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Botswana's wildlife

A 700-kilometre drive through protected wildlife areas of the landlocked country in southern Africa provides a window to the varied range of animals there, perhaps like nowhere else in Africa.

 

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A bird’s-eye view of the magnificent Victoria Falls, which is on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
A bird’s-eye view of the magnificent Victoria Falls, which is on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Photo: Mike Johnsingh
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A young male leopard, glowing in the golden light of the setting sun.
A young male leopard, glowing in the golden light of the setting sun. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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One of the two sightings we had of a giraffe with its young.
One of the two sightings we had of a giraffe with its young. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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Five cubs playing with a massive lion, maybe their father, at Savuti.
Five cubs playing with a massive lion, maybe their father, at Savuti. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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A Cape buffalo bull, a formidable but favoured prey of the lion.
A Cape buffalo bull, a formidable but favoured prey of the lion. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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African wild dogs in the Moremi Game Reserve. The species is one of the four pack-hunting canids of the world.
African wild dogs in the Moremi Game Reserve. The species is one of the four pack-hunting canids of the world. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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A plains zebra and a group of elephants.
A plains zebra and a group of elephants. Photo: Mike Johnsingh
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Trees debarked and killed by elephants. Their impact on the habitat is enormous.
Trees debarked and killed by elephants. Their impact on the habitat is enormous. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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The acacia tree, on which the sociable weaver builds its nest, faces a great threat from elephants.
The acacia tree, on which the sociable weaver builds its nest, faces a great threat from elephants. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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Tsessbe antelopes, which weigh between 125 kg and 140 kg, are suitable prey for the lion.
Tsessbe antelopes, which weigh between 125 kg and 140 kg, are suitable prey for the lion. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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A roan antelope (male), a rare sighting.
A roan antelope (male), a rare sighting. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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A greater kudu eating flowers of the Capparis species.
A greater kudu eating flowers of the Capparis species. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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The impala, the most graceful of Botswana’s 22 antelope species.
The impala, the most graceful of Botswana’s 22 antelope species. Photo: S. Murali
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The steenbok, one of the smallest antelopes in Africa, weighing in at 10 kg.
The steenbok, one of the smallest antelopes in Africa, weighing in at 10 kg. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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The wildebeest is found throughout the country and is a favoured prey of the lion.
The wildebeest is found throughout the country and is a favoured prey of the lion. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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The female waterbuck looks like a female sambar except that the latter has no white ring on its rump.
The female waterbuck looks like a female sambar except that the latter has no white ring on its rump. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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An adult African elephant and a black-backed jackal at an artificial waterhole in Savuti.
An adult African elephant and a black-backed jackal at an artificial waterhole in Savuti. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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The support staff (from left), Teenage, Baker (driver and guide), GG and Gottyma, the cook.
The support staff (from left), Teenage, Baker (driver and guide), GG and Gottyma, the cook. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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