Molopo Game Reserve (NW Vorstershoop 12km)

This is a little gem that lies just outside the Northern Cape borders. The special thing here is that you can arrange with the permission from the ranger to do your own night drives. 99% of the time you will find yourself the only people in the park.

The reserve is located on 24 000 hectare against the Botswana border in the far west of the North-West province, 250 km north of Vryburg and 7 km west of the village of Vostershoop.

Phiri Camp
The sites at Phiri Camp are spread over a wide area for privacy, which fits in well with the overall wilderness appeal of the reserve. This is bush camping at its very best. There is an ablution block (although some complaints about it's state was raised). Take cash. Officials will come and collect payment for your stay.

There are wilderness campsites, where there is nothing. Get a map of the reserve to navigate to various spots, such as the vulture hide and bush camps.

The Molopo Reserve was established in 1987 and has been restocked with game from other parks and reserves.

Today the reserve has flourishing herds of eland, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, red hartebeest, kudu, zebra impala waterbuck and springbok, as well as numerous steenbok. duiker and warthog.

Cheetah, brown hyena, caracal, black-backed jackal, African wildcat, honey badger and the small spotted genet are also resident in the reserve.

Over 120 species of birds have been recorded at Molopo, including breeding pairs of bateleur, tawny and martial eagles. White-backed vultures and lappet faced vultures are also common. The reserve forms part of a one million hectare inter provincial raptor conservancy.

Game Drives
Both day and night drives in the reserve are permitted with the permission of the authorities. A number of artificial waterholes have been constructed where concentrations of game can be seen.

The network of roads through the reserve are suitable for 4×4 (and 4×2 with diff lock), vehicles.

eMail: Park Manager: 27 (0)76 429 3978 and 083 770 6127 Office: +27 (0)72 596 0945 Accommodation bookings & enquiries: Gerald Botha on 082 873 8780 or send a SMS to him with all your details.

If none of the numbers work, try Mary on 0729656800
Do not expect too much in Vostershoop. Come prepared with fuel, drinking water etc.