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Popular 2 night Safari Package:
Chobe Game Lodge
2 night/3-days Botswana Safari
in the Chobe National Park
starting at: $1100 (Apr-Jun &Nov 2010) per person/sharing
- inkl. transfers from/to Victoria Falls


African Crocodile in Botswana, Chobe River Chobe National park
 
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Leopard Tortoise - Geochelone pardalis

The Leopard tortoise is a large and attractively marked tortoise which has a wide distribution in sub-Saharan Africa, including Botswana. In this species males may attain a greater size than females. The leopard tortoise is approximately 2 feet long which is the biggest turtle in Africa. It weighs 50 to 100 lbs. Its name comes from the color of its shell which has black and yellow spots, look like a leopard. The young have dark brown or black leopard patterns on their shells while adults have smaller spots. The bowl is hard, and bumpy. There is a v shaped notch in the front of the shell. Leopard tortoises have thick club-like back legs that have scales with claws on their toes. They don't have webbed feet. The head, legs, and tail can be almost completely drawn under the shell.

Male leopard tortoises can be recognized from females by their longer tails. When the female is ready to lay her egss, she digs a hole 12 inches deep with her hind feet and lays 5 to 30 white eggs at three week intervals for twenty weeks. They hatch one year later. In the wild, leopard tortoises usually do not mate until they are between 12 to 15 years old.

In the wild, leopard tortoises eat mostly grasses, leaves, flowers, grass, fruits, and succulents (Prickly pears). These large animals are mainly vegetarian, but they will eat old bones for calcium. Tortoises have very good eyesight and a well developed sense of smell and taste. dare cold blooded, so they lay in the sun to warm up each morning. When it gets too hot they retreat to the shade. These tortoises have no external ear openings, so they do not hear well.



 


 

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Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa

Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls

Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Black Mamba - Cape Cobra - Chameleon - Gecko - Leopard Tortoise - Monitor Lizard - Mozambican Cobra - Puff Adder