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Grietjie Private Nature Reserve is located in the northern section of the Balule Nature Reserve, 30 kms south of Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province.

The reserve encompasses some 2 800ha including 6km of impressive river frontage on the perennial Olifants River. With the removal of the Kruger National Park boundary fence and subsequent influx of wildlife into the area, Grietjie has become one of the few Big 5 reserves that offer full title 10ha to 25ha properties.

Balule Nature Reserve, and therefore Grietjie by incorporation, is within the Greater Kruger National Park and the UNESCO proclaimed Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve. This biosphere reserve is the largest of its kind in the world.

Grietjie is managed by an annually elected committee of association members who are fervently committed to the conservation of our environment, whilst the day-to-day running of the reserve is undertaken by our estate manager and a team of field rangers. Financial support is largely reliant on owners’ levies. These levies are set by majority vote at the AGM.

The reserve encompasses some stunning landscapes with bergs and rocky outcrops to plains and riverine bush. The varied habitat supports a healthy diversity of wildlife and an impressive birding list of over 280 species sighted, including the rare Pels Fishing Owl. Big 5 species are encountered frequently on the reserve, but it is a special honour to be privy to the secret lives of the lesser known species.

Grietjie offers a unique and memorable lifestyle, and many residents choose to live here permanently. Phalaborwa’s shops and medical facilities are half an hour away by car, the properties are large enough for privacy and each offers a special view.

The proximity of the Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg, the Olifants River and the Blyde River Canyon make Grietjie the perfect base for excursions and day trips.

Info Guide

CO-EXISTING WITH NATURE IN A SUSTAINABLE AND BUSH-FRIENDLY MANNER

Game Drive Guidlines

Here is a list of game drive guidlines and etiquette, so that eveyone can enjoy the experience of a game drive in Grietjie Game Reserve...

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Properties for Sale

Please note there are No More CAPS (commercial licenses) available in GPNR. Please do not send any enquiries in this regard...

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Alien Species: Queen Of The Night

A spiny tree 3-7m high with thick, succulent branches arising from a short, woody trunk...

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Latest News

Bush greetings from Grietjie.

When it comes to excellent birding, Southern Africa should be on every birdwatcher’s bucket list Southern Africa, south of the Zambezi and Cunene rivers, hosts more than 950 bird species, of which more than 10% occur only in this subregion. South Africa hosts about one tenth of the world’s and almost a third of Africa’s bird species. Avitourism (travelling birdwatchers) is growing in our country, with an influx of international tourists visiting Southern Africa too. they respectively conserve.

Ecotourism, including avitourism, has the potential to alleviate poverty by bringing money into the economy through employment.

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The mighty baobab is often regarded as the tree of life, attracting an array of wildlife – from bats, bees and birds to the southern ground-hornbill. For this reason, the baobab was selected as the symbolic design for the new ground-hornbill chick-rearing centre that opened in October 2018 at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga.

As part of a population-bolstering programme, the Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project (MGHP) and its partners harvest the second egg from wild ground-hornbill nests and raise the chick by hand, or if possible they encourage a captive pair of adult birds to become ‘foster’ parents.

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