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Mattanu Private Game Reserve

Mattanu Private Game Reserve is located in the Northern Cape Province, the biggest, safest and Malaria free province in South-Africa, approximately 50Km north west of the diamond digging city of Kimberley. Nestled in the shade of indigenous Camelthorn trees, this family owned and managed business offer unparalleled intimacy and seclusion in their luxury tents and is characterised by exuding warmth and effortless hospitality.The only reserve in South Africa where you can view breeding programs of Roan, Sable, Buffalo, Royal Oryx, Golden Oryx, Golden Gnu, Black Impala, Tsessebe and Livingstone Eland together on the same property.

Dr Johan Kriek, wildlife veterinarian and owner along with the rest of the family, has been in the wildlife industry since the early 1980’s and their passion for conservation is infectious. The farm was bought in 1991 and developed as a breeding area for rare antelope species and it was only in 2006 that Mattanu opened its doors to the public as an eco tourism destination.

The Kriek family realise that without sustainable utilisation of the species in Africa, numbers will decline as it will not be economically viable to run a reserve purely just for breeding and tourism activities. Thus, older animals are moved to a separate free roaming area where they are selectively hunted by clients on a fair chase basis to control numbers and use the income and meat as a much-needed source of foreign exchange and communal food security respectively. Although controversial for some it has been proven as the most effective way to save species from extinction and control poaching. For more information on our hunting areas and packages visit www.tharosafaris.com.

These unique factors contributed to the numerous accommodation, service and wine list awards Mattanu has received over the last 10 years. Five luxury safari tents, each with a private viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, are decorated in African design, complete with luxury sleeper wood furnishings, full bathroom en-suite, indoor showers and air-conditioning with under floor heating. The two-bedroom en-suite log cabin, with fully equipped kitchen and lounge, is very popular also overlooking the waterhole whilst sitting in your jacuzzi on the veranda. The fire place and air-conditioning in both units add to your comfort during your fully or self-catered visit. A two bedroom thatched roof suite comprising of a loft main bedroom opening onto a private deck, lounge, bar and 2 bathrooms is accentuated with teak wooden finishes. The fire place and airconditioning adds to your comfort during your fully or self catered visit.

Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention. Come and relax in the African Kalahari Bushveld Savannah amidst the Camel-thorn trees. Enjoy your evenings in our air-conditioned luxury restaurant and bar and experience true South-African cuisine. For the wine connoisseur we also provide an extensive wine selection in our underground wine cellar. Relax at the pool after a hot day, be pampered by our therapists with some of our massage treatments or partake in any of our numerous activities at Mattanu or the surrounding area.

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Guest Comments

Thank you Nadia for all your hospitality! We had a wonderful stay, too short!

Die stilte en die groot baas was regtig priceless. Dankie oom Johan. Jacques jou pa is ongelooflik interresant. Baie dankie vir ‘n heerlike tyd!

Wow! Watter awesome tyd hier by julle. Meeste gasvryheid en vriendelike personeel. Kos, slaapplek uit die boonste gehalte.

Exceptional quality game ranch. All GREAT! Kind & helpfull staff. Very much a family orientated experience.
Fantastic quality game.

Dankie dankie dankie! Bush dinner was awesome, alles was great! Ons sal verseker weer kom. 11 jaar anniversary.

Wonderful service & hospitality. We had a great stay. Very friendly, clean and great service. Thank you. Amazing! Thank you Nadia, Chris, Dr Kriek & family.

Exellent service, great food and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Amazing hospitality. Staff and rangers were wonderful and accommodating. Beautiful room. Food was delicious – so much fun!

Beautiful game reserve, wonderful hosts, we will definitely be back.

Fantastic 2 days leave. Loved the open spaces and all the game.

‘Wat ‘n heerlike voorreg om die Kriek familie te ontmoet, groot en klein. Ons het lekker gekuier saam met julle en is dankbaar vir die gasvryheid en gemaklike en vriendelike mense wat julle is. Seen vorentoe, julle het ‘n pragtige plaas.’

‘So ‘n treat! Baie baie dankie. Julle is stunning. Ons kom weer!’

‘Gasvryheid 5* Kos en netheid 5* Dankie vir ‘n onvergeetlike naweek!’

‘Awesome naweek. Great venue, great mense. God se rykste seen, sien julle weer!’

The most fun I have ever had.

Excellent stay, clean comfortable rooms. Management and staff gave excellent service! Food was great along with the bike ride and game drives. Peace, quiet and tranquillity. Thanx!

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