Safaris Botswana

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Our most popular safari:
Botswana Family Safari
11 -day Botswana Safari:
starting at US$ 2850
per person/sharing

African Crocodile in Botswana, Chobe River Chobe National park

jackal berry tree on safari in botswana

Jackal Berry/African ebony - Diospyros mespiliformis

The Jackal Berry is one of the largest and most majestic species to be found in the Okavango Delta. Its dark, sombre look is attributable to its dense, dark-green crown and the dark uniform sectioned stem. The stem typically forks into two main branches. The characteristically undulating leaves are dark green in summer, but turn bright yellow in autumn, making the tree very conspicuous. Animals, birds and humans relish the sweet yellow-green berry it bears. There are two explanations for the name 'Jackal berry', the one being that the seeds of the fruit have been found in jackal droppings and the other that the berries are not very visible, and thus are elusive as a jackal. The tree can reach up to 25m in height with a stem diameter of 1,5 metres, but when unlimited water is availiable, it can grow even taller.

The Jackal berry is a common component of island communities and is mostly associated with permanent watercourses but it grows on all soil types, especially on termitaria. It is more common at Third Bridge and Xakanaxa than at Khwai.

The fruits provide nutrition for birds, humans and animals alike, including carnivores such as jackal. The African civet, which is mainly herbivorous, is another frequent visitor to this tree at night. The high sugar content of the fruit makes it a favourite with local people for brewing beer and when distilled, a 'brandy' of impressive potency results. The pulp can be eaten raw or dried as a flour. The berry is among the tastiest found in the area. The dense foliage provides excellent protection for birds - Grey Louries, Meyer's Parrots and large numbers of Green Pigeons are always present, as are squirrels, monkeys and baboons. The Basawra (Bushmen) often use the fruit as bait to trap small animals and birds.

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Safaris Botswana

Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - 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 - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Tsaro Elephant Lodge - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: 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 - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - 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 - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Chameleon