Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Gaborone is the capital of Botswana, with shiny glass buildings, shopping centres and hotels that speak of the riches of the country, mostly from mining. You’re going on holiday to the bush, right? So don’t stay in Gabs proper, rather go to Mokolodi Nature Reserve south of the city.
The campsite has five stands, each accommodating a maximum of eight people: P125 (R164) per adult; P60 (R79) per child aged 5 – 12. A chalet that sleeps up to eight people costs P990 (R1 300) per night during the week or P1 360 (R1 786) per night on weekends and public holidays. A government tax of P10 (R13) per person and P60 (R79) per vehicle is also levied. There’s a restaurant in the reserve. GPS: S24.73956 E25.81180 Contact: 00 267 713 21021 (Florah); mokolodi.com
Lion Park Resort
This resort is about 14 km south of Gaborone next to the A1. ( Try to avoid this road in the late afternoon – it gets crazy busy.) It’s a theme park, but you can also camp: P110 (R144) per adult; P90 (R118) per child under 12. GPS: S24.78669 E25.81639 Contact: 00 267 396 0575;