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Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond

On This Green Season Safari, Fresh Grass Draws Desert Wildlife & New Babies Abound
12 Days
~7
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, attracting herds from all over the reserve—and allowing 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. A special highlight is a private visit with a predator researcher at Gomoti Camp.
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    White rhino, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, ZambiaAfrican elephant, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaAfrican leopard, Santawani Private Concession, BotswanaAfrican lion, Santawani Private Concession, BotswanaKalahari Plains Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaSpringbok, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaSouthern Carmine Bee-eater, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaAfrican wild dog, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaOkavango Delta, BotswanaSteenbuck, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, BotswanaSundowner, Linyanti Private Reserve, BotswanaVictoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

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 Safari You'll Find

Experiencing the Kalahari Desert and Botswana’s Okavango Delta during the green season is a distinctive nature adventure in its own right. But to do it the way we do it—maximizing seclusion, with close-up wildlife encounters in especially remote areas—takes this safari experience to a whole different level. Read on!

  1. A Small Group—Just 7 or 8 Guests—Means a More Authentic Safari
    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 (divided into two vehicles of four travelers each) on photo departures. This very small group size ensures the most personalized experience possible, in exceptionally secluded locations.
  2. A Diverse Summer Season Itinerary 
    Our less-conventional itinerary offers an experience of Botswana's prolific wildlife during a season when new life abounds but visitors are few. In tandem with 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 contrast to more heavily visited national parks, we stay in seclusion on 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. Intimate Luxury Camps
    A stand-apart element of this safari is our exceptionally small and secluded camps. Within the privately owned Santawani Concession, Gomoti Tented Camp is ours alone, offering an encounter with the African wilderness evocative of a century ago—which very few safari-goers get to experience. 
  5. Chartered Flights Maximize Your Time on Safari
    We charter light aircraft for transfers between safari locations, enhancing your time with wildlife and maximizing 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.
  6. An Open "Window" Seat for Everyone
    We make sure you have access to unimpeded views. The 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! Furthermore, the three rows of seats are tiered—those in the rear sit up higher so that no one’s forward view is impaired.This ensures maximum comfort, viewing, space for gear, and easy photo opportunities. 
  7. 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.
  8. A Photo Safari Exclusive: Helicopter Flightseeing
    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! Soar over the Gomoti River and vast wetlands of the Okavango Delta, one of the richest wildlife enclaves in all Africa. The Gomoti River is a year-round lifeline for animals, and the mosaic of habitats we survey from the sky provides ample food for a large array of grazing species and the predators that pursue them.
  9. The World's Finest Naturalist Guides 
    We’re proud to work with the best-trained, most experienced naturalist guides in Africa—and those who lead our photo departures are also among the finest photographers on the continent! Rather than rely on various local guides at each camp, we provide a Nat Hab Safari Expedition Leader who accompanies your group from start to finish, ensuring highly personalized service. Our Expedition Leaders are among the most qualified guides in Africa, averaging 15 years' guiding experience, with additional training resources provided by WWF scientists. Our philosophy 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.
  10. 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. 
  11. 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.
  12. 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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