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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Card Game Nominee, 2012

Ages Play Time Players
7+ 20-30 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): FRED Distribution

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Product Description

On safari in Botswana, you might be able to spot lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards, and zebras. In this game, you will spot them for sure! But can you guess which ones will be worth the most at the end of this safari? Play the right cards at the right time, collect the best animals, score the most points and win the game. Botswana has easy and quick rules, it is fast to learn and yet challenging to play—for all family members young and old. This is the latest addition, #11, in the popular Gryphon Bookshelf Series of family games. You’ll want to collect them all for a never-ending supply of quick, challenging, fun family activities; whether at home or on-the-road! This game easily adapts and therefore plays well for 2 to 5 players by simply adjusting the number of cards in the playing deck.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Card Game Nominee, 2012

Product Information


  • 25 Finely Molded & Painted Animal Miniatures (5 elephants, 5 rhinos, 5 lions, 5 leopards, 5 zebras)
  • 30 Artistic Animal Cards (6 of each animal, numbered 0 to 5)
  • Game Rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

What a great new edition of this classic filler!
May 30, 2012

Botswana is a rethemed version of the simple and elegant Knizia classic Loco, with the addition of some wonderful animal miniatures.

A small deck of cards contains six cards (numbered 0-5) in five suits corresponding to the animal miniatures, of which there are five of each: rhinos, leopards, lions, zebras, elephants. The cards are dealt out to all the players, and in turns each player plays a card and takes an animal. You keep playing cards until one animal has all six of its cards played, at which point the game stops and the last card played for each animal represents how many points those animals are worth.

If you are looking for a first rate family game that can serve double-duty as a quick, light, social filler than Botswana should be on your radar. In terms of fun, ease of learning, replayability and simple good value, you would be hard pressed to go wrong with a game of this sort. It is very accessible, has a good fun factor, plays quickly, and has gorgeous components. Featuring a very elegant design, despite some luck of the draw it also enables you to make clever and tense choices, especially in the closing stages of a game. Attractive and high quality components round out an excellent all-round package that's good value.

EndersGame, BGG reviewer

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