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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.

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Info Guide


Game Drive Guidelines

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.

The waterbuck has one of the most celebrated rear ends in the safari world.

It’s a constant source of amusement as rangers tell their guests how the buck acquired the white ring on its rump from sitting on a freshly painted toilet seat. Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is ideal waterbuck habitat, making it one of the best places in the world to see these animals.

“It is likely Gorongosa is home to the single largest population of the common waterbuck in Africa,” says Dr Marc Stalmans, director of scientific services at Gorongosa National Park. The waterbuck population has increased by 25–30% annually in recent years.

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Invasive species are detrimental to natural environments and indigenous plants, some of the most harmful impacts being their increased water usage in drought-prone areas, competition for resources with indigenous species, and the impact they have on increased fire loads and changing fire dynamics in a fire-prone habitat such as fynbos.

Invasive plant species may also be toxic to livestock, or cause skin irritation. To manage invasive species, we Dr Candice Lyons inspecting plants in the nursery. make use of mechanical, chemical and biological means. Most people are familiar with the former two, but probably less are aware of the latter.

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