The Naturalist Collection comprises of four entities each specializing in their own niche. All of these endeavors are run by Steve and Louise Braine along with their son’s Sean and Dayne.

Batis Birding Safaris is a Namibian owned tour company. Our tours are designed to offer visitors an enjoyable and informative holiday. Batis Birding Safaris is specifically designed with birdwatchers in mind, but we wish to stress that our tours offer far more than just birding. 

We offer guided and self-drive tours throughout Namibia, as well as guided tours to Angola, Madagascar, Uganda and Ethiopia. Our aim is not to only cater for the real twitcher, but also for beginner birders as well as the general layman who would like to learn more about this fascinating hobby.

The Namibian Naturalist specializes in self-drive and guided tours for special interests in wildlife, herpetology, entomology, botany and photography tours within Namibia only. Our tours are Eco Tours and are designed to have minimal impact on the environment.

The Namibian Naturalist specializes in small group tours, as we believe it is essential to have a high leader-participant ratio if you are going to get the most out of the tour. It ultimately ensures that everyone gets full value from the tour in terms of seeing the birds, learning from the experience and getting the individual attention of the leaders. All our tours are fully accommodated and we have carefully selected our overnight facilities to be in those areas which provide the best opportunities in your special interest. We offer tailor-made tours to suit all budgetary and time requirements.

Desert Day Tours specialize in day excursions to the Namib desert including the well sought after “Living Desert” tour. Our tours are Eco Tours and are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. 

We offer half day and full day activities around Swakopmund. We collect and drop off guests at their overnight accommodations for these activities and provide home baked snacks and refreshing beverages. We welcome children along for the adventure. Our tours are conducted in English and information is shared in an interactive way. Booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment!

Braine Photography forms the creative outlet of The Naturalist Collection. Braine Photography is a collection of images taken by Sean and Dayne Braine throughout their travels. Their Facebook page and Instagram is solely dedicated to the beauty of wildlife and nature, and should be on everyone’s news feed! 

Braine Photography hosts local exhibitions and workshops for those interested in photography. Sean and Dayne also lead several international expeditions throughout the year and welcome photographers of all skill levels wishing to join them on their adventures. Their images are available for sale. If you would like to purchase one of their limited editions, we can have these printed, matted and ready for framing. They sign all of their photographs and ship worldwide.