Botswana, known for its rich biodiversity and pristine wilderness areas, is a prime destination for wildlife enthusiasts, as its millions of yearly wildlife travelers attest to. However, not every wildlife lover can travel to Botswana for a safari, and that’s where live webcams are a godsend!
Live webcams set up at waterholes or good wildlife viewing spots are a wonderfully enriching resource for wildlife lovers who can’t visit this wildlife Mecca in person.
Numerous wildlife webcams have been set up in strategic locations throughout Africa, offering an enthralling window into the daily lives of the continent’s fascinating animals. Here are some of the wildlife webcams available in Botswana:
The Chobe Boardwalk Live Webcam
Location: Chobe National Park, near Kasane.
Description: This webcam overlooks the Chobe River floodplain and is located on the eastern deck of the prestigious 5-Star Chobe Game Lodge, the only lodge in the world-renowned Chobe National Park. And yes, you remember correctly—this is where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton famously got married in 1975!
A vast array of different animals and animal interactions have been seen on this webcam. This includes many elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas. A wide variety of bird species are also seen in this area.
Best Time to Watch: Early mornings and late afternoons are particularly rewarding times to watch, but many animals wander through during the day and night. Elephants are particularly plentiful, and an elephant ‘pool party’ is wonderfully entertaining to behold! Predators are often seen at night, of course. See the live wildlife webcam at the Chobe Boardwalk.
Live Webcam at the Puku Flats
Location: Puku Flats, Chobe National Park
Description: This webcam looks west over the Puku Flats alongside the Chobe River. These flats are named after the elusive puku antelope that is seen here.
Species Spotted: The aforesaid puku is a handsome medium-sized antelope found predominantly in marshy grasslands, where they feed on the lush grasses. Chobe National Park also has one of the highest elephant populations in Africa, and herds of elephants can often be seen crossing the river.
Other species spotted here include buffalos, zebras, giraffes, impalas, roan antelopes, and magnificent sable antelopes. Predators like lions, hyenas, wild dogs, leopards, and other smaller predators are also spotted.
Best Time to Watch: Animals are often most active in the early morning and early evening, though diverse animals can be seen throughout the day and at night. See the live wildlife webcam at Puku Flats.
Other wildlife webcams in Botswana
WildEarth also has a live webcam at the Mashatu Game Reserve, situated at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers in the remote eastern sector of Botswana, an area that is justly famed for its huge elephant herds and amazing birdlife. However, one has to register to access this live feed.
Nothing can replace the thrill of witnessing wildlife up close and in person! And Botswana, with its fascinating wildlife, attractions like the famous Okavango Delta, and superb accommodation options for visitors, is assuredly one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations.
That said, these live webcams offer a unique and intimate view of this country’s superb animals as they go about their daily routines. Whether you’re planning a trip, nostalgically remembering a past visit, or simply curious about African wildlife, these live webcams offer an incredible, real-time look at what a tour in Botswana can offer.