CARACAL Biodiversity Center

CARACAL Biodiversity Center

CARACAL Biodiversity Center
4.5
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Curiosity47605127746
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We had a great time at the wildlife park. It’s worth a stop. It cost about $7 USD per person for a guided tour, and half the price for unguided. During the tour we got to see and learn about some local wildlife. Most of the animals had been injured and were there for rehabilitation or for their life as they could not be returned to the wild. The facility is affiliated with Virginia Tech and has a research component as well. One feels good about supporting the operation. The guided tour took about 45 minutes and an hour is more than enough to slowly take your time through the park. It is small with maybe 20 different animals but again worth the stop.
Written 26 November 2023
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HeLia
12 contributions
Sept 2022
Gee is a passionate tour guide. The animals are friendly and loving. Coconut the Porcupine. Bambi the Deer, Bush babies, Warthogs , Meerkats and a very large Varity of snakes.
Written 7 October 2022
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Rob O
Kenilworth, UK141 contributions
Aug 2022
Lots to see. Easy to get to from the Safari Lodge. Very informative guides. Lots of snakes, owls, tortoises.
Written 25 August 2022
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Rajeev S
Gaborone, Botswana23 contributions
Jul 2022
a kind of a zoo for injured and saved animals and birds in a natural setting. signboards outside their cage homes tell their stories as to how they were injured and brought to this place. has some snakes too. worth a visit if one is in kasane or kazungula. finding the way is easy but finding the entry is a bit tricky.
Written 12 July 2022
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Tom R
Jerusalem, Israel8 contributions
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, UK85 contributions
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
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, UK533 contributions
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
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
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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CARACAL BIODIVERSITY CENTER: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about CARACAL Biodiversity Center

CARACAL Biodiversity Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00