Location of Adventure
Botswana and Namibia
Group Size Limit
Approximately 7 Travelers
A very important feature of our Great African River Safari is the small group size, as safaris are best experienced with fewer travelers in order to enhance intimate encounters with wildlife and nature, and ensure a lighter environmental footprint.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
An important aspect of this safari is our use of specialized 4x4 vehicles, facilitating unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities. Typically, we use open 4x4 Land Rovers with a unique suspension system and an open-top, open-sided, tiered seating arrangement designed to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities and comfort. On occasion, we use 4x4 stretch Land Cruisers with a similar design. During the green season, it is common to have a shade net over the vehicle to provide sun protection and cover during the rains. This protective net comes off during the cooler summer months in Botswana to allow the sun to warm us on morning and afternoon drives.
The vehicle has nine cushioned passenger seats, one in front next to the driver followed by two rows of three seats each and a row of two seats at the back, though we limit our capacity to just seven travelers in the vehicle. Vehicles have a mini-fridge stocked with cold drinks, a small library with reference books and field guides, and ponchos for each traveler in case of rain. This custom-built vehicle sports front bull bars and runner boards, as well as a full recovery kit, including spare tires and a high lift jack. Vehicles are updated or replaced regularly and meticulously maintained to provide our guests with an unmatched safari experience.
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s), local guides, riverboat and camp staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, some alcoholic beverages, all flights within the itinerary, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
A safari vehicle frequently offers a bumpy ride. Wildlife drives often involve long hours of sitting and sometimes bouncing around. While we don't consider this strenuous, it can be uncomfortable and pose a particular type of physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of the raised 4x4 safari trucks we use, as well as board the small motorized skiffs used for excursions from our privately chartered riverboat. Guests must also be able to walk to and from our boat and camp accommodations, which sometimes involves walking over uneven ground, up stairs or on boardwalks. Days spent on safari can be long, as mornings typically start before daybreak and evening meals are served after sundown.
Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate controlled and, depending on the seasonality, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot, so it is critical that travelers come prepared. Additionally, while any short walks are considered optional, you will get the most out of your safari experience if you can walk a mile or two over uneven ground without assistance. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip is designed for guests whose dreams of Africa include the most remote wildlife experience available, yet without sacrificing comfortable accommodations
on both land and water. Changes to the itinerary may occur in order to take advantage of conditions unique to the season. Depending upon availability, itineraries may run in a different order.
Click here to view the seasonal variations of weather and wildlife viewing in Botswana.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we strongly recommend that all guests have, at minimum, medical evacuation insurance for this program. While this is not required, we make this strong suggestion in the interest of our guests' safety. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
You must arrive Maun, Botswana by 1:30 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Kasane, Botswana anytime after 1:30 pm on the final day.
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.