From R500 PPS

Limpokwena Nature Reserve

From R500 PPS

 

Overview

The lodge is situated in an oasis of Fever Trees, Sausage Trees and the ever present Mopane Trees. With the Mogalakwena River flowing in front of the lodge, with it comes an abundance of birdlife that can be seen by simply taking a short stroll through the camp grounds.

Limpokwena has over 350 recorded bird species which would keep any keen birder occupied for hours. Along with the colourful array of bird species, a regular sighting from the banks is a number of Nile Crocodiles that spend their day's sun tanning on the shores. The reserve borders Botswana on the northern side, with the state veterinary fence dividing the property. From a vantage point on the mountains, it is possible to look Botswana's Thuli Block, which emphasises the vast spaces and natural Wilderness.

Limpokwena is best suited for family groups looking to get away for a while and regroup, or couples wanting to spend some quality time together in a tranquil and relaxing environment. The Lodge is a small, unassuming lodge that prides itself on simplicity and appreciating the Wilderness from a new perspective. Take a game drive with our knowledgeable guide who will introduce you to the small intricacies of nature that often go unnoticed; track an elephant who may paid us a midnight visit; or take a night drive to discover the nocturnal life that surrounds us in our sleep with the chance at spotting Porcupine, spotted Hyena, or the ever elusive Leopard!

History of Limpokwena Nature Reserve
The reserve was previously known as "Bievack" which eventually became "Bivack". The property was registered in 1870 by a farmer named JM Kotzee. The history on the reserve tells its own story, with old farming infrastructure, buildings and Boabob trees that have been scratched with initials and dates from the late 1800's.
Bivack's history mainly involves farming and game hunting; there have been 19 owners since Bivack was first registered. With the newest owner purchasing the property in 2013, came a new lease for Bivack, with the focus becoming conservation and eco-tourism. The name Bivack was dropped, and the name Limpokwena Nature Reserve was registered. This reserve is now proclaimed for conservation purposes and establishing a flourishing population of species that were originally endemic to the area before hunting. Limpokwena incorporates the two rivers which run through the property; the Makalakwena and the Limpopo, with the golden sun rising above the two.
Limpokwena also falls within what is known as the Mapangubwe Golden Mile, which incorporates sites of historical significance of the movement of previous tribes throughout the area, and containing old artefacts, rock paintings, and ancient evidence of inhabitation. There is still evidence of previous inhabitation at Limpokwena, with rock formations depicting old homesteads, burial sites and clay pot remnants that can still be found scattered around the koppies.


Accommodation at Limpokwena consists of an intimate, comfortable camp with 4 chalets and a family styled self-catering cottage. The lodge is fenced in, affording young families the chance to explore safely within the camp grounds. There is also a communal swimming pool for the warm summer days.
The main area consists of a communal lounge and dining area, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. We offer self-catering accommodation at this stage, although meals can be booked prior to arrival.
The chalets consist of a Queen bed, with the option of adding an additional 2 single beds per room for children. There is an en-suite bathroom which consists of a shower. The chalets are free standing for additional privacy and scattered throughout the well-maintained Gardens. Paths through the Gardens lead to the main lodge facilities.
The self-catering family cottage is a self-contained unit consisting of a twin bedroom with an en-suite shower and toilet, with a main bedroom, kitchenette, and outside barbecue facility. There is also a spacious loft upstairs equipped with additional beds of up to 4 single beds. All rooms are air-conditioned.


Limpokwena offers the opportunity to explore the reserve with a trained and qualified field guide.
We offer game drives within the reserve, on a network of roads and tracks that lead from the thick riverine forest along the river frontage, to the Mopani thickets and open acacia savannah.
The drives are offered twice a day; morning drives depart at 6:00am and return to the lodge between 8:00am - 8:30am. The afternoon drives depart at 4:30pm and return between 6:30pm and 7:00pm.
We also offer bushwalks at an additional rate and bookings are essential and dependant on certain conditions. Bushwalks offer the opportunity to encounter game on foot, without the disturbance of the vehicle. This option offers a much more intimate encounter, with time spent on tracks and signs as well as a bit of birding. Please note that we do not allow children under the age of 12 years, as there is a possibility of encountering large dangerous game such as Elephant and Hippo while on foot. We advise a moderate level of fitness for bushwalks.

Limpokwena boasts a wide variety of fauna and flora. We have a bit of the big, the bad and also the ugly! Antelope species include Gemsbok, Eland, Giraffe, Bushbuck, Klipspringer, Impala, and Duiker. Big 5 game include Elephant, Lion, Leopard and once the poaching crisis is under control, there would also be the option of relocating privately owned Rhino back to the reserve. Nocturnal Species include African Civit, Honey Badger, African Wildcat, Spotted Hyena, Genet, Bat-eared Fox and the resident pod of Hippo who regularly graze around the camp area at night! Bird species include Pels Fishing Owl, Marabou Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Open-billed Stork, Meyers Parrot, Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill and Black Eagle. Although the big game animals are always popular, there are the smaller species that can also be spotted, and in some cases, from the lodge grounds themselves! Regular sightings include
the Nile Crocodile found along the banks of the rivers, with a population of 14 individuals spotted in the Mogalakwena River, below the lodge. Leopard tortoise, Greater and Lesser Galago (Bushbabies), African tree Squirrel, Water Monitor, Chacma Baboon, and a variety of different Mongoose species including the banded, dwarf and water mongoose.

Facilities

    Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-Smoking

    On Site Facilities

  • Children Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Self Catering

    Local Facilities

  • Bar
  • Fishing
  • Game Viewing
  • Hiking

Rates

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  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Average Response Time: 11 hours
  • This establishment does not have credit card facilities.

All credit cards are accepted when paying through Sleeping-OUT.

Location

Farm 14 MR, Bievack, Alldays, 0909

Map Limpokwena Nature Reserve in Alldays  Soutpansberg  Limpopo  South Africa