Blessed with some of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet, Botswana wildlife is some of the most varied and accessible in Africa, making it a premier safari destination. There are most elephants in Botswana than any other country, big cats roam free and there’s everything from the endangered African wild dog to aquatic antelopes and rhinos, along with abundant birdlife.
This is also the land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert – two of the most iconic African landscapes found anywhere on the continent.
Botswana’s best national parks for wildlife are:
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Polar opposite of the Okavango Delta, the parched Kalahari is epic in scale. One of the largest deserts in the world, yet a surprisingly good place to see some of Botswana’s most elusive wildlife. Desert adapted animals here include lions and hyenas, along with all of the shy five animals – aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, meerkat, and porcupine.
Chobe National Park
Hands down one of Africa’s best wildlife destinations, which at times can be overwhelming. If you’re after big cat viewing the Savuti area of Chobe is the place to go, whilst some of Africa’s largest elephants are found around the Chobe Riverfront area.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
The return of the Boteti River in recent years has multiplied the amount of wildlife found in this park. Dry season (May to October) brings one of Africa’s greatest animal migrations featuring wildebeests, zebras, and their attendant predators.
Moremi Game Reserve
Home to some of the densest wildlife concentrations on the continent in a range of habitats including woodland, savanna, and wetlands. With the reintroduction of the rhino, Moremi is now a big five reserve, and has the largest population of red lechwe in Africa, along with a healthy African wild dog population.
So there you have our take on the 14 most iconic species of Botswana wildlife you could expect to see when on safari in Botswana. What do you think – any controversial picks… or Botswana wildlife that are missing from the list? Let us know in the comments section below!