Namibia Wildlife Safari Tour Specialists
The Naturalist Collection offers Namibia Wildlife Safari Tours specialising in herpetology, entomology, botany, birding, general wildlife and wildlife photography throughout Namibia. The Naturalist Collection, originally Batis Birding Safaris, has been offering Wildlife Safari Tours in Namibia for over 10 years.
We are a group of born and raised Namibian Naturalists passionate and knowledgeable about all fauna and flora in Namibia. We offer tailor-made tours
Steve Braine has been actively involved in Namibian conservation for the past 40 years and has contributed invaluable data to the Namibian ornithological and natural history database.
He has also captured and ringed an endless number of birds and has contributed and published several articles on distribution and other aspects of ornithology in popular journals and magazines. He discovered several butterfly species as well as a species of desert beetle, Onymacris brainei in the northern Namib Desert as well as a sub-species of the Speckled Burrowing Skink Typlocontias puctatissimus brainei along the Skeleton Coast.
His sons, Sean and Dayne, were born while Steve was working in the Skeleton Coast Park as a ranger and they had the privilege of growing up in this pristine wilderness area. Sean, the eldest, after completing his studies worked as a fly-fishing and bird guide at a lodge on the Zambezi River in the eastern Caprivi. He was then promoted and was transferred to a lodge on the Kwando River where he managed the lodge for three years.
From here, Sean led specialized birding trips as well as doing guided walks with big game. He has also done specialized birding tours for Birding Holiday in the Caprivi and Botswana, the area in which he has developed a thorough understanding of the environment and especially the diverse birdlife as well as wildlife of this region. Dayne the youngest on the other hand is a qualified commercial pilot but opted to do land-based safaris. He has led several coastal and desert birding tours.
Dayne and Sean grew up during their teens in the unspoiled wilderness and wildlife area of the Hobatere concession. After their studies, both boys eventually joined Steve and Louise at the Hobatere Lodge and gained invaluable experience in the tourism industry. While here, invaluable experience was gained doing wildlife guiding and the general hospitality trade. Both Dayne and Sean are keen photographers and both have found their own niche in the photographic world within Namibia.
They are passionate and enthusiastic about the bush and cannot wait to share this enthusiasm with others.
The Naturalist Collection includes Batis Birding Safaris, Namibian Naturalist Tours & Safaris and Braine Photography.
The Naturalist collection concentrates on low impact groups doing specialised birding, herping, mammal, photographic and butterfly tours within Namibia.
We are members of TOSCO (Tourism Supporting Conservation Trust), the N.E.W.S. (Namibian Environment & Wildlife Society) as well as supporters of the Desert Lion Conservation.
We offer eco tours taking extreme care about the environmental impact: the use of non-degradable articles such as plastic bottles (single use) and other plastics are avoided. We do not condone off-road/track driving to avoid disturbing any ground-nesting birds. We also try and book eco-friendly accommodations wherever possible.
Steve Braine, founder of The Naturalist Collection, grew up in Namibia and has been a keen naturalist from a young age. During his youth he discovered several new species of butterflies. He has also contributed to many scientific and popular publications, primarily ornithology and entomology.
After completing a diploma in Conservation Steve started his career with the Ministry of Environment & Tourism for many years, where he initiated a project on insects and reptiles of the Skeleton Coast Park (internal publication) a further two species of butterfly and some new species of tenebrionid beetles were discovered during this study. Steve initiated a project on the coastal lions whereby animals were collared and followed, the first within the Kunene region.
Records from an accumulated collection of insects have recently been added to the biodiversity database for butterflies of Namibia. Atlassing and distribution records for birds and butterflies are ongoing.
This enthusiasm has been passed on to his two sons, who have now become two of the most prominent naturalist guides within Namibia.
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