The Naturalist Collection
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A typical scene of an animal congregation around a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia. During the drier months from May - November animals are reliant on waterholes for water and huge amounts of various species can be seen. Black Rhinos are fairly common in Etosha National Park.
A majestic male lion in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Lions are quite common in Etosha and we regularly see them on our tours. There is nothing like hearing lions roar. They have the loudest roars of all the big cats and they can be heard from as far as 8km away.
Dune Lark
The Dune Lark is Namibia's only true endemic. Living at the base of the huge red dunes of the Namib, this lark is one of the most arid-adapted birds in the world.
White-tailed Shrike
One of our near-endemics, the White-tailed Shrike, is a popular target.
This beautiful Oryx, set against the red dunes of Sossusvlei, is one of many desert-adapted wildlife that can be seen on our tours.
Namaqua Chameleon
The Namaqua Chameleon is one of two chameleon species found in Namibia
Hartlaub's Spurfowl
The small Hartlaub's Spurfowl is our most popular near-endemic target
Damara Dik-Dik
The Damara dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii) is one of Africa's smallest antelopes and is a protected species in Namibia.
The striking near-endemic Rockrunner, an African warbler species, can be found by following its beautiful oriole-like singing.
Namib Web-footed Gecko
The Namib Web-footed Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei) is one of the many fascinating desert-adapted reptiles that we look for on our tours.

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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