Guided walks among big game has always been popular but often has meant a long and arduous trip by car to places like the Kruger National Park. There is however a number of lesser known private reserves closer to Gauteng, which can satisfy your need to experience a genuine African bush experience and see wildlife in its natural surroundings. Normally you find that accommodation in these reserves is of a standard and your guide is proficient in highlighting the different aspects of the veld that you pass through.

Iwamanzi is a reserve of 3,700ha and offers visitors the opportunity of experiencing four star fully catered accommodation or the more basic self-catered accommodation at Spitskop Camp

The Spitskop camp at Iwamanzi Private Game Reserve caters for up to 12 hikers in a well-equipped stone built camp under shady trees and next to a large dam in the river. The camp can easily be reached by car. 4 bedrooms, 2 x 4 beds/2 rooms x 2 beds

Trail description

Your trails are guided but the river trail which connects the camp to the lodge has been marked and is just over 6km in length. This can be done in conjunction with a walk through the prime game area and I would suggest that you walk the game area during the morning and do the river trail in the afternoon due to the afternoon heat. There are more than 240 bird species recorded while game includes White Rhino, Hippo, Giraffe, Buffalo, Sable Antelope, Waterbuck Blue Wildebeest and Nyala. To add to this you could come across a herd of Reindeer that found themselves unwanted and the owner of Iwamanzi decided to give them a place to live.

The Selons River is perennial and there are numerous beautiful cascades and rock features along the river walk. There are no less than 18 dams on the reserve and these can provide some interesting fishing.


The wildlife is very special and despite the hunting during the hunting season tends not to be shy.

Trail type

Largely a guided wilderness experience but the river trail is marked.


Your visit to Spitskop camp is sure to please you. The camp accommodates 12 people in two rooms with four beds and two rooms with two beds. Bed linen is provided. You will discover a fully equipped kitchen with pans crockery and glassware. Ablutions include hot showers and flush toilets. Camp chairs are provided for around the camp fire and enough fire wood is on hand to make that bush experience complete.

Where is it

Near Koster in North West Province, South Africa

Reception s25  52’17, E 26  - 59’09

What should I know about security?

No problems have been experience on the reserve

How fit do I need to be?

The walks in the reserve can be regarded as relatively easy and can be tailor-made to the desires of the party

Background information

Generally speaking the North-west province is a dry area but this particular area has plenty of water and can support a large and diverse population of game and birdlife. There are no Elephants on the reserve as they tend to be too destructive to the pristine environment that has been nurtured by the owner over the past 10 years. There are also no Lions.