Step into the tranquility of Nkuwa Wilderness Camp.

Experience our low-impact wilderness retreat & immerse yourself in untamed beauty for an intimate and undisturbed safari.

Nkuwa Wilderness Camp is a serene bushveld retreat nestled within the expansive Selati Game Reserve. This exclusive camp, consciously designed to minimise environmental impact, offers a unique sanctuary beneath the majestic canopy of a Sycamore Fig Tree. With just four luxury en-suite tents, we ensure a personal and undisturbed experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of your surroundings for an authentic wilderness encounter.


The Selati Game Reserve, situated in Limpopo province adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park on its southern border, was established in 1993 through a common vision by likeminded landowners who came together to create a private conservancy underpinned by the current vision of the Reserve, namely:

to create an enduring legacy by conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the ecosystem through the astute and sustainable management of its resources’.

Some thirty years later, this 28,000-hectare wilderness area has developed into a unique Big Five private game reserve that recently opened its doors to the public through the introduction of commercial eco-tourism offerings.

At the heart of its offerings lies the newly-developed Nkuwa Wilderness Camp.

The vision of the camp was simple: to step away from the traditional safari offerings by creating a low-impact wilderness camp where guests can completely immerse themselves in the area’s untamed beauty and relish in an undisturbed and intimate safari experience.


Nestled beneath the grandeur of a Sycamore Fig Tree (Ficus sycomorus) along the Mahoed Drainage line, Nkuwa Wilderness Camp draws its name from the tree in the local Tsonga language.


Situated on a wooded drainage line and surrounded by spectacular granitic outcrops, the camp comprises of 4 en-suite safari tents and a communal entertainment and dining area.


Embracing sustainability, the camp is completely ‘off-grid’ and equipped with a state-of-the-art solar panel, battery and inverter system together with a borehole for its water requirements.


At Nkuwa Wilderness Camp, we are committed to a low-impact approach that caters to various preferences. While our experienced trail guides lead enriching walking safaris for those who wish to explore on foot, we also offer alternative ways to experience the rich diversity of the Selati Game Reserve. Our guided vehicle tours allow guests to enjoy the stunning landscapes and wildlife from the comfort of a well-equipped game viewer, ensuring a closer connection with nature that suits every comfort level.


The reserve’s wide variety of habitats gives rise to incredible biodiversity. A vibrant bird population, over 50 mammal species and a diverse range of geological substructures allow for a myriad of plant and animal species. The incredibly rare cycad, Encephalartos dyerianus, occurs exclusively among the beautiful granite Lillie koppie formation in the South of the Reserve.



Catering Options: Nkuwa Wilderness Camp offers exclusive-use accommodations with options for catered or self-catered stays.

Personal Guides: Each group is accompanied by two expert guides- a Lead Trails Guide and a Back-Up Trails Guide – to ensure utmost safety during walking safaris among the Big Five.


Camp Servicing: The camp will be serviced daily.

Gourmet Dining: A qualified chef will be on hand to prepare meals and snacks tailored to your dietary requirements and preferences.


Custom Tailored Safaris: Daily activities can be tailor-made to the guests’ interests and preferences and the guides are suitably qualified to provide a professional experience on all aspects of the eco-tourism offering. From photography, to birding, to tree and plant identification, and geology.

The exclusive-use nature of the camp allows for a very flexible approach to the safari activities. Whilst there are opportunities for walking safaris, there is a well-equipped game viewer for those who rather wish to drive and explore the remote areas of the reserve.

Image credit: Marius Swart

Booking arrangements and rates will be available shortly. 

  • Four en-suite safari tents, with an option of a double bed or 2 x single beds
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Outdoor shower
  • All tents equipped with fans
  • Open air boma
  • Lounge area
  • Dining area
  • Waterhole in close proximity
Conservation Levies:
SADC : R200 per person per night
International : R400 per person per night

To secure a booking we require a 50% non-refundable deposit. Payment of the balance of the booking must be made in full no less than 30 calendar days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy:

The cancellation of the booking is based on the total amount paid less the 50% non-refundable deposit.

> 30–15 days – 25% of full amount will be refunded

> 14 days or less –0% of full amount will be refunded

Arrival and Departure Times:

Guests may arrive any time from 14h00 -15h00 at the Selati Head Office where they will be met. Guests will depart the lodge at 10h00 and be arrive at Selati Head Office at around 11h00.

Please note that there is a 25% surcharge on late check outs and early check ins.

What we recommend you bring with you:

  • Comfortable walking shoes, especially if you are going to do a trail as one of your game activities;
  • Backpack to carry items when on drive or a walk/trail;
  • sun hat;
  • sunglasses;
  • sun block;
  • cameras and binoculars;
  • anti-malaria precautions (please consult your doctor / pharmacist);
  • light, neutral coloured clothing; and
  • warm jackets for the winter months (May – October).