Songimvelo Nature Reserve

Graham Sales Safaris is proud to announce that we have been awarded the exclusive hunting rights by MTPA (Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency) on South Africa’s largest Provincial Nature Reserve.


Songimvelo Nature Reserve and Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve.


The Reserve is the largest provincial reserve in South Africa and forms part of the Songimvelo-Malolotja Transfrontier Conservation Area, a peace park located south of Barberton in the south-eastern part of the Mpumalanga Province on the South African-Swaziland border.

The incredible beauty of its range of mountains, which forms one of the oldest regions on Earth, with incredible volcanic and sedimentary rocks, examples of which are exceeded only by those found in Greenland. Rolling hills, hidden valleys, wide open plains and forest ravines support an incredible diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats. Along the valley floor winds the Komati River, after which it flows into Swaziland and to the Indian Ocean.

The grassy plains of Songimvelo Nature Reserve are home to herds Buffalo, Blesbok, Springbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Warthog and Burchell’s Zebra whilst within the wooded and hillside areas one will find Bushbuck, Grey Duiker, Giraffe, Kudu (Southern Greater), Mountain reedbuck and Elephant. There are also numbers of Brown Hyena,Crocodile, Hippo and Leopard on the Reserve.


The reserve where the film “The Ghost and the Darkness” was filmed!


Hunt on a World Heritage Site


The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains are situated in the Songimvelo Nature Reserve. This mountain range was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. It is the 10th World Heritage Site in South Africa, and the first in Mpumalanga. If you would like to book your safari on a World Heritage Site, get in touch with us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Songimvelo Nature Reserve?

Songimvelo Nature Reserve is a protected area in South Africa, located in the province of Mpumalanga. It covers over 50,000 hectares of diverse terrain and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos.


Is there a minimum stay policy at Songimvelo Nature Reserve?

Yes, there is a minimum stay policy at Songimvelo Nature Reserve. Visitors are required to stay for a minimum of two nights when booking accommodation at the reserve. This policy is in place to ensure that visitors have enough time to fully explore the reserve and experience all that it has to offer.


What kind of wildlife can be found at Songimvelo Nature Reserve?

Songimvelo Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros), as well as giraffes, zebras, hyenas, and various species of antelope. The reserve is also a bird-watching paradise, with over 300 species of birds.


What are the accommodation options at Songimvelo Nature Reserve?

Songimvelo Nature Reserve offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. These include self-catering cottages, chalets, and a luxury lodge. All accommodation options are located within the reserve, giving visitors the chance to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.


How can I get to Songimvelo Nature Reserve?

Songimvelo Nature Reserve is located in Mpumalanga, South Africa, approximately 4 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Visitors can also fly into the nearby Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and rent a car to drive to the reserve. Alternatively, the reserve can arrange airport transfers for guests.