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Animals you can see on a family safari to Botswana

 
Botswana is a great choice for a luxury family safari. Roaming the spectacular deserts, deltas and savannahs are literally millions of animals. The fertility and abundant water of the Okavango and Linyanti deltas supports an incredible 200 different mammal species. The Government’s high value, low volume tourism policy helps conservation and enables you to enjoy a top quality, private safari.
elepahnt splashing itself with water

Botswana has more elephants than any country

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walking safari spotting 2 large elephants

Botswana has more elephants than any country

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Game drive near elephant

Botswana has more elephants than any country

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We estimate that there are around 150,000 elephants in Botswana, which is about a third of Africa’s elephant population. Watch these mighty, socially advanced creatures as they travel the Okavango waterways and the dry savannah plains. As the dry season advances from June to November they gather in increasingly large herds at permanent waterholes in Savuti, Linyanti and along the Chobe River.
Elephants in water with family in game drive vehicle

Elephants of the Okavango Delta

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bull elephant feeding from tree

Elephants of the Okavango Delta

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game drive elephants in water

Elephants of the Okavango Delta

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At the height of the annual “flood” the Okavango Delta extends to about 15,000-square kilometres. That’s ten times bigger than Greater London! The fertile islands of grasses and trees and the abundant water make this the perfect haven for elephants. Your children will delight in seeing the youngsters running into lagoons to swim, play and hose themselves. Hear their low rumbling as they communicate. Watch as mothers tend their babies. Listen to the rending crack as a mighty bull tears a branch from a fig tree.
family on game drive next to lion family

Lion, leopard and cheetah of Botswana

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cheetah standing still looking into distance

Lion, leopard and cheetah of Botswana

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game drive next to leopard stalking prey

Lion, leopard and cheetah of Botswana

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cheetah cubs playing on branch

Lion, leopard and cheetah of Botswana

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leopard in tree

Lion, leopard and cheetah of Botswana

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The abundance of antelope, zebra and plains game in Botswana means that there is plenty to attract the big cats. On a game drive, look out for the camouflaged rosettes of a leopard relaxing in a sausage tree. This deceptively powerful cat can drag an antelope 30 feet into a tree to keep it from lions. The lions are everywhere, roaming in large prides in Savuti, Chobe and the Linyanti. Cheetah are harder to spot. They favour the shorter grass plains and you may see one sitting atop a termite mound.
red weavers sat on impalas back as it drinks from waterhole

A diversity of plains game

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guests riding horses alongside giraffe

A diversity of plains game

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Canoe beside bufallo herd

A diversity of plains game

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Zebra pair walking through grass

A diversity of plains game

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kudu with large horns in long grass

A diversity of plains game

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While big cats can steal the show, your family will be enthralled by hundreds of other animal species. Each has an engaging character. Baboons are great fun to watch as they squabble and play. Ponderous buffalo, herds of zebra and journeys of giraffe roam the plains. Watch as herds of impala bound with liquid grace beside your vehicle then stop and stare at you with those wide eyes. Moments later, you’ll see a warthog family trot primly to a waterhole. Suddenly, a pod of hippo will surface with honking, snorts and cavernous yawns, dispersing the birds and antelope in all directions.
Fish Eagle swooping down to grab fish with talons

Beautiful birds of Botswana

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lilac breasted roller

Beautiful birds of Botswana

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Boat safari

Beautiful birds of Botswana

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Stork in shallow water

Beautiful birds of Botswana

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Botswana has around 600 species of bird and it’s fun to keep a record of the ones you see. Take a walk beside the Kwando River, as a pair of fish eagles perched in a jackalberry tree look for fish. Pause for a moment to watch a colourful malachite kingfisher fluttering above an Okavango waterway before plunging in for its breakfast. Then, a flock of pure white egrets might fly out of the sunrise, headed who knows where. The beautiful birds of Botswana are a constant presence and a continual delight!
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