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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Rajeev S
Gaborone, Botswana23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 July 12, 2022
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Curiosity47605127746
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 November 26, 2023
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ossimandus
Prague, Czech Republic170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
The Bio-diversity centre is 1km up Airport Road at the eastern edge of town. A 10 pula taxi from the shopping centre will get you there.

The team there are keen as mustard and have an awesome collection of southern African snakes from puff addres to black mambas. All in safe glass vivaria and the only ones you can handle are the cute mini boa constrictors, though they have two 4metre adults in an outside pen.

The mission is to educate the locals and creat anti-toxins for those unfortunate to get bitten. Notwithstanding you have snakes, owls, parrots, banded mongoose, a cerval cat plus a great terrace with a view over the Chobe River.

Admission is 35 Pula. ($5) and well worth a 90 minute side trip.
Written September 15, 2011
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Gerhard P
Munich, Germany5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
No Aardvark on display, no touching of bush babies, not a any craft activity by a woman of African heritage. In fact, not a single African woman even spotted. The photos on their Facebook Page is deceiving too. Upon arrival we were approached by a very rude, American lady who was clearly involved in running this business, telling us that it's cheap "only P60". She then left us in the hands of a guide who was very kind and embarrassed by her rudeness. In short, you pay P60 to see snakes in small boxes and a handful of animals in small cages. This American employee stated very clearly that the bushbabies are not to be touched or held, basically the box was opened and closed. The Aardvark was not even seen or displayed, and the baboon was not even mentioned. You are allowed to hold the python, but you can hold a python in many places in the world. P60 to hold a snake was outrageous. Give this place a skip, spend your P60 in Chobe National Park for a whole day in the park, see loads of animals you will never see in another park, but animals in cages can be seen in any zoo. In short this is a tourist trap. Last but not the least, after paying P60, we found a box at their exit asking of additional donations. They also promote themselves as a "Womens Centre". No sign a single woman of African heritage...just another trap.
Written July 29, 2016
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Emihou
Montreal, Canada268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Great place to see all reptiles, snakes, chameleon, bushbabies - you get really close, and will get the chance to hold most of them ! the information giving was great!
Written December 16, 2017
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TishLondon
Horsham, UK438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
On first sight a rather ramshackle looking place but we really enjoyed our visit. The guide was very enthusiastic and we were given the opportunity to handle snakes, a chameleon and a bush baby. They are doing a wonderful job rescuing injured birds and animals and educating the public. This is a very worthy cause and could really benefit from continued support.
Written November 3, 2017
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Kimbojimbo
Auckland Central, New Zealand43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Family
This centre rescues and rehabilitates wild animals and reptiles before releasing them back into the national park.
It is a small centre and we had a charming young lady show us around. I was interested in seeing the work they were doing and believe it is good to support initiatives like this.
We organized a visit here from Chobe Safari Lodge where we were staying (they charge you more than double the entrance fee to the centre to drive you there - so do consider getting a taxi from next door to the lodge or walking).
The main thing to see at Caracal are the snakes (including a huge Gaboon Viper) as many of the other animals come and go. They seemed to be in the middle of constructing more pens and cages so they seem to be expanding.
Worth a look if you are staying nearby.
Written November 23, 2011
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Mark I
Banbury, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 October 24, 2019
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chris f
Reading, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 May 21, 2019
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 December 27, 2018
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