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

Plants in Botswana

Fruit Stands African
Fruit stands of African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum, french: Faux basilic) at the left, and wild sage, green leaves on the right. (1408k)
Water Lily
Water lily. (626k)
Tangled Dead Tree
Tangled dead tree. (880k)
Lots Dead Trees
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. (946k)
Fever Berry Croton
Fever Berry (Croton sylvaticus). According to my guide, it was used to incapacitate fish so they can be harvested. (1492k)
Mopane Colophospermum Mopane
Mopane (Colophospermum mopane, german: Mopane, french: Mopane) Trees stunted by browsing elephants. (1088k)
Umbrella Thorn Vachellia
Umbrella Thorn (Vachellia tortilis, french: Acacia faux-gommier). (918k)
Leadwood Combretum Imberbe
Leadwood (Combretum imberbe) Tree. (1187k)
African Baobab Adansonia
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (855k)
African Baobab Adansonia
African Baobab (Adansonia digitata, german: Afrikanischer Affenbrotbaum, french: Baobab africain). (1056k)

Wildlife in Botswana

Wood Spider Nest
Wood spider nest. (1233k)
Termite Mound
Termite mound. (1.5M)
Water Monitor Varanus
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator, german: Bindenwaran, french: Varan malais). (1.7M)
Smith's Bush Squirrel
Smith's Bush Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi, german: Smith-Buschhörnchen). (812k)
Scrub Hare Lepus
Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis, german: Buschhase, french: Lièvre des buissons). It is endemic to Southern Africa. (711k)
Dwarf Mongoose Helogale
Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula, german: Südliche Zwergmanguste, french: Mangouste naine du Sud). (1026k)
Slender Mongoose Galerella
Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea, german: Schlankmanguste, french: Mangouste rouge). (1107k)
Banded Mongoose Mungos
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (1261k)
Banded Mongoose Mungos
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (1366k)
Banded Mongoose Mungos
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo, german: Zebramanguste, french: Mangouste rayée). (940k)
Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus
Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus, german: Südliche Grünmeerkatze, french: Vervet bleu). (964k)
Chacma Baboon Papio
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus, german: Bärenpavian, french: Chacma). (788k)
Cape Fox Vulpes
Cape Fox (Vulpes chama, german: Kapfuchs, french: Renard du Cap). (846k)
Southern African Wildcat
Southern African Wildcat (Felis lybica cafra, german: Wildkatze, french: Chat sauvage d'Afrique subsaharienne). (907k)
Black-backed Jackal Canis
Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas, german: Schabrackenschakal, french: Chacal à chabraque). (885k)
Group Warthogs Phacochoerus
Group of Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (937k)
Warthog Phacochoerus Africanus
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). (859k)
Grazing Warthog Phacochoerus
Grazing Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus, german: Warzenschwein, french: Phacochère). Since their necks are short, they go down on their knees when grazing. (991k)
Steenbok Raphicerus Campestris
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (824k)
Steenbok Raphicerus Campestris
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris, german: Steinböckchen, french: Steenbok). (1081k)
Impala Aepyceros Melampus
Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala) harem, the male on the left. (1107k)
Male Female Impala
Male and female Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala). (893k)
Young Male Impalas
Young male Impalas (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala). (646k)
Male Impala Aepyceros
Male Impala (Aepyceros melampus, german: Impala, french: Impala). (870k)
Female Southern Reedbuck
Female Southern Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (818k)
Male Southern Reedbuck
Male Southern Reedbuck (Redunca arundinum, german: Großriedbock, french: Grand cobe des roseaux). (729k)
Red Lechwe Kobus
Red Lechwe (Kobus leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (934k)
Female Red Lechwe
Female Red Lechwe (Kobus leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (961k)
Young Male Red
Young male Red Lechwe (Kobus leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (1024k)
Male Red Lechwe
Male Red Lechwe (Kobus leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (1.8M)
Male Red Lechwe
Male Red Lechwe (Kobus leche, german: Letschwe, french: Cobe de Lechwe). (995k)
Tsessebe Damaliscus Lunatus
Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus lunatus, german: Leierantilope, french: Sassabi). (1131k)
Female Waterbuck Kobus
Female Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (1084k)
Male Waterbuck Kobus
Male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). You can clearly see the iconic "toilet seat" white ring around the tail. (844k)
Male Waterbuck Kobus
Male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (977k)
Close-up Male Waterbuck
Close-up of a male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus, german: Ellipsen-Wasserbock, french: Cobe à croissant). (651k)
Female Greater Kudu
Female Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (1317k)
Male Greater Kudu
Male Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou) with giraffe in the background. (1007k)
Male Greater Kudu
Male Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (954k)
Close-up Male Greater
Close-up of male Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros, german: Strepsiceros, french: Grand koudou). (670k)
Sable Antelope Hippotragus
Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger, german: Rappenantilope, french: Hippotrague noir). (677k)
Burchell's Zebras Equus
Burchell's Zebras (Equus quagga burchellii, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Burchell (sous-espèce)). (1262k)
Burchell's Zebra Equus
Burchell's Zebra (Equus quagga burchellii, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Burchell (sous-espèce)). You can clearly see the light brown stripes between the main black stripes. This distinguishes the Burchell's Zebra from other Plains Zebras. (909k)
Baby Zebra
Baby Zebra. (800k)
Close-up Burchell's Zebra
Close-up of Burchell's Zebra (Equus quagga burchellii, german: Steppenzebra, french: Zèbre de Burchell (sous-espèce)). (790k)
Herd Blue Wildebeests
A herd of Blue Wildebeests (Connochaetes taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (1197k)
Blue Wildebeest Connochaetes
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus, german: Streifengnu, french: Gnou bleu). (818k)
Angolan Giraffe Giraffa
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa angolensis, french: Girafe d'Angola). (702k)
Angolan Giraffe Giraffa
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa angolensis, french: Girafe d'Angola) standing in the shade. (785k)
Resting Angolan Giraffe
Resting Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa angolensis, french: Girafe d'Angola). (1060k)
Angolan Giraffe Baby
Angolan Giraffe with baby. (842k)
Buffaloes Giraffe African
Buffaloes and Giraffe in the African savanna. (524k)
African Buffalo Syncerus
African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer, german: Kaffernbüffel, french: Buffle d'Afrique). (1111k)
Hippo Pool
Hippo pool. (1166k)
Hippos Water Quite
Hippos in the water. It is quite crowded there. (857k)
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus Amphibius
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) with Red-billed Oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus, german: Rotschnabel-Madenhacker, french: Piquebœuf à bec rouge). (1301k)
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). (671k)
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus Amphibius
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie) and Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (947k)
Hippo Skull
Hippo skull. (932k)
African Bush Elephants
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) at sunset. (658k)
African Bush Elephants
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) at a watering hole. (904k)
African Bush Elephants
African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) with baby. (875k)
Drinking African Bush
Drinking African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (1026k)
Feeding African Bush
Feeding African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique). (1007k)
African Bush Elephant
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) throwing mud. (1332k)
African Bush Elephant
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) throwing dust. (741k)
African Bush Elephant
African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, german: Afrikanischer Elefant, french: Éléphant de savane d'Afrique) rolling in mud. (1150k)
Elephant Agitated Trumpeted
This elephant was agitated. He trumpeted, stomped, and waved his ears. Later he made a mock charge at us to intimidate us. (822k)
Baby Elephant
Baby elephant. (769k)
Elephant Seeking Shade
Elephant seeking shade. (686k)
Elephant Sunset
Elephant at sunset. (653k)
Elephant Skull
Elephant skull. (901k)
Elephant Trail
Elephant trail. (695k)
Nile Crocodile Crocodylus
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1.9M)
Close-up Nile Crocodile
Close-up of a Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1222k)
Pack African Wild
Pack of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus, german: Afrikanischer Wildhund, french: Lycaon). (1257k)
Resting African Wild
Resting African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus, german: Afrikanischer Wildhund, french: Lycaon). (1034k)
Two African Wild
Two African Wild Dogs watching. (1202k)
African Wild Dog
African Wild Dog. (880k)
African Wild Dog
African Wild Dog cub. (1090k)
Close-up African Wild
Close-up of African Wild Dog. (471k)
African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs walked right by the vehicles. (803k)
Spotted Hyenas Crocuta
Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (1179k)
Spotted Hyena Crocuta
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (910k)
Spotted Hyena Crocuta
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta, german: Tüpfelhyäne, french: Hyène tachetée). (982k)
Leopard Panthera Pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (1198k)
Leopard Panthera Pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (1096k)
Leopard Panthera Pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (979k)
Leopard Very Well
The leopard is very well camouflaged. (1219k)
Close-up Leopard
Close-up of the leopard. (953k)
Leopard Walked Right
The leopard walked right by our vehicles. (1064k)
Elephants Male Lion
Elephants and a male Lion (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (834k)
Lions African Savanna
Lions in the African savanna. (873k)
Resting Female Lions
Resting female Lions (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (834k)
Resting Male Lions
Resting male Lions (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (1229k)
Grooming Lions
Grooming lions. (1026k)
Female Lion Panthera
Female Lion (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (852k)
Male Lion Panthera
Male Lion (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (945k)
Baby Lions Panthera
Baby Lions (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (1100k)
Close-up Female Lion
Close-up of a female lion. (788k)
Close-up Male Lion
Close-up of a male lion. (832k)
Female Lion Staring
Female lion staring at something. (724k)
Yawning Lion Panthera
Yawning Lion (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (984k)
Baby Lion Cuddling
Baby lion cuddling with his mother. (694k)
Baby Lion Playing
Baby lion playing with his mother. (970k)
Baby Lion Cuddling
Baby lion cuddling with a male lion. (826k)
Bird Too Close
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. (661k)
Crowded Buffalo Carcass
It got crowded on the buffalo carcass, but there was so much to eat that there were no squabbles. (1031k)
Lion Crawled Inside
This lion crawled inside the carcass to feed. (868k)
Baby Lion Resting
Baby lion resting on their food. (690k)
Black-backed Jackal Canis
The Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas, german: Schabrackenschakal, french: Chacal à chabraque) circled around the lion kill, hoping to snag a bite. (1086k)
Lions Really Close
The lions got really close. (838k)

Videos of Botswana Wildlife

African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus, german: Afrikanischer Wildhund, french: Lycaon). (7M)
Leopard Panthera Pardus
Leopard (Panthera pardus, german: Leopard, french: Léopard). (9.7M)
Female Lion Babies
Female Lion and babies (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (9.7M)
Lions Eating Buffalo
Lions eating a buffalo. (10.2M)
Male Lion Panthera
Male Lion (Panthera leo, german: Löwe, french: Lion). (11.8M)

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