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The cap­i­tal is busy and has lots of traf­fic. Avoid the A1 road be­tween Gaborone and Lo­batse from 4 pm to 6 pm. Gaborone has ho­tels, shop­ping cen­tres and places to sort out any ve­hi­cle prob­lems you might have. We haven’t listed any places to stay in the city it­self, just two qui­eter spots nearby.

Mokolodi Na­ture Re­serve

You’re go­ing on hol­i­day to the bush, right? 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 (R158) per adult; P60 (R76) per child aged 5 – 12. A chalet that sleeps up to eight peo­ple costs P990 (R1 255) per night dur­ing the week or P1 360 (R1 724) per night on week­ends and pub­lic holidays. Add gov­ern­ment tax of P10 (R13) per per­son and P60 (R76) per ve­hi­cle. There’s a restau­rant in the re­serve. GPS: S24.73956 E25.81180 00 267 713 21021 (Flo­rah); mokolodi.com

Lion Park Re­sort

This re­sort is about 14 km south of Gaborone next to the A1. It’s a theme park, but you can also camp: P110 (R139) per adult; P90 (R114) per child un­der 12. GPS: S24.78669 E25.81639 00 267 396 0575; li­on­park.co.bw


If you want to overnight near the Sk­il­pad­shek bor­der post, Lo­batse is your best op­tion. The headquarters of the Botswana Meat Com­mis­sion is in town.

Cum­ber­land Ho­tel

Dou­ble room from P990 (R1 255); four-sleeper fam­ily room P1 110 (R1 407). Break­fast P120 (R152) per per­son. For din­ner, or­der a proper Botswana steak in the restau­rant. GPS: S25.20738 E25.67708 00 267 533 0281; cum­ber­land­ho­tel.co.bw Kang has fill­ing sta­tions and a shop or three. It’s about half­way along the Tran­sK­gala­gadi high­way.

Kala­hari Rest

There are guest­houses in Kang, but our favourite overnight spot is about 25 km north of town. At Kala­hari Rest you’ll get the peace you need af­ter a long day on the road. Pitch your tent on soft sand un­der camel thorn trees. Camp­ing with power P130 (R165) per adult; P60 (R76) per child un­der 12. Chalet for two peo­ple P960 (R1 217) per night. Chalet for three peo­ple P1 150 (R1 458) per night. Stan­dard twin room P850 (R1 077). There’s a swim­ming pool and a restau­rant on site and game drives can be ar­ranged – P100 (R131) per per­son. GPS: S23.52175 E22.607881 00 267 73 774 009 (Costa); kala­harirest.com; bmhe@it.bw


This town serves a sprawl­ing agri­cul­tural area. It will be your base if you want to ap­proach the Cen­tral Kala­hari Game Re­serve from the north-west.

Kala­hari Arms Ho­tel

The ho­tel has a restau­rant, a swim­ming pool and camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Camp­ing P80 (R101); rooms from P860 (R1 090) per night for two adults and two chil­dren shar­ing. GPS: S21.69332 E21.64899 00 267 659 6298; kala­hari­armshotel.com

CEN­TRAL KALA­HARI & KHUTSE GAME RE­SERVES Th­ese two re­serves are of­ten

vis­ited to­gether. If you’re trav­el­ling from the south, you have to drive through Khutse to get to Cen­tral Kala­hari. Both re­serves are very wild. You need ex­pe­ri­ence driv­ing in sand – travel in a con­voy in case a ve­hi­cle breaks down. Make sure you’re self-suf­fi­cient and you have enough water. Get Track­s4Africa for your GPS.

Khutse Game Re­serve

Park fees: SADC res­i­dents P120 (R154) per adult; half-price for chil­dren aged 8 – 18; free for chil­dren un­der 8; ve­hi­cle per­mit P50 (R66). All camps in Khutse – Khutse Pan, Mahu­rushele Pan, Molose Pan, Mor­swe Pan and Khanke Pan – are run by Big Foot Tours. Camp­ing costs P250 (R327) per adult per night; P125 (R164) per child un­der 18; free for chil­dren un­der 8. 00 267 395 3360; reser­va­tions@big­foot­tours.co.bw; big­foot­tours.co.bw

Cen­tral Kala­hari Game Re­serve

Park fees: SADC res­i­dents P120 (R154) per adult; half-price for chil­dren aged 8 – 18; free for kids un­der 8. Ve­hi­cle per­mit P50 (R66).

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the re­serve is man­aged by the Depart­ment of Wildlife and Na­tional Parks (DWNP) and Big Foot Tours. DWNP camps: De­cep­tion, Kori, Len­gau, West­ern Link and Xade – camp­ing P30 (R38) per adult per night; half-price for chil­dren aged 8 – 18; free for kids un­der 8. Big Foot Tours camps: Lekhubu, Le­ti­a­hau, Sun­day Pan, Pas­sage Pan and Piper Pan – P250 (R327) per adult; P125 (R164) per child un­der 15. DWNP: 00 267 318 0774;

dwnp@gov.bw Big Foot Tours: 00 267 395 3360; reser­va­tions@big­foot­tours.co.bw; big­foot­tours.co.bw

Kala­hari Plains Camp

This lux­ury camp man­aged by


Kgala­gadi Whole­sale & Butch­ery, Bray This butch­ery is on the Botswana side of Bray, right next to the bor­der post. They sell hor­mone-free beef steaks ripened for 21 days and you can or­der mut­ton and sosaties. Call 7 – 10 days be­fore­hand to place your or­der and pick it up vac­uum-packed and frozen. The same own­ers also have Lynn’s fill­ing sta­tion fur­ther on, where you’ll find clean bath­rooms, a shop and ice. Fuel is more af­ford­able in Botswana so fill up here. GPS: S25.45575 E23.71181

082 577 2276 (Dorothy Marnewick); 076 197 5748 (of­fice)

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