Mokolodi Nature Reserve is a private non-profit game reserve in southern Botswana. Established in 1994 by The Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation, it is situated on 30 km sq. of donated land 10 kilometres south of the capital Gaborone. The nature reserve is inhabited by a wide type of indigenous African game, bird and reptile species, some of which are rare and vulnerable to the threat of extinction. The southern white rhinoceros herd at Mokolodi Reserve is part of a national breeding programme, which contributes to the rebuilding of the national herd in Botswana.
Environmental and conservation education are the main objectives of The Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation. The nature reserve hosts children which are from across Botswana, some of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The fee-based activity and accommodation services offered to the public by Mokolodi Nature Reserve support the Foundation’s charitable objectives, to offer the children of Botswana with the opportunity to embrace the natural world and to promote the wider protection of Botswana’s natural environment.
The reserve contains many species of wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, southern white rhinoceros, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, gemsbok, kudu, impala, waterbuck, nile crocodile, brown hyena and leopard. In the reserve there are large enclosures housing cheetah and spotted hyena. There is also a reptile park containing black mamba, mozambique spitting cobra, puff adder and snouted cobra amongst other species, as well as an aviary with rescued white-backed vulture and cape vulture. The reserve developed to a game sanctuary with an extensive network of paths, which permits viewing the wild life at close quarters. The park administration is planning to increase its limits of conservation area up to the Lion Park.
In addition to the natural attractions, the Mokolodi Nature Reserve has various facilities to offer for vacationers. It has rest camps and chalets, a restaurant serving food from the region, a curio-shop and tea garden, and a conference center for business functions and events. Tourists can either take a day trip to the Botswana Nature Reserve, or stay in the camp or chalet for a few days enjoying the beauteous natural environment. Your Mokolodi Nature Reserve tour will be incomplete without participating in some of the activities organized by the administration. This includes guided drives around the reserve, rhino tracking, giraffe tracking, guided night drives, and visiting the reptile park and sanctuary. Foreign tourists can also enjoy the local cuisine and traditional dance performances that is organized inside the Nature Reserve.