Meerkats are gregarious members of the mongoose family living in social clans. In some areas meerkats have been habituated to human presence allowing a close up experience. They spend the night in underground burrows and it is possible to see them emerge, warm in the morning sun and observe part of their active day as they hunt by foraging for insects, lizards, scorpions and a host of other small prey while some members stand upright, perhaps even on your head to watch for predators. Their antics are entertaining and viewing their social bonding and teamwork is quite remarkable.
The Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana are the most reliable location as there is a pack of habituated meerkats. Jack’s Camp, San Camp, and Camp Kalahari all include visits with the habituated meerkats in their activities.
The Tswalu Reserve in the Kalahari of South Africa also has habituated meerkats that are easily observed.
Other Areas of Note
Throughout the arid regions of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa meerkats can be spotted but finding them can be very challenging in these large, barren regions.