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).
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.