Gaborone Day Trips
Cheetah Cub © Muhammad Mahdi Karim
Khutse Game ReserveEstablished in 1971, the Khutse Game Reserve encompasses 965 square miles (2,500 sq km) of semi-arid Kalahari bush savannah in the Bakwena tribal lands. Boreholes have been sunk into this undulating terrain to provide more water and encourage wildlife to stay in the area year-round. Visitors are now drawn to this undeveloped wilderness to see a wide range of herbivores including giraffe, gemsbok and wildebeest, as well as predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, and birdlife ranging from wild ostriches to little browns. Visitors may only stay at marked campsites and there are no other tourist facilities available in the reserve.
Address: 130 miles (210km) north-west of Gaborone.; Website: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/destination/khutse-game-reserve
Gemsbok © Malapo Country Lodge
Kgalagadi Transfrontier ParkThe Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, located in both Botswana and South Africa, extends over 15,000 square miles (38,000 sq km) of the southern Kalahari Desert. About three quarters of the park lies in the extreme south-west of Botswana, locally known as the Gemsbok National Park. Visitors to the park can witness the fragile balance between migratory animals and their predators in this harsh, semi-arid environment - a real African safari experience. There are campsites available for visitors but other tourist facilities are very limited.
Address: Kgalagadi District, about 537 miles (865km) south-west of Gaborone.; Website: www.sanparks.co.za/parks/kgalagadi
Bushmen © Ian Sewell
Central Kalahari Game ReserveAt 20,380 square miles (52,800 sq. km), the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is larger than some European countries, such as Denmark or Switzerland, and is bigger than Lesotho and Swaziland put together! Indeed, the reserve is the second largest on earth and its sand dunes, saltpans, riverbeds, mopane forests and vast open plains are home to an array of fascinating wildlife species, as well as settlements of local Basarwa or San tribes - an exciting combination of both environmental and cultural experiences for visitors.
Address: Central Botswana, just over 200 miles (322km) from Gaborone.; Website: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/destination/central-kalahari-game-reserve