Natural Selection Safaris

Old Dec 21, 18, 4:33 pm
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Natural Selection Safaris

Hi folks. I'm in the very early stages of planning a 2020 Botswana safari trip and the Natural Selection brand is interesting to me. Apparently founded by some of the folks from Wilderness Safaris and offering what appears to be a very nice hard product, including some marquee names like Jack's Camp and Meno A Kwena, at a significantly lower price point than WS, &Beyond, etc., and with a greater emphasis on authenticity and sustainability. Without getting into the whole "how do you define luxury" debate, I'd love to know if anyone here has first-hand or second-hand experience with these folks. If their product is high enough for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (apparently they've visited Meno A Kwena at least a couple of times) I'd assume it's pretty decent. I've searched, but found no references to Natural Selection here.

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Old Dec 21, 18, 5:43 pm
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Natural Selection launched publicly in 2016
Originally Posted by jkirk View Post
marquee names
most of camps are Uncharted Africa (1993) >
Originally Posted by chelsea2 View Post
my 3 subsequent safaris have all been to Botswana (Jack's Camp 2x, Mombo, Little Mombo 2x, Duba Plains 2x
Originally Posted by KI-NRT View Post
They won't crawl all over you like they do at Jack's Camp in the Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana), which is why the Meerkats at Tswalu are considered semi-habituated, I guess.

bookable guides (USD) >
$3,000 per day Ralph Bousfield (4,270 results on google)
$1,350 per day Super Sande (3,860 results on google)

from defunct Uncharted Africa website >
Ralph Bousfield comes from a long line of African pioneers and adventurers; he went on his first safari at the age of three. His family has guided safaris for five generations, the first Guide in the family being his maternal great grandfather, Major Richard Granville Nicholson, who escorted to see her son’s grave and the site where he was killed in the Zulu war on the 1st June 1879.

Jack [Jack's Camp] Bousfield, the legendary crocodile hunter and safari specialist, embarked on a life long love affair with the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the early 70’s...In the 1960’s...On his paternal side, his people were game rangers and hunters in Tanganyika; they ran the East African Game department and trained the lions...for famous films like “Born Free”...he became a safari operator, escorting aristocrats and film stars into obscure corners of Bechuanaland.

having spent many years on safari, Jack was satisfied with the most simple of satisfactions and had no appetite for frills and fancy...tented safari camp should be an authentic...that although traditional in style in no way compromised in terms of comfort. pe=3
'An Evening with Ralph Bousfield' at London's Royal Geographical Society (14th January 2015). and the CEO of andBeyond Safaris, Joss Kent, we raised over 10,000 for rhino projects in Botswana!
one Natural Selection also ex >
(includes Duba Plains)

Originally Posted by jkirk View Post
greater emphasis on...sustainability
WS does emphasize conserving as much land as possible

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Old Apr 23, 19, 12:10 am
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Tuludi Camp

Tuludi Camp (by Natural Selection) in the Khwai Private Reserve (in Botswana's Okavango Delta) will open in July 2019.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 2:03 pm
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Brownell's favorite safari tour operator is Africa Inscribed...

The tough part of comparing prices on safaris is knowing what a particular company does include or does not include in their price — things such as private guides, private vehicles, inter-camp transfers, whether you're in a private concession or a national park, etc.
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