Walking with Meerkats in Botswana

Hav fun with these curious creatures on a walking safari

The Makgadikgadi Pans offers guests the incredible chance to spend a morning with a local meerkat colony. The meerkats respond to the non-threatening presence of people by simply carrying on with their daily activities, that consist mainly of rummaging the veld for scorpions and other tasty bites to eat. The habituation of these lively little desert mammals depends very much on the dedication of a full-time ‘Meerkat man’ who follows the family group daily and helps locate them for visitors. Guests are driven to the denning area in early morning hours, just before the meerkats have left their burrows. As the sun rises, they cautiously peep out of little holes in a humble sandy mound, and, deeming it safe to come out, scuttle to the highest points to scout for predators and food. Sometimes these lookouts happen to be the shoulders and heads of guests! Eventually the whole colony, babies included, are joyfully chirping and tussling away while guests sit or crouch amongst them. It’s a truly unique and intimate experience with one of the most sociable and resourceful desert-adapted creatures on earth.

Jack's Camp in Botswana

The activity takes place at Jacks Camp, a luxury, expedition-like tented camp in a private concession in the Makgadikgadi run by Uncharted Africa, owned by Natural Selection Safaris.


Popular Botswana Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Sunset at Camp Xakanaxa

Affordable Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari

Game viewing by land and water come together at Makgadikgadi,…

Elephant Herd

Best of Africa safari

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango…

South Africa and Botswana safari

Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems

Sunset Ride

Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Saddle-up for a horseback riding adventure through the…

Chobe Photographic Weekender Safari

Known for it's prolific game, Chobe National Park is the ideal…

Family

Passage Through Southern Africa in a Luxury Train, Houseboat and Okavango Delta

Weave your way through a safari medley that introduces you to…

Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to…

Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Explore the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the…

Botswana Luxury Safari and Victoria Falls

Experience the paradise of Botswana and enjoy game viewing as…

Chobe National Park - Savuti package

If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then…


You might also like

Active adventure holiday in Botswana

The most adventurous experience you can have in Botswana is to do it by road. There are good road networks to cater for self-drivers, car rental is available in well-equipped 4x4, and border crossings are mostly efficient. Campsites in Botswana are basic, and they are designed to keep the…

An affordable Botswana safari

Advice for achieving a value-for-money holiday in Botswana would be to plan ahead and book accommodation in the best wildlife areas at the best time of year, so that one can get the most out of the safari experience and money spent. It pays to do some research about the lodges in the…

Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana

The Makgadikgadi is an extraordinary region of Botswana, characterized by inhospitable salt pans stretching as far as the eye can see, rocky granite islands and open grasslands that spring to life in the wet season. Plains surrounding the saltpans are dotted with ostrich, zebra, springbok…