Embark on a true African safari to Botswana, where the wildlife is pristine and our days are timed with the rhythm of nature. Botswana is visually exciting—each of its unique habitats have distinct features, most famous of which is the Okavango Delta. This tour is limited to just seven participants traveling with local experts and Naturalist Journeys’ guide Peg Abbott.
We call this one “ultimate,” not for contrived creature comforts but for the amazing opportunity you have to intimately take in the spectrum of Botswana’s wildlife. Designed by Naturalist Journeys’ owner and founder, Peg Abbott, who has decades of experience visiting Africa, this is an ultimate experience for seeing Africa’s birds and iconic large mammals. With three nights at almost all locations, you will find a marvelous sense of place at each unpacking.
We spend time in permanent lodges, as well as in mobile camps on a true African safari. At Moremi, we spend our days on the move, at two varied locations, kept comfortable by the support crew of a mobile-tented camp, complete with private bathroom, a chef, and a wildlife and birding guide with an unparalleled 25+ years of experience. This mobile camp is designed to get us as close to the wildlife as safety allows. Imagine the richness of those wild nighttime sounds!
Spend time at our operator's farm in Maun, explore the Tsidillo Hills and Nxai Pan, stay on the move in Moremi, take in a little luxury at the deep water Chobe lodge, and cruise in comfort aboard a privately chartered houseboat.
If big game, southern constellations, and the enchanting sounds of wild Africa beckon, this journey is sure to entice. We offer two Botswana trips in 2021, this one is longer, and truly an ULTIMATE trip of a lifetime.
- Explore the Okavango Delta’s papyrus-lined channels and lagoons, the riverine woodlands of Chobe National Park, and legendary wetlands and Mopane forests of Moremi Game Reserve
- Experience the fabulous Kalahari Desert with prime lodging at Nxai Pan, where wildlife and birds congregate at our tented camp’s waterhole
- Follow wildlife and elegant, colorful birds with expert guides on a six-night mobile camp in the heart of the renowned Moremi Game Reserve
- Live “National Geographic moments” in real time on each morning and afternoon game drive
- Find signature birds like Slaty Egret, Black Heron, African Openbill Stork, Hamerkop, African Fish Eagle, Southern Ground Hornbill, bustards, hoopoes, and of course, the stunning Lilac-breasted Roller
- Spend three nights on the Pangolin Voyager cruising the wildlife-rich Chobe River, where we watch Elephant, Lion, Sable Antelope, and a host of herons and egrets, including the world’s largest: the Goliath Heron
- Capture that ultimate African sunset—acacia tree, Giraffes, Leopard and more
Peg Abbott is the owner and lead guide of Naturalist Journeys, LLC. She has been designing, guiding, and organizing natural history tours for more than 25 years, working for the National Audubon Society and other organizations before launching Naturalist Journeys, LLC in 1998. Her work has taken her from Alaska to Africa and Argentina, as well as many other locations around the world. She has conducted research on several bird and mammal species and keeps a close interest in Yellowstone and Mexican wolf reintroduction projects. Her interests include all aspects of natural history and geology. After 20 years in and around the Yellowstone area, Peg relocated in 2003 to the birding mecca of Portal, AZ.
Photo credit: Carol Simon
Other trips with Peg Abbott
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Christmas in BelizeDecember 19 - 27, 2021
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Lesser Antilles Birding & NatureMarch 22 - April 5, 2022
Morocco: Birding & NatureApril 13 - 23, 2022
Classic Alaska: Birding & Wildlife Anchorage, Nome, Denali, Seward & Kenai FjordsJune 10 - 21, 2022
Alaska’s Northern Passages & Glacier BayJuly 2 - 9, 2022
- Southeast Arizona: Sky Island Fall Sampler
Photo credits: Banner: Mokoro Ride, Peg Abbott; African Elephant, Peg Abbott; Lioness before the Hunt, Peg Abbott; Malachite Kingfisher, Peg Abbott; Leopard, Peg Abbott; Giraffe, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Ground Hornbill, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Lilac-breasted Roller by Greg Smith; Hippos at Sunset by Peg Abbott; Hyena, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Leopard Scratching, Naturalist Journeys Stock; On Safari, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Lilac-breasted Roller, Peg Abbott; African Gray Hornbill, Peg Abbott; Malachite Kingfisher, Peg Abbott; Leopard, Peg Abbott; African Swamphen, Peg Abbott; African Openbill, Peg Abbott; Ewan & Sally Masson, Peg Abbott; Masson Safaris, Peg Abbott; Gray Go-away-bird, Peg Abbott; African Spoonbills, Peg Abbott; Giant Kingfisher, Peg Abbott; Baboon, Peg Abbott; Elephants, Peg Abbott; African Hoopoe, Peg Abbott; Hippo gape, Peg Abbott; African Fish Eagle, Peg Abbott; Zebra Nxai Pan, Peg Abbott; Wild Dog, Peg Abbott; Wattled Crane, Peg Abbott; Male Lion, Peg Abbott; Giraffe & Oxpecker, Greg Smith; Ostrich, Peg Abbott; White Rhino, Peg Abbott; Kori Bustard, Peg Abbott; Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Peg Abbott; Pangolin Houseboat, Peg Abbott; Greater Flamingo, Greg Smith; Hippo, Peg Abbott; Double-collared Sunbird, Greg Smith; African Lion, Greg Smith; Chobe Lodge, Peg Abbott; Red Lechwe, Peg Abbott; Safari Nxai Pan, Peg Abbott; Chacma Baboon, Peg Abbott; Long-crested Eagle, Peg Abbott; Sunset, Peg Abbott; Leopard Stretch, Greg Smith; Warthog, Peg Abbott; Goliath Heron, Peg Abbott; Elephant w tourists, Peg Abbott; Nile Crocodile, Peg Abbott; Southern Ground Hornbill, Peg Abbott; Leopard in tree, Peg Abbott; Zebra Faces, Greg Smith; Bat-eared Fox, Peb Abbott; Carmine Bee-eater, Greg Smith; Xaro Lodge, Peg Abbott; Hippo Gape, Peg Abbott; Wild Dog, Peg Abbott; Pangolin Safari boat, Peg Abbott; Nxai Pan Sunset, Peg Abbott; Maun Sunset, Peg Abbott; Masson Safaris, Peg Abbott; Leopard, Peg Abbott; Kori Bustard, Peg Abbott; Goliath Heron, Peg Abbott; Giraffes, Peg Abbott; Elephants at the water hole, Peg Abbott; Coffee time!, Peg Abbott; Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Peg Abbott; Baboons, Peg Abbott; African Spoonbill, Peg Abbott; African Jacana, Peg Abbott; Impala, Peg Abbott.