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.

friends of blouberg

Friends of Blouberg

Blouberg:This reserve covers a wilderness area of almost 100km² on the eastern tip of the Blouberg Mountain situated in the north-western part of Limpopo Province, 120km from Polokwane (Pietersburg).

The difference in topography (848m-1436m) gives rise to a variety of plant communities which on turn house a diverse array of animal life. The mountain divides the reserve in distinctive southern and northern plains, each with its unique climate, soil types and vegetation. The perennial Brak-river and its associated floodplain cuts through the reserve in the south-east.

hans merensky resort

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Blouberg is a 9.300-ha provincial government nature reserve. Conservation and Tourism management fall under the control of the relevant Limpopo provincial government structures.

There are no hiking trails but self-drive game-drives are possible, preferably using a vehicle with a high ground clearance. To access the southern region, a 4x4 is required. Vehicles may not be driven off existing roads. Be aware of your surroundings when alighting from vehicles, as a confrontation with a buffalo or leopard is always a possibility.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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).

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.

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.