User Reviews – Mokolodi NR
Email GoingPlaceswithME | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Email Horst M. Vogel | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Email psychobine | 20-35 years of age
Email Was Buf., Now Was. | 20-35 years of age
Accessible, affordable, box-checking adventure for lightweights like me
If you have one extra day on a business trip to Gaborone, this park is a must-do. It's located just outside of town, so it's easily accessible from anywhere. It's not expensive, so even those on an expense account can manage. And it's got the possibility to show you a whole lot of stuff you can't get elsewhere, without the major allocation of time and resources required elsewhere.
Above all, the cheetah-meeting experience is worth every penny. Don't just get face-to-face with a cheetah; actually kneel down and pet one on the head. Two cheetahs whose mother was killed by poachers were saved by the sanctuary and are housed in an area where, when they're not hungry, safarigoers can get up close and personal-- in very small groups, of course. I've done this twice, and would do it again.
Apart from the cheetahs, there are a lot of other animals in Mokolodi worth seeing. We did a black-rhino tracking safari, where we got within 20-30 feet of a couple of the massive mammals after following their tracks on foot. We saw bunches of giraffes as they poked their heads out from the bush-- how can they hide so well, given how much taller they are than most anything out there? We saw elephants on a previous visit, but were saddened to hear that all the elephants were moved following a tragic accident last year involving an employee. Of course, all the smaller mammals are also there, including kudu, impala, zebras, baboons, warthogs, and more.
I haven't stayed on site, but that's not for lack of trying... in March, I just waited too long to book my reservations. If you want to do a very early morning safari, though, it's not a big deal to get to Mokolodi from most any hotel in Gabs.
The scenery is bush-- nothing special. But the region has these crazy lump-mountains that just bloop up from the ground every now and then; these are what you see on the not-so-distant horizon both surrounding Mokolodi and throughout Gabs.
Overall, I'd say if you have gone to a big-time reserve before, you'll probably be unimpressed by Mokolodi. But if Gaborone is part of a bigger itinerary, or part of a business trip like the ones that take me through Botswana often, it's a definite must-see.
20-35 years of age
My first safari in Africa- we did not see that much, but it was a very neat experience and I did get some glimpses of warthogs and ostriches, although no big game. We ate dinner at a restaurant there, which was beautiful at night.
35-50 years of age
Game drive are cheap, and you can see animals quite close. Only a short taxi ride from Gaborone. Don't miss the cheetah encounter and dinner at the Mokolodi restaurant. Wild rhinos will eat by the restaurant in the evenings. Can try spending a night in the chalet if you are into that.