Gaborone Game Reserve
Situated in the heart of the city itself, the Gaborone Game Reserve was established to highlight issues of conservation and sustainability in the area, and to give the general public an opportunity to view Botswana’s fascinating wildlife in a natural, and yet accessible setting.
While the reserve measures just 5km² in size, it is in actual fact the third-busiest in the country, boasting a vast array of enticing game species. Stand the chance to spot Kudu, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Eland, Bush Buck, Ostrich and Warthog whilst exploring the reserve. In terms of birdlife, look out for kingfishers, hornbills, and much more. All roads are accessible by two-wheel-drive and due to the small size of the reserve, guided drives are not on offer. However, what the Gaborone Game Reserve does offer is a game hide, a visitor-education centre, and a number of cosy picnic sites.
The opening times: 6:30am to 18:30pm daily. (No need to make a booking in advance, but if you intend to picnic, it’s best to arrive early to get a space.) A map of the reserve, showing picnic and water sites, is available at the entry gate. Barbecue (braai) areas have benches and are located near water outlets and toilets.
Directions: Limpopo Road (begins at the Chama-Nyerere -Segoditshane intersection going east), travel ca. 1 km, and the turnoff to the Reserve is to the right. Follow the signposts.
Adults – P10
Children (17 and below) – P5.
Vehicle fee – P10.