Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Limpopo

You are only

0 HOURS

away

Wildlife safari

Experience the best of the outdoors at Polokwane Game Reserve

Adventure
Polokwane
Affordable
Safari
Animals
Kids
Family

PPolokwane Game Reserve is one of the most notable municipal reserves in the country. Unusually large, it protects a comparatively rare vegetation type and is home to some fairly finicky eaters like sable antelope. It’s a lovely wildlife experience, not far from Johannesburg, and you can even explore it on horseback.

Just a three hours' drive from Johannesburg, Polokwane Game Reserve guarantees a high-quality, low-cost wildlife experience where you can see plenty of game, forests of aloes and unusual birds.

In fact, Polokwane Game Reserve is something of an open secret among the birding fraternity. This is probably the easiest place to spot South African specials like the short-clawed lark as well as the Kalahari scrub-robin, ashy tit, zitting cisticola and burnt-necked eremomela. You might also see the unreasonably beautiful violet-backed starling.

Did You Know?
WWild animals tolerate horse riders closer to them than they do vehicles or people on foot.

MMost of the rich grasslands around the city of Polokwane in Limpopo have been converted to agriculture. This reserve is one of the last places you’ll find particular kinds of vegetation like the fertile Pietersberg Plateau False Grassland habitat.

TThat’s because the fertile soils it grows on have mostly been snapped up by surrounding agriculture. But the nutritious grasses support some very rare species, like sable and tsessebe antelope. You could also see less finicky creatures like the white rhino. There are also giraffe, zebra, impala and more than a dozen more mammal species.

Polokwane Game Reserve is 3200 hectares in size and is one of the largest municipal reserves in the country. It has an excellent network of roads, so you can easily drive yourself around for game viewing. If you prefer your wildlife experiences on foot, there’s a 21km-long hiking route. If you’re really energetic, you can do it in a day, but there are overnight facilities too.

Polokwane

TThere’s also a less strenuous 5km trail, perfect for a morning’s ramble, or you can book a morning or evening game drive.

But if you’re up for something more exotic, you can do some horse riding through the reserve with a local operator. And not just any amble through the bush either. Apart from morning rides, lunchtime rides (including a sumptuous spread) or sunset rides with sundowner snacks, you could also opt to ride by full moon through the bush – an experience you will never forget.

Who to contact
Best time to visit
Tours to do
Get around
Length of stay
Where to stay

Related articles

An untouched world of perfect hushed silences and raw wildlife moments

Northern Cape

An untouched world of perfect hushed silences and raw wildlife moments

In the South African wilderness, you begin your journey into the soul of Africa.

Nylsvley Nature Reserve - a floodplain perfect for every type of feather

Limpopo

Nylsvley Nature Reserve - a floodplain perfect for every type of feather

Birding in South Africa is simply spectacular at Nylsvley Nature Reserve, which protects a significant portion of the country’s largest inland floodplain.

Become a part of nature with a walking safari

Northern Cape

Become a part of nature with a walking safari

Bush walks - what better way to experience the ultimate in safari experiences - picture walking through the untouched wild of South Africa.

Copyright © 2017 South African Tourism | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Terms and conditions