Experience Nature Like Never Before
Experienced guides conduct day and night game viewing in open safari vehicles. Mammals ranging from the larger and most majestic Kudu to the smallest golden mole are present in the reserve. An interesting thought that the golden mole, with a metallic green and golden fur, is only found in the Limpopo Bushveld region.
Predators on the reserve include caracal, brown hyena, several varieties of felids, including serval and the African Wild cat. Lion are kept in a separate enclosure as part of the Panthera Leo Gene Preservation Project. Enjoy guided bush walks and excursions ascending “Witkop” for afternoon sundowners and African sunsets.
Summer: 06h00 – 16h30 (September ~ April)
Winter: 06h30 – 16h00 (May ~ August)
The area is a haven for avid birders with over 400 species of African birds including rare sightings such as lizard buzzard and brown snake eagle. During game drives and bushwalks, our guides will delight in pointing them out. The world-renowned Nylsvley bird sanctuary is in close proximity of the reserve and a must visit for enthusiastic birdwatchers.
Nylsvley Nature Reserve is a 40 km2 protected area in the seasonal Nyl – and Mogalakwena River flood plain. It has over 370 species of birds, of which 100 species are water fowl. During the peak flood season over 80 000 birds can be seen in the reserve. Guests can visit the Nylsvley Reserve on a self-drive basis, or we can arrange a half day excursion from the lodge.
Metallic silhouette is descended from an old Mexican sport, dating back to the early 1900s, where live game animals were staked out at varying distances as targets. By 1948, metal cutouts of the animals were used instead of live animals, and the first metallic silhouette match was held in Mexico City. Because of its Mexican roots, in America the silhouettes are often referred to by their Spanish names, Gallina (chicken), Javelina (pig), Guajalote (turkey), and Borrego (ram).
Zwahili Game Lodge is situated in an area with a rich history; rock paintings are still visible on the walls of caves in the area showing past inhabitance of Hunter Gatherer, Koi and Bantu paintings. Bead making sites, a rain controlling site and remains of a bantu city have been discovered.
‘Witkop’ an archaeological site, going back in time to when the ‘bittereinders’, at the helm of Boer Generals, utilized this Koppie as a hideout from the British for almost two years during the Anglo Boer war ‘Witkop’ stands proud in bearing homage to a period in history not to be forgotten.
As far back as 2002, Zwahili made the decision to re-introduce as many of the original mammal and plant species as possible. One of these was the re-establishment of Lion. Here at Zwahili we have decided to do something, as the wrong thing to do, would be to do nothing. Join us in preserving and securing this specie for future generations and especially for our children’s children. Let us seek to recover the gene of the Transvaal Lion.