Tachila Nature Reserve near Francistown covers 8,000 hectares of land. The name Tachila is a Kalanga name meaning “saviour of all living things.” The nature reserve was found in 2007 and it started as a project focusing on the restoration of the habitat and reintroduction of wildlife in this area. The reserve was established to conserve the natural and historical heritage of the country for educational and recreational purposes.
Wildlife species include leopard, hyena, kudu, impala, bushbuck, steenbok, klipspringer, rock dassie and warthog. Eventually, rhino, sable and roan antelope, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and eland will be introduced.
A luxury lodge, with conference centre and restaurant will be built in the reserve; and all structures will be eco-friendly, utilising renewable energy, recycling programmes, grey-water reticulation and organic gardens. Whilst still in the development stages, visitors can now enter the reserve for game drives. This is on a self-drive basis, and on arrangement only.
To serve as a recreational facility for residents of and visitors to Francistown
To provide environmental education for Botswana school children
To promote wildlife and other natural resources conservation
To increase eco-tourism potential
To help diversify the largely mining -dependent economy ,by creating employment opportunities.
There are also plans to build a luxury lodge and campsite,conference centre and restaurant on the reserve.The idea is to make all structures eco-friendly ,run on renewable energy ,run recycle programmes including grey water reticulation and grow organic gardens.
In terms of excursions,Tachila also aims to offer nature and historical walks,game drives,informative talks and workshops.Planned braai and picnic sites that will ultimately promote tourism and help diversify the local economy are other facilities that friends of Tachila can look forward to.
Tachila intends to promote long -term conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources,by working closely with the Mokolodi Nature Reserve(Gaborone).They intend to do so by raising environmental awareness through a proposed environmental education centre.
The Mokolodi education programme is a resounding success ,with over 12000 childern visiting Mokoolodi each year.This is a level of success that Tachila hope to achieve in Francistown.Tachila Nature Reserve Trust,a registered charity,runs Tachila Nature Reserve.A team of volunteers from Francistown’s business community governs the trust.
|Address :||10km or 15 mins SE of Francistown, Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana|
|Tel :||+267 241 2313|
|Cell :||+267 76 368 430|
|Cell2 :||+267 71 398 044|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Main Cellular Network :||Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile|
Rates and Payment
|Fee/s :||Entrance Fee: BWP20pp. Vehicle Entrance BWP20 per vehicle.|
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping, Restaurant, Airport|
|Conference Facilities, Wedding Facilities|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Picnics, Guided Walks, Bird Watching|
|Game to View:||Sable and roan antelope. Cheetah. Giraffe. Zebra. Wildebeest. Elands. Impala. Bushbuck. Steenbok and klipspringer.|
|More Activities:||Archaeological sites.|
|Closest Town :||Francistown|
Vehicle Type: ALL
The visitors to the reserve will stay in comfortable luxury lodge fully equipped and furnished.
The reserve is approximately 16km from Francistown, a town with all the major facilities a visitor would need like shops, fuel stop, vehicle servicing, healthcare facilities and Banks.