Game Drive at Mokolodi

Today I had the chance to go on a game drive or safari at Mokolodi. This is a very rural area about 30 minutes outside of Gaborone. There is a wildlife reservation, similar to the Massachussetts Audobon Societies. A game drive is a ride through the reservation with a knowledgable guide. Yufei, Karabo (my exchange partners from MAP), 12 others and I are loaded into an open van with bench seating.

The safari lasts around 2 hours. During this time, I was able to see many impalas, kudos, zebras, giraffes, wild boar, baboons, snakes, vultures, tortoises, and an ostrich. I learned the zebra is the national animal of Botswana for two reasons. The first, the pattern formed by the zebra’s stripes resembles a diamond, one of Bot’s main exports. The second reason is the colors of the animal. The black and white together represents the unity of races living together in Botswana.

Impalas
Baboons climbing a tree
Male bab00n
Wild Boar
Zebras
Younger female giraffes
Older male giraffe
Male kudo
Ostrich
Our safari leader and a male leopard tortoise
Female Kudo
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