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Mokolodi Backpackers
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Owner was friendly and helpful. Great communal kitchen (how often can you say that?) with clean bathroom facilities. The camping area, isn't quite a camping area, but considering we just needed somewhere to pitch a tent, it suited us fine. Great location is you wanting to go into Mokolodi Game Reserve.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank necam27
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

I loved this little hostel of impressively clean, tastefully-decorated huts and facilities (thank you so much for the very clean, nice bathrooms, too!) . The animals were a nice touch, and the staff were great! For the price, a terrific deal, though you'll need to either hitchhike your way between the town centre and there, or factor in some taxi money for that. There's a nature reserve not far from Mokolodi Backpackers, which is a nice plus.

Room Tip: Further from the shared kitchen area is quieter at night, though ppl are generally courteous and quiet at night there.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank m h
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

The venue is about a 5 minute drive from Gaberone, a bit hard to find with no signage available, and at the end of the a dust street, again with no sign out front (perhaps for security?). The venue is almost typical of an African "kraal" or community of huts, with the different pricing groups separated into enclaved sections.

We paid for the private chalet and everything to do with the accommodation was in order. It was tastefully decorated and clean, with private bathroom and kitchen stocked with some bare essentials and suitable utilities. Adapters were included in the rooms and daily service ensured the rooms were neat.

Apart from the trick of finding the place, the hassle was more about the administrative confusion - we did arrive late, but over the two days it was really confusing to find someone in charge to make payment. My other slight gripe is that the communal feel of a backpacker was a short of the top offerings. There seem to be parts of the property that are off limit and we ended up watching movies on our phones in our bedrooms, because there was nothing obvious to do.

Overall though, keeping in mind that you're in a third world country, I have no qualms recommending Mokolodi.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Erichero
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

We stayed in one of the deluxe cabins at Mokolodi and were very impressed with the whole experience. Although the property is about 10km out of Gaborone, we thought the location was excellent. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful and only a short walk from the Mokolodi nature reserve. We found a number of walking/running trails in the bush around the hotel and went for some good hikes and runs during our stay.

Our room was a beautiful African style rondavel complete with ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette. The room was very airy and had nice furniture and fittings, was spotlessly clean and well-maintained. There was no TV but the AC unit worked really well. Internet is generally available however we arrived the day after a wind storm which knocked out the comms tower. Hopefully it’ll be up and running soon.

The hotel grounds are really nice – mature trees and colorful gardens all centered around an inviting pool in the center of the courtyard. A menagerie of domestic animals roam around the grounds – dogs, cats, pig, and various birds – all friendly and quiet. This was a big bonus for us. The place appeared to be very secure, surrounded by a wall, electric fence and remote controlled gate, although I don’t really think it was all necessary. The hosts were very friendly and helped us out with all our questions.

They advertize camping on the grounds, but I think we would’ve been disappointed if we had planned on camping. The camping area seemed fairly cramped and confined, not really designed for campers. However it may be better than the alternatives in Gaborone.

Overall, we could find very little to fault the place and would definitely recommend it to other travelers. If we were passing this way again, we would definitely stay here again. Good value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DanO68
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

I stopped for 2 nights on a short trip to Gaberone. The hotel is just a short ride from the Mokolodi Game Reserve and you have lots of domestic animals around you at your stay.
I got a 2 bed cabin by myself. It was decorated in true African style with antilope hides instead of rugs.
The bathroom was across the yard and there was also a swimming pool and some deck chairs to sit and relax after seing the animals at the game reserve.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Thank Tobbelkp
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