Overview – Mokolodi NR
Mokolodi is a small, private reserve on the outskirts of Gaborone. Day visitors can drive themselves in the reserve, or book a two-hour, open-vehicle day or night drive. There is accommodation in the reserve as well. Tourism is only one of Mokolodi’s operations; it also has a white rhino breeding program and a wildlife sanctuary that supports sick or injured wildlife. The new reptile park serves an important conservation and educational role. Activities include rhino and giraffe tracking and cheetah interaction.
Pros & Cons
- Easy day trip from Gaborone
- Very affordable
- Good alternative to accommodation in the city
- Self-drive and guided drives are both options
- Cycling on three mountain bike tracks available
- Great for children
- Bush breakfast and bush barbecues available
- Rhino or giraffe tracking
- Interacting with cheetahs available
- Easy photography
- More an elaborate zoo than a wildlife reserve
The reserve is home to a variety of animals, some of which are semi-tame. Wildlife includes elephant, zebra, hippo, kudu, impala and waterbuck. The star animals in the park are white rhino and giraffe – both can be tracked as an activity. Night drives provide a chance to see a brown hyena or honey badger.
Just 12km from Gaborone, the reserve is a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is a dam on the reserve, and rolling hills extend to the horizon.
Weather & Climate
Mokolodi enjoys a rather pleasant winter (May to September), with hardly any rain and plenty of sun. It does get chilly at night and early in the morning, though, so warm clothing is a must if you’re going wildlife watching at these times. Summer (October to April) is a wet and hot affair, made bearable mainly because of the low humidity.
Best Time to Visit
You can go wildlife watching in Mokolodi at practically any time of year. The weather is rarely extreme, and the reserve is small enough to be easily navigable. It’s only when the rains arrive (October to April) that game drives may be challenged by the odd downpour and degraded roads. Spotting animals is easier in the drier months, however, when the undergrowth thins out.
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Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.
Make friends with snakes and a cheetah
Close enough to Gaborone to be ideal for a day trip from the city, Mokolodi is a private reserve and wildlife sanctuary run by a conservation foundation with a keen eye for commercial opportunities. The daily activity programme includes...
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Excellent safari destination with sufficient tourism infrastructure