Borakalalo Game Reserve

Three years have passed since we posted this entry about Borakalalo Game Reserve. Unfortunately we’ve been receiving ever more frequent reports of criminal elements robbing from overnight guests at Borakalalo. This is such a pity, as Borakalalo is a beautiful place. If you are heading there, please be vigilant and take extra care to secure your valuables.

Borakalalo Game Reserve, in the North-West Province less than an hour-and-a-half from the sprawling cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, is an undiscovered gem with guests often finding themselves to be the only visitors exploring its 135 km² of bushveld magic.

Borakalalo protects an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. More than thirty species of large mammals, including white rhinoceros, buffalo, sable antelope, tsessebe, giraffe and leopard, call Borakalalo home, and rarities such as the African finfoot and white-backed night heron count among the more than 350 bird species that have been recorded here (which makes Borakalalo one of the country’s top birding destinations).

White Rhino Borakalalo Game Reserve

The dam and river are focal points of the reserve and angling is a major draw card for many of Borakalalo’s visitors (boating and swimming is however not allowed due to the occurrence of crocodile and hippopotamus). The reserve boasts a road network 60 kilometres in extent while a number of game- and bird viewing hides and picnic sites are available. More energetic (and braver!) nature lovers can enjoy the selection of self-guided walking trails.

There’s a variety of options for visitors who would like to overnight in the reserve: Phudufudu camp is located in natural woodland and offers luxury and standard safari tents. Moretele Camp is located in riverine vegetation on the banks of the river with the same name and offers both standard safari tents and camping, while Pitjane is a rustic camping area on a bank of the Klipvoor Dam.

Borakalalo is Tswana for “the place where people relax” – certainly a well-deserved name.

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13 thoughts on “Borakalalo Game Reserve

  1. de Wets Wild Post author

    Almost three years have passed since we posted this entry about Borakalalo Game Reserve. Unfortunately we’ve been receiving ever more frequent reports of criminal elements robbing from overnight guests at Borakalalo. This is such a pity, as Borakalalo is a beautiful place. If you are heading there, please be vigilant and take extra care to secure your valuables.

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    1. Mark Lockwood

      Borakakalo is such a sad example of a beautiful gem being spoiled by gross lack of efficient management. I understand crime & poaching is now rife within the reserve and facility maintenance is just about non-existent?
      Rhinos and valuable wildlife have being removed from the reserve to save them from local extinction according to some reports.
      Surely there must be someone out there who can offer to take over and sponsor return of this neglected beauty spot back to it’s former glory

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      1. de Wets Wild Post author

        I can only concur with your sentiments, Mark. Due to all the terrible reports we haven’t been back to Borakalalo recently, and can only hope that the responsible authorities will step up to the task soon.

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  3. mjculverphotography

    What an absolutely beautiful post. You continue to amaze and delight us with your photos and informative posts. You do such a great job promoting South Africa, the government should pay you. 😉 Love this post.

    Enjoy the weekend, Dries, Marilize and Joubert.

    Marks and Joey

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you very much Joey and Marks!

      We hope you’ll have a nice weekend too – ours, like your’s it seems, will be spent mostly indoors thanks to the inclement weather. We haven’t seen the sun for two days and this morning the soft drizzling continues. Great excuse to sift through our photo-files for some blogging inspiration (if the cricket match between South Africa and New Zealand doesn’t prove too much of a distraction 😉 ).

      Us de Wetjies

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      1. mjculverphotography

        Cricket? That could hardly be a distraction…..right? Only kidding. I love cricket but Marks thinks it’s like watching grass grow. We have more high winds and cooler temperatures today. More reminiscent of winter I guess but we’ve been spoiled by the warm sunshine lately. We’re hoping to get out towards the middle of next week because that looks like it will be the first opportunity of sunshine, which we really need deep in the woods. Enjoy and relax.

        Marks and Joey

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        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          L O L 🙂 !

          Maybe we should start a baseball vs cricket blog Marks! South Africa lost the match disappointingly, by the way 😦

          Enjoy a peaceful time at home friends!

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