Matamba is situated on a 400 hectare game farm within the Waterberg Biosphere. Habitats include Terminalia bushveld and open plains with rocky outcrops; there are over 60km of walking and mountain biking trails with spectacular views of the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Matamba has 4 waterholes, a thatched hide and raised viewing deck. There is relaxed plains game in the reserve and the birdlife is prolific: Bushveld Pipit, Lizard Buzzard and Black-chested Snake Eagle are frequently seen. Matamba offers two different bush campsites. Mara’s Camp, nestled under Wild Syringa trees in thick woodland, is a private camp for one group only. Tau Camp has 4 individual campsites set 200m apart in open woodland with communal bathrooms and kitchenette. Both camps are unfenced allowing the game to wander freely.
Directions: Matamba is located on the R33 between Vaalwater and Lephalale.
Shondoro Mountain Retreat is a 185 hectare bushveld farm in the Waterberg Biosphere near Vaalwater. Around 190 bird species have been seen on the property, including Lazy Cisticola, Shelley’s Francolin and Cape Vulture. There are walking and mountain biking trails and a natural swimming pool overlooking the mountains. There are 3 stone and thatch cottages each with a fully-equipped outside kitchen and private braai area. There is also a communal braai area at the swimming pool. Guided birding weekends and tree identification courses can be arranged on request.
This bush camp is situated on a cattle and game farm near Pienaarsrivier. The Kalahari thornveld, open grassland and riparian habitats in this area are home to Tinkling Cisticola, Pied babbler and Crimson-breasted Shrike. This area is also well known for the variety of warblers in the summer months. There is a good range of birdlife in the area and up to fifty species can be seen in a morning session. The Kgomo kgomo floodplain, one of the best spots in the country for spotting a variety of water birds, is within easy reach from the bush camp (7 km on the Zaagkuildrift road) and there is also a nearby bird sanctuary. The whole property can be explored on foot and there are also several dirt roads on the farm suitable for sedan vehicles. The bush camp is situated in a private area some distance from the main gravel road. It can accommodate 12 people in a single group and comprises separate buildings surrounding a central braai area. There are five bedrooms, four of which are en-suite, and a fully-equipped rustic kitchen. All pets are welcome. The camp is comfortable with basic amenities, as well as electricity, it is serviced daily, and is great for birders who want to be out in the bush. There is a bird bath at the camp and various water points around the farm.