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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

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

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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Whipspiders

The whipspiders (order Amblypygi ) is a small group of arachnids represented by 120 species globally. Whipspiders are mainly known...

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Latest News

Bush greetings from Grietjie.

Found throughout the southern part of Africa, southern ground hornbills are vulnerable to extinction as pollution, logging, and agriculture destroy their habitats.

About the size of a turkey, the southern ground hornbill is the largest species of hornbill on Earth. It can fly up to 18 miles an hour and has an impressive wingspan that reaches about four feet across. The bird is recognizable by its jet-black feathers, yellow eyes, and bright red throat.

The fleshy part of the bird’s throat, called a wattle, identifies its sex: The throat of a male hornbill is completely red, whereas a female sports a patch of violet blue.

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Worrying news has recently come to light: hundreds of elephants have been found dead in Botswana, and as yet, there is no clear cause of death. But as an expert in elephants and their conservation, I believe we can at least rule out a few possible answers.

Here’s what we do know: the first deaths were reported in March, but significant numbers were only recorded from May onwards. To date, it’s thought that the death toll stands at nearly 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages. Most of the deaths have occurred near the village of Seronga on the norther...

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