A road trip around Botswana over the Christmas holidays seemed like a perfect way for us to see the country we live and work in and to quench our desire to be out in the bush, mixing up some camping with some lodge accommodation and seeing what Botswana has to offer along the way. Little did we know how unprepared we’d be for a seemingly simple but exciting trip!
When the email from the Limpopo River Lodge Reservations office says "We have everything you need, just bring your food and drink", that's literally what it meant. Fully-equipped chalets and rondavels on the banks of the Limpopo River are what you can expect if you take a trip to this small but quaint and almost desolate area of the Tuli Block in Eastern Botswana.
The date was 14th February 1975, the starting point was the town of Kragujevac in (the former) Yugoslavia in Eastern Europe, the end point was Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the vehicles in question were communist-era, 5-door passenger cars made by the (now defunct) Yugoslav auto-giant Zastava.
Since this past week was World Rhino Day, on 22nd of September, we thought it fitting to post a short article about our experience rhino tracking through the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in search of those elusive white rhino.
The Mokolodi Nature Reserve, located a metaphorical stone’s throw away from Gaborone not only has game drives, a quaint restaurant and picnic spots in the bush, it also has a couple of accommodation options including chalets and camping. We spent a couple of nights at a camp site and it truly is a great, "beginner" (if I can call it that) camping experience near the city.
In January of 2016 we had gone to the small town of Palapye for a friend's wedding. We stayed the night at a small but quaint Cresta Hotel and the following morning made our way to the nearby Khama Rhino Sanctuary for a quick day trip. After enjoying that day-visit and not realising the full potential of the place, we agreed to come back another time for a few days and really appreciate what the Sanctuary has to offer. And a few months later, we were on our way, about four hours away from Gaborone, to spend two nights in a chalet at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
The Mokolodi Nature Reserve, located just on the edge of Gaborone in Botswana is a smallish nature reserve that boasts a wide variety of game for viewing, rhino and/or giraffe tracking, a couple of local hippos in the lake, quaint chalets and secluded camp sites.
They had two cheetahs a while ago, in a large, fenced-off enclosure but for safety reasons had the cheetahs sent away and the enclosure closed off. Not long ago they reintroduced a couple of cheetahs into the reserve, again in a fenced-off enclosure where visitors can, along with a guide, interact with the cheetahs and come up close and personal with these elegant cats.
My wife and I went to a friend's wedding in Palapye at the beginning of January 2016 and since the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is just an hour's drive away, we decided to go for a day-visit the following day.
The Sanctuary is easy to find, literally just off the A14 from Serowe. At the reception we were given suggestions where to go look for rhino but had to take a photo of the map at the reception, as that was the only one they had.
My wife and I spent 3 nights at Stevensford Game Reserve at the beginning of October, 2015.
From other travellers' reviews and what we read on the website and Facebook page, we hoped for and expected more than we experienced.
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