The Reserve

Deelkraal Wildlife Reserve works on the ethos that “Mother Nature Knows Best”.

Deelkraal means “shared corral” and dates back to the days when local farmers would freely graze their cattle on the floodplains, bringing them in at night to the safety of a central yard. The 2200 hectare reserve has been lovingly rehabilitated with careful attention given to the irradication of alien invasive species of fauna and flora, bringing back the balance of a priceless eco-system. 

Here at Deelkraal we believe that by carefully managing the Natural Vegetation, Wild animal numbers, Variety of species and Genetics thereof, Deelkraal ensures a long and healthy biological balance of historically Endemic South African species, on this slice of paradise.

Location: Based on the Nyl river and its highly ecologically important floodplain, opposite Nylsvley Nature Reserve – a RAMSAR protected wetland – Deelkraal is a mere 2 hr easy car drive from ORTambo International airport or a 45 minute helicopter flight.

Sustainability: We at Deelkraal are aware of how important our roles as custodians of the land are. Our sustainability efforts encompass all aspects of the reserve, from animal husbandry, grasses and plants, to the important roles played by the smallest creatures behind the scenes, ensuring a healthy ecological balance. The multitude of wild animals that call Deelkraal home are diverse and range from plains game such as Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, and Waterbuck; Water dwellers like Hippo and Crocodile; to the more elusive & nocturnal Brown Hyena, Leopard and Warthog. Every creature plays an important role in sustaining the eco-system.

Conservation: As part of our conservation efforts the reserve has become a sanctuary for the rare Tsessebe & Sable antelopes. We have also re-introduced the Southern Roan antelope to our section of the Nylsvley floodplain. Due to habitat encroachment this magnificent antelope is now a protected species in South Africa and a very rare sight in the wild. Roaming free on the reserve we also have a herd of kruger bloodline Buffalo. Our aim is to breed historically endemic and genetically healthy free roaming herds.

Rehabilitation: Often Deelkraal becomes home to a variety of orphan babies, that we hand raise and release onto the reserve once they are old enough. This is a very rewarding experience for all involved. Among our success stories are “Pebbles” the Steenbok and “Spike” the porcupine. Deelkraal is also a release site for rehabilitated & relocated adult animals – such as “Tricycle” the 3 footed Hyeana. Dec 2015 brought a partnership with “Bambelela Vervet Monkey Rehab”, to release “Beanie’s” Troop onto Deelkraal. Please visit our Facebook page for updates on what’s happening on the reserve.


Located on the Nyl River floodplain, next door to the world renowned RAMSAR protected wetland – Nylsvley Nature Reserve, Deelkraal takes great pride in the abundance of bird life on the farm. Resident are a breeding pair of African Fish Eagles, as well as the rare Veraux’s Eagle Owl – both of whom fascinate us every year with the chicks that they raise and teach.

There are over 380 different birds on the reserve, who flourish in the bush, which varies from riverine forest to montane bush and acacia sandveld. The kilometers of Nyl River and De Wets Zyn Loop, with their accompanying “Vlei” (marsh wetland) provide for excellent bird viewing.


The Ideal safari destination for families, couples or a group of friends, who are seeking exclusivity & flexibility. Unwind in the warm African sun or venture out to explore the reserve and its wildlife.

Our sole-use booking policy ensures complete discretion, privacy and flexibility for your safari. No mixed bookings, so you make your own timetable. The warmth of our hospitality can be found in our welcome, attention to detail and the tantalising flavours of our cuisine.


You decide what you would like to do each day and we adapt to your timetable. Make yourselves at home and enjoy the many activities on or off the reserve. There is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. For those seeking some hard earned relaxation the tranquil gardens offer you a time away from life. Indulge in a relaxing massage treatment or read a book under a tree.

Daily activities may include: Game drives, fishing, bird watching, archery, clay pigeon shooting, garden games, horse riding, ATV quad bike & Polaris buggy safaris. 

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