Limpopo Parks

Nature Reserves in Waterberg Region

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.

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Mabula Private Game Reserve

The Waterberg mountain range snugly cradles the renowned Mabula Private Game Reserve, which is home to a mosiac of exceptional scenic landscapes as well as an abundance of wildlife species.

Game viewing is at its best against a backdrop of rivers, streams and streches of open vistas. Mammal species include big game such as elephant, lion, white and black rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo.

The African python and the Nile crocodile are likewise resident in the reserve which is also a birdwatchers' paradise.

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Tilodi Wilderness

Tilodi Wilderness, a piece of Africa, is situated in the heart of the bushveld, set in 4.000 hectares (10.000 acres), close to the foothills of the Waterberg.

This is the African bushveld at its best. Tilodi Wilderness offers the visitor a combination of rolling hills, wetlands and seasonal rivers with excellent game viewing and birding.

Mabalingwe Game Reserve

Mabalingwe Game Reserve

This malaria-free reserve is host to the 'Big Five', and also hippo, giraffe, hyena and sable to name but a few of the 36 species of wildlife. Mabalingwe offers affordable accommodation from self-catering chalets to en-suite lodge rooms and rustic bush camps.

Enjoy game viewing from open safari vehicles or atop the ambling gait of the horses, with sleepovers at the various bush camps. For the more energetic, there are a number of hiking trails on offer.

Mokolo Dam

Mokolo Dam

This impressive expanse of diverse African bush is adjacent to the Mokolo Nature Reserve of 4.600 hectares and the Mokolo dam (the biggest dam in the Limpopo Province and bordering for 6 km on the Mokolo river as it flows out of this dam).

Situated in the heart of the Waterberg, approximately 50 km to the south of Lephalale, this massive dam is well suited for water sports enthusiasts, campers and day visitors. The dammed up Mokolo river winds around beautiful mountains and is sure to calm busy spirits.

Wonderkop

Wonderkop

Wonderkop covers the surface area of 16.000 hectares. The reserve is located 115 km north of Mokopane, with the Mogalakwena River and Glen Alpine Dam forming the eastern border.

Attractions include the kopie called Wonderkop and the availability of fountains.

The reserve offers 4x4 routes drive and excellent game viewing to some rare species of Roan antelope and sable. Other game found on the reserve include blue wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and gemsbok.

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.

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.

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.

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Here guests enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Welgevonden protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation research and development.

The evocative wilderness area offers an exclusive, intimate experience of the African bush with only a limited number of guests having access to the reserve at any one time.

Ben Alberts Nature Reserve

Ben Alberts Nature Reserve

Ben Alberts Nature Reserve is roughly 2.000 hectares with an impressive array of wildlife, given its size. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife which includes white rhino, kudu, blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, zebra and warthogs.

The Waterberg is set in the bushveld which has low mountain ranges and open savanna. The over 3.000 hectares that make up the Waterberg, of which Ben Alberts is a part, are filled with open grassland, steep gorges and crystal pools that invite game viewing, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking.