Top 10 Bucket List Countdown Part 3
Botswana is a country with so much to offer, hidden gems and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In an exciting new series of articles, we will be counting down Botswana’s Top 10 bucket list experiences that everyone has to try at least once in their lives!
Help the Rhinos
Two decades ago, the black rhino was declared locally extinct in Botswana, with the white rhino close behind on the critically endangered list. Botswana adopted zero tolerance policies to poaching which, in part, has led to very low poaching statistics.
Thankfully, much has changed since then. The Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project reintroduces rhinos to the Okavango Delta and continues to support anti-poaching measures. The Okavango Delta is a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place. Even the country’s military helps to protect the endangered species and the government is committed to securing the ongoing survival of Africa’s rhino populations for future generations to come.
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Serowe is a reserve dedicated to protecting rhinos from poachers’ hands. Prepare for rhino sightings in abundance, as well as wildebeests, impala’s, jackals and giraffes at the watering hole. The best place to see rhinos in the wild is at Moremi Game Reserve, where many have been resettled. Thanks to the Wilderness Wildlife Trust and Great Plains Foundation’s project, Rhinos Without Borders, populations of these beautiful and majestic animals are steadily growing.
Spend a Morning with Meerkats
Jack’s Camp is a luxury African safari camp where, along with viewing mini-migrations of zebras and wildebeests, you can visit a colony of meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Pans. The meerkats are habituated but still wild and provide the perfect welcoming committee for visitors to Jack’s Camp.
These devilishly cute and mischievous yet clever little creatures are one of the icons of Southern Africa’s wildlife. Sitting upright on their back legs in groups, surveying the landscape for some delicious lizards, insects, birds or fruit to feast on, as well as keeping an eye out for predators, these little mongooses are the definition of community and teamwork.
Jack’s Camp is the perfect place to enjoy watching the meerkats. A luxury Kalahari oasis with a style reminiscent of a 1940s East African safari, celebrated for its excellence and extra finishing touches, such as four poster beds, Persian rugs and high tea, and is respected for their knowledgeable guides who partner with San villagers to interpret and share the secrets of the desert. Depending on the season, prepare to see pink flamingos, aardvarks, brown hyenas, herds of zebra and wildebeest and the possibility of predators coming in for the kill.