Limpopo Parks

Nature Reserves in Bela-Bela

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.