The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the stage of Africa’s second largest zebra migration. You could say, everything happens on a large scale here. But it pays to notice the smaller denizens of the pans too. While staying at Jack’s Camp on the edge of the Makgadikgadi, a mob of habituated meerkats likes to get quite close to avid explorers. Perhaps not Botswana’s wildest encounter, but certainly the cutest.
The meerkats have been habituated to humans for research purposes. These curious predators have unique behaviours, such as their standing-position that they use to keep a look-out for prey and predators. If you sit in their midst, they might even use you as a vantage point. It might be a bit uncomfortable at first but simply go with the flow. After all, this is as close to wildlife as one can get.