Mahlathini Private Game Reserve

The wildlife experience in MPGR is genuinely authentic African bush yet the reserve is only 7.5 km from the town of Phalaborwa which is home to the central access gate into the Kruger National Park. MPGR is perfectly positioned for enjoying the best of the African bush, the convenience of a nearby town with its own access gate into the Kruger and a wide choice of recreational activities available in the area. In addition, MPGR is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the world with South African Airlink providing flights between O.R. Tambo International Airport and Phalaborwa’s Kruger Park Gateway Airport. Talk about convenience! MPGR has huge appeal for anyone who loves the sights, sounds and scents of the Kruger bush and its very wild inhabitants and, more than anything, values privacy and seeks tranquility. If this sounds like your kind of place read on and discover more about the ownership opportunities available in MPGR.

Game Reserve Information

Reserve Layout and Development

Mahlathini Private Game Reserve is a prestigious low density residential wildlife reserve comprised of sixty three, 21 hectare sub-divisions. No further subdivisions of a subdivision within the reserve may be undertaken thereby protecting the low density of residences within this reserve.

Owning a portion of land in Mahlathini Private Game Reserve differs from that in many other private game reserves in a number of ways:

The sub-divisions are each 21ha (over 40 acres). This is huge and provides for the highest level of bush privacy. The bush on your own sub-division is yours alone to enjoy. It is like your own mini game reserve within the greater game reserve. Without your permission no other landowners may traverse across your portion of MPGR. Other than for a pre-defined area (limited to a maximum of 3000m²) immediately around each residence no internal fences separate the sub-divisions from each other meaning that wildlife within the reserve is free to roam across the entire landscape.

Ownership of the land comes with freehold title and residential rights which means that you can reside permanently in the game reserve if you so choose. Some homeowners are permanent residents while others use their houses for recreational purposes. With only one house (sleeping a maximum of 10 people) being allowed on each 21ha portion of the reserve, exclusivity is guaranteed and the reserve’s architectural guidelines have enabled a development in harmony with nature.

All power lines within the reserve are underground so there are no ugly overhead cables to impact negatively on the aesthetics of the bush environment. Municipal quality water is provided to each stand within the reserve.


Each residential stand is a massive 21ha which provides the utmost privacy in the bush. Only one residence with a maximum of 5 bedrooms (10 people) is permitted to be built on each stand in accordance with the architect and building guidelines of the reserve.

Reserve management

All landowners in MPGR are members of the Land Owners Association (LOA). A Board of Directors comprising members of the LOA looks after the affairs of the reserve such as finances, billing of landowners for electricity and water consumption, reserve security, maintaining boundary fences and the main access road, game management, electrical cables, water pipeline, legal matters etc. Board members are elected by landowners at the AGM of the LOA. An appointed manager attends to the day to day running of the reserve which includes staff logistics, game management, anti-poaching and security.

Getting There

Getting to Phalaborwa and Mahlathini

By air.
Phalaborwa is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the world because South African Airlink provides daily scheduled flights between O.R. Tambo International Airport and the Phalaborwa Kruger Park Gateway Airport which has been rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful regional airports. Car hire is available at the airport.

By road.
The following are the approximate distances by road to Phalaborwa from various centers around South Africa. Johannesburg: 520km; Pretoria: 465km; Polokwane: 207km; Tzaneen: 110km ; Nelspruit: 232 km; Dullstroom: 240 km; Hoedspruit: 75 km.

Getting from Phalaborwa to Mahlathini

The main road that runs East/West through Phalaborwa is Hendrick van Eck. At the western extremity of Hendrick van Eck is a four way stop. At the eastern extremity is the Kruger Park entrance gate. From the four way stop proceed north into Spekboom Street. Follow Spekboom for approximately 7km until you reach the T- Junction. At the T-junction turn right onto a dirt road and travel for approximately 300m until you see the entrance gate to Mahlathini Private Game Reserve on your left (S23° 52’ 50.7’’; E31° 07’ 41.7’’).

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