If you value your personal space, stay away from Jack’s meerkat. The habituated population near the camp has no sense of boundaries, and when you sit on the ground they will climb on you. We’re never entirely sure if they think of us as oversized meerkat or as playground equipment, but either way it’s a hilarious encounter with one of Botswana’s most lovable species.
The Makgadikgadi Pans where the meerkat live form a flat but undeniably beautiful landscape. You can cover large distances by quad bike or custom-built 4x4, the best way to track and spot the black maned Kalahari lion.
On other occasions, we prefer exploring at a slightly slower pace. There are options for two-hour or multi-day horse safaris, and to walk with the Zu’hoasi bushmen through their traditional lands, as they impart their age-old knowledge to you.
In a wilderness which stretches as far as the eye can see, it’s good to learn the San bushmen skills which have ensured their survival. Catch a scorpion, make a camp fire beneath an ancient baobab tree, and sleep out beneath the stars.