Botswana Excels In Predator Viewing
After several decades of good conservation, nearly all of the parks and private concessions in Botswana offer excellent predator viewing. The reason for this is that the predators have been habituated (not tamed) to the safari vehicles, and so behave completely naturally when followed by even several vehicles. Indeed, the sign of a vulnerable ecosystem that probably still has a poaching problem, is skittish wildlife.
Next, you need to be in a vehicle to get close enough to predators to take pictures (for obvious reasons). On foot, predators are not only harder to find, but will usually run away when seen.
Finally, you need a decent guide: one that knows how to position the vehicle at sightings, find the predators in the first place (usually by tracking) and has patience enough to stay with the animals until something exciting happens. Note that some lodges provide “trackers” that accompany the guide to help locate the predators.
The rewards, when all these factors blend together, are very high indeed.
Have a look at our suggestions for locations where predator viewing can be at its best and how best to ensure that you have the best opportunities to follow hunts and spend maximum time out there with the animals. Best is to contact us directly to discuss your options.