Botswana :: Central Kalahari
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
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KHUTSE GAME RESERVE was established in 1971 and covers an area of 2 500km². Its landscape features
rolling grasslands, ancient river beds, fossil dunes and flat, white salt pans which only fill with water after heavy rains - this
explains the name ‘Khutse’ which means ‘place where you can kneel down and drink’. Herbivores congregate around the
water-filled pans, attracting the predators that Khutse are known for. Khutse borders the Central Central Kalahari Game
Reserve (CKGR), but as there’s no fence between the two reserves, access to the CKGR is obtained via the Khutse entrance
|Address :||Central Kalahari, Botswana|
|Postal :||DNWP, P.O. Box 131, Gaborone, Botswana.|
|Contact :||DWNP Reservations Office - Gaborone|
|Tel :||+267 39 714 05|
|Fax :||+267 318 0775|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Nothing|
April-Sep: 06:00-18:30; Oct-Mar: 05:30-19:00
|Gate Opening and Closing Times :||April- Sep : 06h00-18h30; Oct-Mar : 05h30 -19h00|
|Payment Methods Accepted :||Cash|
|Fee/s :||Park fees: Citizen P10; Resident P30 & non -resident P120 per day + vehicle fees. CASH ONLY (Apr-18)|
|Facilities :||Camping, Airstrip|
|Landing Strip Nearby|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Guided Walks, Photography|
|Game to View :||Giraffe. Gemsbok. Red Hartebeest. Eland. Kudu. Wildebeest. Springbok. Steenbok. Grey Duiker. Lion.|
|Notes on Activities :||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
Each campsite has got a bucket shower (bring your own water) and a long drop toilet. (2018).
There is no network in the park and it is advisable to use a satellite phone. (2018).
Firewood may not be collected in the park, and it is advisable to obtain this when shopping. Visitors are requested to consider the environment, and limit the fires to cooking and small fires to socialise around, rather than huge bonfires that burn unnecessary wood, run the risk of starting veld fires, and serve no purpose in keeping predators away.
There are no fuel supplies in the Reserve itself. There is a small filling station at Lethlakeng, the last fuel stop before you enter Khutse. So make sure you have enough fuel for travelling in the Reserve.
The small village of Salajwe just before entering Khutse has basic supplies and drinks for sale.
There are no shops in the Reserve itself.
Travelling between the northern region of the park and the southern Khutse Game Reserve, is not possible in one day. The region is vast, roads are either muddy in the rainy season, or long stretches of deep sand in the dry season, which makes for slow travelling. Driving at night is strictly prohibited and staying overnight at either Xade, Xaxa or Bape campsites en route is required. If you arrive at an entrance gate just before closing time, you will not be allowed to travel all the way to your campsite, and you will have to camp at the gate.
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Gaborone: +267 39 714 05 or +267 31 807 74.
You need to have a reliable 4x4 car.
There is no water at the campsites, there is only water at the entrance gate. Bring enough drinking water as the water in the park is salty but it can be used for bathing, cooking and washing.
Bring containers to fetch water in the gate then take it through with you onto the campsite.
There is a reception office at Khutse gate, here visitors are required to check in and pay park and vehicle fees. Phone Parks and Reserves Reservations Office for camping reservations.
Shopping should be done in Ghanzi or Gabarone when travelling to Khutse, as there aren’t any large shops in the villages near Khutse.
The last fuel stop before Khutse entrance gate is at Letlhakeng; travellers who intend to travel through Khutse up to the CKGR, must ensure that they have sufficient fuel, water and supplies for the journey.
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