Welcome to Khutse Game Reserve
The 2500-sq-km Khutse Game Reserve, which is an extension of the southern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), is a popular weekend excursion for residents of Gaborone, but it’s still deliciously remote and crowds are rare, especially from Sunday to Thursday. It has all the attractions of the Kalahari, including good (if low-density) wildlife watching, well-maintained trails and around 60 mineralised clay pans that once belonged to Africa’s largest inland lake. Leopard and lion sightings in particular are possible, while gemsboks and giraffes are also commonly seen.
The name Khutse, which means ‘Where One Kneels to Drink’ in Sekwena (the local dialect of Setswana), indicates that the area once had water, though today the reserve experiences continual droughts.