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
Activities, accommodations and internal scheduled light aircraft flights as detailed in the itinerary, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the final day, drinking water throughout the trip, non-alcoholic drinks aboard the riverboat, in camps and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages aboard the riverboat and in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides, riverboat and lodge staff, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of the trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, airport and departure taxes, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), optional travel insurance, required medical evacuation insurance and optional activities.
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 require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
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.