Bordering Kruger National Park
In 1992, the fences that separated Kruger National Park from Klaserie were removed. Today wildlife roams freely, natural migration of animals has been re-established and conservation thrives in the region.
Established in 1969 and officially proclaimed a nature reserve in 1972, The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve was the innovative idea of three farmers who wanted to merge individually-owned farmland along the Klaserie River. The aim was to create a protected nature reserve to conserve the natural habitat and wildlife of the region.
Spectacular Game Viewing
The reserve houses all of Africa’s Big 5, as well as the endangered African wild dog, cheetah, spotted hyena, and numerous antelope and bird species.
A nature-lovers paradise, Klaserie is home to over 145 mammals, 500 species of birds, 118 different reptiles, over 30 amphibians, 335 tree species and more than 50 species of fish.
Playing Our Part
The private reserves on the border of Kruger National Park are the birthplace of sustainable eco-ourism in Southern Africa. The area boasts some of the highest and most bio-diverse flora and fauna in Africa and due to the integrity of the environment, large populations of animals can be seen year round.
As part of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve we are deeply involved in conservation and it is our goal to keep the reserve as near a pristine environment as possible by centering our efforts on minimising the human footprint. Our proudest effort towards this goal is the development of the Ximuwu Aquaponic System.
sustainable fresh produce
One of our great challenges at Ximuwu was to find a sustainable way to provide our guests with the healthiest and freshest produce. Using modern technology, we have built a food production system that harnesses the natural symbiotic relationship between plants and animals.
A large tank holds tilapia, a delicious freshwater fish, whose natural by-product fertilises the water. This water is then pumped throughout the greenhouse feeding our plants with all the water and nutrients they need.
This system feeds not only the guests at our lodge but the entire community that lives at Ximuwu.
Reverse Osmosis Water Plant
What’s more important than food? Water! In all our planning we learnt that one of the biggest culprits of waste in lodges is water, but not in the way you think. Due to the poor quality of water in most wilderness areas we learnt that most lodges ship in all of their drinking water in either plastic or glass bottles. This amounts to incredible waste of not just plastic and glass but also fuel and resources. Our plan? A state of the art reverse osmosis water treatment plant. The quality of our drinking water is better than any bottled water we have tested. And the best part? It all happens right here. No packaging, no transport and no waste!
The lodge is located 20 minutes from Eastgate Airport, with direct daily flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town. The closest town is Hoedspruit – also known as the safari capital of the world, only 35 minutes from our lodge. Guests can fly direct to Ximuwu Airstrip at no additional cost.
Explore & Unwind
We have two underground hides at Ximuwu - a morning hide and an afternoon hide – positioned perfectly for optimal light conditions.
A sanctuary to get lost in, guests can enjoy a variety of relaxing spa treatments just a stone’s throw from their suite.
Opt in for a once in a lifetime experience and take to the skies on a scenic flight.