During the wet season the waters of the Delta spread out like the roots of a tree, but as the dry season bites the waters begin to recede, pulling many migratory species and their predators back towards the north-western corner of Botswana, and leaving many others to roam a maze of island havens further out in the Delta. The even-toed ungulates are ungulates whose weight is borne about equally by the third and fourth toes, rather than mostly or entirely by the third as in perissodactyls. There are 170 mammal species in Botswana, of which one is critically endangered, one is endangered, six are vulnerable, and six are near threatened.[1]. The odd-toed ungulates are browsing and grazing mammals. Herds reach into their hundreds which is quite a sight, especially in the Chobe National Park area. The following tags are used to highlight each species' conservation status as assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature: Some species were assessed using an earlier set of criteria. Crocodiles are nesting so they are often more visible and they protect their nests on sand banks or in the sides of river banks. October 3rd, 2018|Africa, Botswana, Botswana Trip|, The wind was blowing like crazy again when we woke up, so we were slow to start. The hyraxes are any of four species of fairly small, thickset, herbivorous mammals in the order Hyracoidea. The list of mammals found in Botswana is simply surprising considering that 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari desert. We took the road to Gweta which is marked as ‘very bad road’ on Tracks4Africa. ): 2 214 858 They differ from rodents in a number of physical characteristics, such as having four incisors in the upper jaw rather than two. Young birds are around as they leave their nests. Midday temperatures can be high as the rains have not arrived however this does vary year upon year. Botswana Mammal List. There are no current identifiable risks to the species. They are native to Africa and the Middle East. December offers good shoulder season rates, is a beautiful time to travel and still has high quality wildlife viewing and therefore should definitely be considered. Baby animals also start to appear so it is a great time for predators to do what they do best...prey on the weakest. Flamingos are also regularly seen in the Makgadikgadi salt pan during the rainy season, while during the dry season on the salt pans and in the Kalahari you may also see meerkats, porcupines, black-backed jackals and aardwolves – an insectivorous, sticky-tongued relative of the hyena. Having survived the wetter months, most of the grazers are in good condition as they have had plenty of greenery to eat over the last few months. The order Erinaceomorpha contains a single family, Erinaceidae, which comprise the hedgehogs and gymnures. They weigh seven to 11 pounds. Hugo and Caro visited Botswana together for the first time in September 2018. September 24th, 2018|Africa, Botswana, Botswana Trip|, We left at around 09:00 and set off to Lekhubu Island via Mmatshumo where the island reception is and the tar road ends. Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to Botswana. See what they were up to below. They are usually large to very large, and have relatively simple stomachs and a large middle toe. They have two incisors in the upper and lower jaw which grow continually and must be kept short by gnawing. Usually still a great time for wildlife viewing as the rains have not quite arrived yet and the wildlife densities are extraordinarily high. 2018-10-28T10:20:57+02:00 As we've come accustomed to the gravel road was horrible with potholes in [...], Two Monkeys They have a characteristic skull shape and dentition. Sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest news & info, 2nd Floor Office, 130A Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2LA, Granta Lodge, 71 Graham Road, Worcs, WR14 2JS. September 28th, 2018|Africa, Botswana, Botswana Trip|, The road from Gweta to Maun is all tar, but for the first section to the vet fence it was full of pot holes. That felt like an understatement as [...], Two Monkeys Vervet monkeys, or simply vervets, are the most widespread of the African monkeys and inhabit large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Wattled Cranes take advantage of the floods in the Okavango Delta and snap up various drowning reptiles and insects. The large herds start returning to areas such as Chobe. Species for which there are no identifiable risks. From there we headed north to Mababe. Another good time to travel to Botswana as travellers benefit from shoulder season rates. Their common English name derives from their elongated flexible snout and their resemblance to the true shrews. Hugo and Caro visited Botswana together for the first time in September 2018. The elephants comprise three living species and are the largest living land animals. • Browse our Botswana holidays• Download our free Botswana travel guide• Contact our Botswana Destination Specialist for advice. Mother and Child Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) in the Okavango Delta. The road to Rakops were more of the usual bad roads. The order Pholidota comprises the eight species of pangolin. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS. This is a list of the mammal species recorded in Botswana. Here, the Mopane Tongue and Chief's Island stand out as the major landmasses – and they are veritable animal magnets in the dry season. The gravel road was fairly bad again, but we made good time and got to the island [...], Two Monkeys We get to see how similar many of their ways with the young are compared to those of humans. The "shrew-forms" are insectivorous mammals. In Rakops we thought we’d find a shop to restock, but we didn’t really find anything to buy, so we [...], Copyright 2018 Two Monkeys | All Rights Reserved | Made with love by the Two Monkeys. ): 2 214 858 Capital: Gaborone Monetary unit: Pulas (BWP) Chief’s Island is also the prime place to see rhino and big cats – lions, leopards and cheetahs are all regularly sighted here. There are over 260 species of carnivorans, the majority of which feed primarily on meat. Here, during the dry season, there are regular sightings of the thousands-strong elephant population rumbling through the lush landscape, as well as warthogs, wildebeest, zebras and hyenas. Observing Monkeys with their young is a fascinating experience. Leopards are fairly regular at this time of year during the twilight hours as it is still cool enough. There are about 220 artiodactyl species, including many that are of great economic importance to humans. Population (2017 est. Be warned that the vervet monkey tends steal the primate limelight, courtesy of its bright blue scrotum! The riverine environments of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park tend to attract the biggest number and widest range of wildlife, but the Makgadikgadi Pan and the Kalahari also attract an eclectic cast of beasts and birds. As you progress into the hotter month of October leopards wait until later at night to show themselves when it is cooler. Species which were the focus of conservation programmes and may have moved into a higher risk category if that programme was discontinued. Monetary unit: Pulas (BWP), Two Monkeys According to the report, every month the lionesses of the Tsaro pride killed on average 22 buffalo (from a herd of more than one thousand animals) – literally running straight at their prey in the gathering gloom of night. By 09:00 we went to the reception to ask about the roads. 2018-10-28T10:20:57+02:00 The Moremi Reserve’s floodplains and waterways dominate the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta. September 30th, 2018|Africa, Botswana, Botswana Trip|, We manage to leave Sedia at around 09:00 and made a quick stop at the Shell to buy a bread. Their common English name derives from their elongated flexible snout and their resemblance to the true shrews. During the rainy season, the rich birdlife of Botswana comes colourfully to the fore in Chobe and on the Okavango Delta.