Botswana: Gaborone Game reserve | Mokolodi Nature reserve| Manyelanong

  • GABORONE GAME RESERVE

This city reserve is small and well under 600 hectares; however it is the 3rd busiest reserve in Botswana and is a popular city getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. Established in 1988,the park has got rhinos, impalas, kudus, zebras, bushbacks, eland-which is Africa’s largest antelope) and a variety of birds in: Luminescent purple gallinule, snake eagle and crimson boubou. The site has got an educational site and is ideal for picnics.

  • MOKOLODI NATURE RESERVE

Located 10 kilometres south west of Gaborone,the nature reserve is run by the Mokolodi nature reserve and is spread over 3.000 hectares of land. Established in 1994 to preserve wildlife and for environmental education and research, the game reserve is home to game visible like the white rhino, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena, impala, water buck, leopard, porcupines and spring hares. Elephant walks through the park by visitors are arranged. Activities at the reserve include tracking of the white rhino,4×4 tracks, game drives(morning and evening because it is then when animals retreat to their shades) and traditional dancing ceremonies from native villagers.

  • MANYELANONG GAME RESERVE

Found 15 kilometres from Lobatse on Gaborone road, Manyelanong reserve is sitted on a hill north of Otse and home to 70 pairs of the endangered cape vultures which have nested there for years. Formerly known as Otse vulture colony, the game reserve and its bird species (cape vulture) have been ear-marked by the government and protected by the law for conservation purposes. Proximate to Manyelanong is a cave believed to have been a safe haven during the Boer invasions in the 1870’s. Ancient pottery has since discovered in the cave.