Meerkat experience

Meerkats Gweta

Meerkat Experience

We headed out from Gweta Lodge on a game drive vehicle to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where on its fringe we were going to see a family of meerkats that were apparently very relaxed around humans.

Even though in English we use the name meerkat, it is actually the Afrikaans name for it. The actual correct English name is suricate.

dsc_0051It was about an hour and a half drive from Gweta and en-route we went past some quaint villages, plenty of horses, donkeys, cows and of course goats.

We also stopped at a baobab tree – we have seen plenty of baobabs in Botswana and a lot, much bigger than this one. But what made it so interesting for us is that it was in flower and this is something we have never seen before.

We were also fortunate to see two cute little guys , both squirrels. The first one below, left is a tree squirrel and in the middle and right are ground squirrels.

The bush opened up to a wide, massive grassland, this is where we were to see the meerkats. The long and bumpy drive was all worth it when we saw these cute little creatures. Some upright scanning the skies for raptors, whilst others were looking for food.

Meerkat experienceThey were very relaxed and I managed to get within a couple of metres of them, they did watch my every move as I crept closer.

Below are some of the pictures we took of the meerkats. If you would like to see more there are plenty at

After an amazing experience, which could have been longer we left for a short drive out onto the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans for a sundowner. It was really stunning.

Another amazing Botswana trip.


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3 Responses to Meerkat experience

  1. Suki says:

    I am going all goo goo over this post as the are the BEST ever and a HUGE favourite of mine. Thank you for the oodles of lovely pictures. You are so blessed and so lucky to see all of this.

    I fly out to SA this coming Thursday night and hope to get to Addo and Pilanesberg at least to refill my soul.

    What a fantastic experience getting so close.

    Never seen a Baobab flower in real life. Another one for wish list 🙂

  2. Rhona Page says:

    Thanks for the great photos – makes me so homesick. There used to be a large community of meerkats not far from Mopipi at the edge of the Makgadikadi – this was in the early ’80’s and then they disappeared – glad they are back.

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