Camp Kalahari Luxury Family Safaris Botswana

Meerkat Encounters Botswana

Meet Botswana's largest population of habituated Kalahari meerkats

Meerkat Encounters Botswana
Making friends with the Makgadikgadi Meerkats
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Years of scientific studies have resulted in several ‘mobs’ (yes, that is the proper term!) of meerkats becoming habituated to humans.

Many of our favourite camps in the Central Kalahari offer incredible meerkat experiences, taking guests out to meet these special creatures, providing an insight into how they manage survival in such a harsh environment.

Meerkat Encounters Botswana
Making friends with the Makgadikgadi Meerkats
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In the hands of an expert

You will be accompanied by local experts and researchers who have studied the meerkats’ behaviour for decades.

They will identify certain individuals, like the alpha female, and point out key predators such as the eagles circling above.

Their expertise will ensure that you encounter the meerkats at their most active times of the day, early in the morning when they’re about to go out foraging or later in the afternoon, on their return to their burrow.

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A truly family-friendly safari activity, kids will love the playful meerkats who often like to sit on top of your head for a better vantage point!

All members of the group can take a turn positioning themselves by the den, as the curious meerkats look you in the eye, sniff and lean against you.

Sometimes, little pups come out of the den – much to the delight of adults and kids alike.

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Some of our favourite family safari destinations in Botswana offer spectacular mokoro safaris.

The Makgadikgadi salt pans are undoubtedly the best place to meet the meerkats in Africa.

Thanks to years of scientific studies, the meerkats are incredibly bold and not fazed of approaching humans in the slightest.

Camp Kalahari, Jack’s Camp, and Planet Baobab are all good options offering this spectacular experience.

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The meerkats are resident in the Central Kalahari all year-round but it is harder to spot in the rainier wet season from November to April.

For your best chance of being able to visit the meerkats, visit the Makgadikgadi Pans from April to October, which also happens to be the best time for quad bike excursions across the pans.

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Meerkat encounters are an ideal activity that the whole family can enjoy as there aren’t usually age restrictions. It is important to be aware that you can’t touch or grab the meerkats, so children under 7 will need to be carefully monitored.

If a meerkat encounter is something you would like to include in your family safari holiday, we would love to help add that extra little bit of magic to your trip.

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    A family-friendly adventure discovering Botswana’s otherworldly Makgadikgadi salt pans, and their resident meerkats, before exploring the big game of the Chobe National Park.

    Guide Price From £5,448 / $6,260 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) sharing a family room
    Duration 6 nights
    Best Months June - October
    Region Central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe National Park,
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