A mob of meerkats - what's not to like?
Spend a while watching the antics of these mesmerising creatures. Any time spent with meerkats is time well spent in our opinion.
Sit, relax and stay a while
"I honestly rate this experience of meeting meerkats as being almost as rewarding as meeting gorillas! This was a surprise to me, as it is to many people, but they are just so captivating to watch."
Meeting meerkats is a unique opportunity
You can visit habituated groups of meerkats in various places. The Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is, in our opinion, currently one of the best places to see meerkats in Botswana as there are so few other people here. However, there is a place near Outdshoorn in South Africa which is also great.
Sometimes (in Botswana), more than just watching them, they often get very close to you, or even use you as a look-out post if you come close to their burrow.
Meerkats need to hunt and forage for food much of the day, so no sighting is guaranteed, and we can't disturb their activity, but once back at the burrow (usually mornings and evenings) they seem to happily take to the presence of human onlookers, often for up to about an hour.
So come and meet the meerkats - you'll love them!
Where to go to see meerkats in Botswana
In our view, the best place in Botswana to meet the meerkats is the Makgadikgadi Pans. The closest camps are Camp Kalahari, Jack's or San Camps, though you can also reach this colony from Planet Baobab, and also Meno a Kwena if you take an overnight camping trip.
In South Africa there is a great place near Outdshoorn where you can meet them too.
When to go
You can see the meerkats most of the year, but in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans it’s best to look for them in the dry season after the rains have gone – roughly April to October.
In the Makgadikgadi Pans, this experience is usually offered as one of your activity options as long as local conditions permit it (it can be too wet to visit them in the rainier months). See our guide to the best time to visit Botswana.
In South Africa, the visit to see the meerkats near Outdshoorn needs to be booked in advance.