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
On This Green Season Safari, Fresh 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.
Experience the Kalahari during its greatest wildlife season, when water is a magnet for desert species, and explore the vast Okavango Delta, teeming with birds and mammals
Journey by 4x4 and on short walks from our remote luxury camps for unsurpassed game viewing at the time of year when new births fill the plains
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 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:
Maximum Group Size Just Seven Guests Encounters with the natural world are more meaningful in smaller groups—that's why we limit this safari to a maximum of seven guests. This especially small group size ensures the most personalized experience possible, in exceptionally secluded locations.
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.
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.
Chartered Flights Maximize Your Time on Safari
We charter light aircraft for private transfers between safari locations to enhance your time with wildlife and maximize your comfort, too, by eliminating long drives over rough dirt roads.
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, for maximum comfort, viewing and photo opportunities. This means extra space for all your gear, too.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Capture evocative images when Botswana is at its lushest, guided by our Expedition Leader who is both a naturalist and an expert photographer. 10 Days / Nov – Mar, From $11795
Botswana's Green Season Photo Safari
Join expert photographer and naturalist guide Dave Luck on an adventure designed to reveal Botswana’s abundant wildlife and staggeringly diverse ecosystems, from the fossilized salt pans of the Kalahari Desert to the emerald waterways of the Okavango Delta. Photograph wildlife in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as it bursts to life during summer rains; lush grasses lure throngs of wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok and other prey while the region’s legendary black-maned lion, cheetah and other predators follow in close pursuit. In the Okavango Delta we explore diverse habitat encompassing vast floodplains and acacia forests, savoring ample opportunities to capture images of Africa’s legendary animals in action!
Witness one of nature's most exhilarating spectacles: the thunder of thousands of wildebeest and zebra making their annual trek across the Serengeti! Timed for peak infant sightings on the plains. 8 Days / Dec – Mar, From $9495