allow the sun to warm us on morning and afternoon drives. During our time in the Sossusvlei region, we will explore in closed 4x4 Land Cruisers or Land Rovers to provide protection from the wind (and the sand that travels with it) in this vast, sandy landscape.
The primary vehicle type we use has 10 cushioned passenger seats — one in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of three seats each —though we limit our capacity to just 7 travelers, allowing each traveler a window seat, in each of these vehicles during our wildlife drives, again for maximum comfort, viewing and photo opportunities. The closed 4x4 vehicles have 8 cushioned seats with a spacious interior providing generous room for travelers and their belongings. Vehicles have a mini fridge stocked with cold drinks, a small library with reference books and field guides, and ponchos for each traveler in case of rain. Each custom-built vehicle sports front bull bars and runner boards, as well as a full recovery kit, including spare tires and a high-lift jack. Vehicles are updated or replaced regularly and meticulously maintained to provide our guests with an outstanding safari experience.
Our Private Leaders
Internal light aircraft flights, accommodations, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leaders and lodge staff, some gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
Easy to Moderate
There is no strenuous activity involved during this safari, though a safari vehicle frequently offers a bumpy ride. Wildlife drives often involve long hours of sitting and sometimes bouncing around. While we don't consider this strenuous, it can be uncomfortable and pose a particular type of physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of the raised 4x4 trucks that we use for safari vehicles. They must also be able to walk to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, which sometimes involves walking over uneven ground or on boardwalks. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate controlled and, depending on the seasonality, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot so it is critical that travelers come prepared. Additionally, while any walks are considered optional, you will get the most out of your safari experience if you can walk a mile or two over uneven ground and rough or steep terrain without assistance. Climbing the sand dunes of Sossusvlei will be the most strenuous activity on this safari, but other more moderate walks without incline are also offered, which still allow for enjoyment of the dunes (i.e., simply walking through Dead Vlei with a view up to the dunes). An important element of the Namibia portion of the trip is the dry and sandy/dusty conditions, as this is truly a desert environment. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as they will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.
Important Information About This Trip
On this trip we have combined the highlights of Namibia and Botswana within one ultimate safari itinerary. We recommend this trip for guests who want to make the most out of their limited number of trips to Africa - we travel from desert to delta to sea! On this safari, we will have one Expedition Leader for the Botswana portion of the trip and another for the Namibia portion as each are chosen for their in-country expertise. As usual, our outstanding Expedition Leaders tie the entire safari together for a most memorable experience.
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
For 2016 departures, plan to arrive Windhoek International Airport by 12 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Livingstone, Zambia anytime after 1 pm on the final day. For 2017 departures, please plan to arrive Windhoek by 5 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Livingstone, Zambia anytime after 1 pm on the final day.
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient and cost-effective travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.