Luxury Safari Lodges in the Manyeleti Game Reserve
About the Manyeleti Game Reserve
The Manyeleti Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The reserve borders the Kruger National Park to the Eastern side, the Timbavati Reserve on the Northern side and the Sabi Sand reserve on the Southern side, and falls into the Southern/central region of the Greater Kruger park biosphere. The size of the reserve is 23500 hectares. (58750 acres).
The Manyeleti reserve is made up of two distinct types of Ecozones. The underlying rock types determine the nature of the soil that breaks down from them.
The Northern part of the reserve is based on the Thorn Veld ecozone which in broad terms outline the younger surface of dark brown loams derived from the basalt.
Typically one would find such tree species as Knobthorn trees, Transvaal Saffron, Large Leaved rock figs. Red Bushwillow, Round leaved-Teak, Marula, Jacket-plum, Russet Bushwillow, Tree Wisteria, Umbrella thorn, Weeping wattle and Zebrawood.
Due to the soil types (Gabbro) this region abounds with sweet grasses which are highly edible for all the grazers.
Predators found in the Thornveld region would be Lion, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild dog, Leopard and Black backed Jackal. Browsers found in the region would be Kudu, Giraffe, Impala and Duiker, Bushbuck, Kudu and Nyala.
Grazers would be Wildebeest, Zebra, White Rhino, Waterbuck and large herds of Buffalo are common on this soil type due to the abundance of quality grazing.
Uncommon sightings would be Black Rhino and Sable antelope.
The Southern part of the reserve is referred to as the Mixed Bushwillow Woodlands Ecozone. The Mixed Bushwillow Woodlands Ecozone is found on underlying Granite bedrock giving rise to gently sloping hills and rocky outcrops with huge round boulders such as at the Koppies region in the reserve. Broad-leaved trees favor the higher upland areas while thorn trees prefer the lower-lying areas. Many rivers and streams are found in this region.
A huge variety of trees and shrubs occur in this ecozone including various Bushwillow’s, Leadwood trees, Silver cluster-leaf, Buffalo thorn, Sickle-bush, Weeping wattle, Apple leaf and Round leaf teak. In the riverine regions one can see huge Sycamore figs, Jackal-berry and Weeping boer-beans trees.