Game Viewing

For those who yearn a nature getaway many lodges, reserves and game parks offer – amongst other experiences – the “Big Five”. The Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and the Leopard, you name it, its here.

The North West’s magnificent animal kingdom can be viewed from the unbeatable vantage point of a slowly drilling balloon safari, in 4X4’s or extremely close up, during bush walks.

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

The reserve has a wide variety of small and large antelope species and some 256 bird species. The long grass contrasting against the azure blue shores of the dam provide an excellent backdrop. Facilities include sleeping halls, furnished chalets, camping sites hunting camp function hall.

Borakalalo National Park

An abundance of wildlife and more than 350 bird species can be viewed. Borakalalo consists of woodland and open bushveld. The Moretele River, which runs into the 800 ha Klipvoor Dam in the Park, has a beautiful stretch of riverine forest. Located near Brits. The park is also a popular fishing spot and facilities include tent camps and self-catering units.

Botsalano Game Reserve

Botsalano is one of the most prolific white rhino and antelope breeding grounds in the North West, as the veld is very conducive to breeding. It is also home to one of the oldest volcanic craters in the world, which extends through the Park into Botswana. Facilities include a lapa, picnic sites, a camping area as well as a tented camping site overlooking a waterhole.

De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre

Specialises in breeding cheetah and other endangered wild life species.
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Madikwe Game Reserve

Bordering on Botswana, is the Madikwe Game Reserve “Africa in her Majesty”, famous for the largest relocation of game in the world, under Operation Phoenix. The project secures the continued existence of endangered species such as leopard, wild dog, rhino and buffalo. The 75 000 hectares supports over 27 game species and 260 bird species. Visitors may select top class accommodation at a number of lodges.

Mafikeng Game Reserve

Mafikeng is home to about 2 000 head of game and because of the relatively flat terrain, game may be viewed exceptionally well. The vegetation in this reserve is Kalahari and Acacia bushveld with bountiful plains game viewing as its main attraction. Numerous birds can also be viewed along the Molopo River. Facilities include barbeque & picnic sites and an entertainment lapa and self-catering chalets next to the reserve.

Molopo Nature Reserve

The Molopo Game Reserve is located on the far western side of the Province (bordering on Botswana), not too far from Vorstershoop. It is renown for being a peaceful haven for both man and animal kind and a guest house is available to the public. Activities include game drives and seasonal hunting.

Pilanesberg National Park – Home to the Big Five

A visit to Pilanesberg, South Africa’s fourth largest national park, will be well worth your while. The park has more than 7,000 animals of 24 species and 300 bird species. This abundance of wild life proliferate an arrestingly diverse bushveld terrain, the perfect setting for a rewarding game drive. Accommodation in the park ranges from tents to luxury chalets and upmarket lodges. Guided game drives and hot air balloon safaris are available.

Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

This reserve accommodates various antelope and carnivore species as well as over 250 bird species. Game can be viewed from vehicles or on one of the self guided hiking trails. Located a few km south-west of Rustenburg, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is on the summit and against the northern slopes of the scenic Magaliesberg. Its unique feature is an extensive valley basin between two mountain ridges.

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Game reserve with lion, rhino, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, wild dogs and more than 20 other species totaling over 600 head of game. Facilities include a picnic area with braai, swimming pool and the Croc Pub, self-catering accommodation in 3 fully equipped chalets and a pool. Also a fully serviced tented camp. On the Crocodile Ramble close to Pretoria and Johannesburg.
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Wolwespruit Nature Reserve

This reserve is located upstream for the Bloemhof Dam, 30km from Leeudoringstad, on the banks of the renowned Vaal River. It is home to many antelope species and its shores are very popular among fisherman. Accommodation includes self-catering chalets and a cosy stone cottage.

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