Location of Adventure
Botswana and Namibia
Group Size Limit
Approximately 7 Travelers
A very important feature of this Botswana and Namibia safari is the small group size, as African safari are best experienced with fewer travelers in order to enhance intimate wildlife encounters.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
An essential element 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 and comfort over the sometimes uneven terrain of Namibia and Botswana's desert and delta environs. On occasion, we will 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 to allow the sun to warm us on morning and afternoon drives. During our time in the Sossusvlei region, we explore in closed 4x4 Land Cruisers or Land Rovers to provide protection from the wind (and the sand that travels with it) in this vast, sandy landscape.
The primary vehicle type we use has 10 cushioned passenger seats—one in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of three seats each—though we limit our capacity to just seven travelers, allowing each traveler a window seat. This is the case in each vehicle we use on wildlife drives, ensuring maximum comfort, viewing and photo opportunities. The closed 4x4 vehicles have eight cushioned seats with a spacious interior, providing ample room for travelers and their belongings. 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. Each 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 outstanding safari experience.
Our Private Leaders
Activities, accommodations and internal scheduled light aircraft flights as detailed in the itinerary, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the final day, drinking water throughout the trip, non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader and lodge staff, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of the trip, international charter airfare from Namibia to Botswana (to be added to your invoice at the time of booking), 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.
Easy to Moderate
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. Travelers must also be able to walk to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, which sometimes involves walking over uneven ground 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 crucial that travelers come prepared.
Additionally, while any 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 and rough or steep terrain without assistance. Climbing the sand dunes of Sossusvlei will be the most strenuous activity offered on this safari, but other more moderate walks without incline are also available, which still allow for enjoyment of the dunes (i.e., simply walking through Dead Vlei with a view up to the dunes). An important element of the Namibia portion of the trip is the dry and sandy/dusty conditions, as this is truly a desert environment. Appropriate eye and head protection are important, and guests may wish to bring a bandana to tie over your face in the event of wind carrying sand or dust. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the most exciting animal encounters.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip combines the highlights of Namibia and Botswana in one ultimate safari itinerary. We recommend this adventure for guests who want to make the most out of a single trip to Africa—we travel from desert to delta to sea on a varied, comprehensive itinerary. One Expedition Leader will guide the Botswana portion of the trip and another the Namibia portion, since each is chosen for their in-country expertise. As usual, our outstanding Expedition Leaders tie the entire safari together for a most memorable experience.
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
Please plan to arrive Windhoek by 5 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Livingstone, Zambia anytime after 1 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 and cost-effective 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.