CARACAL Biodiversity Center

CARACAL Biodiversity Center, Kasane: Hours, Address, CARACAL Biodiversity Center Reviews: 4.5/5

CARACAL Biodiversity Center

CARACAL Biodiversity Center
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The CARACAL World of Wildlife offers an unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Botswana's lesser-known, less often encountered, and often poorly understood wildlife. Conservation education is at the heart of everything we do. Our collection is made up of a range of creatures that have been injured or orphaned, and although we do rehabilitate and release these animals, this is not always possible due to the severity of their injuries. We take this bad situation and try to get something positive out of it by providing a high quality of life and inducting these animals into our ambassador program. In this way, these animals become ambassadors for their respective species, offering not just the chance to encounter one of them, but also to learn all about their stories and the roles they fulfill in Botswana's vibrant ecosystems. Our collection includes Botswana's largest collection of endemic snakes, small mammals, raptors, owls, and a few endangered species too. Each year we host thousands of school children from across the country, thousands of foreign tourists, wildlife officers, policy-makers, officials, locals and others. Our offering is unique, informative, family friendly, affordable, and not to be missed.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Tom R
Efrat8 contributions
Great place to see some of the smaller wildlife up close
Nov 2019
They do great rehabilitating injured animals. Some are long term residence, like Badgy the playful honey badger. This is probably the only place in the world you can play and pet one of these usually ferocious hunters.
Written 8 December 2019
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Mark I
Banbury, UK83 contributions
Worth it just to play with Badgy
Oct 2019 • Couples
We took the guided tour from Isaac, who was great and gave us lots of information about the various animals currently being looked after. The highlight is of course the friendly honey badger, Badgy. From the minute we stepped in to his house he was up and around our legs wanting fuss and playtime. Isaac was great with him and gave him some good rough and tumble. Badgy also gave us a good demo of his intelligence by operating the door to his private den by himself. Aside from badgy there were lots of injured and sick animals being looked after and it was very interesting to learn about them and how they are being helped. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Kasane.
Written 24 October 2019
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Joepeacock
Malahide, Ireland31 contributions
Recommend a visit if you like animals
Oct 2019 • Solo
The sanctuary does very nice work, rehabilitating injured or orphaned animals/birds/reptiles. I visited the sanctuary by myself and there are two types of visit: the standard or “enhanced” visit ($5 or $7), I opted for the enhanced tour and I really enjoyed it. My personal guide took the time to show me all the animals, explain about the animals’ habitat and history. You can interact with animals like the honey badger and tree squirrel etc. They also do a lot of educational work with the local community and I highly recommend visiting if you like animals and you’re in the area.
Written 17 October 2019
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Christopher G
Oxted, UK418 contributions
Well Worth Visiting
Aug 2019
This maybe only a small animal refuge, but it is well worth visiting, the staff are so knowledgeable and your entrance fee goes to a good cause
Written 1 October 2019
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Heather Smith
3 contributions
Fun experience!!
Jun 2019 • Friends
I got to play with a honey badger - what more can I say? My life is fulfilled :) The guide walked us through a personal tour of all the animals and let us hold some of the snakes. Really neat experience!
Written 12 July 2019
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chris f
Reading, UK30 contributions
Informative and great hands on experience.
May 2019 • Couples
Very cheap to get into and worth paying a tiny bit more to have the hands on option. We held snakes, chameleon, bush baby and tortoise, saw lots of poisonous snakes, meerkats and birds but the undoubted highlight was the honey badger who kept closing his sliding door as he didn't want to come out. This centre does fantastic work, rescuing animals, eventually releasing them again when and if appropriate and educating the locals and school children about some of the benefits of these animals . It was a pleasure to support this cause.
Written 21 May 2019
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RobertFGCarter
Fareham, UK1 347 contributions
Worthwhile
Apr 2019
An animal rescue centre where the staff are very caring towards the animals and very keen to tell you about them. It was a rainy day and this filled the time nicely. Bush-babies were cute, honey badger amusing and the eponymous caracal quite aggressive (presumably from previous ill treatment before he arrived). Many snakes and other reptiles in quite cramped vivaria, but at least they had been rescued and were still alive.
Written 19 April 2019
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Grant
6 contributions
Surprise visit
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visited this wonderful centre making its way looking after injured and abandoned animals. With such limited funds they make a real difference. Enthusiastic staff, knowledgeable and friendly.
Written 2 April 2019
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ShaunH290
London, UK1 509 contributions
Thoroughly recommended!
Sep 2018 • Family
I have to admit that we were a bit hesitant about going to this not very well advertised animal sanctuary. It is the only place like it that we came across in three weeks in Botswana but it is SO worth supporting. We were the only group that turned up on the morning that we went and it was great!. Isaac showed us around and we handled several snakes and some other animals. The pookies (bushbabies) were the stars but Isaac's stories kept us interested in all the animals.
The centre has at least one research project with an American university (mongoose-related as I recall), but the big educational issue is with schools, where it works to dispel the local myths, especially about creatures of the night. So many groups are too politically correct to explain what the locals believe so it was refreshing to get an idea of why chameleons were particularly feared as harbingers of death - and even better to handle one!
This place needs to be supported - so I thoroughly recommend it for that reason alone - but nowhere else comes close to providing such a hands on experience!
Written 27 December 2018
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Difaux
Brunswick Heads, Australia26 contributions
Hidden Gem
Aug 2018 • Couples
We spent a week in Kasane and honestly this place was a highlight. Seeing the smaller animals up close and personal and supporting an institution that is caring for these animals was a privilege. Sure it’s not super clean and comfortable and sometimes some animals have been released, but you get a great insight into the hard work that is involved in conservation. Plus there’s bush babies. They’re the best.
Written 5 November 2018
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