10-day trip

A Desert Adventure with Professor Barry Lovegrove

From 27850 PP


Makgadikgadi, Namib and Kalahari

Join an expert evolutionary biologist on a private safari adventure to three desert wildernesses in southern Africa, learning the fascinating ways how species from reptiles and birds to rhinos and humans have adapted to these beautiful and contrasting ecosystems.

Accompanied by your private guide, Barry Lovegrove, Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and author of The Living Deserts of Southern Africa, explore Botswana’s lunar Makgadikgadi Pans, the Namib Desert and South Africa’s Kalahari.

You’ll be flown in a private chartered aircraft for the whole trip, the most efficient way to get between these remote spots, while staying in a trio of the world’s very best sustainable safari lodges – Wolwedans, the iconic Jack’s Camp and exclusive Tswalu.


Trip highlights

  • Explore three desert ecosystems with Professor Barry Lovegrove

  • Stay at three of southern Africa's finest lodges

  • All internal flights in a privately chartered Pilatus PC-12

  • Fascinating wildlife and exciting mix of safari and cultural experiences


What's included

  • Nine nights of luxury accommodation

  • Privately guided tours, experiences and safari activities

  • Charter flights

  • Price per person based on a group six people

  • Barry Lovegrove
    Professor Barry Lovegrove
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    Kalahari lion
  • Wolwedans Private Camp 3
    NamibRand Reserve
  • Wolwedans Boulders Camp 3
    Wolwedans Boulders Camp
    Tswalu black rhino
    Black rhino
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    Klein JAN at Tswalu
  • Arne smith namibia springbok unsplash
    The Kalahari

An unforgettable trip with a positive impact

Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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    Properties and experiences that uplift and empower local communities.

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    Supports wildlife projects, protected areas and ecosystem regeneration.

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    Lodges and camps chosen for their sustainability credentials and initiatives.

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Days 1 — 4

Makgadikgadi Pan

Your adventure begins on your arrival into Johannesburg, where you’ll be met and escorted on to Fireblade Aviation’s private terminal and an awaiting PC-12, your personal aircraft for the next ten days. From here, fly to Maun in Botswana for immigration and then on to the great lunar expanses of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Here you’ll be staying at the beautiful Jack’s Camp, a timeless place surrounded by 400,000 hectares of pristine desert.

Tourists enjoying an African safari camp in Botswana’s wilderness
Jacks Camp Bushmen 2

Days 4 — 7

Namib sands

Take an epic aircraft flight via Namibia’s capital to the vast NamibRand Reserve, skirting the shore of the Namib Desert’s great sand sea to your camp at the fabulous Wolwedans, one of Africa’s leading examples of sustainable luxury.

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Scenic drive in Wolwedans, Namibia.

Days 7 — 10

Green Kalahari

111,000 hectares of rugged mountains, red Kalahari sands and green grassland – the largest private reserve in South Africa – home to just two celebrated lodges, of which you will be staying in the exclusive-use Tarkuni. Add in much-lauded conservation work, community engagement projects plus a concept restaurant created by South African Michelin-star chef, and you can see why Tswalu is a very special place indeed.

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Tswalu Tarkuni 20

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A Desert Expedition with Professor Barry Lovegrove
27850 PP
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