The Limpopo Valley Conservancy is a spectacular private nature reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
Situated on the banks of the Limpopo River in the far north of the province, the five thousand hectare reserve, established over fifty years ago, protects a pristine wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty.
Located in the far north of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, the reserve is bordered by the Limpopo River, which forms South Africa’s boundary with Zimbabwe, the Nzhelele tributary and the 40,000ha Maremani Reserve.
It comprises the farms Terblanchehoek 25 MT, Humie 36 MT and Aletta 26 MT which encompass an area of 4,678ha.
It is easily accessible off of the gravel Malaladrift Road, approximately 30km east of Musina towards the Pafuri Gate of the Kruger National Park. The reserve has both a landing strip and helipad.
GPS co-ords: -22.371923, 30.345233
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (incorporating South Africa’s Kruger National Park) and the Mapungubwe National Park, with its unique archaeological heritage sites, are both located under 100km away.
Landscape and Wildlife
The landscape is dominated by mixed woodland over undulating hills. Common tree species include mopane, syringa, nyala, marula, fever tree and of course, the iconic baobab. Characteristic are the sandstone formations, dry riverbeds and riverine forest along the banks of the Limpopo and Nzhelele, which form a scenic backdrop to a rich variety of wildlife.
The reserve is well-stocked with numerous plains game species, such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala, waterbuck, eland, gemsbok and various other antelope species, including the endemic nyala, as well as naturally occurring predators, such as leopard, hyena and jackal. Birders can tick off 250 species, including the magnificent fish eagle, and such rarities as the crested guineafowl.
Established over fifty years ago, the Limpopo Valley Conservancy is managed by a team of committed individuals all of whom have a vested interest in the reserve and share a passion for conservation and wildlife.
Under the supervision of the Board of Directors of the holding company, the Reserve Manager oversees the day-to-day operation of the reserve as well as the maintenance of the infrastructure. The Conservation Committee provides support as well as long-term planning for game stock levels and veld management.