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Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond

On This Green Season Safari, Fresh Grass Draws Desert Wildlife & New Babies Abound
12 Days From $10995 (+internal air)
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! Photograph wildlife in the Kalahari, where high game concentrations and expansive open vistas make for some of the best cheetah viewing in southern Africa. Delta water levels are typically low, while green vegetation springs to life on the bleached plains of Deception Valley. This attracts herds from all over the reserve, and allows our greatest opportunities to explore by 4x4 in the delta. The drier region of the Okavango Delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve also offers superb wildlife viewing, with stable populations of lion, leopard and wild dog active within a wide range of diverse habitats.
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Trip Highlights

  • Prolific Wildlife EncountersExperience the Kalahari during its greatest wildlife season, when fresh vegetation is a magnet for desert species, and explore the Okavango Delta, teeming with birds and mammals
  • New Animal Births AboundOn 4x4 game drives and guided bush walks from remote luxury camps, enjoy unsurpassed wildlife viewing and photography at the time when new babies fill the plains
  • Victoria Falls at Peak VolumeWitness 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 during 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 close-up wildlife encounters in especially remote areas—takes this safari to a whole different level. Read more about what sets this safari apart:

  1. A Small Group Offers a More Authentic Safaris
    Encounters with the natural world are more meaningful in smaller groups—that's why we limit this safari to a maximum of seven guests on regular departures and eight guests (which are divided into two vehicles of just four each) on photo departures. This especially small group size ensures the most personalized experience possible, in exceptionally secluded locations.
  2. Diverse Summer Season Itinerary 
    This less-common itinerary offers an experience of Botswana's prolific wildlife during a season when new life is prolific but visitors are few. With the guidance of our conservation travel partner, 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. And, at this time of year, floodwaters are receding in some areas of the Okavango Delta, opening up vast areas for wildlife viewing on land. In addition to regular daytime safari drives, we also do exciting night drives (not allowed in public parks) in search of nocturnal wildlife. 
  4. Chartered Flights Maximize Your Time on Safari
    We use charter flights for transfer by light aircraft between safari locations. This enhances your time with wildlife and maximizes your comfort, too, by eliminating long drives over rough dirt roads. Our photo safaris provide an additional baggage allowance for all your camera gear, too—a real plus when you start comparing operators and options.
  5. An Open "Window" Seat for Everyone
    We make sure you have access to unimpeded views. The private, top-quality safari vehicles we charter have open sides (no glass to interfere with your view) and 10 cushioned passenger seats—one in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of three seats each. Yet we limit our capacity to just seven travelers per vehicle on wildlife drives—and only four guests per vehicle on photo safaris! This ensures maximum comfort, viewing, space for gear and photo opportunities. Furthermore, the three rows of seats are tiered—those in the rear sit up higher so that no one’s forward view is impaired.
  6. Private Verandas for Personal Wildlife Viewing 
    Our luxury tented safari camps have private verandas so you never miss a chance to encounter animals that may wander past—and enjoy the view from your own secluded space.
  7. Special for Photo Safaris: Helicopter Flightseeing
    Our exclusive photo itinerary maximizes our proximity to wildlife during the green season. Anyone who's ever flown over Africa's wild terrain will tell you there's nothing like an aerial view of wildlife on the move. That's why we've added a thrilling helicopter flight to our photo safaris—with doors off for the best photography access! You'll soar over the Gomoti River and vast wetlands of the Okavango Delta, one of the richest wildlife enclaves in all of Africa. The Gomoti River is a year-round lifeline for animals, and the mosaic of habitats you'll survey from the sky provides ample food for a large array of grazing species and the predators that pursue them.
  8. The World's Finest Naturalist Guides 
    We’re proud to provide some of the best trained, most experienced naturalist guides in all of Africa—and on our special photo tour departures, they are also among the finest photographers on the continent! Rather than rely 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.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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% offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
  11. 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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