Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana
Khama Rhino Sanctuary is situated on the Serowe-Orapa-Maun road 25 km north of Serowe. During the 1980's, due to indiscriminate poaching, rhinos were made almost extinct in Botswana. In 1992 a community trust wildlife was established under the patronage of the Paramount Chief of the Bamangwato Lt. General Ian Khama, by the people of Serowe, Mabeleapodi and Paje to create a park to safeguard the few remaining rhino and to re-establish both black and white rhino populations in the area.
This project has been highly successful and the reserve is now flourishing under the protection of the Botswana Defence Force and a dedicated team of conservationists.
The reserve is situated on 4,300 hectares of Kalahari sandveld with Serowe Pan, a calcrete depression, in the centre of the reserve with a number of smaller pans scattered throughout the park forming the central points of interest. The park offers guided nature drives and nature trails accompanied by skilled rangers.
The road network is well maintained and is suitable for more robust 2 wheel drive vehicles.
Rhino share the reserve with a variety of indigenous game including red hartebeest, ostrich, brown hyaena, leopard, jackal, antelope and smaller mammals such as the bat-eared fox, lynx and wild cat. There is also abundant birdlife in the sanctuary with a large variety of raptors.
Chalets sleeping four people each are situated near the main gate. There are 12 camping sites within the park.
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is operated by a local community trust for the benefit of both the people of Serowe and the nation as a whole. This ambitious environmental programme is the forerunner of many such initiatives for the future.
The Khama Sanctuary is rapidly gaining in popularity as an accessible and attractive park.