Molopo Game Reserve
The 24000ha Molopo Game Reserve runs along the border with Botswana in the very west of the North West Province of South Africa, north-west of Vryburg, near the border with the Northern Cape and on the verge of the Kgalagadi region.
The climate is vey hot and dry and the terrain is flat Kalahari thirst-land with the beginnings of the famous red dunes between the Kalahari thornveld and grasslands, and long sand tracks for vehicles.
Molopo is known for its herds of plains game, including large game such as Eland and Wlidebeest, and an abundance of typically Kalahari bird-life. The remoteness of the reserve from just about anywhere, combined with a lack of luxury facilities, the need for a 4X4 (particularly on the red sand which is far harder to drive on than the white sand) and a hunting season make it less well known as a tourist destination than many other reserves – and therefore emptier and perfect for those seeking some solitude.
Phiri Rest Camp is on the reserve and there are 4×4 camps. Facilities are basic.
The Molopo Reserve is remote and its a hot ride. Stock up on plenty of water, extra fuel, tyres and food and take the R378 north west from Vryburg. Travel for 100km along the R378, then turn left on to the R379 and travel for a further 110km.
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