After having gone through a global pandemic and having welcomed a new addition to our family at the same time, it had been a long while since RBOF had actually been on the road in any way, shape or form. Seven months after welcoming our new camper to the family, we decided to brave out into the bush and spend a day and night with him in the chalets at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Our streak of "bush excitement" was still as present as ever though...
What better way to end off a very busy work year and to get some much needed rest & relaxation than to go camping in northern Botswana for about a week? Well, it would seem we had angered the Camping Gods in 2018 and they were not having any of this “R&R” nonsense. It was going to be one of “THOSE” kind of trips and we had no idea what was coming!
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!
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.
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.
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