Southern Africa is a place of contrasts. Botswana, Namibia and South Africa may share several borders, but each country has its own very distinct features and dramatic charms. From Botswana’s watery landscapes and Namibia’s sun-scorched dunes and deserts to South Africa’s pristine coastline, there really is something for everyone – and we’re here to show you the best bits.
Natural Selection’s founders were pioneers of safaris in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. They’ve spent decades picking their way across undiscovered trails, rubbing shoulders the wildlife and studying the weather patterns. And the one thing they love, just as much as exploring these wild places? Talking about them. And now we’re going to pass that information over to you.
Each of our countries has its own charms and allures, its own take-your-breath away landscapes and wild places, and its own share of fabulous wildlife. What we’re trying to say is this: although each destination offers a selection of different safari experiences, there’s also a common theme. On a Natural Selection safari to Botswana, Namibia or South Africa, you’ll be totally immersed in the wilderness from day one, and the animal encounters will be impossibly intimate. So, whichever country you choose, know that you’ll be experiencing the very best of what Southern African has to offer.
One of the most iconic destinations on the continent, Botswana is an all-round safari superstar. Diversity is the name of the game in both the landscapes and the wildlife, and there’s something to suit everyone – and a little bit more. On a Natural Selection Botswana safari, you’ll canoe past 10,000 elephant in the Okavango Delta, watching them splash and jostle; you’ll quad bike across the mysterious Makgadikgadi Pans on the ultimate adventure; and you’ll find more wildlife than you ever thought possible in the Khwai Private Reserve. And the safari doesn’t end when they day is over; our camps and lodges will immerse you into the heart of this pristine wilderness.
Namibia doesn’t do anything by halves. It’s a place of epic expressions of scale, from the towering dunes of Sossusvlei to the colossal sun-seared skies, and the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast to the big-game dominated waterholes of Etosha. It’s an escape into nature’s very core, and you’ll go for days without seeing other people. Here, it’s just you, your guide, a rhino wandering past here, and a migrating antelope there. Our Natural Selection custom safaris in Namibia are simply legendary, and our camps will take you right to the heart of the most rugged and mesmerising of landscapes.
South Africa has a little bit of everything; fabulous cities, wonderful wine, a plethora of historical sights, and of course, mesmerising wildlife both on land and out to sea. But delve deeper into the ravishing landscapes and you’ll discover something a little bit different. Natural Selection’s South Africa camps and lodges are in the process of being completed, and will be opening in late 2018. The camps are located within Mkambati and De Hoop Reserves, two coastal reserves with extraordinary natural beauty, diversity and experiences. This is a country full of undiscovered and uncelebrated corners – and we know exactly where to find them.