The 2,600 square kilometre Khutse
Game Reserve is a popular weekend excursion for the residents of Gabarone.
The name means 'where one kneels to drink'. Due to prolonged drought
in recent years, Khutse doesn't have the concentrations of wildlife
found in northern Botswana, but the solitude of the pans and savanna
scrub can be almost complete. Visitors can expect to see a variety
of antelope - Wildebeest, Eland, Duiker, Steenbok, Hartebeest, Kudu,
Gemsbok and Springbok - but not in large numbers.
Also present are predators such as Lion, Leopard, Brown and Spotted
Hyena, Jackal, Caracal (which the San people believe to be the reincarnation
of the Morning Star) and even Wild Dogs. Around the pans you'll also
find smaller creatures such as Ground Squirrels, hares, Bat-eared foxes,
Black-footed cats, Pangolins, Aardvarks, Aardwolves, Porcupines and
Warthogs. The bird life is also good and quite varied.
The best time to visit is after the rainy season has begun, usually
There are no permanent camps in
Khutse and only three public campsite 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
(The above information was excerpted from The Lonely Planet Guide to Botswana).
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