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Mattanu Private Game Reserve is located in the Northern Cape Province, the biggest, safest and malaria-free province in South-Africa, approximately 50 km north west of the diamond digging city of Kimberley. 

Nestled in the shade of indigenous Camelthorn trees, this family owned and managed business offer unparalleled intimacy and seclusion in their luxury tents and is characterised by exuding warmth and effortless hospitality. The only reserve in South Africa where you can view breeding programs of Roan, Sable, Buffalo, Royal Oryx, Golden Oryx, Golden Gnu, Black Impala, Tsessebe and Livingstone Eland together on the same property.

Five luxury safari tents, each with a private viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, are decorated in African design, complete with luxury sleeper wood furnishings, full bathroom en-suite, indoor showers and air-conditioning with underfloor heating.

The two-bedroom en-suite log cabin, with fully equipped kitchen and lounge, is very popular also overlooking the waterhole whilst sitting in your jacuzzi on the verandah.  The fireplace and air-conditioning in both units add to your comfort during your fully or self-catered visit.

A two-bedroom thatched roof suite comprising a loft main bedroom opening onto a private deck, lounge, bar and 2 bathrooms is accentuated with teak wooden finishes.  The fireplace and air-conditioning adds to your comfort during your fully or self catered visit.

Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention.  Come and relax in the African Kalahari Bushveld Savannah amidst the Camel-thorn trees.  Enjoy your evenings in our air-conditioned luxury restaurant and bar and experience true South-African cuisine.

For the wine connoisseur, we also provide an extensive wine selection in our underground wine cellar.  Relax at the pool after a hot day, be pampered by our therapists with some of our massage treatments or partake in any of our numerous activities at Mattanu or the surrounding area.

Area Info:

Barkly West boasts a number of firsts in South Africa, including the first Anglican church north on the Vaal River (1871), the first bridge built over the Vaal river, and the first alluvial diamond discovery. The site of the first diamond diggings in Africa is now a national monument. Barkly West stands on the Vaal River close to the fording place called Klip Drift. It is over-looked by Canteen Koppie, a hillock that has signs of occupation going back to prehistoric times. Numerous artifacts left by early inhabitants have been found here. Barkly West was the site of the first major diamond rush, in 1870, on the South African Diamond Fields, and was initially known as Klip Drift. This Dutch name means “stony ford” and is a direct translation from a much older !Kora or Korana name, Ka-aub (or !a |aub) – “stony (place along a) river”.


* Guided quad bike game viewing - Book 2 weeks in advance.
* Game drives
* Game viewing
* Bird watching
* Walking
* Photography
* Mountain biking

Rooms and Units Available:

King Safari Luxury Tent
This luxury tent has a king bed, full en-suite bathroom with a jet spa bath and indoor shower, air-conditioning and underfloor heating. This tent also has a 2-plate stove and oven, microwave, bar fridge, kettle, toaster, and its own braai and firepit.
Sleeps 2 Adults

King Safari Tent
These luxury safari tents each contain a king-size bed, full en-suite bathroom with a jet spa bath and indoor shower, air-conditioning and underfloor heating. Each tent has its own private viewing deck overlooking a waterhole.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Log Cabin
The cabin has 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds that can be made up as a king bed, and en-suite bathroom with corner bath and shower. The 3rd room adjacent to the 1st bedroom has a double sofa bed. The cabin has a kitchen, lounge, verandah and boma.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Queen Safari Tent
This luxury safari tent contains a queen-size bed, full en-suite bathroom with a jet spa bath and indoor shower, air-conditioning and underfloor heating. The tent has its own private viewing deck overlooking a waterhole.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Thatched Suite
This thatched suite has a loft room with a double bed and a deck, and a downstairs room with twin single/king beds. It has 2 bathrooms, 1 with corner bath and other with a shower. The suite has a kitchenette, lounge with sofa bed, patio with jacuzzi.
Sleeps 4 Adults and 2 children

Facilities & Services available:

Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Bar on the Premises
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
4x4 Routes
Mountain Biking

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the deposit.

Terms and Conditions

*  All activities to be booked with front desk prior to check in.
*  In case of self catering, all meals must be booked with front desk prior to check in as an additional extra.
*  No own alcohol allowed.
*  Dress appropriately when at public and lodge areas.
*  No loud music.
*  Please bring swimwear for massages.
*  Late arrivals will result in full payment, but cancellation of massage.
*  Please note reserve gates close at 18h00.
*  Please note late arrivals will forfeit game drive with full payment.
*  Please note when arriving with outside transport, driver cannot remain on premises more that 20 minutes at a time.


- Note: The GPS coordinates tend to suggest the incorrect route when followed from departure. - Kindly follow the map for best route and make sure to turn onto the Spitskop gravel road at Barkley west where the Mattanu Game Ranch signage board is. From Kimberley: - Drive towards Barkly West, as you enter Barkly West take the Windsorton, Mattanu Game Ranch turn to the right and over the fly over. - Just over the fly over take the Spitskop, Mattanu Game Ranch left turn. - Drive 17 km on the gravel road until you see the Mattanu Game Ranch sign on your right. From Johannesburg; - Drive from Johannesburg towards Potch, Klerkdorp,Wolmaranstad, Bloemhof, Christiana through Warrenton on the Kimberley road. - Approximately 20 km through Warrenton you will get the Barkley West turn-off to the right at a Motel and a hill. - Turn right and drive through Winsorton towards Barkley-West for about 33 km. - Approximately 200 m before Barkley-West you will find a Mattanu Game Ranch sign at the Spitskop turn-off, turn right on the gravel road for 17 km. - Don’t take the first “spitskop” gravel road, drive until you almost in Barkley. - If you miss the turn off, you will be in Barkley at a T-junction within 200 m.

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  • TGCSA Grading: Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading
  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Private Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 22
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM