Molopo Nature Reserve
North West Province
Molopo Nature Reserve is located in the North-West province right next to the Botswana border and spans 24000 hectares of Kalahari thornveld and grassland. The climate is generally very hot and dry in summer and extremely cold on winter nights.
The reserve has been restocked with game from other parks and features amazing herds of eland, wildebeest, gemsbok, hartebeest, kudu, zebra, impala, waterbuck and springbuck. A few larger predators namely the cheetah and brown hyena can be seen in the reserve, as well as caracal, African wildcat and black-backed jackal. Molopo forms part of an inter-provincial raptor conservation program and as such enthusiasts can enjoy observing the breeding pairs of eagle and vultures, as well as over 120 other recorded species of bird.
Day and night drives are available at the reserve and seeing game at the many artificial watering holes is almost guaranteed. The roads are suitable for most vehicles although a 4x4 is highly recommended.
Visitors may also like to visit and explore the fossilised riverbed of the Phepane River, which once contained huge volumes of water.