The Khama Rhino Sanctuary, near Serowe in central Botswana, is home to the country's largest population of white rhino. The Sanctuary offers everyone a great opportunity for experiencing first-hand many species of animals, birds, trees and plants.
In 1989 a group of Serowe residents conceived the idea of a wildlife reserve near Serowe. The land around Serwe Pan, then a cattle-post, was allocated to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust by the Ngwato Land Board in 1993.
Covering approximately 4,300 hectares of Kalahari sandveld, including several natural water holes, the Sanctuary provides prime habitat for white rhinoceros and many other species of animals and birds. The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) provides protection against poachers.
The Sanctuary is a non-governmental community trust, which is governed by a Board of Trustees who are elected from the local communities of Serowe, Paje and Mabeleapodi. Serowe is one of the largest traditional villages in Africa and is the birthplace of Botswana's first President, the late Sir Seretse Khama. Paje and Mabeleapodi are two small picturesque villages close to the Sanctuary. The Vice President of Botswana, Lt .Gen.S.K.I. Khama, Paramount Chief of the Bamangwato, is Patron of the Trust.
To date, 14 white rhino have been translocated into the Sanctuary. The first four arrived in February 1993, from northern Botswana. They were kept in very large bomas, built by local volunteers, until the 28km electric perimeter fence was completed in June 1995 when they were released to roam free within the Sanctuary. All the rhino settled well and soon began breeding. With further translocations, some sad deaths, and many happy births (the most recent addition being born in August 2000) the total number of white rhino at the Sanctuary is currently 16.
Confidence in the Trust and its achievements mean that the Sanctuary continues to be recognised as a breeding centre for the re-population of white rhino in Botswana, as well as a home for the eventual re-introduction of black rhino into this country.
In addition to protection of the wildlife, we offer many other facilities as detailed overleaf, and are continually working to meet our objectives. Current projects include pumping water around the Sanctuary from two boreholes, construction of an Education Centre and expansion of our Environmental Education facilities, and the development of a research centre.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary is situated on the main road between Serowe and Orapa. Travelling from Serowe, it's about 25km, turn off north to Orapa before the village (on the Palapye road) or opposite the Mall. From Orapa follow the road south for about 180km.
For more information, please contact the office in Serowe:Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust
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