Blouberg Nature Reserve
is a 9300-hectare provincial government-owned nature reserve in the Limpopo Province. It offers guests the exciting opportunity to experience a rich diversity of plant and animal life in rustic accommodation along the mixed bushveld, woodland and riverine.
Accommodation on offer includes the Mashatu Camp which consists of four family cottages, the Tamboti Bush Camp with safari tents, Molope Campsites and the Modumele Wilderness Camp, a more rustic experience and not for the faint hearted.
Due to the presence of dangerous game, only guided hikes are permitted and self-drive game drives are possible, preferably using a vehicle with a high ground clearance. To access the southern region a 4x4 is required and vehicles may not be driven off existing roads. Travelers need to always be aware of their surroundings when disembarking from vehicles as a confrontation with a buffalo or a leopard is always a possibility.
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.
The bird list stands at more than 230 species of which the flagship for the reserve is the Cape vulture. The breeding colony hosts more than 800 breeding pairs and 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 often come to bathe at the waterhole.
Accommodation at Blouberg Nature Reserve:
Accommodation at the Reserve consists of 4 camps: Mashatu Camp:
“Three star” self-catering accommodation. Four x 4–sleeper family cottages each suitable for 2 adults and 2 children. Fully-equipped and serviced, self-catering thatched cottages, consisting of main bedroom, en-suite bathroom, separate kids bedroom with bunk bed, lounge/dining, kitchen, braai area. All cottages have electricity.
In addition, Mashatu has a separate conference/training room and braai lapa for group bookings. Tamboti Bush Camp:
“Two star” rustic bush camp. Self-catering, serviced accommodation (sleeps 8) in 4 x 2 bedded safari tents. Ablution block, equipped kitchen, braai area. Gas fridge, gas water heaters, solar-powered lighting is provided. Single-party bookings only. 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.. This secluded camp is unserviced and guests are requested to be completely self-sufficient regarding all equipment and consumables. Water and firewood may be obtained at the offices. Groups are urged to respect the environment and `leave nothing but tracks`. 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. No electricity available.