Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
Name: Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
Size: 60,000 hectares
Location: West of central Kruger National Park
Nearest town: Hoedspruit
Accommodation options: Klaserie Camp Nzumba, Klaserie Drift Safari Camps
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve (KPNR) is one of the largest privately-owned nature reserves in South Africa covering some 60,000ha and is part of the greater Kruger National Park.
It is situated to the west of Kruger National Park, sharing an open border both with the park and the neighbouring private reserves of Timbavati, Umbabat and Balule. At the northern edge of the reserve, the mighty Olifants River flows, while the Klaserie River courses through the heart of the reserve before meeting the Olifants.
The wildlife present in Klaserie is exceptional and includes all of the major mammal and bird species for which the Greater Kruger region is famous.
KPNR is host to a number of accommodation options, ranging from rustic bush camps and walking trails to luxury game lodges. It is the Reserve’s policy to keep the commercial and thus human impact to a minimum as it is our mission to make the KPNR as near a pristine environment as possible. This means that most game drive activities from the properties within the reserve often don’t encounter other visitor vehicles and therefore offering a pristine and truly wild experience.
The KPNR was established in 1969 and was officially proclaimed a nature reserve in 1972 with Jan de Necker as the founding chairman and Van Reenen Van Vuuren as its first warden. The reserve is run by an executive committee comprising members or landowners who are elected at the AGM and operate through the reserve’s warden Colin Rowles. Colin circulates a monthly report to all the members keeping them informed of the weather, the condition and status of the fauna and flora and any other matters of general interest.
The reserve also hosts the Ground Hornbill Project, which is sponsored by The Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology and directed by Professor Phil Hockey.