There are many self-guided excursions to choose from during your stay on the Thabo Tholo Reserve. It is important to note that there are free roaming buffalo on the reserve and caution should be applied when walking. All activities are done entirely at your own risk.
Explore the undulating, diverse landscape of this 6,000 hectare reserve by off-road vehicle, hiking, 4 x 4 routes or even by mountain bike. Enjoy sunset picnics and game drives. You can even head out in search of the many animal and bird species found here on the Thabo Tholo Reserve.
There are many small predators that can be found on the reserve from Caracals to Genets, as well as Africa’s most elusive big cat, the Leopard. For the last 10 years we have been gathering data on leopards in this region working in conjunction with the Mpumulanga Parks Board to hopefully ensure a better future in conservation outside formally protected areas for these cats.
Over the years we have had sightings of leopards with unique colour morphs both golden and black variations. The Thabo Tholo Reserve is one of the few places in the world where these unique variations have been documented and caught on camera traps. Many of our guests get involved with identifying individuals and placement of the cameras. With so many set throughout the reserve we can gain an insight into the unseen lives not just of these leopards but of many creatures that call this place home.
The Thabo Tholo Reserve is home to a vast array of species of all shapes and sizes. Plains game roam this undulating landscape from Buffalo herds, towering Giraffes to many unique species of antelope. Some species to look out for: Sable, Kudu, Waterbuck, Nyala, Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Buffalo Zebra, Mountain Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Duiker, Oryx, Warthog and Bushpigs.
According to ‘Birdlife South Africa’ there is estimated to be over 840 species of birds found throughout the country, many of which can be found in this reserve. Raptor species can be seen catching the thermals above, scouring the landscape below.
Many species can be seen from the comfort of your balcony, from Half-Collared Kingfishers, Golden-Tailed Woodpeckers to resident Black Eagles, African Wood Owls and the elusive Narina Trogon, so grab a pair of binoculars and one of our bird books and keep your eyes peeled for any movement above and below the skyline.
Head out on your self-drive game drive, grab a pair of binoculars and keep your eyes peeled. You never know what you may find here in the Thabo Tholo Wilderness.