Flights to Molepolole Molepolole is a large town in south-eastern Botswana, and not far from the capital city of Gabarone. It is not a very big city and travel services will be limited. Even so, you will find that there are several good wildlife parks nearby, as well as other cultural sights to see in and around Molepolole. English may be spoken in some businesses, but not throughout the town.
To get a flight to Molepolole from South Africa, you should plan to arrive at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (airport code: GBE). It’s located in Gaborone, about 40 kilometres away from Molepolole. Air Botswana and South African Airways both have non-stop flights to Gaborone, or you can book your flight with Kenya Airways. Their route has one connection in Nairobi. The non-stop flights to Molepolole are only an hour long, but the other is considerably longer.
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The Tourist Attractions of Molepolole:
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
The Mokolodi Nature Reserve is a popular reserve in Botswana and you will find a huge variety of wildlife to see. The facilities are excellent and you can choose from a number of game tours (including a great night-time one). The animals that are found in the reserve include the rhino, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hyena and several different species of gazelle. There are accommodations and dining facilities if you plan on staying for a day or two outside of Molepolole.
Khutse Game Reserve
The Khutse Game Reserve park is part of the larger Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which you can see if you want to travel a little farther north. Either way, you’ll be seeing plenty of African wildlife here around the various saltpans and watering holes. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, ostriches, gazelles giraffes and jackals are all found in this area for your viewing enjoyment. You will need a 4×4 vehicle to get to the park, and there are several campsites and a fully-equipped lodge for further accommodation.
About 32 kilometres north of Molepolole are some large caves, complete with rock paintings. Not as dramatic as the game parks, but a very nice spot to see if you want to see some of Botswana’s landscape on the drive.
The city of Gaborone is a short drive away to the south-east of Molepolole and offers another view of Botswana for a day-trip. The Mokolodi Reserve is very near to Gaborone, so you can see both while you are in the area. There is a lot more shopping here, and several popular casinos as well. You can see the local troop of baboons on a climb up the Kgale Hills just outside of the city. The dam is a busy spot for birdwatching and picnics (no swimming though due to crocodiles!).
When Should You Visit?:
The summer months can be hot but the milder winters are very comfortable and the best time to plan a trip. That would be in June and July. The daytime high temperatures are just 21C (69F) and there is usually no rain at this time of year either. It will get much cooler in the evenings so warm clothing is necessary. The summer heat sets in from November until February when it will be 30C (86F) in the daytime.