• William Steel

Photo Story - Botswana: My wild home

When Storm suggested to me I should do a photo story on Botswana I suddenly realised that I had next to no images that aren't wildlife focused. This is the case even though Botswana has been my home for over 20 years. Maybe that says it all. What always seems to pull me back home is the African bush. I've always felt like that was where I belong. Where I can get lost in thought and creativity.

While wildlife doesn't define Botswana, it certainly is what defines my love for the country. At two weeks old my parents took me into the Chobe National Park for the first time, and 27 years later I've never gone more than 6 months without making a trip back there.

So here are a few of my favourite images from my time living in Botswana.

A pack of Wild Dogs cool off from the mid day sun at a muddy waterhole. Central Kalahari, Botswana.

A Cheetah family take a go pro selfie in the Okavango Delta.

Two White Rhino graze in an open pan as the sun sets over the Kalahari. Botswana.

The King, a black maned lion from the Kalahari. Southern Botswana.

An elephant enjoys a drink at a waterholes in Northern Botswana

Hunting with a giant. As this large Rhino goes about its day unaware of the bounty on its head, an egret searches for an insect flushed from the grass. Botswana.

A Southern-masked Weaver flies into a beautifully crafted nest. My garden, Gaborone, Southern Botswana.

A cheetah makes its way through tall grass, as it begins to hunt in the Kalahari. Mabuasehube, Southern Botswana.

A dung beetle rolls its large dung ball. Gaborone, Botswana.

As a clouds roll across the dry Kalahari desert in central Botswana, the rain brings a welcome reprieve from the scorching heat. Central Kalahari, Botswana.

Framed in Autumn Mopane (tree) leaves. Khwai, Okavango Delta.

A curious young leopard plays a game of hide and seek. Khwai, Northern Botswana.

If you would like to see more of my wildlife photography from around the world feel free to visit my wildlife photography page at www.williamsteelphotography.com

If you have any queries regarding Botswana as a safari destination, or simply have a question about this amazing country, please get in contact with us at thepatienttravellers@gmail.com

- William


As a born and bred South African, I've grown up along many coastal towns across the Western and Eastern Cape (Yes, this means I eat pineapple on my pizza). I have always had a niggling sense that I was born to explore and travel but up until now,have constantly squished that feeling. Mainly due to getting caught up in the ''rat race;'' university, move to a big city and work, work, work. For the first time in a long time, I'll be fully focusing on my passion for writing, designing,photography and of course, travelling. 



From a young age I was captivated by the wildlife that surrounded me. Raised in Botswana, I was able to explore and discover the beauty of untamed wilderness, and it sparked in me a love for nature and travel. That is where my photographic journey began. As my hobby blossomed into a passion, and then became an income. ​I am fortunate enough to call photography my career, but first and foremost it is my passion. 


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