What animals am I likely to see in Botswana?
A Botswana safari is a fantastic choice seeing the big game of Africa for a number of reasons, but principally because its natural features help to concentrate vast numbers of fauna as the dry season intensifies between June and October and water becomes increasingly scarce. The country’s exceptionally low population density and high proportion of protected areas also ensure that there is limited encroachment on habitats vital to the sustained health of the populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs, caracals, rhinos, hippopotami, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, primates, bat-eared foxes, wild dogs and antelope such as the kudu, impala and lechwe. And this is by no means an exhaustive list!
Therefore, providing you go in the dry season you are likely to see plentiful wildlife - though exactly what you see will depend on the specific area you visit. The riverine environments of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park tend to attract the biggest number and widest range of wildlife, but the Makgadikgadi Pan and the Kalahari also attract an eclectic cast of beasts and birds. Naturally, luck also plays a part, but the knowledge of our experts on the ground will, of course, help to maximise your chances of seeing the biggest and best wildlife Botswana has to offer.
Here’s a brief species-ticking tour of what to expect from the various areas of this fauna-rich country.