Botswana Wildlife

Information about Botswana Wildlife

Botswana is in the southern region of Africa. This country is a perfect habitat for many types of animals. The country tourism trade partially depends on this variety of wildlife. Safaris are available in many parts of the country. What animals could you find in this country?


Reptiles are abundant in this country and range from snakes to crocodiles depending on which part of the country you visit. The snakes such as the Egyptian cobra and the boomslangs (tree snakes). Lizards live throughout the country and range from geckos to chameleons. The Nile crocodile thrives in the Okavango Delta, even though, it is endangered in other areas. You will also find frogs in a number of different species in this same area.

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Mammals are throughout the country and include cats, elephants, buffalo, zebras and more. The cats include lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Elephants thrive to the extent that Botswana has more of them than any other area in Africa. These and many other animals live in the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park as well as other areas of the country. These parks are important for the preservation of the animals.


Insects also are in abundance in Botswana. You can find species ranging from spiders to gorgeous butterflies. Some of the spider breeds include poisonous sac spiders and non-poisonous button spiders. These both are found in the Okavango Delta. This area is also is home to mosquitoes, tsetse flies, locusts and other insects in large enough numbers they could pose danger to humans. Butterflies such as the colorful African monarchs and citrus swallowtails thrive in the Okavango Panhandle.

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Botswana also is home for many species of birds. In fact, this is birdwatchers' paradise there are so many species to spot and make not of in their lists. Some of these species include:

  • Starlings
  • Pel's fishing owl
  • Storks
  • Ibises
  • African Skimmer
  • Flamingos
  • Squacco heron

These are just a small sampling of which birds you could see on a trip to Botswana. The best time to view the migratory birds that come from other places is between November and April. Otherwise, you can view the native birds most any time of the year. January and February are especially rainy, though, so you may want to avoid these months if you want the best chance of spotting birds.

We have by no means mentioned all the animals you could discover and observe on your trip to Botswana. This country is a treasure trove of animal species whether you want to go big game hunting or just snap pictures and record the species you see. Plan a trip to Botswana and check the wildlife out for yourself today.

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