Polokwane Game Reserve, Limpopo
The primary attraction in the 3200ha Polokwane Game Reserve is the herd of white rhino, although the reserve was proclaimed in order to conserve one of the last remaining areas of an increasingly rare grassland biome.
However, since for many, grass is grass, it’s the chance of spotting and getting close to the rhino that makes this reserve a real tourist attraction.
Along with the Indian rhino, the African white rhino is the second largest land mammal in the world (after the African elephant) and it has been brought back from the brink of extinction through intense breeding and conservation efforts in South Africa over the past half a century (though sadly once again they are under serious threat from poaching for rhino horn). White rhino are more passive than their cousins the black rhino, far less inclined to charge, live in herds, and are often very curious and friendly toward people, so game viewing can be done of foot in the Polokwane reserve – which affords great opportunities to view these and other animals such as the rare Sable antelope and the Tsetsebe antelope thanks to its relatively small size of the reserve.
There are a number of different walks through the reserve as well as a 20km hike that can be done on one day, or over two days with accommodation en-route. Many other species of game can be seen, including giraffe, as well as bird-life that is endemic to the highly threatened Highveld grassland that the reserve protects.
The Polokwane Game Reserve is owned and managed by the Polokwane Municipality.
For more info: 015 290 2331 (no website)
Getting there: The Polokwane Game Reserve is situated in the outskirts of Polokwane, just south of the city between at the junction of the R37 and the R71.
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