Olifants River Private Game Reserve

Welcome to Olifants River Game Reserve

Olifants River Game Reserve is a privately owned big 5 game reserve situated in Limpopo province approximately midway between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. It is registered as a Share Block under the Share Block Control Act, and since October 1993, also enjoys proclaimed Nature Reserve status.

Comprising 6200 hectares, it is unique among private reserves in the Lowveld, in that it has a perennial river running through it. A causeway across the spectacular Olifants River enables another 3030 hectares of Olifants North Game reserve to be reciprocally traversed year round.

Intrinsically this area has always been big game country, and has a pioneering history that goes back way beyond its formal 24 years. However, the owners' vision of becoming part of an open system, where game could move freely was relentlessly pursued, until finally in 2005 the fence between the Klaserie Private Nature reserve and Balule Nature Reserve was dismantled. Olifants River Game Reserve, comprising the largest region within Balule Nature Reserve, is now an ecologically integral part of the Greater Kruger National/Transfrontier Park system.

The reserve is well known for its innovative management approach to achieving a fine balance between utilization and enjoyment of the reserve by its shareholders on the one hand, and conservation of the environment on the other. It comprises a wide variety of habitat types supporting myriad diversity of associated wildlife species. From the rare Pel's Fishing Owl, and Cape clawless otters on the river, to the shy Sharpe's grysbok and enigmatic leopards in the adjacent hilly bushveld, then across onto its huge open plains, where herds of game abound….Olifants River Game Reserve provides a niche for all.