We were very fortunate to find this place online. We had initially booked two nights but loved it there so much that we ended up staying 5 nights.
Mokolodi is about 13kms south of Gaborone. It has a quiet, relaxed, welcoming vibe and the facilities are great, including a braai area and a lovely pool. There are also animals (two friendly dogs, two lovely little cats, chickens wandering about the place, a pot bellied pig) around the place which we loved and spent much time with the dogs keeping us company when having a braai - they fancied steak. There are various high quality accommodation options available such as twins, dorm type chalets, tents, private chalets and a rondavel. We stayed in the rondavel which was wonderful. It was cool, spacious, very well appointed and clean, with en suite facilities. The grounds and common areas are also very well maintained and great care is taken by the gardener to make the place look lovely.
The staff, i.e. Pinky and colleagues and the manager Hendrik were friendly, welcoming, efficient and helpful. While Mokolodi refers to itself as a backpackers it feels high end, while being affordable and of great value (our accommodation worked out at about 40 GBP per night for us both).
Highly recommended place to stay, would love to return some day.
On a related note, the backpackers was a very short distance (1.5km) from the Mokolodi Game reserve where a number of interesting activities are available. We did an escorted game drive for 2hrs at dusk with a lovely guy called Leonard. We had great fun and the activity was excellent value at 140 pula for each person. By the way, there is also a great restaurant on the reserve and the food is divine, although cocktail availability was limited.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our backpackers’ accommodation consists of 2 private Chalets which sleeps up to 2 persons, 3 mixed Dorms that sleeps up to 4 people, 1 Executive Unit with a double bed and aircon, 2 Twin Chalets that sleep up to 2 people, Our Tent that sleeps up to 3 people and a Campsite. Three separate kitchens and bathrooms and showers with plenty of hot water. Surrounding activities include: Game drives in Mokolodi Game Reserve(1 km), bird watching, mountain biking and much more. Take pleasure in the hospitality of the Botswana people, infinite blue skies and sunsets to soothe the soul. Come as a stranger and leave as a friend. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mokolodi Backpackers Hotel Gaborone