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Bigfoot manages and operates 41 campsites in Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and Khutse Game reserve.
These game reserves were initially managed by the government and were only privatized in April 2009, and that’s when Bigfoot Tours took over.

Khutse Game Reserve

Comprising only 2,590 km2 Khutse Game Reserve (KGR) is situated in an extra ordinary part of the Kalahari and spectacularly different to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. KGR is part of an ancient river that once flowed north-east-wards to fill Lake Makgadikgadi.The only relics of this river system are the dry river valley and a series of pans. Today, the game viewing area is centered on these pans.

The name Khutse means “place” where you can kneel down to drink and the name Letlhakeng means “place of reeds” – sufficient evidence that the surface water in this area has supported man and animals back in the days. Khutse is one of the closest and most accessible wilderness areas when approaching from the south, but a four wheel drive- vehicle is essential. The pans usually fill up with water during the rains, but there are also two artificial water points at Molose and Moreswe which attract game throughout the year .The chances of seeing lions in the Khutse are usually good.

Hotel and lodge accommodation in Khutse Game Reserve
There is Khutse Game Lodge which is 10km before you get to Khutse Game Reserve.

Camping facilities
There are excellent camp sites in Khutse and most of them are situated on the edges of the pan. The campsites are undeveloped and have got only a pit latrine and a shower bucket. Borehole water must be obtained from the Game Scout Camp at the gate.

Khutse is a small reserve, comprising only 2 590km2 (squared). It has a common border with the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), which lies to the north of it. Khutse’s road network, in fact, extends into the CKGR and the camp sites at Khankhe are actually situated inside CKGR.
This game reserve was established in 1971 mainly to protect the pans, the fossil river valley system and all the wildlife it attracts. It is the second game reserve in Botswana to be established on tribal land, Moremi being the first. Before the establishment of the reserve, Kgalagadi (people of Kalahari) and Bushmen roamed the area and today there are still a large number of villages situated on the periphery of the reserve.

The vegetation of Khutse is similar to what occurs in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, consisting mainly of Acacia Savanna and Kalahari Sand Veldt Communities.

No matter what time of year one visits Khutse, there will always be an abundance of lions, leopards, brown hyena and hartebeests to be seen. After the rains, there are often large herds of gemsbok as well. Today there are artificial watering points at two of the pans, making it possible for game to remain in the reserve throughout the year. Many of the campsites are situated on the edge of a pan, which enables one to do game-watching from the comfort of a camp chair.

Mahurushele and khanke campground in the Khutse Game Reserve between GPS coordinates

(1)23°16’58.74”S24 °23’16.70”E
(2)23°17’39.01”S24 °23’17.68”E
(3)23 °16’59.32”S24 °24’0.68”E
(4)23 °17’39.32”S24 °24’4.61”E at Mahurushele and

(1)23°13’42.50”S24 °20’48.34”E
(2)23 °13’28.54”S24 °21’15.07”E
(3)23 °13’36.15”S24 °21’20.92”E
(4)23°13’49.64”S24 °20’54.27”E at Khankhe.

Measuring: 1.6 square kilometers and Mahurushele and 332 000 square meters at Khankhe.Measuring: 9.88 square kilometers at Molose and 4.2 square kilometers at Moreswe.At Molose and Moreswe Campgrounds in the Khutse Game Reserve between GPS Coordinates

(1)23 °24’35.78”S24 °9’28.69”E
(2)23 °22’34.85”S24 °10’44.08”E
(3)23 °23’20.75”S24 °11’55.70”E
(4)23 °25’5.35”S24 °10’14.21”E
at Moloswe and

(1)23 °33’51.07”S 24 °5’25.29”E
(2) 23 °33’9.12”S 24 °6’26.33”E
(3)23 °33’57.89”S 24 °7’17.35”E
(4)23 °c34’32.22”S 24 °6’5.95”E at Moreswe.

There is an airstrip at Khutse game scout camp, but permission is required from the Department of Wildlife and National park to use it.

To get to Khutse one has to drive via Molepolole to Letlhakeng. At Letlhakeng the road venture to the right and this is where the tar road ends. One travels along the dirt road for 104km to reach Khutse games count. En route one passes through Kudumelapye, which is 25km from Letlhakeng, and Salajwe which is 61km from Letlhakeng. At Salajwe the road veer sharply to the left, but there is a clear sign to indicate the way.

There is no fuel, food or drinks available in Khutse. The last fuel is available in Letlhakeng and there is only one filling station in the town. It is therefore better to fill up in Molepolole. From Molepolole it is 165km to Khutse so one needs about 120 liters of fuel there and back, including game drives, to be on the safe side.

The total distance of the roads in Khutse amounts to only 170km, so one can easily explore all the routes. Moreswe pan is very beautiful and worth the effort. There is usually not much to see on the short cut to Molose waterhole.