Nylsvley Nature Reserve
Nylsvley Nature Reserve
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South West of Naboomspruit, Mookgophong 0560 South Africa
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Quest64327424124
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
My wife and i spent this last weekend camping and were pleasantly surprised at this not such used campsite facility. whilst the campsite is a little tired, there is running water, a cold shower and clean toilet, the campsite is swept daily and cleaned.
The road network is excellent and no need for off road vehicles, and the game drive was excellent with quite a few species of animals including Giraffe. The Jacana hide is excellent with weld mesh passage to the hide, in perfect condition and very safe.
The hide itself is one of the best i have seen and well placed near a small water point. The hide is spotless and very well maintained. We are not Birders but can understand why Nylsvley is so popular amongst birders !
We notice some extensive building going on around the restaurant area and suggest that whilst builders are on site maybe they should install a donkey in the camping shower as that is the only negative thing about camping there.
Written 18 June 2024
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phumba
Johannesburg, South Africa146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I was pleasantly surprised at how well maintained the facilities at this little reserve is. Though the roads are all gravel they were very well maintained and the bird hides are a pleasure. For most of my morning visit I had the place to myself. As this is a small reserve it doesn't take long to drive all the roads but there is a lot of great bird watching opportunities even though at this time of year the reserve was very dry with little water in sight. If you are a bird watcher it is easy to spend a full day here. Non bird watchers still have plenty of plains game to keep them busy, as well as some nice hiking trails.
Beware though that the only ablution facilities available are hidden at the camping site.
Written 3 January 2021
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Marelie B
Pretoria, South Africa57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
This reserve is famous for birdwatching with 365 species that occur here, it is also the biggest inland floodplain in South-Africa. Best time to visit is during the summer months, when the plain floods. The campsite has no power or hot water and the bathrooms are quite dingy but it is very affordable. There is a lovely area for day visitors with lots of shade and built in braais. In September 2013 there was a veld fire which burnt large parts of the reserve, but when we visited, we could hardly see any remaining damage except for the 4 bird hides which burnt down (I believe plans are underway to rebuild them). Even though you may not be a birdwatcher you will still enjoy the beautiful scenery, many species of mammals and reptiles not to metion the peace and quiet of the reserve. The reserve is only an hour and a half drive from Pretoria which makes it an ideal weekend breakaway or day trip with the family.
Written 5 February 2014
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Elriza P
Mookgophong, South Africa29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We stay close to Nylsvley and can drive out for a quick outing eg on a Sunday. There is a nice picnic spot and two bird hides in the reserve. We always see a lot of game. Bird life depends on season. There is a camping site, without electricity or hot water. Close to nature if you like it rustic. Also group accommodation and about two other chalets. Not too expensive. And a restaurant which should be suppirted better. Maybe lack of marketing? Most maintenance done by a group of individuals - Friends of Nylsvley. They are always in need of funds and hands to help. Although the Reserve falls under Government, not much is done, unfortunately.
Written 4 October 2018
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Sandy W
Hoedspruit, South Africa109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
It is so sad that the floodplain has dried up. We would however return again and again. It is obvious that the management and staff really care about their Reserve - it shows everywhere, from the time you enter reception to the road network, the bird hide, the restaurant and the chalets.
Sadly we had only booked for one night on a 'round trip' where our other bookings had already been made and paid for. We would have liked to stay longer.
Our chalet was clean, linen good, all that is required for 'self catering' supplied. The accommodation is perfect for a bush holiday. The restaurant, run by Mokhuti [who is also the chef' was excellent - we'd return for his curry if nothing else.
Congratulations to the management and staff who are doing a wonderful job.
Written 11 June 2016
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Charmy_SA
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and facilities of the reserve. Sadly many public reserves are neglected and is a poor state. Even though I didn't experience it after the rains, it was a lovely outing. Spoonbill restaurant on site is a bit expensive. They should think of offering tea and scones to attract day visitors.
Written 19 July 2015
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Danie92
Johannesburg, South Africa306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We are not fanatic Birders and went there with the Nile river flowing and with the abundance of water everywhere, very few birds. That however didn't rob us from an awesome 3 days in nature. Being in the middle of the week very few visitors and the one night the two of us were the only visitors. The tranquility out of this world. Comfortable and clean accommodation. Restaurant although with very limited menu. Swimming pool. No petrol and no cellphone reception which we welcomed and enjoyed. Gravel roads it very good condition. Very nice Bird Hide and above water walkway through the reeds. Will definitely go there again.
Written 12 February 2022
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gordon_aitken
Cardiff, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
stopped off here for a couple of hours to split our journey from Johannesburg airport to Polokwane. Highly recommend it for excellent bird watching but also some nice mammals with Roan and Tsebbe . Well worth the approximately 15 minute detour from the highway
Written 4 July 2019
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MariaMVdW
Pretoria, South Africa22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Feeling slightly fed up with life in the city and in need of a relaxing short break in the African bush? Nylsvley Nature Reserve is about a two hour drive from Pretoria and is famous for its birdlife. It is a Ramsar site, a wetland of international importance for the protection of waterfowl. Very nearly 400 species of birds are known to reside or visit occasionally, including 102 water bird species. Visit Vogelfontein, to the North of the reserve for the best birding experience whether you are a new or an experienced birder.
The 4000 ha reserve supports about 1 000 large mammals of which many are grazers. One may camp or live in a bungalow. It is safe to walk in the veld, as long as you are wearing a pair of sensible shoes to protect your ankles against falls or snakes. Some 58 species of reptiles are present including the snakes. Wear a hat to protect you against the hot sun. Always carry a bottle of water. The reserve is about a two hour drive from Pretoria. The Friends of Nylsvley occasionally invite a photographer or expert on wildlife to present lectures on nature or photography of nature. The proceeds are used to upgrade facilities at the reserve. It is ideal for those who like to do more than scratch the surface of what is available in an area. Try to avoid the N1 North on a Friday afternoon or the N1 South on a Sunday afternoon as the roads may be busy.
Written 12 March 2019
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De_Wets_Wild
Pretoria, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
Made our first visit to Nylsvley in early spring. Floodplain was dry as summer rains have not yet put in an appearance, but it must be a sight to behold once the floods arrive. Had a terrific time searching for the birds that make this place so well-known, and had excellent sightings of rare tsessebe, roan antelope and reedbuck, and the more usual game animals, to boot. Campsite may be rustic but it is quite, level, and well shaded. Entrance and camping fees were very affordable. Had ice cream at the restaurant - very friendly service. Expert birding guides are available - enquire at reception.

Will definitely return, and hopefully soon.
Written 2 October 2017
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