Botsalano game reserve is located in the North West province of South Africa, right next to the border with Botswana. It is around 4 hours drive from Johannesburg and the closest town is Mahikeng.
Botsalano Game Reserve is the site of one of the oldest volcanic craters in the world that extends through the park into Botswana.
The game reserve was originally established to breed antelope and other mammals to stock reserves in South Africa. The 5 800 hectare reserve is mainly Kalahari thornveld and wide open grasslands with smatterings of acacia and karee woodlands.
Well over 2 000 head of animals and some 200 different bird species make Botsalano Game Reserve a popular destination for game and bird viewing. Catching a glimpse of the white rhino is without doubt a highlight of the reserve The Kalahari bushveld changes dramatically between summer and winter months.
Making little contact with other people staying in the 4 unfenced rustic camp sites scattered around Botsalano, is another reason to head this way.
- Legora has two large trees for shade and will accommodate two tents / offroad trailers or caravans
- Lerako is well suited for larger groups with lovely grassland views and sunsets. It has little in the way of shade but does provide a shelter for some cover. You’ll often see heards of antelope grazing on your front lawn.
- Sentry Hill is located on a koppie that provides some specular views. The site is smaller and will accommodate two offroad trailers or one caravan.
- Safari Bush Camp is close to a waterhole with a great hide on stilts overlooking it.
- For the less adventurous, Mogobe camp offers self-catering tents with solar lights and gas water heaters
The camp site ablutions are by all accounts rather basic, with only toilets, water, fire water heaters and showers. There is no electricity. The campsites are obviously well suited for self-sufficient campers.
The campsite infrastructure and facilities are in some need of repairs and maintenance but fortunately a volunteer organisation called Friends of Botsalano Mafikeng have started a number of conservation and infrastructure upgrade projects.
Bookings can be made through email or telephone;
Tel: +27(0)18 397 1675
For conservation and infrastructure projects; http://fobm.org.za/
Firewood is provided