The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Botsalano Game Reserve

Afrikaans name: Botsalano Wildtuin

View from the boma at Botsalano Game Reserve

Botsalano Game Reserve boma

Photo © Johan van Zyl

North West

Botsalano Game Reserve is situated near the town of Mahikeng and the Botswana border. It is 5,800 hectares in extent and is used mainly to breed various species of antelope for use in restocking other reserves.

The park has an extensive network of dirt roads which are normally accessible by all cars.

There are a number of accommodation options in Botsalano including the Mogobe Tented Camp, Safari Bush Camps and the camping area.

The reserve is well stocked with mammals including White Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Springbok, Eland and Gemsbok. Around 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park. The list includes a number of eagles and vultures.

In summer the weather gets hot but winter nights can be very cold so clothing needs to be taken for a variety of conditions.

What have you seen at Botsalano Game Reserve?

Driving round Botsalano

Above - Driving through Botsalano

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Entrance to Botsalano

Above - Entrance to Botsalano Game Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Safari tents

Above - Safari tents

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Mammals of Botsalano Game Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.


Antbear / Aardvark

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal


Blue Wildebeest

Brown Hyena

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Porcupine

Common Duiker




Ground Squirrel



Red Hartebeest


Sable Antelope

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog




Striped Polecat



White Rhino

Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose

References and further reading

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 204

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 89

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 70

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 132


Got a comment about the content on this page?

This website features affiliate links, meaning we’ll earn a small commission if you purchase through these links.

Copyright Steven Herbert Projects, 2013 - 2024. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy - FAQ - Terms of use