7-Day Walking Safari
in Selati Game Reserve
Find your way back to nature on this 7-Day Walking Safari in the Selati Game Reserve. A truly unique experience, dedicated to the little things of the environment, but not forgetting the big ones. After all, all Big Five can be met here!
Selati Game Reserve
7 Days | 6 Nights
12 April 2023 - 18 April 2023
24 May 2023 - 30 May 2023
30 September 2023 - 6 October 2023
8 November 2023 - 14 November 2023
All Big Five can be met here
Private vehicles and activities for our small group
6 nights' accommodation at a tented camp in the Selati Game Reserve
Morning and afternoon activities
Small group of 8 - along with Sabrina and Jan Hendrik as your expert hosts
Cycad Reserve on top of Lillie Koppie
The Selati Game Reserve is a 27'000 ha private reserve situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa with unique biodiversity and unmatched beauty. It is the Ga-Salati River running through it which is a tributary of the Olifants River. Founded in 1993 through the collaborative effort of landowners in the area who shared a common vision, the reserve plays a vital role in conserving and enhancing the wildlife heritage of South Africa.
The Reserve is home to the Lillie Cycad Reserve which contains the critically endangered Encephalartos dyerianos cycad, which can only be found here.
Selati is a Big Five area but also has Cheetah, Black and White Rhino, Hyena, Hippo and many more. It is also home
to the biggest population of free roaming Sable Antelope in Southern Africa due to a very good breeding program.
Located in the Selati Game Reserve this is an authentic tented camp, set in an unfenced wilderness environment. Accommodation is in comfortable canvas Safari Tents. The Safari Tents each have its own open-air bathroom and a cozy seating place in front of the tent. The main area of the camp features a kitchen, a lounge area, a Braai and fire place as well as two splash pools.
The camp is surrounded by some magnificent large trees providing nice shade. The camp is unfenced giving you an authentic wild experience. The trees attract a lot of different birds with their singing filling the air during the day. The waterhole next to the fire place draws a lot of animals especially in the early evenings.
The splash pools offer you a cool-down on hot afternoons after the game walk. Around the fire place is the perfect spot for a sundowner and to relax after an eventful day. In the main area is where we serve coffee early morning before the activity, lunch, tea, juices and cake as well as dinner.
The accommodation will be basic but comfortable, as a bush camp should be!
The camp consists of six Safari Tents (stand-up height) which will have two comfortable beds with top quality linen provided (can be joined to form doubles on request), en-suite open-air bathrooms with hot showers, toilets and a washbasin with a mirror. There is a cupboard and charging points for your electronics available.In front of the tent is a cozy seating place at your disposal where you can enjoy the beautiful view into the bush and watch the animals walking past.
In the main area we serve lunch, snacks and dinner. Most breakfasts we will enjoy during our activity out in the bush. The fire place at the main area invites for a sundowner and offers a beautiful view to the waterhole in front of the camp.
In the following we would like to give you a glimpse into a typical day on our Walking Safari as well as an overview of what those days in the bush look like. Although we don't want to make our schedule too rigid but rather keep it flexible dependent on the movement of the animals, their behavior during a specific season, dependent on the interest of our guests, and other external factors like the weather. But still we believe in a certain structure and want to give you an idea of what you can expect during our time together.
On our first day of our safari the guests arrive by transfer from Hoedspruit in the early afternoon. Alternatively we meet them directly at the gate, where they arrive with their own (rental-)car.
After everyone was shown their tent, there is an introduction and some snacks in the main area. At around three o'clock we go out on a short walk to get everyone used to the new environment and stretch our legs after a day of traveling.
This is a little structure on how a typical day might look like:
5:00 | Wake-up
5:30 | Coffee, Tea and Rusks in the main area
6:00 | Morning Walk / Drive: We head out early morning on foot from camp or direve out to walk in a different area. To rest our feet we might even go on a sole game drive.
12:00 | At around 12 o'clock we arrive back in camp, on some days we might come back a bit earlier and on others later. Now you have about an hour for yourself before lunch is ready.
13:00 | Lunchtime
14:00 | Time for yourself to relax, to cool down in the splash pool, to read a book or take a nap.
15:00 | Afternoon activity: The exact activity in the afternoon can vary, as in the morning.
18:00 | Enjoy the sunset, refreshment around the fire and enjoying whatever comes to the waterhole at night.
19:00 | Dinnertime
On our walks we are always on the lookout for the Big Five but will show you a lot of smaller things like insects, birds, trees, flowers, tracks and signs and much more. We like to teach you about how nature is all connected and every little thing has its purpose and superpower.
Since Selati Game Reserve is home of the very unique Cycad Reserve, we hike to the top and show you the highly endangered cycads and the stunning view.
One morning we hike up the highest mountain in the area called La Bela France. Around the mountain you can usually find Black Rhino, Elephants and Elands. We slowly spiral up the mountain towards the peak. Vultures normally fly around the mountain due to the updrafts it creates, giving you a spectacular view of White-backed Vultures as they soar around you.
If we get the change we leave early morning with the vehicle towards the area of an archeological site. The last stretch we walk on foot to explore the hill and its surroundings. While having our breakfast break on top of the hill it gives us the opportunity to spot some elephants, rhinos or lions.
One evening after dinner we head out for a night drive introducing you to the night life of the bush. We drive with a spotlight searching for some nocturnal creatures, like leopard, lion, genet, civit, various mongoose species, bush babies and much more.
On another occasion an astronomy talk is waiting after dinner, where we introduce you to the stars of the southern hemisphere.
As John Lennon already mentioned: "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." This is typical for the bush too, and the reason why we adapt our schedule to whatever happens around us.
Price per Person
Safari Tent with en-suite bathroom - single use:
Safari Tent with en-suite bathroom - shared:
Accommodation as stated above.
Coffee and Tea.
Entrance fee and excursions / activities during these days.
Flights and airport taxes.
Pre and post safari accommodation and transfers to the camp.
Other drinks at the Camp.
Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
Entry Visa Fees.