Botsalano Game Reserve

Botsalano Game Reserve lies just north of Mafikeng close to the Botswana border on the South African side

North West Game and Nature ReservesThe Botsalano Game Reserve

Meaning ‘friendship’ in Setswana, the Botsalano Game Reserve lies just north of Mafikeng close to the Botswana border on the South African side.

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 essentially breeds antelope and other mammals to stock reserves in South Africa. The 5 800 hectare Botsalano Game 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, although its inclusion of canned hunting as a draw card for tourists makes it somewhat less appealing.

Catching a glimpse of the white rhino is without doubt a highlight of the reserve, but the access to mountain biking and hiking trails - there is an extensive network of tracks - which allows you to wander the bush at random, making little contact with other people staying in the three basic camp sites at Botsalano, is another reason to head this way.

You can spend days potentially roving the bush in this manner, a decided incentive to those who enjoy getting back to basics and roughing it a little - the camp sites are by all accounts rather basic, with only toilets, water, showers and braai areas at your disposal. But sunsets at Sentry Hill are worth any amount of slumming it.

Popular Activities in or near Botsalano Game Reserve

Wondergat Diving

This natural dolomite sinkhole is a popular spot to gain some deep diving experience. Although there is not a lot of fish life here besides the Southern Mouth brooder and the Sharptooth Barbell which can often be seen, the walls of the caves are...

More info and contact details: Wondergat Diving

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Contact Botsalano Game Reserve on telephone +27 (0)18 386-8900.

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