Animals in Botswana

A Guide To The Wildlife You Can Expect To See While On Safari in Botswana...

One of the reasons why Botswana safaris rarely disappoint is because of the vast numbers and species of animals in Botswana you can see while on safari.


There are over 160 different species of mammal in Botswana. Among these are the "big five" which are lions, leopards, elephants,buffalo and rhino.

Some of the other animals in Botswana that you will see while on safari include...

  • Zebra
  • Giraffe
  • Kudu
  • Impala
  • Cheetah
  • African Wild Dog
  • Jackal
  • Hippos
  • Gemsbok
  • Hyena
  • Springbok
  • Wildebeest
  • Warthog
  • Meerkats
  • Baboons

...........and that's just the tip of the iceberg!


There are over 550 species of bird in Botswana. For birding enthusiasts , Botswana is the perfect definition of "BIRDING UTOPIA!"

The best places for a birding safari are the Chobe Area, the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi, all of which are found in Northern Botswana.

Below are some of the birds you will see when you visit...

  • The Kori Bustard (the worlds heaviest flying bird)
  • Lilac breasted Roller
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Pel's Fishing Owl
  • African Skimmer
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Wattled Crane
  • Ostrich
  • Secretary Bird
  • The Greater and lesser Flamingos
  • Black Korhaan
  • Cape Vulture
  • Hornbills
  • Kingfishers

......and many more!

Reptiles and Fish

The Crocodile is probably the reptile most tourists want to see the most.It is is also the largest of all 157 species of reptiles found in Botswana.

Other reptiles include snakes like puff adders, the python and the cape cobra;as well as Geckos,Chameleons and Lizards.

The best places to see fish are the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River. Popular fish species include the tigerfish, catfish and beam.

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