Mokolodi Nature Reserve
A Short History of the Mokolodi Nature Reserve
The creation of the Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation lead to the establishment of the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in 1994 on 3,700 hectares of donated bushveld land that had previously been utilised for cattle farming. The Reserve is now home to a wide variety of animals and plants that are endemic to south-eastern Botswana, some of which are extremely rare or endangered.
Since its creation, Mokolodi Nature Reserve and its programmes have grown significantly. The Reserve currently employs approximately 90 people, of which approximately 75 are from neighbouring communities. Our Education Centre accommodates more than 9,000 school children per year in its environmental education programmes, and the Reserve on a whole welcomes more than 60,000 visitors on an annual basis.
The Conservation and Education Aims of the Nature Reserve
In order to sustain the conservation efforts of the Nature Reserve and the educational pursuits of the Mokolodi Educational Centre, Mokolodi offers fee-based tourism activities (including game drives, rhino tracking and conferencing, as well as great accommodation). The income generated from these activities assist the Reserve in subsidising its conservation and education programmes, while providing unforgettable experiences to Reserve visitors.
The Mokolodi Nature Reserve is open to the public every day of the week.
Summer time: 07h00 until 18h30 (September – April)
Winter time: 07h30 until 18h00 (May – August)
Conferencing and Facilities
Mokolodi Nature Reserve offers two different options for conferencing within the Reserve. Perched on the Mokolodi hills, and boasting spectacular views of the Nature Reserve, Mokolodi’s Worlds View Conference Centre is a popular venue for conferences, meetings, events (including workshops) and corporate get-togethers, as well as social functions.
Join our professional guides on a relaxing two-hour game drive in one of Mokolodi’s open game drive vehicles, and learn more about the indigenous fauna and flora of Botswana.
Bush Braais (Barbecue)
An experience not to be missed! The Bush Braais at Mokolodi are an opportunity to enjoy the best game viewing the Reserve has to offer and a sumptuous spread of local specialities.
Bush Brunches and Champagne Brunches
Families and small groups of friends can escape from a week in the city and enjoy the beauty of the Mokolodi Nature Reserve with a full brunch in the middle of the bush.
Take a two-hour night drive in an open game drive vehicle through the Mokolodi Nature Reserve.
Track rhino on foot accompanied by one of our guides and a member from our conservation team. Two to six guests will spend approximately 3 – 5 hours exploring the Reserve (depending on conditions and the rhino tracks). Includes a bush picnic. Minimum age 14 years.
Track giraffe accompanied by one of our guides and a member from our conservation team. Two to ten guests will spend approximately 3 – 5 hours exploring the Reserve – depending on the conditions and tracks. The activity is followed by a bush picnic. Minimum age of 14 years.
Coming Soon: An up close and personal experience that allows you to walk with our cheetah. This is an encounter not to be missed and offers great photograph opportunities.
Reptile Park/Sanctuary Visit
Enjoy a tour of the Mokolodi Reptile Park and Sanctuary where a variety of reptiles, birds, lizards, and tortoises amongst other animals can be seen. Take time to learn about the habits and behaviour of these animals.
Enjoy a cycle ride around the Reserve on one of our three cycle routes that cater for beginners and the more experienced mountain bike riders. The routes take riders through a variety of vegetation types and offers an unparalleled way to view the Reserve’s wildlife.