Proclaimed as a conservancy in 2003, Selati is a partnership between neighbouring families who have pooled former farm land to preserve and sustain the biodiversity of this region in the heart of the bushveld, characterised by six different veld types and a rich variety of animals.
Selati is an excellent game reserve in which to view lion, white rhino and elephant. Camps in the reserve remain unfenced, which can occasionally result in unannounced wakings as animals wander through the camp sites, which only adds to excitement of the bush experience.
Expect sightings of baboon, zebra, giraffe, caracal, African wild cat, bushbaby (if you enjoy a night drive), spring hare, jackal, honey badger, mongoose, hyrax, wildebeest, and any number of antelope.
Selati lies to the north of the Olifants River looking out onto the Drakensberg escarpment with accompanying granite hills that tower over the bush, endemic cycads and a rather impressive range of savannah trees. The reserve covers a lot of ground mapped across by roads with unique names like ‘rhino crib’, ‘thankerton cutline’ and ‘sunrise boulevard’, which the reserve’s rangers are happy to share with you as you make your way through the bush.
In June 2004 a pride of six lions was introduced into the reserve with an accompanying lion research project, helped along by a series of volunteers, to monitor not only their daily activities but their effect upon other animals in the reserve, and the fine balance between predator and prey.
Popular Activities in or near Selati Game Reserve
Hug the big Baobab
This 'Tree of Life' has a larger than life-size ambassador on the flat road that links Tzaneen to Gravelotte. A make-shift sign paints 'The Big Boabab' on the regional road and points fatigued motorists to a leafy resting spot under this mammoth...
More info and contact details: Hug the big Baobab
Did you know?
Today's domestic cats are generally believed to be descendants of the African Wild Cat, which were tamed by the Egyptians over 4000 years ago to control rats and mice raiding their granaries.
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