About Natural Selection
Unlike most of our partners, Natural Selection is neither a chain nor an operator, but a collection of around 20 independently-run permanent camps, lodges and mobile safari experiences. Small in size but strong on individuality, these owner-operated camps share a common philosophy that focusses on providing guests with a superlative personalised safari experience whilst also dedicating time and money to conserving Africa’s precious wildlife. Rates are in the midrange bracket, so most properties in the portfolio offer exceptional value for money.
Natural Selection is specialised in Southern Africa. In Botswana, the collection includes properties in the Okavango Delta, Khwai Private Reserve and Makgadikgadi. The Namibian lodges and camps are in destinations as diverse as Etosha Heights (bordering Etosha National Park), Skeleton Coast National Park, NamibRand Nature Reserve (close to Sossusvlei), Kaokoland, and the little-known Nkasa Rupara National Park in the Caprivi Strip.
Elsewhere, Natural Selection operates a stunning beach lodge in South Africa’s De Hoop Nature Reserve, a fine place for whale-watching, hiking and seeking wildlife endemic to the Western Cape’s unique fynbos floral kingdom. More remotely, it also offers exciting personalised safaris into Angola, an emergent ecotourism destination whose little-visited highlights include the 500,000-acre Cubango Game Reserve, and the lakes that feed the Kavango River and Okavango Delta.
Natural Selection prides itself on its commitment to the conservation of wildlife and preservation of natural habitats. The camps and lodges in its portfolio have all been constructed to blend into their surrounds with minimal environmental impact. Its business model also ensures that 1.5% of guest rates are donated to one of dozen or so different wildlife, conservation and community projects spread across Southern Africa.
Camp Kalahari is a rustic and homely camp designed in a traditional safari style and offering a perfect base for exploring the incredible salt pans. The camp serves up ..
This charming camp is one of only two situated permanently in the whole of the Makgadikgadi region, and was set up by legendary adventurer Jack Bousfield. With just ten ..
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge
Lekkerwater Beach Lodge
Built on land once housing former South African President FW De Klerk’s beachside retreat, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is Natural Selection’s first South African property ..
Safari House is a traditional Namibian farmhouse on a private reserve close to Etosha National Park. With just three rooms which can be booked on an exclusive basis and a ..
Sitting on the edge of the vast and pristine Makgadikgadi Pans is San Camp, an oasis within its dramatic and beautiful location. With views that run towards the horizon, ..
Shipwreck Lodge is a striking property sitting amid desert sands at the mouth of the Hoarusib River. With shipwreck-style rooms, this Natural Selection owned property is ..
What People Say
The personalised service provided was far beyond my expectations. A three week trip visiting four countries in Africa, multiple game reserves, wineries and much, much more was flawless. While a close encounter with a leopard and her cubs…
We got in touch after hearing about Hide & Seek from a friend. Have to say hats off to Jamie, he was so patient throughout, even through our indecisiveness! Ultimately we ended up with the most incredible holiday of our lives. Thank you again, we will be back!!
Thank you for arranging our Safari holiday in Kenya and Tanzania for us. It was to celebrate our 40th. Wedding anniversary which was on July 1st. 2018, and through your arrangements, we have had a holiday that we will never forget...
Margaret and Stephen
Thanks so much for a truly unforgettable once in a life time holiday. Hopefully we will be in touch again soon!
Nick and Sarah
Spot on in terms of itinerary . We not disappointed by any of the suggestions and had the best holiday ever! Thank you!
Jamie was very helpful throughout the booking process and recommended the perfect holiday. There was nothing we would change having now been out to Tanzania. I would highly recommend Hide & Seek to friends and relatives.
Jamie was excellent. Once I described what we wanted I knew he would come up with the business. ..and he did!!! 5 stars
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Glen and Amanda Crawford
Hide and seek dealt with our last minute travel plans extremely well. Obviously, our accommodations shifted as availability diminished but ultimately they came up with a vacation that we will never forget.
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