Africa Tours and Safaris
KHUTSE GAME RESERVE

The reserve covers a total area of 2,500 sq km and was opened in 1971, on Bakwena tribal land. Few people lived in this area of undulating plains of dry Kalahari bush savannah due to the nearly complete absence of surface water and the fragile vegetation, very few people lived in this area. Those who did subsisted by gathering wild foods, undertaking limited hunting and keeping small stock. Wildlife was therefore considered to be a good alternative form of land use. Khutse Game Reserve has an extensive mineralized pan system which provides an important habitat for wildlife.  Herbivores are attracted to graze on the grasses of the pans and drink the mineralized water during the rainy season and to lick salt during the dry season. Most types of desert herbivores can be seen here but they are mostly found around the pans or at Molose Pan where water is pumped from a borehole.  Boreholes have been established at certain points within the reserve as a form of attracting the wildlife to stay in the area throughout the year.  These herbivores in turn attract predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena.

Visitors to Khutse should not expect to see large concentrations of game, however, game that can been seen are giraffe, gemsbok, red hartebeest, eland, kudu, wildebeest, springbok, steenbok, grey duiker, lion, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, black backed jackal, bat-eared fox and wild dog as well as other smaller animals.  There is a wide range of birdlife from ostrich and kori bustard to smaller birds. The best time to visit is after the rainy season has begun, usually December-April.
 

Accessiblity
From Gaborone, the Khutse Game Reserve is approximately 210 km from the city.  Driving is on varying road conditions and it can take up to 4 hours to drive.  The first 50 km from Gaborone are on good tarred roads, to Molepolole, where you turn right following signes to Letlhakeng.  Drive 61 km too Letlhakeng where the tarred road ends at the traffic circle.  Follow the green sign to Khutse on a sandy road.  Please note that a 4x4 vehicle is necessary as the sand is loose and deeply rutted, particularly during the dry season from May to November.  About 25 km from Letlahkeng is a village called Khudemelapye, where the feeling of an oasis is given due to the fine trees.  Drive for another 36 km to the last village, Salajwe, before reaching Khutse.   Basic supplies can be purchased here.  Please continue to follow the green Khutse sings.  Upon reaching the gate of the Game Reserve you need to check in and pay national park fees. Please note that there are no filling stations or shops within the Game Reserve.  Please make sure you have enough fuel with you, as well as enough food and drinking water.  Non drinking water can be obtained from the wildlife camp.

Accommodation
1. Khutse Lodge is situated just inside the Khutse Game Reserve very close to the entrance gate of the park. 

2. There are no permanent camps in Khutse and only three public campsites but only one, Golabodimo Pan, near the entry gate, has running water and showers. Fourteen kilometres west from the entry gate is Khutse II Pan, with a rudimentary camp site. Much nicer is the camp site at Moreswa Pan, which is located 67km from the gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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