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Botswana Explorer

A Classic Tented Camp Safari into Botswana's Matchless Wilderness
9 Days From $8995 (+internal air)
This deep immersion in the Botswana bush unveils a sparsely inhabited land teeming with wildlife. Behold the true 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, today Botswana is a stronghold for elephants, home to Africa’s largest population of more than 130,000. Sprawling grasslands, deltas and savannas provide havens for endangered species like rhino and wild dog, plus a dizzying array of other wildlife that thrives within this mosaic of ecological diversity. Stay true to the terrain’s raw nature experience while taking refuge in traditional canvas camps that are exceptionally comfortable without extravagance. Explore a breadth of habitats on 4x4 game drives, bush walks and dugout canoe excursions. And when night falls, gather around the campfire to revel in each day's wonders, as a million stars glitter overhead and the calls of animals resound in the darkness. 
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Trip Highlights

  • Wildlife-Rich RegionsTraverse Botswana's diverse habitats on a nine-day adventure that probes the most remote, wildlife-rich reaches of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert
  • Secluded Mobile CampsFeel the essence of Southern African hospitality as you live it intimately inside our rustic and mobile tented camps secluded in the wild bush
  • Expert Safari GuidesExplore private reserves with Botswana’s top safari guides, ensuring the closest encounters with charismatic predators, great elephant herds and more

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 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 offset 100%— 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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