The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve


The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve (BNR) is located near the small town of Gravelotte – and is the land of the Balepye Ba ga Maenetja Community, the rainmakers. The Reserve is based on the conservancy principle, a joint venture between Balepye community and private business owners which are designated land for the preservation of natural resources, including game species. This initiative, sustainable safari hunting, and the local community’s involvement go hand in hand in making this a project a huge success.

This reserve is a 40 000 acre wilderness conservation area of unparalleled beauty where animals such as Leopard, Buffalo, Sable, Hippo, and Crocodile still roam free amongst majestic Mopani and Leadwood trees. The Sherhombe-Rhombe Rivier form a huge part of the ecosystem of the reserve feeding two lakes and sprawling into a serene riverine habitat fringed by Lala palms and giant Jackal berry trees.

Our “stone under thatch” Safari camp is located on a rocky outcrop under huge Nyala berry and Mopane trees. The camp has 4 airconditioned double rooms with all amenities and is built between the huge boulders that are prevalent in this area. The beautiful campfire area overlooks a small waterhole which attracts numerous small game species which adds to the uniqueness of our camp.

Sought after species are Cape Buffalo, Sable and Roan antelope, Nyala and the following plains game species:  Baboon, Blue Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Eland, Giraffe, Grey Duiker, Impala, Klipspringer, Southern Greater Kudu, Steenbok, Waterbuck, and Zebra.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve?

The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve is located in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The reserve is situated about 40 kilometers north of Polokwane, the capital city of Limpopo, and covers an area of approximately 18,000 hectares. The reserve is easily accessible by road and is about a 3-hour drive from Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city.


Which animals are present at the Greater Balepye Nature Reserve?

Visitors to The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve can expect to see a variety of wildlife species such as Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Sable, Hippo, Nyala, Roan Antelope and Crocodile, among others. The reserve covers an area of 40,000 acres and is home to these animals, who roam freely in the reserve’s wilderness. Additionally, the Sherhombe-Rhombe River, which feeds two lakes and creates a riverine habitat, is a significant part of the ecosystem of the reserve, and visitors can enjoy the serene surroundings of the river, surrounded by Lala palms and giant Jackal berry trees.


What types of accommodation are available at The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve?

The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve offers a variety of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Visitors can choose to stay in fully-equipped self-catering chalets, luxury tents, or campsites for a more rustic experience. The self-catering chalets are perfect for families and groups, with comfortable amenities like kitchens, private bathrooms, and outdoor braai areas. The luxury tents provide a more intimate experience with nature and are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, private decks, and outdoor showers. For those who prefer a more rustic camping experience, campsites are available, complete with communal ablution facilities, power points, and braai areas. The reserve’s accommodation options are designed to offer visitors a comfortable and unforgettable stay in the heart of the African wilderness.


Is hunting allowed at The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve (BNR)?

Yes, hunting is allowed in The Greater Balepye Nature Reserve, but only under a sustainable safari hunting program that operates within the principles of conservation and community involvement. The reserve is a joint venture between the local community and private business owners, dedicated to preserving natural resources, including game species. The sustainable safari hunting program is carefully managed to ensure that hunting activities are conducted in a responsible and sustainable manner, with the local community’s involvement. The program has been successful in promoting conservation and community development in the area.