Lionspruit Private Nature Reserve
Marloth park has its own game reserve, called Lionspruit. From the Big Five you might come across the lion, leopard, rhino or buffalo. Lionspruit is a fenced bush park of 1500 ha, with most of the animals that can also been found in Kruger National Park, except for the elephant. Guests of Ubuntu Bush House have access to Lionspruit. Park entry is approx. ZAR 60,00 / vehicle. You are allowed to leave the car in designated places, but note that there are wild animals roaming around.
It is possible to book a organized game drive with our care taker Alison.
The Kruger Park is one of the oldest National Parks of South Africa. Originally, only the part south of Skukuza was declared as National Park. Over time it evolved into what is now the Kruger Park. Krugerpark is part of the cross-border Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Together with Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe. In total the park covers an area of 35,000 km2.
There are many websites with information on Kruger National Park. The official website is www.sanparks.org.
An interesting private website with extra information is www.thekruger.com.
The goal of the Peace Parks Foundation is a "borderless" integration between nature conservation and the local population. The ultimate Ubuntu philosophy!
The Ligwalagwala Conservancy was founded as part of a joint venture to re-introduce lions in smaller game reserves in Mpumalanga. This park of 15.000 ha is a combination of private farms of the local Matsamo community that are part of an economic development program for the whole community. The park was at first meant as a sanctuary for escaped lions from Kruger Park to integrate in their natural environment. Animals that created problems by killing cattle are given a second chance. You can also find leopard, rhino and buffalo in the park. It gives the nature lover a true bush experience and it lives up to the standards of other reserves like Timbavati in Kruger National Park and Sabie Sabie.
Ligwalagwala Conservancy is about 40 km from Marloth Park. Take the N4 from Marloth Park and turn left just before you enter Malelane towards Jeppe's Reef (R570). The entrance of the conservancy is on the right hand side of the road.