The best safari areas and places in Africa to spot honey badgers – Photo courtesy of Hendri Venter – Digital Wild Photography

Listed in the Guinness Book Records as the “most fearless animal in the world”, the honey badger has a fearsome reputation.  Despite their relatively small size, honey badgers have thick, tough skin that can withstand the piercings of traditional arrows and spears,extremely powerful jaws and teeth, and the ability to let off powerful odours to ward off large predators like lions. These ferocious little creatures are also not unduly affected by many types of stings and venom- a bite from a puff adder, for example, will simply knock the badger out for a short period of time. Many larger animals tend to avoid the honey badger- however, honey badgers are a must-see for any safari lover! Although not often seen, the following destinations provide you with a great chance of seeing the feisty honey badger in action.

Timbavati Nature Reserve

Made of a combination of open woodland and dense mopane tree belts, the Timbavati Nature Reserve in South Africa is home to a diversity of wildlife species, including the Big 5. This quiet reserve does not get as crowded as others in the region, allowing guests to experience the wildlife and natural beauty of the area to their full advantage.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Located across both South Africa and Botswana, the Kgalagadi consists of vast plains of Kalahari desert wilderness. Home to two dry riverbeds, the region hosts exceptional predator wildlife, as well as superb birdlife. With its red sand dunes and rich desert landscape, it makes for a unique and fulfilling safari experience.

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Klaserie Private Game Reserve

Sharing an unfenced border with the famous Kruger National Park and home to a rich diversity of wildlife species, including the Big 5, the Klaserie makes for an excellent safari destination. The reserve has a low density of lodges and vehicles, allowing guests to truly savour their wilderness experience. 

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve


Located in the heart of Botswana‘s Kalahari desert landscape, this reserve is rich with wildlife species. The region is home to both large and small wildlife species, from the famously ferocious honey badger to the springbok and gemsbok. With an array of desert plant, tree and reptile species to observe, the Central Kalahari will provide a unique wilderness safari experience.

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