Big 5 Wildlife and Incredible Birdlife
Klaserie Game Reserve is one of the biggest secrets in South African safaris. This huge 60,000 hectare private game reserve is less well known than some of it's neighbours, but it shares unfenced borders with Greater Kruger, allowing the animals to wander free in a natural migratory way. It’s a wonderful, untouched wilderness for an unforgettable wildlife experience and one of South Africa’s real hidden gems.
Staying at Klaserie, you’ll be treated to a real off-the-beaten-track safari. Far from the madding Kruger crowds, you’ll meet very few other vehicles when you set off through the bush in your open-topped jeep. This lends the game drives here a really epic, authentic feeling that no longer exists in many other reserves. The landscape of Klaserie is beautiful in its own right, with soft shades of bushwillow woodland rolling off into the horizon and the gentle gushing sound of the Klaserie River in the background.
The wildlife viewing is second to none in Klaserie. As well as the Big Five, the reserve is home to giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyaena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bushbaby and mongoose! In addition, you may see wild dog, cheetah, bat-eared fox, honey badger, porcupine, aardvark, civet, caracal and serval. Up in the trees, all kinds of birds twitter into the twilight, making it a brilliant destination for birders. On top of this, the reserve shares unfenced borders with Timbavati, so you might even be lucky enough to spot a very rare White Lion!
The animals of Klaserie are habituated to the jeeps, which means that it’s possible to get incredibly close to them during your safari. Trust us, the heart-thumping feeling of being within 10 metres of a pride of lions is like nothing else on earth! The reserve also specialises in walking safaris led by trained bush experts and night safaris with powerful spotlights to (literally) shed some light on the nocturnal creatures of the African bush. Let’s just say that you certainly won’t be short of things to do!
The lodges of Klaserie are among South Africa’s best kept safari secrets, with loads of personality and imagination. Africa on Foot is a bush-walkers dream and THE place to stay if you want to adventure through the reserve on your own two feet. nThambo Camp is totally unique, with 5 treehouses buried deep in the heart of the bush and treetop views of the distant Drakensberg Mountains. Every lodge feels deliciously secluded from the rest of the world.
Wherever you choose to stay in Klaserie, you can sit around a blazing South African boma (bonfire) and gaze up into starry night skies completely free from light pollution. You’ll wake up to the call of the wild and be lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of African bush. It’s a surefire way to feel a thousand miles away from reality and an experience we can’t recommend highly enough.
Africa on Foot Camp
Africa on Foot Camp offers walking safaris in a game-rich area of the Klaserie Game Reserve. The camp has just 5 chalets, ensuring an intimate and personal safari experience, and game drives are also offered in addition to walking safaris.
Children aged 5 years and older are welcome.
nThambo Tree Camp
nThambo Tree Camp is an eco-friendly camp which provides a truly personal safari experience in the Klaserie Game Reserve. Accommodation is in 5 solar-powered tree house chalets, each raised on wooden stilts and offering comfort with a touch of bush luxury.
Children aged 13 years and older are welcome.
Xanatseni Private Camp
Xanatseni Private Camp is a thatched camp which offers the charm and ambiance of a bygone safari era. Twice daily game drives are conducted in an open safari vehicle, offering the chance of seeing a myriad of wildlife and birdlife.
Children aged 3 years and older are welcome.
Simbavati Amani is a charming, intimate safari villa with just 4 rooms in the peaceful heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. It is perfect for couples or can be taken on an exclusive use basis to create your own private bush retreat.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome unless the lodge is taken on an exclusive use basis.
Simbavati Waterside sits alongside a large dam (reservoir) in the southern Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and is designed and built to be a natural extension of the Klaserie wilderness from which it draws its inspiration.
Children of all ages are welcome.
Simbavati Camp George
This intimate lodge comprises 8 luxury suites, each with its own private deck overlooking the dry riverbed. Two inter-leading units are available for families or friends travelling together.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome.