The Dabchick Wildlife Reserve is situated in the Waterberg district of Limpopo Province, South Africa, which is one of the most important conservation and ecotourist areas in the country. The reserve is roughly a two and a half hour drive from the OR Tambo international airport in Johannesburg and is a malaria-free zone. The reserve caters for nature lovers who want to experience the wonders of the African bush, in comfort without the intrusion of modern life.

The luxury tented lodge has a lapa and a swimming pool where guests can relax at any time of the day. A cosy boma provides a venue for boasting about bird sightings and astounding star gazing. All tents have wonderful views, lights, power outlets and en-suite bathrooms with hot water, towels and complimentary toiletries. Power points are also available in the main lapa (lounge and dining room) for charging photographic equipment, phones or laptops (220V). Three different types of tent are available, decorated in different animal themes, at various rates.
A tented bush camp situated under a huge fig tree can accommodate a total of 12 guests in comfortable bush style, with hot shower, toilets, bush lamps and gas cooking.

A diversity of habitats including mountains, wetlands, waterholes, grasslands and forests make Dabchick Wildlife Reserve a paradise for wildlife, large and small. The return of the mammalian megaspecies and a variety of other wildlife species to the area has made it ecologically more diverse. The Waterberg area is now one of the most important conservation and wildlife tourism areas in the country.

Activities of interest for nature lovers:

  • Bush walks
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching at camp/waterholes
  • Vulture viewing at restaurant when carcases are available
  • Star gazing or guided star safari at extra cost from astrophysicist Dr Phillip Calcott (prior booking needed)

Places of interest in the area are Feracare cheetah sanctuary (Rooiberg), elephant rides and visit to the Black Mamba curio shop (Vaalwater), Marakele (Thabazimbi) and day visits to Mabula on Thursdays for ground hornbill research info and viewing. These activities in the surrounding area can be arranged on request, at an additional cost.

Contact Details

Rory Turbitt

Physical address: Alma Valley Limpopo
Mobile: +27 (0)79 944 8717
GPS Coordinates: S24’ 56 93 58, E27’ 85 76 69

Bela Bela (Warmbaths)

Bateleur Nature Reserve is best explored on foot. You have the freedom to explore the gorges and rocky krantzes of The Waterberg, or go swimming in the clear bilharzia-free rock pools. The Reserve offers you the freedom to be on your own in the bush to live and explore as you wish. In so doing, gain a more intimate knowledge of, and be entertained by the Waterberg’s unique eco-system. The area is classified as malaria-free. Summer days are warm to hot (low humidity) with thunderstorms. Winter days are mild and sunny. The nights can be chilly.

Stamvrug Hiking Trail dates back to May 1992, when it was officially opened after being designed with the assistance of the Centre for Eco Tourism from the University of Pretoria. Since then, thousands of nature lovers have wound their way around and across the rim of a basin which constitutes one of the few unspoilt, unique Waterberg ecosystems. Nine years later, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve received its international status form UNESCO in 2001 and now forms part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and is the first reserve of this kind registered in southern Africa.

It is in this special environment, that Bateleur Nature Reserve offers a variety of hiking options. Over and above the four dedicated two-day backpacking trails, there are three shorter day trails, which can be enjoyed either from the two base camps, which offer excellent hiking facilities, or from any of the farmhouses and cottages, which offer more comfotable accommodation. Bateleur Nature Reserve caters for hikers with different levels of fitness and experience. Even within one group, individuals with diverse expectations have the opportunity to hike different distances and grades of difficulty.

Contact Details

Wouter Schreuders

Physical address: Bateleur Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)14 013-0099
Fax: 086 682 0944
Mobile: +27 (0)83 677 6999 or +27 (0)72 545 3005

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Blouberg Nature Reserve is a 9 300 ha provincial government Nature Reserve. Conservation and Tourism management fall under the control of the relevant Limpopo provincial government structures. KuneMoya has been appointed by Limpopo Tourism and Parks as the official Tourism Management Permit holder.

The varying topography, from mountain down to the plains and the Brak River in the south lends itself to a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Veld type ranges from Kalahari-sandveld in the north to sweet bushveld in the east and west. Mixed bushveld on the mountain slopes with grassveld arid fynbos on the plateau and riverine bush in the south. Unique features are the tamboti woodland, fig forest, baobabs and the Brak River floodplain.

Animals: Animals found on the reserve include cape buffalo, giraffe, eland, sable, waterbuck, gemsbok, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, bushbuck, impala, mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, steenbok, duiker, warthog and bushpig. Predators recorded are leopard, cheetah, caracal, brown and spotted hyena, and numerous small mammals like civet, red spotted genet and African Wildcat.

Birds: The bird list stands at more than 230 species of which the flagship for the reserve is the Cape Vulture. The breeding colony, hosting more than 650 breeding pairs, forms a stronghold for this threatened species in Southern Africa. Visitors can view these birds at close range, especially during winter months at the vulture restaurant when they daily come to bathe at the waterhole or feed on a carcass when provided. Other interesting species are the Crested Guineafowl, Southern Ground-Hornbill and a variety of raptors. 56 reptile species have been recorded so far.

Getting about: Due to the presence of dangerous game only guided hikes are permitted. Self-drive game-drives are possible, preferably using a vehicle with a high ground clearance. To access the southern region a 4×4 is required. Vehicles may not be driven off existing roads. Guided game drives are available by special request and must be booked in advance of your visit. Be aware of your surroundings when alighting from vehicles as a confrontation with a buffalo or leopard is always a possibility.

Accommodation at the Reserve consists of 4 camps

Mashatu Camp
“Three star” self-catering accommodation. Four x 4–sleeper family cottages each suitable for 2 adults and 2 children. Fully-equipped and serviced, self-catering thatched cottages, consisting of main bedroom, en-suite bathroom, separate kids bedroom with bunk bed, lounge/dining, kitchen, braai area. All cottages have electricity. In addition, Mashatu has a separate conference/training room and braai lapa for group bookings.

Tamboti Bush Camp
“Two star” rustic bush camp. Self-catering accommodation (sleeps 8) in 4 x 2 bedded safari tents. Ablution block, equipped kitchen, braai area. Solar-powered lighting is provided in all areas and tents. Guests are requested to provide own bedding, towels and consumables. Full servicing option is available. Single-party bookings only. Additional guests may be accommodated provided prior arrangement is made.

Modumele Wilderness Camp
“One star” back to the bush experience in a magnificent setting with very basic facilities i.e. bucket shower, pit toilet, covered storage area, braai place. Cleared areas to pitch your own tents etc.. Guests are requested to be completely self-sufficient regarding all equipment and consumables. Water may be obtained at the offices. Single-party bookings only. Max 12 guests.

Molope Bush Camp
5 x private camping sites in the heart of a beautiful, cool forest of mature Weeping boer-bean and Mashatu trees. Ablution block with showers (one open-air) and flushing toilets. Max 6 guests per site.

Contact Details

Rob Haynes

Physical address: Blouberg Nature Reserve, Vivo
Tel: +27(0)78 869 5240 or +27(0)082 874 6132
Mobile: +27 (0)82 466 0409


Shikwari Bush Lodge is a small, exclusive, luxury lodge, nestled under the majestic Drakensburg Mountains, in an elegant and relaxed setting. This is an ideal base to explore the Limpopo Province and a great halfway stop to Mozambique, being just under an hour to the Kruger National Park.

Shikwari is home to a variety of non-dangerous game such as giraffe, wildebeest, impala, Livingstone’s Eland, zebra and Bushbuck. Less seen are porcupine, pangolin, & warthog. Explore the bush on foot, take your binoculars and do some birding. The lodge commands wonderful vistas of the Drakensburg Mountains which are home to the Manoutsa Vulture Colony with up to 660 pairs of Cape Vulture. This is the fourth largest colony in the world.

The Main lodge area has a tranquil plunge pool and shady veranda. Watch the sunset turn the Mountains into a rainbow of colour whilst enjoying snacks and sundowners, after which one can dine under a dark velvet, star-filled sky, or in our well appointed candlelit dining room. Retire when the day is done to one of our four luxurious suites, secluded amongst the bush. Each suite is beautifully decorated and well-appointed, with a hospitality tray and stocked mini bar. The en-suite bathrooms have large oval baths and outdoor showers.


  • Shikwari viewRelax at the Lodge by the plunge pool, or take a book from our library and read on the shady veranda, or take a walk or game drive with our FGASA Guide around our reserve. Our guide is also available to take you on a full day tour of the Kruger National Park includes brunch and drinks.
  • Or if you are feeling energetic there is plenty of exciting adventure activities and sightseeing in the area…
  • Go water rafting, on horse trails, quads, elephant rides, abseiling, hot air ballooning or on the most fantastic Big 5 Drive trip in an open game vehicle to a private reserve.You will be assured of the most amazing safari. Bookings can be done at the main lodge or on line with your accommodation.
  • Visit Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for Animals and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre especially for Cheetah, Wild dog and Ground Hornbills. Visit the Khamai Reptile Park where one can see all types of reptiles and listen to a very interesting talk.

Contact Details

Sue Lawrie

Physical address: R36 Lydenburg/Tunnel Road, Valley of Olifants, Hoedspruit District
Fax: +27 (0)86 626 8109
Mobile: +27 (0)73 049 7494

Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Balule Nature Reserve, a 38 000 hectare conservancy, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park biosphere. Toro Yaka, which means “My Dream” in Northern Sotho, is a one-of-a-kind lodge situated in the unforgettable pristine bushveld of Balule, a 30 000 ha nature conservancy in the Greater Kruger National Park. Toro Yaka is owner-managed by husband and wife team, Steve and Nicole, who will personally ensure your stay to be something to remember.

Steve has spent more than a decade sharing his knowledge and love for the bush with clients from all over the world at luxury game lodges throughout South Africa. All bush activities are conducted by Steve, who is a professional SKS trails guide, qualified through the Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA). His 12 years of experience and specialised knowledge of all aspects of nature make all bush experiences truly unforgettable. In excess of 350 species have been recorded in the Balule Nature Reserve.

Nicole is a qualified holistic massage therapist and takes care of all the tiny details. Together with the Toro Yaka Staff, they will ensure your stay to be a memorable one.

Balule is home to a large variety of plants and animals. From the smallest spider to the largest elephant, from the tiniest flower to a 1000 year old Leadwood tree, owls at night and eagles by day, every aspect of the ecosystem is explored.

The Olifants River, which flows year round through the Balule, is home to hippos and crocodiles, and the whole area is one of scenic splendor, with the northern tip of the Drakensberg mountain range being visible from many points.

Birding in the Balule Nature Reserve is very rewarding and Steve’s Balule Bird List to date is 250+ species long. A large variety of birds are found in Toro Yaka’s garden, including sunbirds, kingfishers, owls, francolins, cuckoo’s and many more. The Region, with its diverse habitat of mountainous forest, riverine forest and bushveld savannah, hosts 80% of the country’s raptor species. All of the birding “Big 6” (Kori Bustard, Southern Ground-Hornbill, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Martial Eagle and Saddle-billed Stork) have been recorded here.

In addition to birding, Toro Yaka offers a number of other activities including visits to the Kapama Cheetah Breeding Project, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Swadini Reptile Park, White river rafting, hot air ballooning and the Nyani Cultural Village.

Contact Details

Steve & Nicole Baillie

Physical address: Balule Nature Reserve,
(On the R40 between Hoespruit & Phalaborwa)
Fax: +27 (0)12 991 5984 or 086 603 8251
Mobile: +27 (0)82 308 5763

Bundox Safari Lodge is stylish and simple overnight safari accommodation in a private reserve in the Greater Kruger area. On the doorstep of South Africa’s most visited wildlife region, Bundox has the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, and the Blyde River Canyon within arm’s reach.

There are many accommodation options to choose from here at Bundox, from the Luxury Superior Tent, Luxury Meru Tents, and Chalets, all of which are situated amongst the natural trees and bush characterising the property. Bundox is the ideal destination for visitors wanting a quiet nature retreat with the option of indulging in safari activities with the family.

There is a wide variety of birds, small mammals and antelope roaming the property….

Sit back and enjoy the bush at this relaxing safari lodge.

Contact Details

Lene Venter

Central Reservations: +27 72 523 2796

Bundox Safari Lodge: +27 71 949 5808 / +27 60 581 1065


Magoebaskloof (Haenertsburg)

Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottages are located on Dragonwyck Farm in the Magoebaskloof (near Haenertsburg) on the edge of the Limpopo Drakensberg escarpment. Historically the valley was mainly grassland with acacia and kiaat trees dotted about with patches of mist belt forest in ravines and along river lines. Today, much of the forests remain and the grasslands are mostly planted with avocado, macadamia and bluegums.

Dragonwyck Farm is a working farm producing avocados and indigenous plants. We practise natural farming methods and have many birds and animals coexisting with us on the farm. We do our best to offer our guests peace and quiet and the opportunity to get the most enjoyment from our environment. Each cottage is surrounded by indigenous plants providing the ideal habitat for many birds and animals.

There are walks on the farm which follow the streams and provide access to escarpment forest. Be on the lookout for the following birds on the trails: Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Olive Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Olive Thrush, Orange Ground-Thrush, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Green Twinspot, Mountain Wagtail, Forest Buzzard, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, White-starred Robin-Chat, Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-Mantled Crested flycatcher, Barrats Warbler and Black Saw-wing.

Woodbush Forest, one of the premier birding spots in South Africa, is a short drive away. Scenic drives in the district offer excellent bird watching.

Birders Cottage Accommodation

  1. Robin Cottage is a two bedroom unit. The main bedroom has a bath, shower and toilet tucked into a very private garden outside. The second bedroom has a double bed on the mezzanine level and two single beds on the lower floor. Robin has a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove, fridge-freezer and microwave.
  2. Narina Cottage has a single bedroom with a double bed plus a large couch in the bedroom suitable for younger children. It has a built- in braai/fireplace in the rondavel. The cottage has an inside shower and a private outside double bath. It is fully equipped for self-catering with a gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave and kitchen utensils.
  3. Trogon Cottage has a single bedroom and can have either a King size bed or two single beds depending on guests requirements. The inside fireplace is designed to be also used as a braai when it is cold and wet. Trogon Cottage has an inside shower and double bath with a private double bath outside. It is fully equipped for self-catering with a gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave and kitchen utensils.

Contact Details

Mark Harman

Address: Dragonwyck Farm, A 46.5 off R71, Magoebaskloof
Phone: 0844023709
Email: or
Web: or

Graceland Eco Retreat is situated on 85 Hectare bordering on the forests and plantations of Magoebaskloof and the Woodbush Forest Reserve. Graceland overlooks the Kudu River Valley with views all the way to Mooketsi and the mountain range beyond. The retreat offers a relaxed environment in an almost untouched and scenic landscape, ideal for hiking, bird watching and animal spotting.

The area is famous for its unique birdlife and the mountain bushveld with its granite formations and boulders is home to such birds as the Verreaux, Crowned and Long-Crested Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Alpine and African Black Swift as well as the famous African Fish Eagle.

No predators but a variety of game like Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, Kudu and Klipspringers can be viewed in a relaxed setting. A favourite spot is Look-Out Point which has a 180 degree view of the valley and makes it an ideal spot for a picnic or sundowners.

Graceland Eco Retreat is part of the Kudu’s River Valley Slackpacking trail together with our neighbour, Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge. A variety of different vegetation can be observe when hiking through an indigenous forest, home to a large variety of beautiful birds, animal and flora, including the Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon and Green Twinspot as well as Samango Monkeys and Bushpigs.

Contact Details

Anders Ragnarsson

Address: Portion 9, Escatre Farm, Kudu’s River Valley road (from Houtbosdorp to Mooketsi), Magoebaskloof
Cell: +27 (0) 83 277 5553
GPS Co-ordinates: 23°47.212 S, 29°55.875 E

Makhado (Louis Trichardt)

Camp Africa is situated on the fringes of indigenous forest and has a beautiful view over Louis Trichardt (Makhado) and the plains below. We are approximately 7 km (by road) from the CBD of Louis Trichardt. Camp Africa has five huts and many grassy camping spots. Each hut is a ‘family-unit’ with two single beds and a double bunker. For large camping groups, there is the beautiful lawn under the trees with its own little ablution with hot water from a ‘donkey’. There are mango and avocado trees scattered around the beautiful garden with a wild guava hanging over the bar. The children may also enjoy feeding the geese and goats with old bread and/or salad scraps.

Of interest to birders, would be the fact that Camp Africa is on the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route. There is a Crowned Eagle’s nest behind the house; Narina Trogan live in our forests. The Knysna- and Purple-crested turacos may be seen, and colourful sunbirds flash from one flower to the next… and many, many more…

The many sights in Limpopo, especially Venda, are almost unending. Self-drive day tours may be undertaken, using Camp Africa as a central point, to visit places such as Thathe Vondo Sacred Forest, Lake Fundudzi; the potholes, potters, etc.

Activities: birding (Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route), tree-spotting, hiking, mountain biking, butterflies, moths… to name but a few…

Contact Details

Address: Hanglip Plantation, Louis Trichardt (Makhado)
Tel: +27 (0)15 516 5717
Mobile: +27 (0)82 829 5421 (Jacqui)

Madi a Thavha, meaning “water from the mountains”, is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains of Northern Limpopo, only 10 km drive from the centre of Louis Trichardt. At Madi a Thavha you find everything that the area has to offer: an exhibition of the art and crafts of the Venda and Tsonga artists, numerous bird species, walking routes, and the workshop of Madi a Thavha Design.

The lodge is an excellent base to spend a few days to explore the Venda and Tsonga culture, myths and legends and to discover unspoiled nature of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo valley. Madi a Thavha is a nice stop over when travelling to the Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe, the bush camps at Tuli Block in Botswana or the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe.

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge offers guided birding trips to Birding hot spots of choice (Hanglip, Roodewal, Etambeni, Albasini Dam) with Samson Mulaudzi, a qualified Birding guide. Bird watchers leave early in the morning and return to the lodge in the beginning of the afternoon to relax at the swimming pool or continue observing birds around the farm house or in the surrounding mountains.

Samson is always on the look-out for such varied species as White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot and Osprey. Various kingfishers can be seen in this area, as well as Buff-spotted Flufftail and rarities such as the Rock Pratincole have turned on occasion.

  • Hanglip Forest, an easily-accessible Afro-temperate mist-belt forest has resident Scaly-throated Honeyguide, White-starred Robin and Yellow-streaked Greenbul.
  • Roodewaal Nature Reserve is renowned for its fairly reliable sightings of the elusive African Broadbill. Samson has stake-outs for this enigmatic bird, as well as for the Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, the Eastern Nicator and Green Twinspot in this forest.
  • Entabeni Forest special birds include a resident Bat Hawk. Others birds to be found are Orange Ground Thrush, Brown Scrub Robin, African Broadbill and Green Twinspot.

The original farm house, where general lodge facilities are situated, has two luxurious guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. Madi a Thavha also offer 4 guest houses as well as 2 campsites near the lodge.

Contact Details

Address: Off R522 Makhado – Vivo Road, Makhado (Louis Trichardt)
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516 0220
Fax: + 27 (0)86 648 29 24
Mobile: Cell: + 27 (0)83 342 41 62


Mopane Bush Lodge is a luxury 4-star safari lodge in Northern Limpopo adjacent to Mapungubwe National Park. The lodge is located in Mapesu Private Game Reserve, a 7200ha property where the focus is on conserving biodiversity and the reintroduction of endangered species.

The reserve also offers an unfenced camping area comprising 24 individual sites with three ablution blocks. Tent rentals are optional. For guests who prefer more comfort, there are also 4 air-conditioned self-catering units available. All the accommodation offers complimentary Wi-Fi and allows guests to use the pool, bar and restaurant facilities at the lodge. There are 15 luxury double rooms in the lodge with private patios & outdoor showers, and some with private splash pools and outdoor bathtubs.

The tranquility of Mopane Bush Lodge provides the ideal base from which to experience the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding route which host over 540 bird species. The area supports a high number of resident species, resulting in an abundance of birds all year round. Several different biomes including riverine forest along the Limpopo River, wetlands, sandstone cliffs and mopane bushveld support an impressive diversity of birds. A birding hide and an elevated tree top walk in the riverine forest to the Limpopo River are available for birding. A great option from the lodge is to visit the nearby Mapungubwe National park which is considered an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birdlife International for its protection of globally threatened species such as the White-backed Vulture (breeding) and the Kori Bustard (possibly breeding). The riverine forest habitat allows for the secretive, subtropical, river-dependent Pel’s Fishing Owl to occur here. 387 bird species have been officially recorded within this IBA.

Contact Details

Physical address: R572, Mapesu Private Game Reserve, Farm Horison MS56, Limpopo
Tel: +27 (0)15 534 7906
Mobile: +27 (0)83 633 0795
Web: (lodge)
GPS coordinates: S-22.234179; E-029.459731

Modimolle (Nylstroom)

Monate Game Lodge is a modern luxury 4-star lodge that offers guests unique features to enjoy while they birdwatch in the tranquillity of the bushveld. The lodge is surrounded by manicured natural gardens within a private game reserve of approximately 2000-hectares in the Limpopo Province, just a two-hour drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg and a mere 14 kilometres from Nylsvley Nature Reserve.

The lodge and its surrounding game reserve are home to 50 per cent of the bird species found in South Africa – making it a paradise for birders and photographers!

This malaria-free area is beautiful in its diversity, with landscapes ranging from open plains to typical bushveld, interspersed with interesting rocky outcrops, caves and koppies.

The accommodation is luxurious, with open-plan en-suite rooms equipped with all modern amenities and situated at the main lodge.

Visit Monate Game Lodge and you will find out why it’s known as the “Gem of the Bushveld.”

Contact Details

014 718 7000
Main Gate GPS Co-ordinates:
S 24.74525 | E 28.66750


Deelkraal Wildlife Reserve is situated between the towns of Modimolle and Mookgophong and is located on the Nyl river floodplain, at the foothills of the picturesque Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province.

Deelkraal Wildlife Reserve is a premier South African birding destination, endorsed by Dr. Warwick Tarboton, a well -respected and published ornithologist. Deelkraal is a 2000 hectare reserve, located next door to the world renowned and RAMSAR protected, Nylsvley Nature Reserve. We have 6km of the Nyl River and its floodplain, a permanent 22 acre dam, surrounded by riverine woodlands, acacia sand-veld and montane bush-veld. You can only imagine the variety of woodland, water and bush-veld birds that live on and visit Deelkraal.

The reserve harbours also a wide variety of historically endemic animal species. Due to the mix of wetland and bushveld, Deelkraal’s incredible biodiversity is home to a multitude of bird life, wildlife – including the rare Tsessebe antelope (Roan, Sable, Buffalo), fauna and flora, making it a choice African safari destination for people from all walks of life and with diverse interests.

Built in the 1930’s, the Deelkraal homestead transports guests to another time and place, ideal for those who wish to relax in the tranquil garden, unwind by the pool, soaking up the warm African sun, or explore the reserve. The main lodge is a well-appointed, historical, colonial style homestead, offering comfortable luxurious, fully catered accommodation. The lodge sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 en-suite rooms. The fact that we only take one booking at a time, means that we can be totally flexible to our guests needs and interests.

Hosted by a small, experienced team, the days are either relaxed or action packed, tailored to suit each particular party, allowing guests to make themselves at home and enjoy the many activities that are available on the reserve:

  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Polaris Quad Safari
  • Croquet
  • Badminton
  • Massage Treatments
  • Pellet gun target practice
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Fishing

Contact Details

Elemer Jankovich-Besan & Rachel Hughes

Vexilinx (Pty) Ltd
P.O.Box 844, Mookgophong, 0560, Limpopo, South Africa
Office: +27(0)73 914 3474 (calls only line)
Rachel: +27(0)81 955670 /
Elemer: +27(0)83 4517956
Vat: 4550254280 … CK: 2009/021675/07


The Makuleke concession, situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern section of Kruger National Park, is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing and the best birding in the entire Park.

Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Luvuvhu River shaded by nyala trees and fever tree forests and teeming with hippos and crocodiles to the awesome Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees.

9 comfortable thatched, tented double rooms on wooden decks rest in the shade of large nyala trees, each with an en-suite shower, washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet and also a veranda overlooking the surrounding bush. The camp is not fenced.

All the wildlife that one would expect to see in a great national park such as Kruger can potentially be encountered on the concession.

You will be in arguably one of the best birding areas in South Africa. Makuleke forms 1% of Kruger Park’s surface area yet supports 90% of all the birds recorded for the Kruger Park. According to Birdlife SA, Makuleke is ranked three as a birding hotspot in South Africa.

There are many “specials” to be found at Makuleke include the Mottled Spinetail, Bohm’s Spinetail, Arnot’s Chat, Lemon-breasted Canary, Racket-tailed Roller, Grey-headed Parrot, Three-banded Courser and Pel’s Fishing-Owl. Others include the Crested Guineafowl, Narina Trogon, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Pennant-winged Nightjar, African Finfoot, Verreauxs’ Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Tropical Boubou, Black-throated Wattle-eye, African Yellow White-eye, Meves’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Mosque Swallow and Thick-billed Cuckoo.

Makuleke lies within the migratory path of many species including some of the rare or uncommon migrants such as the Olive-tree Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Eurasian Golden Oriole and Dwarf Bittern. It has a long bird list, mainly due to its pristine and great habitat variation. These include floodplains and wetlands, riparian and Fever Tree forest, thornveld, broad-leaf woodland, cliffs and rocky gorges.

Contact Details

Angela Leaning

Address: Makuleke concession, Pafuri, Northern Kruger National Park
Tel: +27 (0)13 752 2532
Fax: +27 (0)13 752 4791
GPS Co-ordinates:
22°23’59.28″ S
31°2’28.68″ E

RETURN Africa’s origins lie at Pafuri in the far north of the Kruger National Park. Our concession lies in a vast triangle between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tress forests in the east. The land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crook’s Corner where our camps are located, harbours an abundance of life and is home to over 350 species of birds.

Pafuri Tented Camp lies along a bend of the Luvuvhu River shaded by enormous jackal and nyala berry trees. Its 19 luxury tents, sheltered under thatch, are en-suite, have indoor and outdoor showers as well as private viewing decks. The communal area offers al-fresco dining a bush bar, swimming pool and plenty of space.

Baobab Hill Bush House, a rustic yet comfortable bush home, offers ideal accommodation for groups of up to eight. The house consists of four bedrooms, with a home kitchen, open plan dining room and lounge, swimming pool and wrap around veranda. With the house comes a private game viewing vehicle, private guide, housekeeper and cook to assist at mealtimes.

Pafuri Walking Trails is for the more adventurous birder. Enjoy a three-night, four-day stay at the walking trails camp and explore this wild and bird lush area on foot.

Bird species found in the area:
The Makuleke concession is a RAMSAR wetlands site and there are over 350 species of birds in the Pafuri region. Commonly seen specials include Black-throated Wattle-eye, African Yellow White-eye, Lemon-breasted Canary, Grey-headed Parrot, Mottled Spinetail and African Finfoot. Other specials which are occasionally seen and for which the area is well known, are Dickinson’s Kestrel, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Orange-winged Pytilia, Racket-tailed Roller, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, White-backed Night Heron, Narina Trogon and Eastern Nicator. Other vagrants that are often seen are the Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Mangrove Kingfisher and Angola Pitta.

Contact Details

Samantha Dalais

Address:Return Africa Pafuri Collection, Makuleke concession Pafuri, Kruger National Park
Tel: +27 (0)11 646 1391

GPS coordinates:
S 22.4140700
E 31.2125300

Birding Hotspots:

  • The Luvuvhu River
  • Lanner Gorge
  • Crooks Corner
  • Fever Tree Forest


Silonque Bush Estate & Spa is is located near the city of Phalaborwa and boasts 2 swimming pools and a tennis court. We have won the 2018 Lilizela award for the best provincial self catering 4 star accommodation. The estate offers views of the adjacent, Kruger National Park.

Thatched-roof units feature African-inspired décor and neutral colours. Each unit at Silonque Bush comes equipped with a private entrance, flat-screen satellite TV and a terrace offering views of the African bush. The bathroom includes free toiletries. Guests can prepare meals in the privacy of their self-catering unit which offers a fully equipped kitchen. Barbecue facilities are available and there is a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can unwind at the spa which offers a steam room or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool. Facilities include a sun terrace and library, and a curio shop. Free Wi-Fi is available and an airport shuttle or car rental can be arranged upon request. Phalaborwa Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Activities to engage in:

  • Exploring the nature of Silonque with a ranger
  • Birdwatching from your own terrace or in KNP
  • Bow and arrow clinic for kids and adults
  • Massage, manicure, pedicure or waxing
  • Make use of our tennis court on the estate
  • Barbecue clinic + dinner with a professional BBQ expert (min. 5 persons)

Contact Details

Duty Manager

Address: Plot 149 Silonque East Nature Reserve, Phalaborwa, Limpopo
Tel: +27 (0)15 781 0399
Mobile: +27 (0)79 509 0522

Sunbird Lodge, situated in Phalaborwa, is owner managed by Samantha and Dave Lockhart with the emphasis being on good quality and friendly service. Sunbird Lodge is situated on 2.5 acres of tropical garden which has a wide variety of birdlife present.

Various different accommodation types are offered. The lodge is ideally situated to explore the different birding sites around Phalaborwa as well as enter the Kruger National Park which is only 1.5 km away from the establishment. Sunbird Lodge has an environmental management plan in place and fully subscribes to the principles of responsible tourism.

We will be delighted to help organize any of the many exciting trips and activities available so you can experience the delights of this wonderful region of South Africa for yourself.

Activities and attractions

  • Play 18 holes of championship golf where crocodiles, hippos and other wildlife add spice to the normal hazards of a good game of golf.
  • River safari on the Olifants River. A great opportunity to get close to hippos & crocodiles and view a variety of game and birdlife.
  • Game drives and bush walks in the Kruger National Park.
  • Micro Light Flying and skydiving.
  • Off-road beach buggy adventures around Phalaborwa.
  • The Amarula Lapa which is the birthplace of the world famous Amarula cream made from locally gathered Maroela fruit.
  • Experience true African arts & crafts at the Bollonato Tourism Centre which is also home to the Heritage Museum.
  • Take a trip to the Open Pit which is one of the largest open cast copper mines in the world.
  • Foskor Mine Museum which is situated in the first house built in Phalaborwa. Experience the mining history of Phalaborwa and ancestral living in the area.

Contact Details

Dave Lockhart

Physical address: 21 Aalwyn Street, Phalaborwa
Tel: +27 (0)15 781 5559
Fax: +27 (0)15 781 5559
Mobile: +27 (0)72 756 1875

Pienaars River / Kgomo-Kgomo

Wolfhuiskraal Bush Camp is situated on a large, private cattle farm, 13 km along the Zaagkuildrift road, which follows the Pienaarsriver.

The thornveld and riverine habitats in this area hold Lesser Kestrel, Bronze-winged courser and Southern White-faced Scops-Owl. This area is also well known for the variety of warblers that can be seen. Bird life is varied and up to a hunderd species can be seen in one morning session.

The whole farm can be birded on foot, but there are also several dirt roads suitable for sedan vehicles.

The Kgomo Kgomo floodplain, one of the best spots in the country for spotting a variety of water birds, is within easy reach from the bushcamp ( approximately 7 km on the Zaagkuildrift road).

There is only one camp on the farm, and it is situated in its own private area, some distance from the main gravel road. Birding visits to the farm must be arranged in advance.

The bush camp consists of separate buildings surrounding a big central braai area. There are five bedrooms, four en-suite, which can accommodate 12 people.

Contact Details

Danie en Renette Opperman

Physical address: 13 km along the Zaagkuildrift road, Pienaarsrivier
Mobile: +27 (0)82 927 0325 (Danie) or +27 (0)73 303 1568(Renette)

GPS Co-ordinates:
S 25° 9′ 42.48″, E 28° 11′ 8.19″ (-25.161801, 28.185609)


African Roots Guest House is a tranquil guesthouse catering for business and leisure accommodation. Situated between the city centre and the established suburbs of Bendor and Welgelegen the guesthouse offer a quiet, comfortable and affordable stay with warm hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere.

The Guest House can be used as a base from where to explore birding sites like Woodbush forest, Mamabolo Grasslands, the Montane grassland and Polokwane Game Reserve. The following bird species can be seen in the surrounding area (not necessarily on the property itself):

Cape Parrot
Bat Hawk
Black-fronted Bush-shrike
Narina Trogon

Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher
Green Twinspot
White-starred Robin
Knysna Turaco

Orange Ground Thrush
Scaly-throated Honeyguide
Yellow-streaked Greenbul
Barratt’s Warbler

Olive Woodpecker
Chorister Robin
Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk
Buff-spotted Flufftail
African Crowned Eagle

A variety of accommodation is catered for to suit different needs and all units have individual entrances onto the garden and pool. The upmarket rooms have their own lounge and fireplace and are stylishly furnished with a range of antique and contemporary furniture and local artwork. All units have a television with MNET and DSTV, a mini-bar and tea/coffee facilities. A Full English breakfast is served accompanied with fresh seasonal fruit, cereal and yogurt. Dinner is served on request.

Contact Details

Douglas Walker

Physical address: 58a Devenish Street, Polokwane, 0699
Tel: (015) 297 0113
Fax: 086 684 3792
Cell: 083 459 6799

GPS Co-Ordinates: 23° 54’4.7″ S, 29° 28’5.2″ E

Rust de Winter

Buffelsdrift-Rust de Winter is a 430 ha private game farm with hiking trails, river and bushveld terrain offering a variety of habitats ranging from acacia thornveld, mixed acacia/broadleaf woodland, riverine vegetation along the Elands River, as well as cultivated lands and fields.

Buffelsdrift-Rust der Winter has a bird species list of over 350 and the network of roads, walking trails, two bird hides and a picnic site. These all provide good birding for thornveld species such as African Pygmy Kingfisher, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird and Southern Pied Babbler.

Birding along the 5km stretch of the Elands River can be productive at all times of the year. African Finfoot may be seen by the lucky and African Black Duck, Giant Kingfisher, Half-collared Kingfisher and Malachite Kingfisher are often seen. In the acacia veld look out for Ashy Tit, Cape Penduline-tit, Desert Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Violet-eared Waxbill and Black-faced Waxbill.

Rust de Winter is renowned for its raptors with regular sightings of African Fish Eagle, Brown and Black-chested Snake Eagle, African Hawk Eagle and Osprey . Night drives can be organized with the possibility of seeing six owl and up to four nightjars species, including Fiery-necked and European Nightjar, Spotted Eagle-Owl, African Scops Owl and, occasionally Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl.

Self-catering accommodation is offered in three rustic, A-frame, thatched cottages. The Crocodile Lapa has two en-suite bedrooms and is set on the banks of the Elands River. Squirrel and Bushbuck Cottages have a single en-suite bedroom and a loft with 2 extra beds. All of the cottages are set amongst the trees, each in its own secluded spot.

Buffelsdrift’s hiking trail which circles the farm, game such as Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala, Blesbuck, Waterbuck, Rooi-Hartebeest, Inyala, and many more can easily be seen. Monkey, Baboons and two Warthog families can often be seen on the lawns around the Lapa and the Cottages.

Lepidopterist will love the large variety of butterflies such as the Blue and Yellow Pansies, the Green-banded Swallowtail, the Blood Red Acraea, the Garden Acraea, the Common Dotted Border, the African Monarch, the Common Diadem, the Guineafowl, the African Migrant, the Grass-yellow, the Joker, the Painted Lady, the Tips and the tiny Blues.

Tree spotters will enjoy the 65 plus species on the farm from the huge Monkey Thorn Trees along the river to the large variety of Combretums, Ficus and Acacias to name but a few.

Activities nearby

The Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park is just 4 km from Buffelsdrift at the Genius Loci Game Ranch. The Park is set in lovely gardens and hosts a large collection of monkeys and parrots as well as white lions, tigers and cheetahs.

The Rust de Winter Dam is a must for fishing and boating enthusiasts. Just 8 km from Buffelsdrift, this dam is set between hills and is surrounded by shady trees with many delightful picnic and fishing spots.

Contact Details

Donald Howcroft

Physical address: Buffelsdrift – Rust der Winter Game Farm
Fax: 086 583 6689
Mobile: +27 (0)82 885 5577


Experience the natural beauty of the Bushveld at Groot Krokodil Lodge, set along the Crocodile River about 70 km outside Brits towards Thabazimbi. The Crocodile River provides some spectacular views and a range of activities are offered at the Lodge such as picnicking, fishing, hiking, tree and plant identification and birdwhatching.

The bushveld offers a diversity of bird species and 120 species have been recorded so far. Bird species that can be observed includes: Brubru, Cape and Golden-breasted Bunting, Grey-headed and Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, African Black Duck, Firefinches, Pale Flychatcher, Yellow-throated Petronia, Bennett’s & Bearded Woodpecker, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Meyers’ Parrot. Groot Krokodil is situated in North West between Borokalalo Nature Reserve and Vaalkop Dam which is both popular birding destinations.

Guests have a variety of accommodation options available to choose from elegant lodging to fully equipped chalets, cabins and camping/caravan sites, you can expect an exceptional level of comfort, rest and relaxation at Groot Krokodil during your stay. In the evening sit around a large boma fire – at the lodge, chalets or the camping area, relive and share your experiences and enjoy all of the warm hospitality that Groot Krokodil has to offer.

Contact Details

Johan Jacobs & Pepe Devereux

Groot Krokodil Lodge (R58) Northam (between Brits & Thabazimbi)
Tel: +27 (0)72 486 0128 (Pepe) or +27 (0)79 224 1487 (Johan)
Email: or
GPS: S25°5.178′ (-25.086488) E27°31.416′ (27.521942)

Haakdoorn Safaris is located on a game farm in the bushveld near Rooibokkraal, North-West of Thabazimbi. We pride ourselves on the ecology of our game farm. The plant, bird and animal life is the perfect example of the rich diverseness of the African bushveld.


Woolly Bugger Farm is situated just 7km from the metropolis of Tonteldoos. Tonteldoos is situated 22km due north of Dullstroom. Woolly Bugger Farm offers 4 stone self catering cottages of different sizes to cater for families, friends or a cozy couple. Each cottage is fully equipped for self catering, has a fireplace inside and braai outside. All cottages have wonderful views over the dams.

With the farm being 270 hectares, it has a diverse amount of birdlife. Egrets, Swallows, Sunbirds, Bishops and Wagtails just to mention a few. Woolly Bugger Farm has several walking and mountain bike trails and lovely rocky areas to just sit and watch birds.

We are also a close drive away from the Verloren Valei nature reserve which is home to the endangered Wattled Crane.

Other activities:

  • Fishing (rod rental available)
  • Mountain biking
  • Nature walks
  • Game viewing
  • Archery (bow rental available)

Contact Details

Angela 0791030949
Jonathan 0768769610
7km from Tonteldoos on Gultewone Rd


Jembisa is private bush home situated in a private game reserve, the Palala River Reserve, in the heart of the Unesco world biosphere reserve of the Waterberg. It is a breathtakingly beautiful reserve that encompasses a wide diversity of habitats and biomes including savannah plains, syringa forests, riverine forests, gullies, rock faces, cliffs, flood plains and with 7 km of the Palala River meandering through it.

As a result it is home to a very broad range of fauna and flora species. Game species includes, rhino, leopard, giraffe, zebra, serval cats, eland, zebra, Red Hartebeest, hippo, crocodile, steenbok, bushbuck, kudu, duiker and many nocturnal animals such as civet, porcupine, bushbaby, brown hyena, genet, aardwolf and the relatively rare, but frequently sighted at Jembisa, aardvark. The land is managed in line with a plan drawn up by Dr Fanie Venter, a leader in the field of bushveld management.

The reserve was created by joining several pieces of land and now covers 3000 hectares. It is private land that is owned by the owners of the Jembisa Bush Home. This allows for good conservation management and control and provides guests with privacy and the knowledge that there will not be other visitors to the reserve other than Jembisa guests. The Jembisa team frequently partners with research projects on fauna and flora, recently taking part in a leopard distribution project with the University of the Witwatersrand and a protea monitoring project.


Situated along the banks of the Mokolo River in the Malaria free, Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, this family-friendly Reserve has created a variety of unique visitor experiences around the awesome natural beauty of this 8,800 Ha (21,754 acre) reserve.

Kaingo Private Game Reserve is situated in the centre of the Reserve and is a true oasis surrounded by bush and mountains. Our gem of the Bushveld is an ideal retreat for the more refined traveller who prefers both privacy and exclusivity and offers Authentic lodging for both the local and international traveller.

Catering for a maximum of 24 guests, the Lodge has 12 Authentic Safari Rooms, each equipped air-conditioned room is with tea and coffee making facilities, an electronic safe, a mini bar fridge and hairdryer. The rooms also offer a choice of satellite television channels. We offer any BirdLife South Africa member, a 30% discount on the midweek accommodation rates and 20% on weekend rates, (subject to availability).

The Reserve offers large unspoilt wilderness areas where the discerning nature lover can experience the best of the Waterberg in its original state, and the only tracks are those made by indigenous animals in their natural habitat.

The diverse landscape with three distinct topographical areas -plains, valleys and hills, and mountains – is rich in natural beauty, natural history and never ending views, and hosts a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora. The reserve boasts a large variety of sought after game including leopard, lion, hyena, elephant and buffalo, while other naturally occurring wildlife species such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and impala roam the open plains. There are a host of other creatures, many of which are to be seen at night, with honey badger, aardvark, pangolin, caracal, and porcupine often spotted on a regular basis. Our highly qualified Guides all have extensive experience in Big 5 reserves, and will ensure that your safari experience is unsurpassed.

In addition to offering game drives, wildlife and other natural history experiences, particular attention is given to activity based, adventure loving, comfort seeking, nature tourists who want to learn more about wildlife and those who appreciate the outdoors and the comfort of our home from home. The birdlife is prolific and the reserve is a birdwatchers paradise with a variety of eagles, nightjars, sunbirds, flycatchers, bee-eaters, shrikes, starling, hoopoe, kingfisher, storks and too many others to mention. Kaingo has created various Botanical Routes, where guests can either walk or be driven, by one of qualified guides, to view some of the magnificent flaural species that are found on the Reserve.

Contact Details

Maretha Kamfer

Address: Witfontein Road, Bulgerivier District, Vaalwater
Tel: +27 (0)14 754 8000
Mobile: +27 (0)72 927 7545
GPS: 24.06.49,13S; 27.48.39,75E

Mhondoro Safari Lodge and Villa is a luxurious, five-star private Safari Lodge situated within the malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo.

The lodge is becoming distinguished for its underground waterhole hide, which is connected to the Main Lodge by a tunnel. This unique feature offers an accessible, safe and one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close to the animals drinking at the waterhole in front of the lodge.

Mhondoro Safari Lodge is family friendly yet is private and exclusive, enabling guests to relax and explore abundant wildlife on guided game drives. Welgevonden Game Reserve’s strict policy limiting the number of vehicles on the Reserve, enhances the exclusive and peaceful drives and ensures there will be no interruptions from vehicle traffic.

Mhondoro Safari Lodge has five suites, two Deluxe Suites (for two guests), one Executive Suite (for four guests) with all facilities of the Main Lodge within a short walking distance. The Villa is perfectly suited for exclusive family or small group bookings of up to six guests. It has a master suite and two additional en-suite bedrooms.

Welgevonden Game Reserve is home to over 50 different animal species, including the Big 5. The diversity of habitats leads to a wide range of wildlife and crossing the grassy plains you will see an abundance of antelope. Over 300 bird species are found on the reserve, including the Blue Crane which breeds in the southern section of the reserve. Our rangers will tell you all about the wonders of the wilderness on bush walks.

Contact Details

Physical address: Welgevonden Game Reserve, Vaalwater
Reservations: +27 (0)87 150 2314

Shakati Private Game Reserve is hidden away on the lush banks of the Mokolo River in the heart of the UNESCO protected Waterberg Biosphere bushveld. Waterberg is a registered IBA. Shakati is located 20 km. from to Vaalwater and only 2 hours’ drive from Pretoria. The area is malaria-free. Time spent at Shakati is about getting away from city life and find peace and tranquillity, clean fresh air and clear skies with the brightest stars you have probably ever seen. It is about being quiet and listen to the jackal calling at night, to the paradise flycatcher singing in the morning. It is about quietly sitting at the water hole watching the birds and animals -and taking life easy


  • River frontage, rocks & ridges, spectacular views and large indigenous bush and savannah areas
  • Plenty of wildlife: Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Hartebeest, Eland, Reedbok, Blesbuck, Duiker, Warthog, Impala, Leopard, Jackal, Porcupine and much more
  • Absence of Elephant and Lion makes it safe to walk around in the reserve (see these in the nearby national park).
  • Prolific birdlife with one of the highest bird diversities in the Waterberg. Our reserve bird list boasts 270 species
  • Hide overlooking water hole -with beds for overnighting


  • Small comfortable and affordable safari lodge with 3 self-catering (or catered) chalets: 2 bedrooms, lounge with 2 beds, kitchen, bathroom, veranda, private braai area accommodating 12 people comfortably and 18 at maximum.
  • Complex with beautiful lush garden, swimming pool, separate guest lounge, lapa and braai area.
  • Guided game drives/night drives in safari vehicle as well as guided or unguided walks etc.
  • Catering on request

Shakati birding
Birds are all over the reserve, but have a good look here:

Lodge and our indigenous garden: Plenty of birds. It is common to wake up in the mornings to the singing African Paradise Flycatchers, or hearing the chattering of the Green Wood Hoopoe. You see the Groundscraper and KurrichaneThrush family scanning for easily identified morsels. In the summer months, you meet Red-Headed Weavers trying to impress their wives with building a one-story mansion of a nest. At night, you can be amazed at the creepy sounds of the Barn Owl and the Spotted Eagle Owl. If you are adventurous then you can try to spot the Fiery-necked Nightjar’s with a flashlight.

Watering hole: Frequent visitors are African Grey Hornbills, African Hoopoes, Crested Barbets, Lark-like Bunting, White-crested Helmet-Shrike, Southern Masked Weaver, African Pygmy Kingfisher, European Bee-eater and various dove and pigeon species, African Harrier-Hawk, African Hawk-Eagle, Long-billed Crombec. If you have the patience then you will spot a myriad of bird species coming to quench their thirst throughout the whole day. You can also sleep in the 2 beds of the bird hide and experience the night sounds of the African bush. And enjoy an early morning birding.

Mokolo River: Shakati lies on the banks of the Mokolo River, where you can easily spot common birds like the Giant, Pied, and Malachite Kingfishers, Little Bittern, Hamerkop, Common Waxbill, White-backed Night-heron, Green-backed Heron, Wahlbergs Eagle, African Black Duck, White-throated Robin-Chat, Burchells Coucal and many more water related species. If you are lucky then you can see the majestic African Fish Eagle. It is best to visit the river in morning-hours with the sun behind you.

Helipad savannah: Late afternoon until sunset in summer. Summer visitors moving west. You can often spot Barn Swallows, European Bee-eaters, Amur Falcons and other raptors.

Old Farmstead and Acacia forest: Various passerine birds, sometimes un-expected species.

Bird List:
We have our own bird list. It has been compiled over 12 years by a university bird biologist, who is also co-owner of Shakati. It contains 270 species.

Summer visitors from Europe/Asia
Many Barn Swallows including European Bee-eaters. Many Spotted Flycatchers from about November 10th. Willow Warblers are common from about October 10th. Sometimes Great Reed Warbler and European Marsh Warbler from December. Also recorded Olive-tree Warbler, River Warbler, Garden Warbler and Red-backed Shrike.

Selected species at Shakati
Green-backed Heron, Wahlberg´s Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Common Buzzard, Shikra, African Harrier-Hawk, Amur Falcon, Coqui Francolin, Black Cuckoo, Klaas´s Cuckoo, Freckled Nightjar, Giant Kingfisher, Half-collared Kingfisher, Bennett´s Woodpecker, Fawn-coloured Lark, White-throated Swallow, Pearl-breasted Swallow, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, White-throated Robin-Chat, African Sedge Warbler (Little Rush-warbler), Striped Pipit, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Red-headed Weaver.

We suggest the following birding tour at Shakati:

Day 1: Shakati Riverside and dam, the lodge garden
Day 2: Southern bush/helipad savannah, night in hide, morning bird viewing at waterhole
Day 3: Birding at Shakati northern woodland, the old farmstead and the Acacia forest

Birding outside Shakati
Shakati Private Game reserve falls in the middle of the Waterberg-Nylsvley Birding Route. Shakati is ideal located for day trips to other birding hot spots in Waterberg area such as:

  • The Marakele National Park app. 1½ hours from Shakati boasts more than 800 pair of Cape vulture that breed on the cliffs. At the Lenong viewpoint the vultures soar just above your head. Here you also meet specialities such as Gurneys Sugarbird, Malachite Sunbird, Cape Rock-Thrush, Buff-streaked Chat, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Lazy Cisticola and Cape Bunting.
  • Nylsvley Nature Reserve is a Ramsar wetland site of international importance. The floodplain is surrounded by open woodland. Nylsvley contains many waterbirds and herons when the meadows are flooded. Special species: White-backed Duck, Amur Falcon, African Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Black-winged Pratincole.

Contact Details

Maretha Kamfer

Address: Witfontein Road, Bulgerivier District, Vaalwater
Tel: +27 87 150 1024
Fax: +27 73 540 7266
GPS: 24.06.49,13S; 27.48.39,75E


A quaint and private bush lodge in the heart of the Limpopo Province. Offering guests a personal and authentic African Experience. A Safari game drive will bring you closer to African game, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Eland, Leopard, Cheetah, Impala, Gemsbuck, Red Hartebeest, Gnu, Nyala, Waterbuck and wide variety of smaller African species. For the more energetic we offer game walks and hikes ending with sundowners.

Also idea for overnighting enroute to Botswana or Zimbabwe. A mere 80km from Pontdrift border.

Chinaka is ideal for small events like a small wedding or conference and cater for 5 to 50 guests. Guests can also make use of the restaurant that offers three meals per day.

Offering beautiful African accommodation, with comfortable beds, hot showers yet still feel that you’re in the African bush. The following accommodation is available:

  • Chinaka Game Lodge (3 Star) Chalet
  • Luna – Budget Accommodation Self Catering
  • Marula Camping (Army Tent or Own Tent)


  • Game Drives and Walks
  • Self Drive Tours to nearby Mapungubwe and Blouberg can be arranged.
  • Specialised Tracking Tours.
  • Birdwatching

Contact Details

Carmela – +27 83 448 5820
Johanna – +27 78 416 5990
Physical Address: Farm Wintersvelde, R521, Vivo, Limpopo Province,