My wife and I (71) are just beginning to plan a trip that we hope will include Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, and S. Africa. Neither of us enjoys the tourist scene - I am a backpacker, she likes small towns, farms, and children. We prefer hostels to hotels and rural areas to cities. We only speak English. If we came to Gaborone and stayed with Mokolodi Backpackers, are there local trails, day-hikes, walking tours, museums, and farms to visit? We do not want any tours or tour guides, but are there any local people that could help us with an itinerary? We are planning our trip for September - October of 2015.
Hi, Hendrik here, owner of Mokolodi Backpackers. It would be great to have you and your wife with us. I will advise on what to do when you are here. We have the Mokolodi Nature reserve close by and there is a museum in town. Please reserve your place well in advance. You can contact our booking office at the email on our website.
Looking forward in having you here at Mokolodi Backpackers...
Warm regards, Have fun, be blessed and travel well.
Hendrik & the fabulous staff and amazing animals at MBG.
Hello, we (a couple, 33 years old) stayed there in autumn 2014 for two nights and we can recommend to start your journey at Mokolodi Backpackers as if the host can be very helpful for your planning. He has a lot of tips for Botswana and the neighboring countries and can be a great help for your itinerary. Sometimes he is traveling around himself so maybe an e-mail in advance to sort this out could be advisable. All the best for your trip. Enjoy it.
Botswana, especially the south and the Gaborone area, is still a wonderfull place to visit if you want travel off the tourist paths:-) Mokolodi backpackers is a very good base to have for the area, clean and happy place! Nature reserve just 1km up the road, Khgali hill for hiking 2 km the other way, also groseryshopping 2 km away, horseriding 1km. I (50, from Norway) have visited Gaborone with my family many times and we have new adventures every day. It is recommended to have a car, but the bus is also an alternative. Make sure you have loads of time, just walk around and smile.......the Botswana people will for sure take contact and be your best friend!! We bought a lot of fotballs and went off to the countryside and gave them away to kids we saw on our way, we even stopped at village schools and gave them 2-3 footballs and it always made happy faces! (small childrens clothing does the same trick) Good luck on planning your holiday with your wife, I am sure it will be a great one! As long as you do not stress, just smile and open yourself, the Batswanas are the most warm people you can meet!
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