KHUTSE GAME RESERVE
Khutse is a small reserve (only 2600km2) located on the southern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve - its northern campsites are actually inside the CKGR boundary. The reserve was established in 1971 and is the second game reserve in Botswana to be established on tribal land.
This reserve is easily accessible from the west (via Dutlwe), south (via Molepolole) and east (via Lephephe) on tarmac roads as far as Letlhakeng, which is the last place where fuel is available. It is also possible to drive to or from Khutse through the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, but this is a long and monotonous journey of deep sand driving.
Similar to Mabuasehube, but with more vegetation, game viewing in Khutse is centred on a number of pans namely Khutse, Moreswe, Molose, Mahurushele and Khankhe as well as several other smaller pans. These pans usually have water during the rains, but there are artificial waterholes in the park which attract game throughout the year.
Khutse boasts good numbers of all the desert dwelling wildlife such as Springbok and Gemsbok as well as Ground Squirrel and Suricates, but in smaller numbers than in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Predators are well represented with Lions frequently heard around the campsites, although conflict with livestock owners bordering the reserve is an ongoing problem.
There are individual campsites at all the major pans mentioned above, some of which are very well located with fantastic views over the pan.
All the campsites have identical facilities to those in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with pit latrines and bush showers. Please note that water is only available at the entrance gate so make sure you bring your own supply of water for washing and drinking.