Nature Reserves in Vhembe 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.

langjan nature reserve

Langjan Nature Reserve

Lying just north-east of Blouberg Nature Reserve, on the R521 to Alldays, west of Makhado, the Langjan Nature Reserve is typified by gorgeous red sand dunes and scrub-acacia bushveld vegetation - lush during the summer rainfalls and equally dry during the months that languish without rain.

Langjan conserves the last remaining naturally occurring herd of gemsbok (Oryx gazelle) in the Limpopo Province. These beautiful animals tend to roam in herds of 10 to 30.

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.

Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve

Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve

The Manavhela Ben Lavin Nature Reserve lies 12 km south of Makhado and 90 km north of Polokwane. The reserve is roughly 2.500 ha, with affordable accommodation facilities ranging from luxury tents, to brick chalets and huts.

Game found at Ben Lavin includes giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, kudu, red wildebeest, impala, jackals and many more. The reserve is ideal for schools, social clubs, families and other nature lovers.


Facilities: 
Tents and luxury tents, Swimming pool, Kiosk, Conference facility

Musina Nature Reserve

Musina Nature Reserve

Musina Nature Reserve, previously Messina Baobab Forest Reserve, boasts the highest concentration of baobab trees.

A circular route of approximately two hours, does not only allow visitors to admire the best baobab trees around, but also offers the opportunity to spot the rare sable antelope.

Other species to be seen here include giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland and other antelopes. A new bush camp has been built recently and is the ideal get-away for a quiet weekend in the shade of a baobab tree.


Highlights: Baobab tree reserve

Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve

Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve

Set in the Limpopo valley amidst rugged sandstone cliffs and ancient baobabs, the 36.000 hectare De Beers’ Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve is a piece of old Africa.

Just 80 km from Musina in Limpopo Province, the reserve is adjacent to and forms part of Mapungubwe National Park – site of southern Africa’s first kingdom. A World Heritage Site, Mapungubwe is also part of the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area.