Situated in the malaria-free Northern Cape, the relatively unknown Mattanu Private Game Reserve offers visitors an opportunity to explore vast expanses of rugged wilderness dominated by camelthorn forests.
The family-owned reserve undertakes numerous conservation initiatives and has reintroduced plenty of antelope species in the area. It is the only reserve in the country where visitors can view breeding programs for nine African antelope species on one property.
Mattanu offers a hands-on safari conservation experience and encourages nature lovers to assist with treating, darting, and translocating wildlife. There is a variety of other fun activities on-site. The largest town is Kimberley, home to a domestic airport served by the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein. There is also an airstrip for private charters, and it’s an easy drive for self-drivers.
Mattanu Private Game Reserve is situated in the Northern Cape where temperatures vary greatly between winter and summer. The best time to plan a visit to the area is between March and June or August and September when temperatures are more moderate.
There are a variety of species to be spotted at Mattanu Private Game Reserve. These include roan, sable, oryx, black impala and Livingstone eland, as well as birds like Ludwig’s bustard, Karoo korhaan and blue cranes.
The biome of the Northern Cape comprises savanna, desert, grassland, and succulent Karoo vegetation, which means a wide variety of species are supported. Mattanu Private Game Reserve is the only place in the country where it’s possible to spot roan, Cape buffalo, sable, oryx, golden oryx, golden gnu, black impala, and Livingstone eland in one area. Warthog, zebra, meerkat, zebra, and giraffe are also well supported.
Southern pale chanting goshawks, kori bustards, Ludwig’s bustard, Karoo korhaan, and blue cranes are just a few of the bird species to spot. The red lark is endemic to the Karoo and spotted in abundance.
The Northern Cape comprises vast open landscapes that can get bitterly cold during the winter months. The conditions in this part of South Africa are harsh and extreme. During the summer, the temperatures soar to a desert-like heat. The best time of year to visit is from March to June and then August/September when temperatures are moderate.
Mattanu Private Game Reserve is an adventure lover’s dream. Visitors can enjoy a host of activities designed to introduce them to the exquisite wilderness and its inhabitants. Apart from the standard game drives synonymous with safaris, visitors can explore the terrain while taking part in unusual and fun activities. This uncrowded reserve specialises in conservation safaris and is teeming with a variety of antelope species. Guests can learn and help with translocating wildlife, assist with capture for game counts, and help treat animals.
Quad biking safaris provide an exciting way of seeing the wild and can take the place of a game drive. Helicopter flights, helicopter fly-fishing tours, massage treatments, and the unique safari bugs for self-drive adventures. The reserve is open for day-trips and also bushveld dinner fly-in flips.
There are a few accommodation options available in the reserve. These include luxury safari tents that come complete with en-suite bathrooms and other amenities. Luxury thatched suites and log cabins come with patios, fireplace, bar and Lapa areas.