Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 3
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 4
Trees: 10

Lookout for

Cape Clawless Otter
African Wild Cat
Klipspringer
Sharpe's Grysbok
Porcupine
Bush Pig
Honey Badger
Red Duiker
Mountain Reedbuck
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Warthog
Baboon

The 2500 hectare Morning Sun Nature Reserve is a nature lover’s paradise. Although ‘scenic’ drives are offered, the reserve is best explored on foot. There are very few roads on the property and it is on foot that one gets a sense of being in an untouched wilderness. Independent demarcated trails or guided hikes are offered at Mashovheal. The terrain is mountainous (certain trails are challenging) with open patches of woodland on the plateaus. Bubbling streams and waterfalls bisect the mountains and valleys. The area teems with birdlife and is a plant bio-diversity hotspot with over four hundred trees identified including several endemic species and a unique mix of quintessential African icons – Baobabs, Marulas and Outeniqua Yellow-woods. There is also a resident botanist who can provide an interesting source of information on the reserve and the area in general.

Why we like it

Biodiversity hotspot; Iconic African tree species; Stunning natural scenery; Excellent walking safaris

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 2500 Ha
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Klipspringer
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Louis Trichardt

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Mashovhela Bush Lodge Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Brown Hyena
Kudu
Zebra


BRIDS
Black Eagle
Pink Throated Twinspot
Narina Trogan
Crested Quinea Fowl
Blue-Mantled Flycatcher


REPTILES
Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Rock Monitor Lizard
Puff Adder


TREES
Boabab
Marula
Outeniqua Yellowwood


HABITAT TYPES
Savanna
Forest
Wetland
Riverine
Rocky Outcrops
Mountains