Mokolodi Nature Reserve Botswana, Mokolodi Safaris Tour

Mokolodi is a private reserve administered by the Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation, which is devoted to wildlife preservation and environmental education. Just 10km south west of Gaborone, the Botswana safari park was set up in mid-1994 as a 3,000ha conservation area.

For the first few years a severe re-stocking campaign yielded many species of wildlife into the park including white rhino, cheetah, mountain reedbuck, giraffe, zebra, red hartebeest, sable, gemsbok and a team of hand reared elephants. This range of wildlife joined the indigenous game, such as kudu, impala, hyena, leopard and water buck, which were initially living in the area, making the Botswana tour park a rich and diverse ecosystem, literally just ten minutes drive from the city.

The elephant walk helps guests to take a few hours walking passed the park literally with the elephants. One of the extra advantages of the elephant walk is that the other game is not endangered by a human presence, so with care you can walk amazingly near to the other game in the park.

For the more exploratory Mokolodi also gives the opportunity to track the rare white rhino. With so few of these magnificent creatures left, Mokolodi nature reserve  is one of the only sites in the world where one has the opportunity to track these extraordinary animals in their own setting, and it is surely an extraordinary experience.

The park has a clear network of 4×4 tracks, even though some are at the moment being repaired as a outcome of the flood damage caused in the 1999/2000 wet season, even though most saloon cars can      the over-night chalets set on a hillside overlooking a waterhole some 5km from the Mokolodi restaurant and park entrance gate.

Over weekends there are numerous game drives in Mokolodi nature reserve. The early morning and late evening drives are the most rewarding as during the heat of the day most animals retreat into the shade. The evening drives can incorporate an amazing “bush-braai” dinner, under the normally clear canopy of stars, dotted by very good traditional dancers from the local village. It is also excellent for spotting the more extraordinary nocturnal creatures like the small cats, porcupines and spring-hares.

There are about five self-catering chalets  and hotels overlooking a waterhole in the keep back for overnight visitors, in addition to a gift and curio shop, a bar and original botanical garden. Entrée to these facilities is free, but there is a diffident entrance fee to the reserve. Mokolodi can also organize special transport to collect visitors from any of the hotels in Gaborone.

The long-term dream for Mokolodi is for the park to keep on expanding south until its boundary comes to the Lion Park the other side of Crocodile Pools, to make one huge permanent conservation area.
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