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Botswana Explorer

A Classic Tented Camp Safari into the Okavango Delta & Kalahari Desert
9 Days
~13
From $9995 (+internal air)

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This deep immersion in the Botswana bush reveals the essence of wilderness, protected by a conservation-minded country that leads the continent in habitat stewardship. An ancient landscape occupied by the San people for more than 100,000 years, Botswana today is a stronghold for elephants, home to Africa’s largest population of 130,000, and endangered species like rhino and wild dog. Sprawling savannas, mopane woodlands and the vast Okavango Delta sustain a multitude of wildlife that thrives within this mosaic of ecological diversity. From our traditional canvas camps that are exceptionally comfortable without extravagance, explore widely varied habitats on game drives, bush walks and dugout canoe excursions. And when night falls, gather around the campfire to revel in each day's wonders, as the stars glitter overhead and animal calls resound in the darkness. 

    Two male African lions stand side-by-side in the Okavango Delta, BotswanaA guide paddling a mokoro views two African elephants, Okavango Delta, BotswanaA close-up of an African leopard, Khwai Private Reserve, Okavango Delta, BotswanaTented room at the Jackal & Hide camp, Khwai Private Reserve, Okavango Delta, BotswanaA guide in his safari vehicle photographs a group of African wild dogs eating, Okavango Delta, BotswanaTwo cheetahs scan the landscape from the top of a termite mound, Okavango Delta, BotswanaTwo people relax by the fire at the Jackal & camp; Hide, Khwai Private Reserve, BotswanaClose-up of a black-maned lion, Okavango Delta, BotswanaTwo plains zebras touch noses, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, BotswanaTwo travelers sit in a mokoro paddled by a guide in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Where Wildlife ReignsTraverse Botswana's diverse habitats as we delve deep into the most remote, wildlife-rich reaches of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert
  • Stay at Authentic & Intimate CampsExperience rustic bush luxury and African hospitality at our secluded small safari camps surrounded by untouched wilderness 
  • Travel with the Finest Safari GuidesOn private reserves with a premier safari guide, thrill to close encounters with charismatic predators, huge elephant herds and more
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What's So Distinctive About this Botswana Safari?

This exclusive adventure in some of Africa's last true wilderness is not your standard safari. We deliver a remote nature experience focused on close-up wildlife sightings in an intimate context—you're likely to see animals roaming right on the edge of our classic tented camps! Here's what makes this safari stand out:

  1. A Compact Itinerary Designed for Variety
    Our itinerary is carefully crafted to showcase varied wildlife habitats over just nine days. From the flooded marshlands of the Okavango Delta with its lions, leopards and elephants to the semi-arid savanna of the Kalahari Desert teeming with zebra and wildebeest, you'll find some of wild Africa's most impressive animal encounters.
  2. Travel with Two Outstanding Guides
    Traveling with two highly qualified guides—our own Nat Hab Expedition Leader who's with you from start to finish, plus an excellent local naturalist guide at each camp—we're able to divide our group into two vehicles for a quieter, low-impact presence while ensuring you get in-depth interpretation every moment you're out on safari.
  3. Private Reserves Get You "Out There"
    Enjoy the advantages of remote locales and exclusive activities. Avoiding more heavily visited national parks, we concentrate on uncrowded private reserves. Our intimate tented camps are located in isolated settings amid abundant wildlife, which we encounter not only on traditional game drives, but also on guided bush walks and night drives in search of nocturnal creatures—activities not allowed in the national parks.
  4. An Open "Window" Seat for Everyone
    You'll have an unimpeded view no matter where you sit in our chartered top-quality safari vehicles. They have open sides (no glass to interfere with your view) and nine cushioned passenger seats—one in front next to the driver, followed by two rows of three seats each and a pair of seats at the back. On wildlife drives, we limit our capacity to no more than seven travelers in each vehicle for maximum comfort, viewing and photo opportunities.
  5. The World's Finest Safari Guides
    Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalists on the planet! Our Botswana Explorer Safari includes your own private Expedition Leader, ranked among the most highly trained guides in Africa and renowned for providing exceptional service. Our Safari Expedition Leaders average 15 years of guiding experience, with additional training support provided from WWF’s leading scientists. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  6. A Maximum of 13 Travelers
    A small group is essential for an authentic safari experience. With a maximum of just 13 guests plus our Expedition Leader and local guide—always divided into two vehicles—you'll have a sense of being totally secluded in nature.
  7. We Stand By Your Safari with Our Quality-Value Guarantee
    Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which states that we promise to meet the lofty expectations we set forth 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 Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  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 Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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