Meet the Meerkats!

July, 2017

Animal encounter

We’ve put our heads together to find some of the more unusual experiences that Botswana has to offer.

We’ll bring you more of these over the next couple of months, so be sure to check back and see what we have to recommend.

One of our all-time favourites is visiting the meerkats, these cheeky little animals are so captivating and cannot fail to brighten your day. They survive in clans/gangs, often numbering up to 40 individuals, in the inhospitable climate of the Kalahari. They are cute, captivating, smart and very resilient.
Sable Alley Camp
A good place to see them, and possibly get up close and personal (they may even use your head as a lookout post) is the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana. Your experience, here in this remote wilderness, means you get to watch the meerkats interact and go about their daily business without the hassle of crowds and hundreds of other visitors making it even more magical.

A meerkat’s day is busy, they have a lot to do and food to find, they spend most of their day foraging. You’ll note one member of the clan will be on the lookout duty, keeping an eye out for danger.

As you spend some time with them, usually about an hour either morning or afternoon, you will see their individual personalities come to light. Some naughty, some bossy and some just too cute for words but one thing is certain – this is an experience that will remain with you for many years and one that will be hard to duplicate. .

Fast Fact – on average, meerkats live to be 7 to 10 years old

The meerkats can be visited at any time of year, but the best time would be after rainy season is over (so roughly speaking April to October). Camp Kalahari, Jack’s Camp and San Camp all incorporate a visit to the meerkats into their activities.
If this is an activity that you would love to do, just ask one of our Botswana Specialists and they will be happy to organise this for you.