Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 6

Lookout for

Wildcat
Aardvark
Caracal
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Brown Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Springbok
Gemsbok
Warthog

Khutse Game Reserve is found in Botswana, in the famed Kalahari region. It adjoins the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, sharing with it an unfenced northern border. The reserve is made up of pans, dried riverbeds, rolling grasslands, and savannah habitat. Wildlife congregate in large numbers around the pans, and visitors can expect to see, among others, giraffe, wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, jackal and kudu, as well as many predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown hyena, an endangered specie. The reserve is located relatively close to the capital of Botswana, Gaborone, and has several excellent driving routes winding through the reserve. This makes it a perfect weekend self-drive safari destination. One can stop at the town of Molepolole, known as the “gateway to the Kalahari”, and also visit the San and Bakgalagadi villages located on the outskirts of the reserve.

Why we like it

Good predator life; Close to Gaborone; Excellent road network

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 2,500 square km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Molepolole

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Cheetah
Leopard
Gemsbok
Giraffe


BRIDS
Ostrich
Kori Bustard
White-backed Vulture
Greater Kestrel


REPTILES
Puff Adder
Barking Gecko
Cape Cobra


TREES
Acacia
Shepherd's Tree
Corkwood


HABITAT TYPES
Grasslands
Savannah
Pans
Riverbeds