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Songimvelo Game Reserve

  • Songimvelo Game Reserve - Swaziland
Songimvelo Game Reserve - Swaziland  © Roger and Pat de la Harpe

Songimvelo Game Reserve

Songimvelo Game Reserve is South Africa's largest provincial game reserve, covering an area of almost 50,000 ha, and is managed by Mpumalanga Parks Board. The reserve lies along the Eastern Drakensberg escarpment between Barberton and Badplaas. The Songimvelo Game Reserve is characterized by a diverse and magnificent landscape which consists of open plains, forested ravines and gorges, hidden valleys and rolling hills. The reserve lies within an area of high plant diversity, and includes an impressive total of almost 1,500 known plant species, including a number of more recently discovered varieties. Songimvelo is also home of the last wild population of Woolly Cycad.

Due to the varying altitudes, climate, and geology, the reserve supports a wide diversity of bird and animal life. The grasslands within the reserve attract herds of game such as Burchell's Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck and Blesbok, while other species such as giraffe, Impala and Kudu are more often sighted in the denser woodlands.

Songimvelo is also home to a thriving community of White Rhinoceros. Buffalo are also seen from time to time in the reserve. Leopard, Blackbacked Jackal, and Brown hyena are also common , however these predators are nocturnal, and so they are seldom seen.

Songimvelo provided habitat for 300 bird species, making it a popular destination for avid birders. Species at Songimvelo include such as African Finfoot, Broad-tailed Warbler, Southern White-bellied Korhaan, Red-billed Oxpecker, African Black Duck, Martial Eagle, Red-throated Wryneck, Sharp-billed Honeyguide and Croaking Cisticola. Within the upper reaches of the reserve, visitors can expect to see a variety of forest birds such as Knysna Lourie, Chorister and Starred Robins, and Orange Ground Thrush. Among the species to found on lower slopes are Goldenbreasted Bunting, Brubru Shrike, Plumcoloured Starling and Sheelly's Francolin. A selection of raptors such as Gymnogene, Martial Eagle and Brown Snake Eagle are also often seen soaring over the reserve.

For visitors the Songimvelo game Reserve features a picturesque picnic site llocated alongside a smal stream. The picnic site is equipped with permanent braai facilities, running water and flush toilets. Also offered are guided game drives in 4x4 vehicles and interesting and informative hikes through the bush. Rustic accommodation and camp sites are also available at the Kromdraai camp in the eastern portion of the park .


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Mountain Inn Hotel
Sleeps 110 in 55 units

Mountain Inn Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Mbabane

Swaziland

39.8 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Mountain Inn is the executive and diplomat's choice for comfort, convenience and information networking. Swaziland's most personal hotel-situated only 4kms from Mbabane center - is a professional, yet family run establishment.

Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Graded:
Sleeps 22 in 5 units
From R 815
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Tomjachu Bush Retreat

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

41.6 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Welcome to your home in the bush. Nestled amongst the rolling mountains of the Lowveld in the heart of Mpumalanga, lies Tomjachu Bush Retreat – Once a family home, it is now an award-winning, owner-run retreat, situated within its own private nature reser

Bergsig Self Catering
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 8 in 2 units
From R 500
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Bergsig Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

45.9 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Ideal accommodation with exceptional rates. Centrally located. Breathtaking mountain views

Beetleloop Guesthouse
Graded:
Sleeps 20 in 8 units
From R 425
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 1 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Beetleloop Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

46.4 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Beetleloop Guest house in Nelspruit aims to tailor an overnight experience to fulfill every guest's individual requirements. We offer complete comfort in a natural setting and a variety of options that will lure you back to experience more

14 Villa Louise
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 800
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

14 Villa Louise

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

47.4 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Enjoy a neat, spacious and modern newly built self catering apartment in a security complex with 2 bedrooms (1 double bed & 2 single beds) sleeping 4 people and 1 bathroom.

La Roca Guesthouse
Graded:
Sleeps 36 in 14 units
From R 690
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

La Roca Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

47.5 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

La Roca, a top 4 star establishment adjoining the Nelspruit Nature Reserve, offers luxurious accommodation with a friendly and warm ambience. Uninterrupted views over the reserve and distant mountains.

The Royal Villas

The Royal Villas

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Ezulwini Valley

Swaziland

47.7 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

The Royal Villas Swaziland offers award winning accommodation, conference facilities and fine cuisine all year round.

Harmony Guesthouse
Sleeps 18 in 7 units
From R 600
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Harmony Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

48.3 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Enjoy the beauty and serenity which can only be found at Harmony Guesthouse. We offer affordable luxury accommodation with amenities like air conditioning, a swimming pool, DSTV, WiFi, etc. Close to popular attractions like God’s Window, Kruger Park, Sabi

Venter@67 Selfcatering Units
Sleeps 26 in 7 units

Venter@67 Selfcatering Units

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

49 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

The units are beautifully furnished and different options are available - either open plan units, or units with separate bedrooms and lounges containing sleeper couches - our family unit consists of 3 bedrooms

Hotel Promenade
Graded:
From R 1169
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Hotel Promenade

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nelspruit

Kruger National Park & Lowveld

49.3 Km from Songimvelo Game Reserve

Hotel Promenade is located in the Lowveld region's capital city, Nelspruit. Once the original town hall of Nelspruit, this historic hotel is one of the town’s landmarks, with its stately clock tower bearing silent witness over the Promenade Shopping Arcad

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