Wildlife in Africa is fantastic. During my stay in Botswana we went on two game drives each day, one in the early morning, and one in the late afternoon. In the Khwai region we extended the afternoon game drive into a night drive. Here are pictures of the animals that I saw.

Pictures of birds in Botswana and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in Botswana
Bird Page for Botswana
Nature Pages
Other Nature Pages

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Plants in Botswana

African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
Fruit stands of African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum, french: Faux basilic) at the left, and wild sage, green leaves on the right. (1498k)
Water Lily
Water lily. (650k)
Tangled Dead Tree
Tangled dead tree. (920k)
Lots Dead Trees Okavango
There are lots of dead trees in the Okavango Delta, they died in a flood a few years ago. Much of the green that you see is mistletoe in dead trees. (974k)
Fever Berry (Croton sylvaticus)
Fever Berry (Croton sylvaticus). According to my guide, it was used to incapacitate fish so they can be harvested. (1.6M)
Mopane (Colophospermum mopane)
Mopane (Colophospermum mopane, german: Mopane, french: Mopane) Trees stunted by browsing elephants. (1116k)
Camel Thorn (Vachellia erioloba)
Camel Thorn (Vachellia erioloba, german: Kameldorn, french: Acacia à girafe). (943k)
Leadwood (Combretum imberbe)
Leadwood (Combretum imberbe, german: Langfäden) Tree. (1229k)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (886k)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1086k)

Wildlife in Botswana

Wood Spider Nest
Wood spider nest. (1294k)
Termite Mound
Termite mound. (1.6M)
Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)
Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus, german: Nilwaran, french: Varan du Nil). (1.7M)
Smith's Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi)
Smith's Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi, german: Smith-Buschhörnchen). (857k)
Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis)
Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis, german: Buschhase, french: Lièvre des buissons). It is endemic to Southern Africa. (733k)
Common Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula)
Common Dwarf Mongooses (Helogale parvula, german: Südliche Zwergmanguste, french: Mangouste naine du Sud). (1081k)
Slender Mongoose (Herpestes sanguineus)
Slender Mongoose (Herpestes sanguineus, german: Schlankmanguste, french: Mangouste rouge). (1192k)
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo)
Banded Mongooses (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (1323k)
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo)
Banded Mongooses (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (1453k)
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo)
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (992k)
Southern Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus)
Southern Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze, french: Vervet bleu). (998k)
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes)
Grayfoot Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (831k)
Cape Fox (Vulpes chama)
Cape Fox (Vulpes chama, german: Kapfuchs, french: Renard du Cap). (895k)
Southern African Wildcat (Felis lybica cafra)
Southern African Wildcat (Felis lybica cafra, german: Afrikanische Wildkatze, french: Chat sauvage d'Afrique subsaharienne). (963k)
Southern African Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas mesomelas)
Southern African Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas mesomelas, german: Schabracken­schakal, french: Chacal à chabraque). (914k)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii)
Group of Southern Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (976k)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (891k)
Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii)
Grazing Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus sundevallii, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). Since their necks are short, they go down on their knees when grazing. (1020k)
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris)
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (848k)
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris)
Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (1142k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Common Impalas (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala) harem, the male on the left. (1157k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Male and female Common Impalas (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala). (933k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Young male Common Impalas (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala). (666k)
Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus)
Male Common Impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus, german: Schwarzfersen­antilope, french: Impala). (897k)
Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum)
Female Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (840k)
Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum)
Male Common Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (745k)
Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche)
Red Lechwes (Kobus leche leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (971k)
Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche)
Female Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (987k)
Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche)
Young male Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (1061k)
Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche)
Male Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (1.8M)
Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche)
Male Red Lechwe (Kobus leche leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (1014k)
Common Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus lunatus)
Common Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus lunatus, german: Tsessebe, french: Sassabi). (1176k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Female Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1124k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Male Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). You can clearly see the iconic "toilet seat" white ring around the tail. (876k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Male Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1006k)
Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus)
Close-up of a male Ringed Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (673k)
Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros)
Female Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (1368k)
Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros)
Male Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou) with giraffe in the background. (1055k)
Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros)
Male Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (1005k)
Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros)
Close-up of male Southern Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou) with Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus, german: Gelbschnabel-Madenhacker, french: Piquebœuf à bec jaune). (693k)
Southern Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger niger)
Southern Sable Antelopes (Hippotragus niger niger, german: Rappenantilope, french: Hippotrague noir). (685k)
Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani)
Chapman's Zebras (Equus quagga chapmani, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Chapman). (1313k)
Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani)
Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Chapman). (957k)
Baby Zebra
Baby Zebra. (835k)
Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani)
Close-up of Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Chapman). (842k)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus)
A herd of Blue Wildebeests (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (1228k)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (841k)
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis)
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis, french: Girafe d'Angola). (733k)
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis)
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis, french: Girafe d'Angola) standing in the shade. (803k)
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis)
Resting Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis, french: Girafe d'Angola). (1112k)
Angolan Giraffe Baby
Angolan Giraffe with baby. (872k)
Buffaloes Giraffe African Savanna
Buffaloes and Giraffe in the African savanna. (524k)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). (1152k)
Hippo Pool
Hippo pool. (1212k)
Hippos Water Quite Crowded
Hippos in the water. It is quite crowded there. (901k)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) with Red-billed Oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorynchus, german: Rotschnabel-Madenhacker, french: Piquebœuf à bec rouge). (1358k)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) with baby hippo and African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (701k)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) and Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (982k)
Hippo Skull
Hippo skull. (981k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) at sunset. (674k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) at a watering hole. (927k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) with baby. (906k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Drinking African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (1064k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Feeding African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (1034k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) throwing mud. (1376k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) throwing dust. (749k)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) rolling in mud. (1200k)
Elephant Agitated Trumpeted Stomped
This elephant was agitated. He trumpeted, stomped, and waved his ears. Later he made a mock charge at us to intimidate us. (862k)
Baby Elephant
Baby elephant. (773k)
Elephant Seeking Shade
Elephant seeking shade. (693k)
Elephant Sunset
Elephant at sunset. (665k)
Elephant Skull
Elephant skull. (929k)
Elephant Trail
Elephant trail. (712k)
Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei)
Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (2M)
Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei)
Close-up of a Southern African Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus cowiei, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1296k)
Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus pictus)
Pack of Cape Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus pictus, german: Afrikanischer Wildhund, french: Chien sauvage d'Afrique). (1292k)
Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus pictus)
Resting Cape Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus pictus, german: Afrikanischer Wildhund, french: Chien sauvage d'Afrique). (1068k)
Two Cape Wild Dogs
Two Cape Wild Dogs watching. (1243k)
Cape Wild Dog
Cape Wild Dog. (911k)
Cape Wild Dog Cub
Cape Wild Dog cub. (1142k)
Close-up Cape Wild Dog
Close-up of Cape Wild Dog. (474k)
Cape Wild Dogs Walked
Cape Wild Dogs walked right by the vehicles. (825k)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (1251k)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (957k)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (1046k)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard d'Afrique). (1270k)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard d'Afrique). (1150k)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard d'Afrique). (1032k)
Leopard Very Well Camouflaged
The leopard is very well camouflaged. (1316k)
Close-up Leopard
Close-up of the leopard. (1018k)
Leopard Walked Right Our
The leopard walked right by our vehicles. (1108k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Elephants and a male Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (863k)
Southern Lions African Savanna
Southern Lions in the African savanna. (901k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Resting female Southern Lions (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (852k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Resting male Southern Lions (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (1254k)
Grooming Lions
Grooming lions. (1077k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Female Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (874k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Male Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (973k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Baby Southern Lions (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (1139k)
Close-up Female Lion
Close-up of a female lion. (808k)
Close-up Male Lion
Close-up of a male lion. (850k)
Female Lion Staring Something
Female lion staring at something. (736k)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Yawning Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (1017k)
Baby Lion Cuddling Mother
Baby lion cuddling with his mother. (708k)
Baby Lion Playing Mother
Baby lion playing with his mother. (1001k)
Baby Lion Cuddling Male
Baby lion cuddling with a male lion. (842k)
Bird Too Close Lions
A bird got too close to one of the lions. The lion jumped on it, caught it and ate it. That was the only kill by a predator that I saw. (673k)
Crowded Buffalo Carcass But
It got crowded on the buffalo carcass, but there was so much to eat that there were no squabbles. (1071k)
Lion Crawled Inside Carcass
This lion crawled inside the carcass to feed. (886k)
Baby Lion Resting Food
Baby lion resting on their food. (707k)
Southern African Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas mesomelas)
The Southern African Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas mesomelas, german: Schabracken­schakal, french: Chacal à chabraque) circled around the lion kill, hoping to snag a bite. (1124k)
Lions Really Close
The lions got really close. (859k)

Videos of Botswana Wildlife

Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus pictus)
Cape Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus pictus, german: Afrikanischer Wildhund, french: Chien sauvage d'Afrique). (7M)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard d'Afrique). (9.7M)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Female Southern Lion and babies (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (9.7M)
Southern Lions Eating Buffalo
Southern Lions eating a buffalo. (10.2M)
Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita)
Male Southern Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (11.8M)

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