Mogalakwena River Lodge


Mogalakwena, metaphor for “fierce crocodile”, offers an intimate African experience in the Limpopo Valley of South Africa. The River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Mogalakwena Riveron approximately 2 000ha of bushveld with abundant wildlife. The main lodge consists of four en-suite bedrooms, dining and open lounge areas, infinity swimming pool and an upper viewing deck. Share experiences at the bar or around the fire at the lapa. Four thatched chalets provide luxury comfort with exquisite views across the river.

Mogalakwena has an abundance of birdlife and nearly 300 bird species have been recorded in the area which include Bee-eaters(Carmine, Little, Swallow-tailed, European); Bitterns (Dwarf, Little); Tropical Boubou; Coursers(Bronze-winged, Temminck’s, Three-banded); Cuckoo (African, Common); Eagles (Tawny & Wahlberg’s); Yellow-bellied Eremomela; African Finfoot; Goshawks; Sombre &Yellow-bellied Greenbuls; CrestedGuineafowl; Helmetshrikes; White-backed Night Heron; Southern Ground-Hornbill; Kingfishers; Nightjars(Fiery-necked, Rufous-cheecked,Square-tailed);Owls; Harlequin Quail; Rollers; Double-bandedSandgrouse; Swallows; Storks (Black, White, Saddle-billed); Spotted &WaterThick-Knees, Waxbills, Woodpeckers and Vultures (Cape, Hooded, Lappet-faced, White-backed, White-headed). Click here to download the bird list.

Mogalakwenais situated in close proximity to border posts into Botswanaand is therefore an ideal stop over for travellers to the Makgadigadi salt pans, Tuli block, Victoria Falls, Chobe reserve and the Okavango swamps.

Contact details:

Anna Venter

Physical address: Mogalakwena Farm, Alldays, Limpopo

Mobile: 072 123 0505



GPS Co-ordinates: 22’43’32”S; 28’46’31”E


Dabchick Wildlife Reserve

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

The tented camp has a lapa and a swimming pool where guests can relax at any time of the day. All tents have wonderful views, lights, power outlets and en-suite bathrooms with plenty of hot water, fresh 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). The tented camp can accommodate a total of 12 guests in comfortable style. Three different types of tent are available, decorated in different animal themes, at various rates.

The diversity of habitats of the Waterberg region made it an Eden for wildlife. Hunting and farming activities depleted the wildlife of the Waterberg, but today large species such as elephant, rhino, and lion are being returned, as the area becomes one of the most important conservation and wildlife tourism areas in the country. In 2010 Dabchick Wildlife Reserve became involved in the breeding of Golden Wildebeest and established its first two Golden Wildebeest Breeding herds in 2011.Dabchick


  • Guided Walks
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Hunting
  • Tree and Grass identification

A bird hide is available to birdwatchers and photographers. There are many wildlife destinations, hunting outfits, curio shops and other places of interest in the Waterberg area. Activities in the surrounding area can be arranged on request, at an additional cost.

Contact details:Dabchick 3a

Marolien Steyn Roux

Address: Farm 464 Kliprivier Rankin's Pass Limpopo
Tel: +27 (0)14 013 0098
Mobile: +27 (0)78 188 2599

GPS Coordinates: S24' 56 93 58 E27' 85 76 69

Bela Bela (Warmbaths)

Bateleur Nature Reserve

Bateleur bfe 2Bateleur 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

Sondela Nature Reserve

sondela nature reserve main5Sondela Nature Reserve in Limpopo is one of South Africa's most popular inland holiday resorts. This private game reserve offers a selection of quality holiday accommodation from 4-star self-catering chalets, a caravan park and tent camp, to the up-market butler serviced Country House, graded 5-star by the South African Tourism Council.

The nearest town is Bela-Bela, well known for its hot mineral springs, game lodges, private game reserves, holiday accommodation, health and beauty spas and selection of self-catering and camping resorts, bush lodges and guest houses. Over the years Sondela Nature Reserve has grown to become one of South Africa's premier privately held nature reserves. Ambitious management have resulted in a game reserve and family resort today that is known for its great hospitality, quality accommodation and friendly service – a sought after family holiday destination. Game viewing in open vehicles affords guests the opportunity of viewing fauna and flora, whilst traversing the undulating hills, following river courses and open savannah plains.

The Sondela Country House is the jewel in the crown for the already versatile accommodation profile that this pristine Bushveld game reserve has to offer, both in its aesthetics and in its impact. The result is a truly unique fully serviced boutique hotel that offers the seclusion of the African bush, yet with the small luxuries that make for a relaxing and invigorating game experience. Each of the exclusive luxury rooms are en-suite, some with both indoor and outdoor showers and baths. Each room at the 5 star Sondela Country House has its own private veranda affording guests the opportunity to watch nature goes its way while basking in the privacy of their secluded suites. The cuisine served at Sondela Country House, is a superb fusion of African flavours. The chef offers a menu to surpass the expectations of even the most discerning diner.

Sondela Academy and Wildlife Centre

The Sondela Academy is a venture of Sondela Nature Reserve and endorsed by the Food and Beverage Institute. Students live on the premises in a secure environment, classes and practical training take place at Sondela Academy. Students receive hands-on training both in the lecture room and operation in all of the departments on the Reserve. Students are therefore exposed to the demands and rewards the tourism industry has to offer 24 hours a day. The minimum requirement for all applications is a valid Senior Certificate. Sondela Academy offers a variety of hospitality courses, i.e. professional chef, food and beverage management, nature conservation, tour guiding, front office management - all accredited by City & Guilds International.

Sondela Wildlife Centre, a registered rehabilitation centre which cares for sick, injured or orphaned wild animals. Visitor's personal interaction with the little animals provide countless, unforgettable magic moments. The Sondela Wildlife Centre aims to improve the welfare of wild animals and create awareness of the challenges faced by wildlife. The Wildlife Centre has an International Wildlife volunteer program where the volunteers interact with wild animals and has the opportunity to go on horse safaris and participate in game-drives, game capture, animal husbandry and farmyard activities.

Come experience peace and tranquillity in the heart of the Bushveld. Sondela Nature Reserve... it's a way of living!

Contact Details

For Reservations: Elsie Beneke

    Physical address: Farm Tweefontein; Bela Bela District; Limpopo
    Tel: +27(0)14 736 8800
    Fax: + 27 (0)14 736 3501

Blouberg Nature Reserve

KuneMoya Blouberg Nature Reserve

KM bfe 2Blouberg 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 4x4 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

KM bfe 1"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

Derdepoort (near Madikwe Nature Reserve)

Nondo Private Game Reserve

Nondo2Nondo Private Game Reserve is a privately owned nature reserve, 638 ha in extent, situated in an area of arid sweet bushveld 4,5 hours' drive north west of Johannesburg. The area is malaria free and the emphasis is firmly on conservation (all revenue is re-invested in the reserve). Nondo offers accommodation for small groups only, allowing for complete exclusivity. Its private self-catering camp consists of two large en-suite chalets, (one with a queen-sized bed and additional sleeper couch, the other with two single beds which can be made up as double) and a rondavel with two single beds and adjacent bathroom. All linen and towelling are provided and all rooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning. There is a central open-air lapa with a lounge and dining area, and an open-plan fully equipped kitchen.

Nondo will appeal to the true nature lover, birdwatcher or those looking for an affordable break-away to the tranquillity of the bush. The reserve has an abundance of bird species (specials include Red-billed Oxpecker, Secretarybird, Kori Bustard, White-backed Vulture and Yellow-throated Sandgrouse). It has a variety of antelope and is rich in smaller mammals that are often more elusive in busier reserves (such as Aardvark, Ground Pangolin, Aardwolf, Brown Hyena, Serval and Honey Badger).

Nondo is ideal for those who enjoy cycling or walking with 30 kms of well maintained, self-drive roads. Hides overlook two waterholes. The camp also includes a boma, an additional braai area, and a plunge pool.

Directions Nondo Private Game Reserve

GPS: 24 35 8.8"S 26 31 24.5"E

Your point of origination is the Engen garage at the 4 way stop at Hartebeespoort Dam (north of the dam itself and west of the dam wall).Two options are recommended (one slightly longer), roads (both gravel and tar) either way are in the same condition.

Sun City Route

From Engen garage proceed west towards Sun City.

  • 5.7 kms RH turn Rustenburg/N4.
  • 0.8 kms LH turn N4 Access.
  • 4,5 kms LH slip N4 Linkage.
  • 8.8 kms LH offramp N4/R556 Sun City. At top of offramp turn right.
  • 85.4 kms RH turn R565 Derdepoort.
  • 9.3 kms LH turn Bapong/Mabeskraal.
  • 36.9 kms RH turn Derdepoort/Madikwe River Lodge.
  • After 27.1 kms you will reach Dwarsberg (last place for petrol and start of gravel).Ensure you fill up here! Open Mon to Sat and Public Holidays 7-00am to 5-00pm.They are closed on Sundays. Carry straight on.
  • 13.0 kms RH turn Derdepoort.
  • 28.8 kms RH turn Buffelsdrift.
  • 12.7 kms Nondo gate on RHS.

After entering proceed straight ahead, ensuring gate locked behind you, cross one road and at the next road (power lines) turn left and proceed to the camp which is situated right at the end of the power lines.

NB Petrol is also available at the General Dealers at Derdepoort. Instead of turning right to Buffelsdrift carry straight on for 9.1 kms. Open Mon to Fri 8-00am to 6-00pm, Saturdays 8-00am to 1-00pm.They are closed on Sundays.

Thabazimbi RouteNondo1

From Engen garage proceed north towards Brits.

  • 6.6 kms LH turn Brits.
  • 151.8 kms RH turn Thabazimbi.
  • 6.8 kms LH turn Dwaalboom.
  • 69.2 kms RH turn Derdepoort. Obaro on LHS just before you turn right is last place for petrol. Ensure you fill up here! Open Mon to Fri 8-00am to 5-00pm, Sat and Public Holidays 8-00am to 1-00pm and Sunday 10-00am to 3-00pm.
  • 17.2 kms LH turn Derdepoort.
  • 22.8 kms RH turn Derdepoort.
  • 16.8 kms LH turn Derdepoort.
  • 4.4 kms Nondo gate on LHS.

After entering proceed straight ahead, ensuring gate locked behind you, cross one road and at the next road (power lines) turn left and proceed to the camp which is situated right at the end of the power lines.

Contact details:

John Mackie

Address: Doornlaagte 151 KP, situated between Madikwe Nature Reserve and Atherstone Nature Reserve in Limpopo.
Tel: +27 (0)83 307 3190
Email Address:


GeM Bateleur Private Lodge

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GeM Bateleur Lodge is an exclusive 10-bed self-catering lodge and is situated just outside of Hoedspruit within the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, one of South Africa's most open and broad-leafed bushveld areas. The splendour of the African bushveld and its mystical setting enfolds Lodge GeM Bateleur and is the perfect base to experience exquisite bush life from.

There is a variety of wildlife to be seen in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Several waterholes with hides provide a window from where visitors can observe the activities of birds and wildlife in their natural feeding habitat.

Over 400 species of birds, including various raptors and vultures, can be seen at Hoedspuit Wildlife Estate and the surrounding areas. This is an excellent habitat to witness bird species that are not commonly found in the city. Hoedspruit lies within the Kruger2Canyon Birding Area which offers many exciting birding opportunities. Birding safaris can be arranged with a qualified Field and Birding guide.

Hoedspruit boasts a vast range of game reserves, safari drives, birdlife routes and many other attractions.  Some of these attractions are the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre within Kapama Game reserve, Timbavati private game reserve and many more. The Kruger National Park, Africa's biggest game reserve, is situated less than 100 km from Hoedspruit and can be entered from Phalaborwa-, Orpen- or Numbi Gates.

GEM Collage bfeAll rooms are spacious, air conditioned and elegantly furnished. The lodge consist out of the following: Four double bedrooms (king or twin beds), four bathrooms with showers, an outdoors shower and an outdoors, mosquito net-protected loft bedroom with king or twin beds. The main living area leads to a patio, ideal for enjoying a jovial meal outside or even sipping your morning coffee at the break of dawn. A fully equipped kitchen, dining area and living room with digital satellite television make up the main part of the lodge. The open layout brings about a cosy air conditioned living area. The outside barbeque (braai) area and pool form the centre point of Lodge GeMBateleur and promises to leave a memorable imprint of your stay. The quaint swimming pool is perfect for cooling down on a typical scorching bushveld day. An outside shower provides a refreshing waker-upper in a completely unique setting.

Contact DetailsGEM Loft room bfe

Hettie Peens

    Physical address: 260 Rotsvy Street, Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, Hoedspruit
    Fax: 086 662 2499
    Mobile: +27(0)82 322 3499

Indlovu River Lodge

IndlovuIndlovu River Lodge is located in the heart of the 9 000 ha Karongwe Private Game Reserve and built on the banks of the Kuvjename River. The lodge's history started in 1992 following the dream to live in the African bush. The Venter family discovered this piece of land next to the Kuvjename River and immediately fell in love with it.

Formerly our piece of land and the surrounding area was used for cattle farming and in 1998 the seven landowners decided to drop their fences and create a Big 5 conservancy. Wild animals were introduced and we experienced exciting days when the elephants and lions were strolling through our garden, right in front of the doorstep. Our aim is to make your stay unforgettable and give you the feeling to have a second home in the bush.

In 2000 it was decided to convert the farm into a self-catering Game Lodge. Our three lodges are named after the celebrated Kruger Park "Great Tusker" elephants "Shingwedzi", "Shawu" and "Kambaku".

Each unit offers unique privacy. Enjoy the unsurpassed peace from your deck or from the cool oasis of your private pool, experience timeless sights, sounds and sensations of Africa and get to know the bush on fantastic Game Drives in this Big 5 Game reserve.


The lodge sleeps nine people in 5 bedrooms. Each bedroom on the ground floor has a separate entrance. A large rock pool will cool you down on hot days and from the adjacent pool deck you can overlook the Kuvjename River and have a stunning view onto the Drakensberg Mountains. A big boma and a trampoline make it an ideal family home. The open kitchen & living room is the heart of this unit.


This lodge sleeps eight people and exists of 4 buildings shaded underneath majestic Jackalberry Trees. The main house consists of two double en-suite bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen and a small lounge with a small library. In our Honeymoon Suite you can lie on the king-size bed and enjoy an amazing view onto the river through the massive glass front. An outdoor shower in a little enclosed garden makes your stay paradise-like. The private boma, a gazebo right on the riverbank and a private swimming pool ensure an unforgettable stay.


This very elegant lodge sleeps six people. Two en-suite rooms in the main house and one further double room in a secluded annex across the court yard. A timber veranda and an ideal plunge pool provide idyllic vantage points to survey the river while resting mind, body and soul. Sit around the fireplace and enjoy unforgettable moments underneath the African night sky. Each unit is serviced on a daily basis. We supply firewood for your braai and a spotlight shining onto the river makes the spotting of night-active animals possible.


  • Game Drives in Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Special Game Drives for kids
  • Kruger National Park Tours
  • Several excursion & activities like Panorama Tour
  • Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center

Contact Details

Daniela Mates & Dawn Venter

    Tel: +27 (0)15 383 9918
    Fax: +27 (0)15 383 9918
    Mobile: +27 (0)78 124 9669

Shikwari Bush Lodge

Shikwari lodgeShikwari 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.....Shikwari view
  • 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

Simbavati Safari Lodges

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Simbavati Safari Lodges are situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, 53 300 hectares of un-fenced, pristine wilderness, geographically integrated with the Kruger National Park. The seasonal Nhlaralumi River runs through the reserve and contributes to spectacular bird watching opportunities, with over 360 species recorded.

Bird sightings include and are not limited to various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, storks and weavers.Simbavati Birds 1

Midst the buzz of the African bush we present two breathtaking lodges, Simbavati River Lodge and Hilltop Lodge, offering the guests the choice of accommodation in luxury tents and thatched family chalets.

Contact details:

Christen De Koker (Reservations)

Physical Address: Peru Farm, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit
Tel: +27 (021) 945 3751/2466 (Reservations)

Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

bfe toroyakalodgeToro 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.

bfe tY Knobbilled-duckBalule 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.

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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

Lephalale (Ellisras)

Mbala Private Camp

MbalaMbala Private Camp is an eco-tourist conservation lodge in the malaria free Waterberg wilderness, in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. It was developed in late 2003 by lodge owners Mark & Michelle Thompson. More than 2 500 acres of koppies and Waterberg bushveld has been rehabilitated into a pristine private retreat, and continues to be a huge conservation undertaking. The re-establishment of natural grasses and vegetation to improve the palatability of the grazing and efforts to return the bush to its former glory are on-going conservation projects.

Most of the naturally occurring game species have now been re-introduced, and are thriving. As the area begins to flourish and regenerate, more of the rarer species such as Brown Hyena, Cheetah, Aardwolf, oxpeckers and Klipspringer return. Mbala does not hunt, and remains a safe haven for free ranging species that can seek refuge there. The goal of Mbala Private Camp's biodiversity management programme is aimed at ensuring the long-term survival of all species of plants and animals in this pristine part of the Waterberg.

The Waterberg area is regarded as one of South Africa's last true wildernesses. Mbala Private Camp is perfect for sustainable eco improvements - it is on the boundary of a South African National Heritage Site & proclaimed Nature Reserve in the Waterberg Biosphere. Mbala Private Camp is endowed with substantial biodiversity, a wide range of veld types which collectively provide for an enormous variety of mammals, insects, reptiles and birds that traverse and live within this vast area.

Together with the attraction of historical ancient sites, the Mkolo Nature Reserve, Private Big 5 Reserves & Spas - our neighbouring areas provide for a wealth of possibilities - creating an eco-tourist environment which is unequalled in its diversity. Although we are not a Big 5 reserve, we have over 100 diverse species of mammals to see – we also have at least 312 plant species recorded in our area. Mbala is on the historic "Marula Route" and is blessed with many giant Marula trees. There are 286 species of birds – making Mbala a true bird watcher's paradise.

Mbala Private Camp is a private bush home which offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptionally close wildlife encounters, personal family service and delicious homemade cuisine. Mbala Private Camp has an open Land Rover safari in the early morning and again at sunset accompanied by our informative local Pedi guide. Environmental awareness walking safaris at your leisure or bird watching in the koppies and amongst the dense Tamboti stands, or huge Marula trees that dominate our area can be arranged.Mbala3

As well as an early morning coffee on the koppies overlooking the incredible views over this unique part of the Northern Waterberg, there is also a boma brunch, lunch and dinner. In the summer, our converted farm dam serves as a refreshing pool to cool off in, or sit on the raised teak deck in the hot Jacuzzi overlooking the open plains as animals come down to drink at the waterhole.

Contact Details

Mark & Michelle Thompson

Physical address: 70 km from Ellisras/Lephalale off R510
Fax: 086 632 9660
Mobile: +27 (0)83 629 1825 or +27 (0)82 804 0901
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Magoebaskloof (Haenertsburg)

Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge

KRM cabinKurisa Moya is a beautiful nature lodge nestled in the Northern Drakensberg escarpment and overlooks the breathtaking Kudu's River Valley and is only 45 minutes from the city of Pietersburg / Polokwane and 20 minutes from the mountain village of Haenertsburg and the beautiful Magoebaskloof. This piece of paradise, truly embodies its Xitsonga name, Kurisa Moya, meaning Tranquil Spirit as it is a place where you can revive your soul.

The Kurisa Moya farm measures 422 hectares of extraordinary landscape. Because the farm is situated between the lowveld and the highveld, it enjoys the benefits of both climates and environments. A beautiful indigenous forest nestles in the valley and is home to a large variety of lovely birds, animals and flora. Large stretches of pine plantations give way to African bushveld on the lower part of the farm where two dams are fed by clean mountain streams.

Our vision at Kurisa Moya is to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy the unique beauty Kurisa Moya has to offer and to develop Kurisa Moya to its fullest potential in terms of lodges, retreats, workshops and seminars, farming, forestry, hiking, fishing , etc, without sacrificing the wild beauty of the place.

KRMtreeKurisa Moya boasts excellent birding on site, including seven species of robin, including White-starred Robin and Chorister Robin-chat. Five Bush-Shrikes are on offer, with Black-fronted Bush-shrike heading up the list. Other specials include Narina Trogon, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Green Twinspot and Knysna Turaco, to name but a few. The landscape of Kurisa Moya offers an opportunity to access a whole range of habitats in a very short space of time. The hard work and stiff necks of forest birding is usually rewarded by 15 to 20 forest species.

David Letsoalo based at Kurisa Moya is a qualified BirdLife South Africa guide with intimate knowledge of the Woodbush forest area. He has been guiding in the area for more than 2 years and has "stakeouts" for most of the specials in the area like Cape Parrot, Bat Hawk, Orange Ground Thrush and many more. He offers guided walks on Kurisa Moya to the various habitats on the farm. Alternatively, he can guide birders to the local birding hot-spots like Woodbush forest, Turfloop Dam, the montane grassland habitats of the Blue Swallow, Polokwane Game Reserve and environs or down to the tropical lowveld of the Tzaneen area. Kurisa Moya guests enjoy reduced rates for David's services.

Contact Details

Lisa Martus

    Physical address: Sterkloop Farm, Houtbosdorp, Magoebaskloof
    Tel: +27 (0)15 276 1131
    Mobile: +27 (0)82 200 4596

Graceland Eco Retreat


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

Mapungubwe National Reserve

Mopane Bush Lodge

Mopane 2Mopane Bush Lodge, a tranquil bush retreat graded a 4* luxury lodge, of African Renaissance design, nestles in the Mopane Bushveld. It is located on Mapesu Private Game Reserve, a 6000-hectare game farm in the Limpopo Valley, adjacent to the Mapungubwe National Park. The eight secluded thatched chalets are situated each in their own kraal with en-suite bathroom, exclusive veranda and additional outdoor shower. It is the ideal setting for a really comfortable bush experience.

The tranquility of Mopane Bush Lodge provides the ideal base from which to experience the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding route. The Limpopo Valley and the Soutpansberg Mountains host over 540 bird species. The area supports a high number of resident species, resulting in an abundance of birds all year round. A visit to the area in winter or summer will always be productive and rewarding.Mopane 3 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 hide overlooking a dam is also available for bird watching on Mapesu Private Game Reserve with a great variety of birds and wildlife frequenting the site.

Guests to Mopane Bush Lodge can visit the adjacent 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 the IBA and an excess of more than 400 species occur in the Limpopo Valley region.

Contact detail

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

Makhado (Louis Trichardt)

Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

madi-a-thavha bfeMadi 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.
  • Madi a thava bfe1Entabeni 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

Marble Hall

Sabella Private Retreat


Sabella Private Retreat is situated on the eastern, edge of the Springbok Flats basin, in the Marble Hall district of Limpopo, South Africa around 230km NE of Johannesburg. Experience the luxury of being able to set your own personal rhythm on the weekend, by determining meal- and safari game drive times, making this the ideal Bushveld escape. The farm-dam styled 15m lap pool, various Mountain Bike- and Running/Walking Trails and Golf course development offer extended amenities to guests who want to stay active whilst in nature.

The area is a haven for avid birders with over 350 species of birds including rare sightings such as the uncommon yellow Crimson-breasted shrike. During game drives and bushwalks, our guides will delight in pointing them out.

The world-renowned Nylsvley bird sanctuary is in relative close proximity to Sabella and a must visit for enthusiastic birdwatchers. Nylsvley Nature Reserve is a 40km protected area in the seasonal Nyl – and Mogalakwena River flood plain. It boasts over 370 species of birds, of which 100 species are water fowl. Guests can visit the Nylsvley Reserve on a self-drive basis, or we can arrange a half day excursion from the lodge.

Sabella boasts six standalone units, accommodating up to 14 guests, ideal for families and small safaris, or executive groups with its own game drive vehicle and game ranger, as well as a personal butler to take care of your every need!


  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safaris
  • Mountain Biking and Trail Running
  • Boma Dinners
  • Golf at Sabella
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Birding Safaris


Gerrit Booyens

Address: Sabella Private Retreat, Bosveldparadys Farm, Marble Hall, Limpopo.
Tel: +27 (0)78 421 3876
Fax: 086 672 4742

GPS Co-ordinates:






Modimolle (Nylstroom)

Hanlin Lodge

Hanlin2Situated amongst lush bushveld in the Waterberg area, Hanlin Lodge was established to give visitors who enjoy nature the opportunity to relax in comfort in Bushveld surroundings. Our core concept is to offer guests the opportunity to take that much needed break from the hectic demands of today's lifestyle. We offer you a place to give your overloaded senses a break, where you can still see sunrises, sunsets and stars.

The lodge was opened during 2007 and consists of 4 chalets and an open-plan function hall, built overlooking a dam on two sides. The hall caters for weddings and functions for up to 160 people and is perfectly designed to be pleasant during both the warm summers and cooler winter times.

Both water and bushveld birds can be observed from the comfort of your chalet's deck and in the late afternoons and evenings guests may see various game species coming to drink in the flood-lit area next to the dam, while fish and turtles feast on insects on the water surface.

During the hot summer days guests can relax in or next to the swimming pool. Fishing is allowed (catch and release for larger fish) and can even be done from the comfort of your own private veranda or the dam wall. Bait fishing, artificial lure-fishing and fly fishing can be practiced, with tilapia making easy targets even for children and the black bass putting up a magnificent fight for the more skilled fisherman (and woman).

Several game species are found on the farm (impala, giraffe, red hartebeest, zebra, blesbuck, waterbuchk and warthog) and more than 156 recorded bird species ensures a pleasant walk or game drive on the farm. Guest are often entertained by animals coming to drink at the dam in the late afternoon, where they can be viewed from the luxury of the chalets' decks. Clay target shooting can be arranged on site. Visitors are welcome to bring mountain bikes for the sandy roads and even canoes to play on the dam.

Contact DetailsView over pool

Retha Weir

    Physical address: R33 (Marble Hall road), Modimolle (Nylstroom)
    Tel: +27 (0)14 792 0785
    Fax: 086 626 5981
    Mobile: +27 (0)82 901 9769

Monate Game Lodge

M2Monate Lodge is nestled on a 1839 hectare private reserve in the Limpopo province. This malaria-free area is beautiful in its diversity, ranging from open plains to typical bushveld and interesting rocky outcrops, caves and koppies. It is home to 3 of the Big Five, namely Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. The Monate Reserve boasts a healthy population of giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra, a large variety of antelope, abundant birdlife and many more.

Our guests at Monate Lodge are accommodated in rustic, free standing family suites or rooms at the main lodge or luxury tented suites which are within walking distance from the main lodge and dining areas.

For bird lovers and budding ornithologists, we recommend a guided trip to Nylsvley Nature Reserve. Of the 365 bird species recorded in the Nylsvei area, 104 are water birds and can be spotted in this area due to the natural wetland environment. Nylsvley hosts the biggest floodplain in Southern Africa and attracts hundreds of bird species to our area. If you are lucky you can spot birds ranging from Verreauxs' Eagles, Little Bitterns to Cape Vultures.

Activities at Monate LodgeM6

  • Game Drives
  • Visit our Caves to see ancient Rock Art
  • Star Gazing (must be pre-booked)
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Jacuzzi
  • Swimming Pools
  • Mini Golf

Contact Details

Licia Minnaar

Address: Farm Witkoppie 596KR, Boekenhout Road near Modimolle
Tel: +27 (0)14 718 7000
Mobile: +27 (0)83 307 5733
Fax: +27 14 718 7007 or 086 766 8533

GPS Co-ordinates: S24°44'43.07"


Klein Bolayi Game Lodge

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Klein Bolayi Game Lodge is set in the Limpopo Valley, in the heart of the world`s largest concentration of Baobab trees, surrounded by fascinating granite outcrops in pristine bushveld vegetation.

It is part of the Mapungubwe world heritage site and national park, one of the most important archaeological and historical sites in the country, the Kruger National Park and many more. With its exclusive thatched-roofed chalets and the exquisite Cuisine Klein Bolayi the perfect place for exploration and relaxation. The lodge is owned by Pieter and Joey Uys and run by their son Elmer Uys and his wife Janetta Uys.

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Guest can enjoy late afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. We also offer guided bird and wildlife walks through indigenous African savannah. You have the opportunity to spot all the African plains game and with a little bit of luck, you might see the occasional Leopard, Wild-Dog, Hyena, Civet, Caracal or Jackal. The bird lover will find an abundance of bird species.

In between you will often want to stop to have a close look at some massive baobab trees. Klein Bolayi is part of an area with the highest concentration of these giant trees and boasts some of the most spectacular samples of this intriguing plant. Klein Bolayi also has the only natural bonsai baobab tree. Enjoy a sundowner on top of one of our granite koppies while watching a colourful sunset over the Limpopo valley.

Another highlight is a walk up the Sacred Rock of Klein Bolayi - the enormous granite outcrop behind our lodge, which gave our lodge its name. The rock is one of the largest of its kind and plays an important role in the mythology and history of the local people.

The four-star Klein Bolayi Game Lodge has thatched chalets in midst colourful subtropical gardens. Each of the chalets offers en-suite facilities and is equipped with air-conditioners to ensure your comfort.

KBGL bfe 2Meals are served by our trained chefs in our restaurant, situated on top of a granite rock from which you have a magnificent view towards the Limpopo valley. While breakfast is served buffet-style, lunch can be ordered from a well selected menu. Or end your day with a barbecue or simply enjoy sitting around an open fire under the African sky.

Contact Details

Elmer and Janetta Uys

Address: Klein Bolayi Game Lodge, Mapungubwe National Park, Musina
Tel: +27 (0)15 534 0975
Fax: +27 (0)15 534 0976
Mobile: +27 (0)72 444 7958

Adansonia Eco Lodge


Adansonia Eco Lodge is a spectacular destination for everyone interested in the outdoors, hiking, trees, wildlife, birding, photography, bow hunting, 4x4s and ecology. If chilling out far away from the city's maddening crowds is your thing, you will feel right at home.

Adansonia provides an enriching, value-for-money, once in a lifetime bush veld experience for individuals, couples, families, and groups of maximum 16 people. During your stay at Adansonia you will enjoy the company of a wide variety of wildlife, including Kudu, Njala, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Jackal and Warthog just to mention a few, and let's not forget the abundance of the bird life. So far we have identified more than 70 bird species on the farm and there is a bird checklist available for guests.

Our relaxing accommodation consists of four log cabins on stilts; each overlooking a uniquely beautiful view of the sandy riverbed, splendid rolling hills and majestic baobab trees. Each of the cabins has its own balcony, bedroom and bathroom (with shower, toilet and wash basin) and can sleep a maximum of 4 people, all in one room.


Apart from birdwatching, Adansonia offers a variety of activities such as game drives, nature trails, mountain biking, hunting, candle lit picnics in the sandy riverbed as well as swimming in an old 'plaasdam'. The Library has reference material that may be used to identify animals, birds, trees or plants that were discovered during the exploration of our beautiful reserve.Adansonia 2


Paul van Ryneveld or Dinkie Bartie

Address: Corner of N1 to Musina and Doreen road, Musina District, Limpopo
Tel: +27(0)12 303 7716
Cell: +27(0)82 440 0697
Fax: +27(0)12 303 6021
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GPS: 22°.49135 S | 29°.98990 E


Deelkraal Wildlife Reserve

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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.Deelkraal 2

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

Sandfields and Forests

SandfieldsSandfields and Forests is a privately owned 2,500 hectare game farm bordering Nylsvley Provincial Nature Reserve, an internationally recognised Ramsar site (wetland of international importance and World Heritage Site) at the foothills of the Waterberg Massif. Sandfields is located approximately 220km north of Johannesburg (2.15 hour drive from Johannesburg and 1 hour from Polokwane). The nearest town is Mookgopong (formerly Naboomspruit) approximately 20km away and the nearest airport is located in Modimolle (previously Nylstroom) at a distance of approximately 40km. The nearest international airport is at Polokwane. Road infrastructure to reach the reserve is excellent. A good internal road network makes the farm accessible - negating the need for 4X4 (excluding wetland areas).

Sandfields enjoys particularly fine weather - mostly clear and warm days - with thunderstorms occurring late in the afternoons during the summer months. Sandfields has a special sense of place reminiscent of the Okavango Delta and East African Savannah. The reserve comprises diverse landscapes of grassland, forests (mixed broadleaf savannah and acacia thornveld); wetland areas and islands; and vistas into the Waterberg Mountains. The farm is particularly known for its spectacular stands of indigenous trees (including Marulas, Burkea Africana or Wild Syringa - the iconic ³Pierneef tree² - Black Monkey Thorn, Umbrella Thorn and Silver Cluster Leaf). The wetlands are the biggest in South Africa and are fed by summer rains, peaking in January and February. A unique feature on the reserve includes an ancient sandstone volcanic blowhole and lava flow.

The reserve is in a pristine condition with excellent visibility, air quality and no noise pollution. Exotic vegetation and internal fencing have been removed. There is no hunting on the farm, and consequently, game is approachable. There is a rich diversity of birdlife (over 400 species) and the area is a mecca for birdlovers locally and internationally. The farm is home to a wide range of game including Impala, Eland, Wildebeest, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Southern Common Rhebuck, Blesbok, Steenbok, Nyala, Tssessebe, Zebra, Giraffe, Ostrich, Antbear, Crocodile, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Caracal, Honey Badger etc. A small herd of Nguni and Bonsmara cattle are also present.

Accommodation can be provided for up to 30 people in a number of houses spread over the reserve. The houses are available for R15 000 per house per month on a long term lease.

Sandfields bAdditional accommodation is readily available in close proximity to the reserve. In situ facilities include two large barns suitable for office / storage use with internet and cell phone signal. A variety of vehicles (landrovers, gameviewers, tractors, unimog, quad bikes, antique horse drawn carts) are also available.


Brian Frank

Sandfields and Forests, situated next to Vogelfontein, Nylsvley Nature Reserve
Tel: +27(0)83 254 0080
Fax: +27(0)11 286 3900


Eco Training - Makuleke concession

Eco Makuleke 

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.

Eco Makuleke 2Makuleke 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:

Enquiries: 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 Pafuri Collection

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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.

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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.


Birding Hotspots:

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

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


Silonque Bush Estate

Silonque 1Silonque Bush Estate is a four star self-catering estate with luxury houses situated in Phalaborwa and bordering the world famous Kruger National Park. Silonque Bush Estate is the perfect start point for all your safaris, as it is a 15 minute drive to the Phalaborwa Gate. Kruger National Park is perfect for a self-drive safari, in your own car or we can book organized safaris for you.

Silonque offers a variety of luxury houses, two relaxing pools and a tennis court. Silonque Bush Estate has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses, all with a large and high terrace with a beautiful view over the nature and over Kruger NP. You have your own barbecue ('braai') your terrace ('stoep') what gives you the ultimate South-African experience. Impalas and waterbucks sometimes spend the night in the garden and lions from Kruger NP can be heard roaring. Further Silonque Bush Estate has; giraffes, elephants, warthogs, porcupines and nearly 240 birds can be seen.Silonque

Silonque Bush Estate is the perfect place to stay for a longer period of time. While you are relaxing at the pool, the kids can explore the nature and everything the nature has to offer.

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 estateSilonque 2
  • Barbecue clinic + dinner with a professional BBQ expert (min. 5 persons)

Contact details

Laura Mafait

Address: Plot 30-32 Silonque Nature Reserve, Phalaborwa, Limpopo
Tel: +27 (0)15 781 0399
Mobile: +27 (0)79 509 0522

Sunbird Lodge

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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

bfe wolfhuiskraal2Wolfhuiskraal 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.bfe wolfhuiskraal1

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)


Zaagkuilsdrift Lodge


Situated in the beautiful Pienaarsriver area, approximately 50 kilometres from Pretoria you will find Zaagkuildrift Bird Sanctuary and Lodge. A fantastic birding area that boasts 430 different bird species, with a lodge that offers peace and quiet, excellent accommodation and great food.

There are nine units available that can sleep up to 30 people, beautifully decorated with inspiration from our birds. The chalets are all grouped together with a dam close-by where you can watch the game drink water and view local birds and animals that enjoys the tranquillity. CAMPING SITES COMING SOON!

Explore our in-house aviary, and learn about our endangered birds programmes, and do not miss our reptile farm with snakes and crocodiles. Guided tours through the enclosures are available in the mornings and afternoons where visitors are allowed to take photos and ask questions. The trails on the farm are also suitable for walking, should you choose this alternative to bicycle riding. Down by the river, are benches where you can do your bird-watching undisturbed with only the sounds of nature around you.

Zaag2Some of the bird species that can be seen in the area includes: Striped, African and Black Crake, African Marsh Harrier, Hamerkop, Yellow-Billed Stork, Black Heron, African Spoonbill, Violet-eared Waxbill, Shaft-Tailed Whydah, Red-Billed Buffalo weaver, Red-Billed Oxpecker, Grey Penduline-Tit, Southern Pied and Arrow-Marked Babbler, Bearded Woodpecker, Lilac- Breasted and Purple Rollers, White-Fronted and Little Bee Eaters, Giant, Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, Blacksmith and African Wattled Lapwings and many more. The Marsh Owl can be spotted in the open land on the farm during the late afternoons.

Birding hotspots in the area:

  • Kgomo Kgomo
  • Borakalalo Game Reserve
  • Rust De Winter Nature Reserve

Contact details

Gerrie Botha

Physical address: Portion 46j Zaagkuilsdrift
Tel: 071 687 1559


African Roots Guest House

African Roots

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

Contact person: 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

bfe-buffelsdrift2Buffelsdrift-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.

bfe buffelsdrift Porcupine VleiTree 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


Groot Krokodil Lodge

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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.Groot Krokodil 1b

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.Groot Krokodil 1a

Contact details

Johan Jacobs & Pepe Devereux

Address: 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 Coordinates: S25°5.178' (-25.086488)
  E27°31.416' (27.521942)


Marula Cottage

Marula bfe cottageMarula Cottage is a guest lodge run by owners Monika and Dave Hay. The thatched-roof farm house is set on a mountain side overlooking bushveld, as well as the Kransberg and Marakele Mountains. With only three rooms, we dedicate ourselves to service and quality, while retaining the peace and quiet of the bush. Great homemade food, both international and local, can be enjoyed on the porch or in front of a log fire. A braai place is also available for those who want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the night.

Marula Cottage is situated 4 km from Thabazimbi, Limpopo, on the Marakele National Park Road. Within easy reach of both, the town and visitor attractions such as Marakele National Park, Predator Centre and a golf course. Marula Cottage is ideal for our business clients as well as people looking for a peaceful break in the African, malaria-free bush.

A short drive in the neighbouring area should also be a delight for raptor enthusiasts, as well as offering sighting of Yellow-throated Sandgrouse. Enjoy the spectacular views from our bird-filled garden from your stoep, in the shade of a magnificent Marula tree. Join the kingfishers and dip in the pool or explore the 80 ha of unfenced farm and bushveld birds.

We are just 7 km to the nearby Marakele National Park with a breeding colony of Cape Vultures. As you move up the mountains you enter a small, isolated fynbos biome. Here you stand a good chance to see Gurney's Sugarbird, Malachite Sunbird, Buff-streaked Chat and Cape and Sentinel Rock Thrush.

Pilansberg, an hour's drive away, is set in an extinct volcano crater offers wonderful game viewing opportunities. It is also a big 5 reserve, that while is not as dramaticly scenic as Marakele, more than makes up for it with great elephant and big cat sightings. Options are self-drive or make use of Marula Cottages qualified and registered guides.

Contact DetailsMarula bfe1

Dave Hay

    Address: Portion 104, Doornhoek KQ 318, Thabazimbi, 0380
    Fax: 086 665 3858
    Mobile: +27 (0)83 319 9350 (Dave)
    Mobile: +27 (0)78 053 3493 (Monika)


Woolly Bugger Farm

Wooly BuggerWoolly 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 info:

Angela 0791030949 or Jonathan 0768769610
Address: 7km from Tonteldoos on Gultewone Rd


Tzaneen Country Lodge

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The privately owned Tzaneen Country Lodge offers warm hospitality and Limpopo charm with a wealth of beauty and allure. It's all there for the taking in an area where history, geography and culture add character in a tantalizing mix. The tastefully decorated Lodge offers world-class hospitality, discreet security and outstanding service. This charming hotel is nestled on 150 hectares of farmland and indigenous forest that has produced a good variety of interesting birds through the years. Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah and their hosts Orange-winged Pytilia are occasionally seen in this area. More common are the Board-billed Roller, Carmine and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Black Flycatcher and Groundscaper Thrush. Keep a look out for African Cuckoo Hawk and the three species of Indigo birds that occur here.

Several bird-feeding trays are scattered around the lodge gardens and attract Cut-throat Finch, Golden-breasted Bunting and Jameson's Fire finch. There are eight different trails that take in some of the dams on the farm where there is good habitat for warblers, kingfishers and cisticolas.

With seven birding picnic sites and a bird-hide next to one of the dams, this makes for excellent birding where even the Fish Eagle makes and appearance now and again! Birders are also welcome to use the canoes on the dams. The lodge offers 54 en-suite rooms, a pool as well as the Earth Spa wellness centre with its own heated pool. Buffet style breakfasts, lunches and dinners are available in the a la carte restaurant.

Contact details

Adri Krugerlogo

Tel: +27(0) 15 304 3290/1
Fax: +27 (0) 15 304 3295
Mobile: +27(0)74 161 9965

Community Bird Guides are available from Kurisa Moya at tel: +27 (0)15 276 1131


Jembisa Bush Home

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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.

bfe Jembisa birdingThe 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.

Jembisa Bush Home was named after the reserve's dominant river course, this stylishly relaxed lodge is perfect for family safaris or small groups of friends or couples looking to experience true African hospitality and diverse wildlife experiences. Easily accessible by road or air transfer, its location is convenient for short safari breaks and extended stays.

Jembisa was originally built as a family home and for many years the owners lived here. The same family still own and run the reserve and with their presence Jembisa has retained a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Staying here feel like a holiday to one's home in the bush with personal collections available to all in the library and games room.

The lodge is beautifully built from local stone and thatch which creates a sense of harmony with its surroundings. The five large, spacious bedrooms are en-suite and decorated with natural materials and a contemporary take on colonial style and directors' chairs beckon from private balconies. For the adventurous, it's also possible to spend a night or two camping out under canvas. Sleeping under the southern stars and waking with the dawn chorus and rising sun is a truly memorable experience.

Scattered over the reserve in this wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty, there is also three self-catering Palala River cottages which are all different and can accommodate couples looking for a romantic getaway to families after adventure and fun or groups of friends. All will enjoy the peace, beauty, wildlife, and opportunity to relax in comfortable, well-appointed lodges and excellent personal service.

bfe jembisa river cottageKingfisher cottage

It's on the veranda with wide views across the Palala river to the far hills. Single party bookings ensure privacy. Ideal for small groups or families with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large sitting room with log fire, braai, swimming pool, fully serviced.

Podica Bush camp

Escape to the wilds. 3 fully equipped, en-suite thatched rondavels sleeping 2 to four people nestled in the riverine bush on the banks of the Palala river. Relax in a hammock, walk, enjoy game viewing or watching the abundant bird life and cool off under your private bush shower, and braai area.

River cottage

An exclusive, romantic, 1 bedroom stone and thatch cottage in the middle of nowhere! This beautifully- appointed and luxurious hideaway cottage is for those who want to get away from it all in style.

Contact Details

Meghann Boshoff

    Physical address: Muisvogelkraal, Melkrivier, Vaalwater (on R33)
    Tel: +27 (0)14 755 4415
    Fax: +27 (0)14 755 4444
    Mobile: +27 (0)82 570 8474

Ka'Ingo Private Game Reserve



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.

Ka’Ingo Private Game Reserve Ka’Ingo 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 20% discount on the midweek accommodation 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.IMG 6005 907x1024

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 coordinates: 24.06.49,13S; 27.48.39,75E

Koshari Game Ranch


Koshari Game Ranch is situated on 1300ha within the Waterberge in the Limpopo province. With breathtaking views, savannah bush, open grasslands and fauna and flora at its best, Koshari is as diverse as the Waterberg itself. It is home to a large number of animal species as well as over 250 bird species and ideal habitat for a very large number of reptile species.

Relax on your veranda and watch the game come down to the waterhole in front of your chalet or as they graze on the open plain in front of you. Our self-catering chalets are built in a typical African bush style of rock and thatch and either overlooking a waterhole where game is often seen drinking water, or open plain with breath-taking views of the Waterberg.

Koshari 2The family units consist of two bedrooms, one full bathroom, open plan kitchen, lounge area, veranda and boma for braaiing. Set about 150m away from the two family units, is a very private chalet tucked away under a beautiful wild fig tree. The chalet is ideal for a couple or a couple with a small child who can be accommodated in one bedroom. There is a sleeper couch in the sitting area.

With options of self-walk or drive our guests are welcome to enjoy the Game Ranch at their own leisure but can also request guided walks and game drives should they wish.

Contact details:

Dean van Heerden

Address: Slangkuil farm, Dorset Rd, Vaalwater, Limpopo
Tel: +27 (0)82 801 4492
GPS coordinates: S24 07.198 E28 08.189

Shakati Private Game Reserve

1 lodgeShakati 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

2 riverLodge

  • 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.

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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.

5 familiy walkWe 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:

Gideon Louw

Address: R33, Lephalale-road, 20 km north/vest of town Vaalwater
Tel: +27 (0)82-410-1808
Fax: +27 (0)86-602-8490
GPS coordinates: Latitude: -24.13875, Longitude: 28.04204


Shondoro Mountain Retreat

Shondoro bfe

Shondoro Mountain Retreat is a 145 ha bushveld farm that lies in the malaria free Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province. The name 'Shondoro' is an Owambo (indigenous Namibian language) word meaning "the wild one". Shondoro is situated approximately 2 hours from Pretoria, 20 km's from the small town of Vaalwater and 50 km from Modimolle (Nylstroom).Pearlspotted owl

At Shondoro you can enjoy our natural swimming pool with a view on the mountain. The swimming pool is part of cottages. You can go for a walk next to the seasonal river or up one of the many mountain trails. Enjoy the amazing bird life, go for a mountain bike ride or just relax and soak up the silence.

The Waterberg is known for its amazing birds and Shondoro will ensure many hours of great bird watching. More than 170 bird species have already been recorded here and includes birds like African Hawk Eagle, Bearded Woodpecker, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Common Quail, Rock Kestrel, Secretarybird, Freckled nightjar and several different Swifts and Martins. Special birding weekends can be arranged for groups.

Furthermore the mountains lend itself to the sighting of some special wildlife and klipspringer and mountain reedbuck are often spotted in the mountains. Kudu, warthog and bushbuck occur naturally and other small game include brown hyena, bushpig, caracal, steenbuck and duiker.

The bungalows are very private and secluded nestled between lovely mountains, trees, bushveld and stunning bridlife. There are 3 stone and thatch cottages each with its own small boma and braai area. Outside kitchens offer the opportunity to cook and eat in the open. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen. Four couples can be accommodated or mixed groups of up to 11 people.

We are close to Nylsvley and Marakele National Park. Please ask for details.Shondoro

Contact details

Yvette Muldoon

Shondoro Mountain Retreat, R33, Farm K, Vaalwater
Tel: 014 721 0927 or Tel: 014 161 0607 (VOIP)
Cell: 083 680 3982 or 082 809 2228 (send Whatsapp after hours)
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Zangarna Game Lodge

Zangarna bfe

Zangarna Game lodge is situated in the heart of the Waterberg IBA, half way between Vaalwater and Lephalale (Ellisras) there is a good mixture of habitats ranging from riverine, vlei/marshes, thorn veldt and typical Waterberg broad leaf woodland with tall Wild Seringa and Silver Cluster leaf trees.

Zangarna is 1000ha with an additional 2000ha traversing rights on neighbouring properties. Those properties habitats range from open grasslands to rocky mountain ridges and valleys. As you can imagine the area is rich with a variety of birds.

Our current bird list is over 220 species. The most common raptors include Brown and Black-chested Snake-Eagle, African Hawk-Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Lizard buzzard, Gabar and Ovambo Goshawks. Regular sightings at the lodge include Cape White eyes, Dark-capped Bulbuls, Blue Waxbills, Golden- Breasted Buntings, Bennett’s and bearded woodpeckers.

In summer the farm teams with migrants like Woodlands kingfisher, African Pygmy Kingfisher, and regular sightings of Grey-headed Kingfisher that nest close to the lodge.

Other Specials include: Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake, Swallow-tail Bee-eater, Green-capped Eromomela, Cape Penduline-tit, Greater and Lesser Honeyguides

The area offers great birding/ game viewing and ideal for birding walks or guided game drives. Mammals include Giraffe, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Red Hartebeest, and Eland to name a few.

The lodge has 6 Chalets. Each chalet has a king size bed and a single couch bed, en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor shower. The lodge is normally self-catering (our in-house cook can prepare you meals) or we can arrange for a catered option at an additional charge. The lodge also has a swimming pool and braai facilities, fully equipped kitchen and TV with DSTV.

Contact details:

Address: Farm Blaauwbank 2, Vaalwater Limpopo
Cell: +27 (0)84 840 1567 (Gerhardt Lorist)
Cell: +27 (0)82 779 9486 (Jarine Lorist)
GPS Co-ordinates S24 01' 04.6" E28 02' 16.9"