North West – Botsalano Game Reserve
About the Birding
A wide network of roads crisscross the reserve, almost all of which are well-maintained and easily passable in any vehicle. The reserve is dominated by a mixed habitat of dry open grasslands and acacia thornveld, though acacia is widely present and the grassland patches remain small. Beginning at the entrance gate, denser stands of acacia are present, and hold the first set of species we’ll be searching for. The picnic site, just after the entrance gate, and the Mogobe Tented Camp in particular are great areas to wander around.
About the Birding Site
The Botsalano Game Reserve is a 5800ha reserve, situated on the edge of the Kalahari and grassland biomes. This results in a unique overlap between these two vegetation types, and means many exciting birds occur in the reserve. This is an excellent area for the larger raptors and vultures including Lappet faced and White-backed Vulture breed in the reserve.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The entrance gate is located precisely at these coordinates (25°33’52.3″S 25°39’44.7”E, or -25.564514, 25.662425), and this is where the reception office is. The main camp (Magobe Tented Camp) is located right in the centre of the park, where a smaller satellite office is situated (25°33’32.9″S 25°43’10.9”E, or -25.559145, 25.719681).