Guide

Comprehensive guide to Botswana wildlife. Read about a variety of animals you can see on a Botswana safari including predators, antelopes, birds and more.

Botswana safaris

Zebra

Best places to see Zebra in BotswanaZebras are generally widespread except for the drier central regions of Botswana. Most common sightings are in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Savute. During the rainy season …
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Waterbuck

Best places to see Waterbuck in BotswanaOnly the common waterbuck is found in Botswana and is predominately seen in the Chobe National Park and Linyanti Wildlife Reserve as well on the eastern side of the Okavango …
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Vultures

There are eight species of vulture in Africa of which five are found in Botswana namely hooded, white-backed, lappet-faced, white headed and cape griffon. Very rare sightings of the egyptian vulture …
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Vervet Monkey

Vervet Monkey

Best places to see Vervet Monkeys in BotswanaEasily the most widely distributed monkey in Africa but in Botswana is absent from the arid central regions. Most commonly found in the Moremi Game …
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Botswana Self Drive

Tsessebe

Best places to see Tsessebe in BotswanaWidespread in the northern parks of Botswana especially in the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve.ObservationsOne of the most characteristic images of the plains of Africa is …
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Botswana Self Drive

Suricate

Best places to see Suricates in BotswanaSuricates are found in the arid areas of Botswana scenically in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi Pans.ObservationsSuricates are a highly sociable species living in troops of …
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Botswana Self Drive

Mating Rituals and Courtship

In most animals mating is the preserve of a dominant male thus allowing the strongest genes to survive. Males will wrestle for dominance in a number of ways – often to …
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Botswana Self Drive

Steenbok

Best places to see Steenbuck in BotswanaWidespread throughout Botswana. The Steenbok is generally an arid-habitat species, but in Botswana they are found in the Okavango Delta as well.ObservationsKnown to survive without …
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Botswana Self Drive

Sitatunga

Best places to see Sitatunga in BotswanaThese semi-aquatic antelopes are widespread in Botswana but are most common in the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.ObservationsA water adapted species the sitatunga …
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Roan Antelope

Roan Antelope

Best places to see Roan Antelopes in BotswanaSmall groups of roan antelopes are found in the Chobe and Linyanti areas. They prefer wooded grassland with access to water. Occasionally some will wander as far as …
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Maude (female)

Porcupine

Best places to see Porcupine in BotswanaPorcupines are very shy people are will avoid people whenever possible. The porcupine is generally absent from most of central Botswana. Best chances at a …
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Pels Fishing Owl

Pels Fishing Owl

Best places to see Pel’s Fishing Owl in BotswanaIn the dense riverine forests of the permanent water areas of the Okavango Delta and Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.ObservationsThe Pel’s Fishing Owl is probably heard more than …
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Oryx

Oryx

Best places to see Oryx in BotswanaFound throughout southern and central Botswana in the arid regions; absent from the northern regions like Chobe and Okavango Delta. Best sightings are in the Central …
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Lechwe

Lechwe

Best places to see Lechwe in BotswanaThe lechwe need dry land on which to rest, but are otherwise adapted for life in the seasonal floodplains of Botswana. Most commonly seen in …
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Kudu

Kudu

Best places to see Kudu in BotswanaKudu are found across Botswana in a wide range of habitats from the arid semi-desert to the Okavango. The are most commonly found in the Savute and Linyanti.ObservationsThe …
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