About Us

Our History

A Tale of the Land, its People, and Our Dreams

The North-Eastern tip of South Africa where Limpokwena Nature Reserve calls home is not only close to Kruger National Park, but also a part of the Mapungubwe Golden Mile which houses archeologically significant findings on ancient peoples. We have found evidence of previous inhabitation here at Limpokwena, that we have left scattered around the koppies for you to discover: rock formations depicting old homesteads and clay pot remnants and other artifacts from a previous lifetime.

Centuries later in 1870, what was then 1800ha hectares, became a farm listed as “Bivack” (Derived from “Bivouac” – to take shelter often temporarily”) The history of this nature reserve lives on through old farming infrastructure and Baobab trees scratched with initials and dates from the late 1800’s.

Limpokwena’s ambition has always been to offer a safe-haven for game animals in an area where hunting is one of the main industries along with agriculture. One of our conservation goals has always been to create a corridor along the Limpopo river, where fences are few and far between and animals are able to move freely across areas which haven’t been accessible in the past. Ideally we wish for neighbouring farms and like-minded property owners to drop fences with us, to create a reserve like no other. Where the game would be truly wild once again. Limpokwena Nature Reserve thanks you for helping for our cause in choosing to stay with us.

Enjoy a relaxing stay with us


Again thanks for the weekends camping. We had a pair of Black Eagles entertaining us and the Fish Eagles were my wife's favourite. The birdlife next to the river is outstanding! Regarding the camp site itself PLEASE DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING!! From the road to the site, the site itself and the setup there are NO faults or ANY complaints to be made!! And there were a lot of game around camp and to be heard. Well done on the planning and setup of the site on the island. Powerpoints, kitchen and abolition facility is 100%. Couldn't ask for more. We visit Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe on a regular basis and this is the closest we have found to Gonarezhou in RSA, so well done. Limpokwena will definitely see us again!”

Muller Family - Waterpoort, 2020

I volunteered at Limpokwena for 4 weeks, and my biggest regret was not making that 4 months- I had the best time of my life thanks to the excellent hospitality provided by Syanne and Riley, and the friendly staff who I also worked with. Syanne and Riley made me feel safe and secure, welcoming me in to make me feel a part of their lovely family for the duration of my stay. I learnt new and exciting stuff every day, and they really went the extra mile to make this happen- contacting friends at the Endangered Wildlife Trust to experience ‘a day in the life’ there, organising events which enabled me to meet other volunteers at the town nearby (Alldays) and just generally making sure I got the most out of my trip. I was lucky enough to see 4 out of the big 5, and the highlight of my trip had to be the hyena call- up at night time in the Bush. I got to experience first- hand the practicalities of game reserve management, and the difficulties that come with it- burst pipes, broken fences and wrapping trees to avoid damage from the elephants. I also had the perfect amount of free time to relax and top up my tan! I will definitely be returning as soon as I can, and I could not recommend Limpokwena more. Thanks again

Fin Maguire - 2019

We stayed for 2 nights with the kids in the family cottage - which was wonderfull. The camp with it swimming pool is highly recommended. We enjoyed the game drives and especially wonderful Riley's detailed knowledge of the the bush. a great place to calm down and take in nature.

joubertsteyn - Cape Town, South Africa, July 2017

Big thank you to Riley & Syanne for the excellent few days at Limpokwena. Accommodation clean, comfortable and serviced daily. Make sure you stock up on food and drink before arriving. The communal kitchen, dining room, lounge are big and clean with an outdoors fire place for your bbq. There are more than enough space in the fridge/ freezers provided for all your food and drink. Riley is very knowledgeable and will make every game drive an experience. Camp located in the remote bush. Take your time and enjoy the experience. If nature and quiet spaces (limited internet no 3G) are not for you the reserve will not be an enjoyable experience.

Werner - Dublin, Ireland, October 2018

Hot temperatures, dry air and the warmest welcome we ever had in the bush. Comfortable chalet, braai ready to use, great drives and a very fresh and nice pool. Thank to our guests, we really enjoyed the accommodation, the chats with you and the staff and overall the peaceful atmosphere. Great place to discover!

Claude S - Champery, Switzerland, January 2020

See also our sister reserve Zingela Nature Reserve