Kruger National Park - Destination Information - Private Game Reserves

Private Game Reserves

From 1898, when the original Sabie Reserve was proclaimed, there was a combination of private and government land that was incorporated into a Reserve land - over time things changed, and when, in 1926, the Kruger National Park was proclaimed, there was still a good deal of private land in the western borders of the new park whose owners were keen to contribute to the conservation of the wildlife of the area (even if their land had originally been used for hunting.

Thanks to these like minded individuals a number of private "farms" were amalgamated into Private Reserves. Over the years, culminating in the late 1990's, this land now has no fences, dividing properties from each other, or from the National Park itself - a truly inspiring conservation story.

Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Sabi Sand Wildtuin

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin (Game Reserve) is a 650 square kilometres wildlife sanctuary which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park area. The Sabi Sand shares a common 50km unfenced eastern boundary with the Kruger National Park.

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Kapama Private Game Lodge

Kapama Private Game Logde

Started in 1987, Kapama is now one of South Africa's largest privately owned game reserves, well positioned in the Limpopo Province safari area - renowned for its high density of big game animals.

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Thornybush Game Reserve

Thornybush Game Reserve

This Reserve, proclaimed as early as 1979, is 100 square kilometres in extent, and is pristine Bushveld, which neighbours the Timbavati Reserve.

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve comprises 534 square kilometres of the Greater Kruger Park. The Timbavati Association has, since 1962, been dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species endemic to the area.

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Manyeleti Game Reserve

Manyeleti Game Reserve

This reserve, founded in 1963, shares open borders with the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand, and Timbavati Reserves, and is some 228 square kilometres in extent. It managed by the local Mnisi Tribe, whose ancestral land this is, with the aim conserving the area...

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Balule Game Reserve

Balule Game Reserve

By the end of the nineties, the transformation to the Balule Reserve was almost complete, fences had been removed over most of the area, and the landowners had joined forces to gain admission to the Kruger Park.

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