Wildlife to spot in Botswana

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Wildlife to spot in Botswana

Botswana is a country of incredible natural beauty, offering some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities in the world. During your time in Botswana, you will have the opportunity to spot a magnificent variety of wildlife, each of which makes a unique contribution to the rich and varied ecosystem that this wonderful land possesses. From the water-rich Okavango Delta to the arid expanses of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana’s landscapes are as varied as the wildlife that inhabits them. The Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland deltas, is perhaps the most iconic wildlife spot in Botswana.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a labyrinth of lagoons, channels and islands, creating a unique ecosystem that supports a rich diversity of life. Gliding through the waterways in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), sightings of a variety of species will make any travelers dreams come true. These include hippos, elephants, buffalo, lechwe, crocodiles and predators like lions and hyenas. The Delta’s diverse ecosystems support an array of avian life with over 400 species recorded. From the iconic African fish eagle to the rare Pel’s fishing owl, birdwatchers can enjoy spotting a wide range of species in the delta’s reedbeds, open waters and woodland areas.

Moremi - Botswana - Wild Dog
Moremi – Botswana – Wild Dog

African wild dog

The endangered African wild dog, also known as the painted wolf, is one of Africa’s most fascinating and elusive species. Moremi Game Reserve, located on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, provides a sanctuary for these highly social and intelligent animals. Watching a pack of wild dogs on the hunt is an unforgettable experience, showcasing their incredible speed, coordination and teamwork.

Linyanti - Leopard - Botswana
Linyanti – Leopard – Botswana

Leopard

Leopards are solitary and elusive creatures, making them one of the most challenging big cats to spot in the wild. The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, with its dense woodlands and abundant water sources, however, offers some of the best leopard-viewing opportunities in Botswana. These magnificent predators are most active during the early morning and late afternoon, often seen lounging on tree branches.

Chobe - Elephant - Botswana
Chobe – Elephant – Botswana

Elephant

Chobe National Park is renowned for hosting one of the largest concentrations of elephants on the African continent. One cannot be left untouched when observing these animals in their natural habitat. The park’s riverfront area becomes a hub of elephant activity, especially during the dry season when large herds gather along the Chobe River to drink and play.

Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Rhino

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conservation success story, providing a haven for both black and white rhinos. These critically endangered species are under constant threat from poaching, making protected areas like the sanctuary vital for their survival. Visitors to the sanctuary can spot these magnificent animals grazing or enjoying a mud bath, contributing to their conservation through tourism.

Makgadikgadi Pans - Flamingo
Makgadikgadi Pans – Flamingo

Flamingo

As one of the largest salt flats in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans offers a completely different wildlife spotting experience. After the rainy season, they transform into a temporary watery refuge with the highlight being the arrival of tens of thousands of flamingos. This creates a spectacular pink carpet against the stark white backdrop of the salt pans.

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