Nature Reserves

Birding  - Nature Reserves

Limpopo’s nature reserves offer excellent game-viewing opportunities. They introduce the wildlife in their natural habitat and provide an outdoors experience of how nature survives.

Atherstone Nature Reserve

Atherstone Nature Reserve

Situated on the border with North-West, this 23.500 hectare reserve consists mainly of vast savanna plains with bushveld and Kalahari grasslands eco-systems. Besides antelopes, zebras and giraffes, the black rhino is certainly one of the highlights of your Atherstone experience.

Birds to be spotted besides the multitude of grassland birds, are the kori bustard and secretary bird. Atherstone Nature Reserve offers its visitors two camps: Maroela and Summerveld.


Highlights: Game reserve, Good sightings of antelopes, Abundant birdlife, and Black rhino.

Balule Nature Reserve

Balule Nature Reserve

The Balule Private Nature Reserve was created ten years ago when a few enterprising farm owners decided to drop the game fences between their farms. This has since grown into a 35.000-ha private nature reserve with the perennial Olifants River flowing for approximately 20 km through the centre of the reserve.

Balule is undergoing continuous expansion as other landowners join the initiative to become incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park Management Area. The 'Big Five' roam freely in the game reserve.

Doorndraai Nature Reserve

Doorndraai Dam Resort

For those wishing to spend a sweltering afternoon in the relief of a cool breeze while enjoying the relaxation associated with fishing, there is only one place you need to go with a multitude of species that can be lured to the hooks of keen anglers.

Nestled contentedly on the foothills of the Waterberg Range, this 7.000-ha nature reserve lies close to Limpopo's major highway, half an hour's drive from Mokopane and Mookgophong. Doorndraai boasts a wide variety of woodland habitats such as acacia, hillside broad-leaved woodland and riverine woodland.

Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve

Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve

North of Marble Hall lies Schuinsdraai eco-system that surrounds Flag Boshielo and it covers 9037 hectares of land.

The Schuinsdraai dam provides an ideal environment for the large crocodile population that inhabits the area. Other game that can be spotted at Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve includes kudu, impala, eland, warthog and rare roan antelope.

Stay around the dam and enjoy the presence of beautiful waterbirds. The reserve is a popular destination for anglers and other water recreation.


Highlights: Spectacular view on dam, Amazing eco-system

D'Nyala Nature Reserve

D'Nyala Nature Reserve

Located 15 km to the south-east of Lephalale, this reserve offers a good combination of game reserve, conference centre and a well-equipped camp. The game reserve is home to the nyala antelope, as well as 60 other mammal species, including white rhino, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, tsessebe, eland and others.

It also includes a variety of predators such as leopard, brown hyena jackal and smaller cats. Some impressive Nyala Berry and Baobab trees can be encountered here.

Rust de Winter Reserve

Rust de Winter Dam Resort

Lying within the boundaries of the proposed Dinokeng 'Big Five' Game Reserve, the 1.650-ha Rust de Winter Reserve is an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government to establish a major centre of wildlife-based industry.

The reserve is close to the national N1 road, an hour's drive north from Gauteng's major centres, and en route to destinations such as the Kruger National Park, Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and the tourist attractions of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Masebe Nature Reserve

Masebe Nature Reserve

Set in spectacular scenic surroundings near the town of Marken, the 4.500 hectare provincial park is a joint venture between the Limpopo government and the Bakenberg community in which all stakeholders are working together to promote tourism-driven economic development.

Nylsvley Conservancy

Nylsvley Conservancy

An internationally renowned RAMSAR site, the 4.000-ha Nylsvley Conservancy forms part of South Africa's largest flood-plain, the 16.000-ha Nyl River Flood-plain that stretches over 70 km from Modimolle to Mokopane. It is close to the N1, South Africa's primary national road, and only one-and-a-half hours' drive from Gauteng's major urban centres.

Modjadji Nature Reserve

Modjadji Nature Reserve

The unique Modjadji Cycad Reserve is named after the successive rain-making queens who have inhabited the area since the 16th century, guarding the ancient cycads. Close to Modjadjikloof, the 305-ha reserve features the world's largest concentration of a single-species cycad, also known as the 'Modjadji palm'.

Hans Merensky Wilderness

Hans Merensky

This Lowveld bushveld reserve offers two well-signed hiking trails, game viewing from your car and an informative educational centre. Wildlife includes sable antelope and all the Lowveld species other than the Big Five.

The reserve is also home to the Tsonga Kraal Museum which gives visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse of the fascinating Tsonga culture and to visit the crafts workshop.

Makuya Nature Reserve

Makuya Nature Reserve

Sharing a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park near the Pafuri Gate in the north, this awesome camp is located on a mountain top that offers a spectacular view of the permanent Levuvhu river and a baobab forest, where elephants, hippos and crocodiles roam freely 200 m below the camp.

As part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this reserve offers Big Five sightings as well as all other species of the region. The Luvuvhu-Pafuri region is also one of the birding hot-spots of South Africa. Other than the main camp, this reserve is also home to the Mutale Ivory Route Camp.

Percy Fyfe Conservancy

Percy Fyfe Conservancy

This small bushveld reserve is located between Mokopane and Polokwane and functions as a breeding ranch for roan antelope and disease-free buffalo.