Wild Rivers Nature Reserve is a 2,600 ha game reserve within the 12 000 ha Blyde-Olifants Conservancy. The reserve was established in 2003 and promotes low-density development with only 31 one-ha stands and one 16-bed commercial lodge site sold on a freehold full title basis.

Situated in the Greater Kruger Park region, this scenic and pristine slice of exclusive African wilderness provides sanctuary to property owners that seek an authentic and secluded lifestyle experience in nature. All of the stands are situated along the 6 kilometres of river frontage with lush riparian forest that provides for a rich array of fauna and flora.

The reserve is bordered by both the Blyde and Olifants Rivers, and boasts a diverse landscape with rocky outcrops and savanna where plains game roam freely. The Blyde River has sparkling clear waters while the Olifants River is the quintessence of the powerful brown African River, with the Drakensberg Escarpment providing a magnificent backdrop.

Although owners can traverse the reserve in designated game drive vehicles, it is the ability to walk freely on the reserve that makes ownership so appealing to many.

Wildlife on the reserve consists of plains game such as kudu, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.

“Although elusive leopard wander in the shade of ancient trees, and the river banks are frequented by hippo and crocodiles, there are no other “big five” animals on the reserve. Smaller cat species such as caracal, civet and African wild cat roam freely.


Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve is accessed from the R40 road just 10 kilometres north of Hoedspruit and an ideal gateway to many tourist attractions. The reserve has magnificent views of the Northern Drakensberg which forms the Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world. Surrounded by a choice of private game reserves as well as easy drives to 2 entrance gates of the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, Wild Rivers provides an ideal base for exploring the Lowveld.

General Facts

  • 10 of the residential sites have been developed so far and 2 houses are currently under construction. The type of properties typically found are large luxury villas from 300 – 500 sqm in size.

  • Ensuring a superb lifestyle experience, each of the 32, one-hectare, full title stands is situated at the far western side of the reserve on the banks of the Blyde and Olifants Rivers.

  • An approximate 6 to 10 kilometre drive on a network of gravel roads leads from the entrance gate through well-wooded bushveld, to the residential sites where all homes enjoy maximum privacy.

  • The existence of numerous low-population density nature reserves and conservancies as well as game farms bordering Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve merits outstanding quality living in nature with the least amount of noise, air, traffic and light pollution.

Wild Rivers - good to know

Strict architectural guidelines are maintained at Wild Rivers. All structures must conform to specific standards of building to uphold a high level of aesthetic value and stringent measures are in place to minimize damage to the fragile riparian area. Exterior finishes such as plastered walls, earth tones and hidden lighting add to the serenity of the reserve.

Currently the only roof type approved it thatch as it blends best with the bush environment but other roof types might be discussed in the future.

No dogs, cats, nor exotic pets are permitted on the reserve.

There are only 6 developer stands still available for sale on Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve. Engel & Völkers enjoys the sole mandate to sell these stands. To view our property listings of property available on Wild Rivers please follow the link provided.

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Commercial Activity on Wild Rivers

The year 2015 saw the creation of the beautiful Rukiya Camp. Accommodation consists of 6 en suite luxury tents, with the camp sleeping a maximum of 16 people. The camp enjoys an outstanding position, just 500 metres up from the impressive confluence where the might Olifants and Blyde rivers meet.

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