Nature Reserves in Mopani 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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Hans Merensky Resort

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.

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Umbabat Nature Reserve

Umbabat Nature Reserve lies just north-east of Marulaneng, closest to the Satara and Olifants rest camps of the Kruger National Park, bordered by the Kruger, the Timbavati and the Klaserie game reserves.

Several private nature reserves, in turn, make up the beautiful Umbabat Private Game Reserve, in the heart of ‘Big Five’ country.

The Umbabat and Timbavati private game reserves, along with the Klaserie and Balule nature reserves, collectively form the Associated Private Nature Reserves, 180.000 hectares of land without any fences, committed to conservation.

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Wolkberg Wilderness Area

The scenically delightful 22.000-ha Wolkberg Wilderness Area is situated approximately 80 km south-west of Tzaneen. The 2.127-m Wolkberg, part of the northern Drakensberg and Strydpoort ranges, with its great, vertical quartzite krantzes, countless kloofs, cool, deep and densely forested ravines, massive buttresses and folded and interlocking spurs, was appropriately proclaimed a wilderness area in 1977.

Lekgalameetse Reserve

Lekgalameetse Resort

Lekgalameetse is an immense 18.718-ha mountain wilderness area of protected escarpment, scenic landscape, mountain vegetation and wildlife.

The place of water, this is where many of the prominent rivers of the Lowveld originate. In the Wolkberg Mountains, which form part of the world- famous Drakensberg mountain range, the reserve offers a diversity of plant and insect species. It is also world renowned for its rare butterfly species.

Selati Game Reserve

Selati Game Reserve

The Selati Game Reserve was proclaimed as a conservancy in 2003 and added more than 30.000 ha to the greater Kruger Park area.

The reserve is typical of the savannah grassland biome, with six different veld types offering a great diversity of habitats that support 26 species of large mammal.

The area within which the Reserve lies, is perhaps best known for its indigenous Sable Antelope herds. It is close to the Murchison range and the mineral ore deposits of Phalaborwa, which are amongst the largest in the world.

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.

Makalali Private Game Reserve

Makalali Private Game Reserve

Just 5 hours' drive from Johannesburg, Makalali is nestled on 22.000 hectares of conservancy and prevails as one of the finest private game lodges in the world. With its thatched spires and earthy walls, ancient mystical ornaments and Pan-African cuisine, Makalali offers a truly unique experience.

Timbavati Nature Reserve

Timbavati Nature Reserve

The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. The Reserve is also home to the famous white lions.

There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the Reserves. The world-famous Kruger National Park is a conservation area of more than 2.000.000 ha (over 5 million acres).