Botswana, well known as a wildlife destination makes people naturally think about the Makgadikgadi Pans or Mashatu game reserve. Other magnificent destinations also exist. But, for a weekend trip or when passing through Gaborone, there’s a best-kept secret: The Mokolodi Nature Reserve.
Botswana and other countries ease up on tourism
South Africa still keeps international travel restrictions in place. But, neighbouring countries start easing up. And, by next year, hopefully, we can all scratch that travel itch again. While South Africa currently allows interprovincial travel, soon, it’s anticipated that borders reopen. If you’re out of pocket a bit in 2020, you’re not alone. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Botswana’s wildlife.
Mokolodi lies just 10 kilometres south of the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. The registered non-profit charity organisation focuses on children’s conservation education. But, they allow visitors and provide overnight accommodation. Of interest, they also allow cycling in the reserve. Plus, they serve a delicious bush braai, offer game drives, tracking animals, and other activities.
Accommodation in Mokolodi Nature Reserve
If you prefer camping, they offer rustic facilities, and limited numbers mean you don’t get caught in the crush. Their self-catering chalets also widely spaced apart, allow for a lot of privacy. There, you may enjoy sitting on your very own verandah overlooking a water hole. Not Five-Star accommodation, the chalets are comfortable and equipped with everything you need.
Prefer something even more private in Botswana? Consider McCall Smith camp. Funded by the author, Alexander McCall Smith, it “resembles a traditional Tswana thatched hutted dwelling.” The location “in the south of the Reserve…offers up-close game viewing and a unique, rustic African experience for visitors.”
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Cycling, giraffe tracking and more
On the activity front, you could choose between rhino or giraffe tracking. But note, these come with an age limit for the kids. You can enjoy cycling on three tracks in the reserve as well. If you become a Friend of Mokolodi, you may self-drive in the nature reserve. Or, go along to the Reptile Park and Sanctuary.
Comfortably priced, the place won’t break your bank account. And, if you need a resupply on groceries and refreshments, it’s an easy drive to the nearest shopping centre! After a quick trip to town, you’ll find yourself back in the bushveld. There, raucous hornbills entertain you as you watch the antelope come down to the water. It really is a well-kept secret in Botswana, just outside of Gaborone.